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is here to help to connect you to volunteer opportunities on and off post.

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Want to Help? Continue to Volunteer Under Operation Good Samaritan (OGS)

Fort Carson Volunteers, you can still continue your volunteer service during this time of Social Distancing—How? Why not try a virtual volunteer experience? Learn how you can stay safe and still help.

Did you know…? Fort Carson has a volunteer umbrella which covers all off-post/outside-of-the-gates service opportunities, it’s called Operation Good SamaritanThese hours can be tracked through https://vmis.armyfamilywebportal.com, also known as VMIS (Volunteer Management Information System) and count toward your Volunteer Service Record (VSR) by following these 5 simple steps:

     1)    Identify the organization you want to volunteer with. It must be a Non-Profit Organization.

2)    Register with the organization; complete any registration and screening.

3)    Email a copy of your registration forms to Joey Bautista, Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator (AVCC), at Josesimo.r.bautista.civ@mail.mil

4)    Create a VMIS account on https://vmis.armyfamilywebportal.com. If you already have an account, then go to the "Opportunities" tab, search for Fort Carson Operation Good Samaritan (Off Post), double click on the position, and apply!

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

For more information on how to create an account on VMIS, apply for positions, input hours, etc., look under the blue accordion labeled VMIS. 

For additional questions regarding VMIS or volunteer opportunities, contact:
Joey Bautista (719) 526-1082 /
Josesimo.r.bautista.civ@mail.mil or
Tonya Dower (719) 526-8303 / Tonya.r.dower.civ@mail.mil

On Post Volunteering

Click here for full On Post Volunteer Organization List

American Red Cross

Army Community Service

Fountain-Fort Carson District 8 Schools

Mountain Post Spouses' Club & Thrift Shop

Mountain Post Santa's Workshop

Mount Carmel Veteran Services

Tumbleweeds at the Mountain Post

USO at Fort Carson

Warrior's Warehouse

Fort Carson Units

Teen Center

For Activities & Events click here

Virtual & Off Post--Immediate Volunteer Needs

Volunteer Opportunities (Local & Immediate Need)

If you're looking for a way to help our community and neighbors in this time of need, see the following community partners: 

Virtual Volunteer Info

How to Become a Virtual Volunteer

The article guides readers on how to become a virtual volunteer, it highlights the benefits of virtual volunteering. The article discusses what to look for and how to get started. The piece even provides several links to organizations who are looking for help. 

Online--Nine Places to Volunteer (And Make An Impact)

This article encourages the reader to think outside of the box. There are online volunteer opportunities listed in this article one would not think about otherwise. One example of an amazing volunteer opportunity is Translators Without Borders

List of How to Help From Home

This article speaks to the many ways people can help locally. Donations to Food Pantries and blood donations have suffered greatly. There are other creative ways to help your neighbors and community. 

Click here for On-going Off Post Volunteer Organization List

Short Term Volunteering: "Stay for a Day"

Summer 2021 Community Volunteer Needs:

Palmer Lake Fireworks Committee is looking for volunteers to support the Fourth of July Festival at Palmer Lake in Monument, Colorado! This 3-day volunteer opportunity can be tracked in VMIS under Fort Carson Operation Good Samaritan (Off Post). 

For questions regarding volunteer opportunities, contact: Joey Bautista +1(719)526-1082 or Josesimo.r.bautista.civ@mail.mil

Youth Volunteering

On Post - Questions? Call +1 (719)526-1082 or +1 (719)526-8303

Army Community Service Summer Youth Volunteer Support

American Red Cross 

DFMWR--CYS Youth Sports & Fitness

Grant Library

Mountain Post Spouses' Club

Religious Support

Tumbleweeds at the Mountain Post  

For CYS-Teen Center Events & Activities click here

Check out:

SMART Girls

Keystone Club (High Schoolers only)

Passport to Manhood

Off Post

Check out our list:  Off-Post Youth Volunteer Opportunities

2019 ACS Summer Youth Volunteer Photos: Fort Carson ACS Volunteer Program

2021 Make a Difference Day (MADD)

2021 Make a Difference Day

Join us for the 2021 Make a Difference Day! The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2021, at multiple locations. More details to come!

Fort Carson Volunteer Award Recognition Program

https://carson.armymwr.com/download_file/view/64310/11642

Quarter Submission Packet Due Recognition
Date
Oct-Dec 2020 4 Jan 2020 12 Feb 2021
Jan-Mar 2021 12 April 2021 12 May 2021
Apr-Jun 2021 14 July 2021 12 Aug 2021
Jul-Sep 2021 8 Oct 2021 10 Nov 2021

 

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 Calendar Year. 

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

Annual Recognition Ceremony

Nomination packets for Youth Volunteer, Adult Volunteer and Steadfast and Loyal Hall of Fame Inductee Due: 16 March 2021

Submission packets for Commanding General's Certificate of Appreciation and Exemplary Service Award Due: 16 March 2021

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

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

A Quick VMIS How To Resource--How To Get Started, How to Select a Position & How To Enter Volunteer Hours

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, the age may vary from organization to organization.

Q: Is Childcare offered while I volunteer?

A: Limited hourly childcare is only offered while volunteering with ACS at the Main Center, 1517 Ellis Street, Building 1201. Your child(ren) must be registered with CYS and between 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Childcare is at a CYS Facility.

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.

 

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.

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