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Army Volunteer Corps

 The Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) offers volunteer opportunities on and off Fort Carson, and in our community. Fort Carson is home to more than 6,000 volunteers, contributing nearly 200,000 hours annually.  This selfless service is equivalent to $4 million in workforce cost & support. 

To reach the Army Volunteer Corps program, click here to email us or call 719-526-1082/8303. 

To View The Army Volunteer Corps Program Flyer, CLICK HERE!

  • FEP Instructors

    FEP Instructors

  • Mountainside Elementary School

    Mountainside Elementary School

  • Silver Key Senior Service Ongoing Volunteer Opportunties

    Silver Key Senior Service Ongoing Volunteer Opportunties

  • Girls Scouts of Colorado

    Girls Scouts of Colorado

  • Party for the Parks--Town of Monument

    Party for the Parks--Town of Monument

  • Tumbleweeds

    Tumbleweeds

  • KCSB Fun Fest

    KCSB Fun Fest

  • Baby Center at Freedom Fest

    Baby Center at Freedom Fest

  • Post Freedom Fest Clean Up

    Post Freedom Fest Clean Up

Determine Your Interests and Skills

Take the O*Net Interest Quiz! This quick and simple assessment highlights your current volunteer interests and expands opportunities to gain more! When you complete the assessment, send your results to us and let us match your interests to opportunities! 

Volunteering within Army Community Service
Volunteering within Army Community Service offers volunteers enriching and fulfilling volunteer opportunities, further supporting the ACS mission of commitment to excellence. These opportunities empower volunteers with Fort Carson and community programs, resources and services, expand or build skills and connect volunteers to dynamic teams!
Come in and speak to the ACS Volunteer Coordinator to learn of the opportunities available. Volunteer Position Descriptions can be found in VMIS
2022 Make a Difference Day (MADD)

2022 Make a Difference Day

Make A Difference Day (MADD) is an annual National Volunteer Day, dedicated to helping others. On the fourth Saturday of October, millions of volunteers participate in community projects. In 2021, more than 3 million people help complete thousands of projects in hundreds of towns and communities around the United States. Stayed tuned for 2022 MADD details.

 

On Post Volunteer Opportunities

 

Does Your Organization Need Volunteers?

If your organization is looking for volunteers and would like for the Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) to push out your project information, please complete and return the Fort Carson AVC Volunteer Needs form

Off Post Opportunities & Operation Good Samaritan

Fort Carson has a volunteer umbrella position which covers all off-post volunteer service opportunities called Fort Carson Operation Good Samaritan. Under this position, your volunteer hours can be tracked through the Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS). Build your official Volunteer Service Record at https://vmis.armyfamilywebportal.com, by following these 5 simple steps:

     1)    Identify the Non-Profit Organization you want to volunteer with. 

     2)    Register with the organization, and complete registration and screening.

     3)    Email a copy of your registration forms to the Army Volunteer Corps office.  

     4)   Create a VMIS account on https://vmis.armyfamilywebportal.com. Type Fort Carson                              Operation Good Samaritan (Off Post) in the search bar, double click on the position, and                    apply!

5)   Clearly understand the organization’s volunteer hour tracking system, so you can provide ACS with a copy of your volunteer service record with the organization.

Click here to access the list of local community partners for volunteering opportunities!

 

Volunteer Opportunities (Local Community)

If you're looking for a way to help our community, see the following partners:  
Immediate Needs

 

Click here for On-going Off Post Volunteer Organization List

Short Term Volunteering: "Stay for a Day"

Mountainside Elementary School

Senior Summit

Girl Scouts of Colorado

Party for the Parks--Town of Monument

Youth Volunteering

On post opportunities include:

 

Off Post

 

Fort Carson Volunteer Award Recognition Program

Volunteer of the Quarter (VOQ) 

The Fort Carson VOQ award recognizes any outstanding volunteer instrumental in the support of a Unit, Directorate or Private Organization throughout a specified quarter. The VOQ award is based on a Fiscal Year. 

Units may recognize up to: 5 per brigade; 2 per separate Battalion; 2 per Private Organization/Directorate.

4ID & Fort Carson Volunteer of the Quarter Award Recognition Schedule:
Quarter Submission Packet Due Recognition
Date
Oct-Dec 2021 18 Jan 2022 9 Feb 2022
Jan-Mar 2022 30 Mar 2022 20 Apr 2022
Apr-Jun 2022 13 Jul 2022 10 Aug 2022
Jul-Sep 2022 12 Oct 2022 9 Nov 2022

 

Annual Recognition Ceremony

2022 4ID and Fort Carson Annual Volunteer Award Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 2022--1:00PM to 2:30PM at the Elkhorn Catering and Conference Center (ECCC).

Nomination packets for Youth Volunteer of the Year, Adult Volunteer of the Year, and the  Steadfast and Loyal Hall of Fame Inductee Due: 18 March 2022

Submission packets for the Commanding General's Certificate of Appreciation and Exemplary Service Award Due: 18 March 2022

Units may recognize up to: 2 per Battalion; 2 per separate Battalion; 2 per Private Organization/Directorate. The exception is the Commanding General's Certificate of Appreciation--all submissions will be accepted based on criteria. 

Click below for specific award packet submission details: 

Immediate Recognition

 

VMIS: Volunteers & OPOCs Registering, Verifying and Logging Hours

The Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) is how you track and verify volunteer hours. For VMIS click here: https://vmis.armyfamilywebportal.com/

In Person Training for Volunteers and OPOCs: Last Wednesday of every month except December, 1330-1500 hours, ACS Main Center, 1517 Ellis Street, Building 1201, Fort Carson, Colorado 80913. Click here to register.

Or, we will come to you! Click here for Portable Classes.

VMIS

The VMIS Quick User Guide will provide an quick reference on How To Get Started, How to Select a Position & How To Enter Volunteer Service Hours

OPOC Reference Materials, Forms & Templates

Organizational Point of Contact (OPOC) Appointment Orders Memorandum Template

Volunteer Service Agreement DD2793

 

Volunteer FAQs

Q: Where do I go to learn about the volunteering process and volunteer opportunities?

A: Come to Army Community Service (ACS), 1517 Ellis Street, Building 1201, Fort Carson, and ask for the Army Volunteer Corps (AVC).

Q: Do I set my own volunteer schedule?

A: Yes, you are able to set your weekly volunteer schedule with the immediate supervisor or Program Manager.

Q: Can I volunteer with more than one organization?

A: Yes! You are able to volunteer with more than one unit/directorate/organization.

Q: Can civilians volunteer on Fort Carson?

A: Yes, civilians are welcome to volunteer on post. All fully engaged civilian volunteers may be issued a gate access pass through the Army Volunteer Corps office.

Q: Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to volunteer?

A: No, as long as you have a DOD ID card you are able to volunteer on post.

Q: How old do I need to be to volunteer?

A: Most Army volunteers are Statutory volunteers, therefore the minimum age is 14 years of age. However, private organizations on post follow their own charters and regulations, therefore, age may vary from organization to organization.

Q: Is Childcare offered while I volunteer?

A: Beginning 1 October 2021, registered ACS Volunteers can utilize hourly childcare while volunteering with ACS.  Children must be registered with CYS. Childcare will be at Ivy CDC and Patriot School Age Center.

Q: Can I use my volunteer service on my resume?

A: Yes, you can. In fact, you are encouraged to use your volunteer service as unpaid employment experience. Employers will recognize your time and service. 

Q: How do I show proof of my volunteer service? 

Tracking your hours in VMIS creates your Volunteer Service Record, DA Form 4162. Download your Volunteer Service Record from your VMIS account by logging in and clicking on the Service History tab. Scroll down to the bottom and click on DA Form 4162.   

 

Types of Volunteers

Installation volunteers fall into three categories:  statutory, private organization, and gratuitous service. 

  • Statutory Volunteers are those volunteers authorized by federal statute (10 USC 1588) to provide services in certain Department of Defense activities such as MWR, family programs, museums, chaplain, child care, etc.  Statutory volunteers, when acting within the scope of their position description, are provided certain benefits by law such as worker’s compensation.
  • Private Organization volunteers are part of non-federal entities authorized to operate on the installation.  These organizations contribute to the overall installation mission, but their volunteers are not considered statutory.  All liability for incidents/accidents or injury to the volunteer are the responsibility of the private organization.
  • Gratuitous Service volunteers provide services to organizations not covered under the federal statute, and do so with no expectation of compensation or benefit coverage.

Click here to return to the Army Community Service (ACS) Main Page.

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