Army Volunteer Corps
- Gain a Sense of Gratification
- Feel a Sense of Achievement by Meeting Challenges
- Develop Professional Networks
- Acquire New Skills and/or Hone Existing Ones
- Obtain Work Experience
- Build New Friendships and Gain a Sense of Community
- 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.
- VMIS Registration
Why should I register on the Army's Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) and track my hours?
It is important to track your hours because it shows the contribution Fort Carson volunteers make in our community. These contributions may translate into services or funding for Fort Carson Service Members and their Families.
How are my hours used?
- Reported in the Army Volunteer Report
- Volunteer Award Recognition
- To Track our Military Community’s Needs
- Demonstrates the Value of Fort Carson AVC to the Community
- Fulfillment of National Honor Society Requirements
- On College Applications and for Scholarship Opportunities
Do I need to register and track my hours on VMIS if I am not interested in any form of recognition?
The short answer is… Yes. If for no other reason, it is important to remember volunteers must register for purposes of liability and accountability. (See types of volunteers)
- Logging Hours on VMIS
Why do I need to log my hours on VMIS?
Volunteers are required to register in the Army's Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS), as well as report hours on a regular basis.
There are two steps for the required VMIS registration process:
- Create your account with a username and password
- Apply for the volunteer position you wish to hold
Fort Carson units and organizations are able to track volunteers and their service hours through VMIS. Because the system is used throughout the entire Army you are able to seamlessly continue your volunteer service as you PCS from one duty station to another. You'll simply click the ‘Update Profile’ option at the top right of your Army One Source page and choose your new post from a drop down menu. This allows you to edit your profile and attach yourself to your new Military community and continue on with your service.
VMIS is where you will apply for volunteer positions, log volunteer hours, document training and awards. All of your information travels with you when you PCS or ETS, and provides you with a complete volunteer history whether you’re just tracking your volunteer activities, or using the information to search for employment.
Available volunteer opportunities can be found by accessing My Army One Source. Search by community (Fort Carson), and then by organization (the organization you wish to volunteer in).
- OPOC and VMIS Training
Organization Point of Contact (OPOC) and Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) Training
The last Wednesday of each month (with the exception of December) OPOC and VMIS training are offered to all who need a refresher or need to learn VMIS’s capabilities.
Training is held at Fort Carson Army Community Service, 6303 Wetzel Ave., bldg.1526, Fort Carson, CO 80913. The training is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Aspen room. To register for the OPOC and VMIS training go to: Army Community Service and click on the Eventbrite portal.
OPOC training is for those individuals in units, installation activities, and registered private organizations who manage volunteers. Simply put, an OPOC is the volunteer manager or coordinator for their unit or organization.
These training opportunities provide knowledge and skills to enable management of volunteers' hours, awards, training, and position descriptions within VMIS. Training also focuses on writing effective award nominations, and understanding the administrative and legal issues involved with managing Army volunteers.
All training opportunities are open to Family Readiness Support Assistants (FRSA), Family Readiness Liaisons (FRL), Family Readiness Group (FRG) leadership, as well as agency/private organization volunteer coordinators. Training is also open to commanders (to include rear detachment), senior spouses, etc. – anyone who wants to learn the ins and outs of managing Army volunteers on the VMIS system.
- Volunteer Opportunities
Fort Carson has numerous volunteer opportunities to match various interests, skills and goals. These opportunities exist both on-post and off-post. Through the Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) office you will be able to register for the volunteer opportunity of your choice and learn how to track your hours.
Learn the details of becoming an official volunteer by visiting or contacting the AVC office.
- Volunteer Opportunities within Army Community Service (ACS)
- Volunteer Opportunities throughout Fort Carson
- Volunteer Opportunities Off-Post (throughout the surrounding community, non-profit organizations)
- Fort Carson Volunteer Award Recognition Program
Volunteers should be appreciated for what they do. Army Community Service was built by limited paid staff and a corps of volunteers who supported ACS's fledging programs. As the directorate grew, its need for volunteers continued. The impact our volunteers have on our day to day operations is immeasurable.
Fort Carson is exceptionally proud of its volunteer corps and makes every effort to go above and beyond when it comes to recognition of their efforts. There are various awards in place to honor the commitment and dedication of outstanding individuals.
Fort Carson holds a quarterly award recognition as well as its annual award ceremony. The installation offers deployment, public service and a number
Volunteer of the Quarter (VOQ) Nominations
Click here for the Volunteer of the Quarter (VOQ) Nomination Form
Volunteer of the Quarter (VOQ) awards will be given by fiscal year vs. calendar year.
The number of awards given per quarter will be four (4):
1. Fort Carson Agency/Directorate
2. Family Readiness Group (FRG)
3. Private Organization
4. Youth Volunteer
These awards will be contingent upon the nominations submitted by each agency or unit.
The Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator will coordinate and assemble the judging panel. There will be five members of the panel. The panel will consist of two representatives from Division Command (one representing the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Commander and one representing the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Command Sergeant Major), two from the Garrison Command (one representing the Garrison Commander and one presenting the Garrison CSM) and one representative from the office of the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA).
Volunteer of the Quarter nomination form must be signed by the Brigade/Separate Battalion Commander / Agency Director.
The schedules of the Volunteer of the Quarter awards are as follows:
July – September 2018
Deadline for nominations: 2 October 2018
Judging will take place on 4 October 2018
Recognition: 17 October 2018
1st Quarter, FY19
Deadline for nominations: 26 January 2019
Judging will take place on 1 February 2019
Recognition: 20 February 2019
2nd Quarter, FY18
January- March 2019
Deadline for nominations: 3 April 2019
Judging will take place on 5 April 2019
Recognition: 17 April 2019
3rd Quarter, FY18
April- June 2019
Deadline for nominations: 15 July 2019
Judging will take place on 9 August 2019
Recognition: 21 August 2019
July – September 2019
Deadline for nominations: 2 October 2019
Judging will take place on 4 October 2019
Recognition: 16 October 2019
The VOQ selected winner will receive a Fort Carson Volunteer Quarter certificate, Fort Carson Volunteer of the Quarter Plague, AAFES Gift Certificate (donated by Fort Carson AAFES), and $20.00 MWR Bucks during the VOQ Recognition. Volunteer of the Quarter pictures will be posted at the volunteer Center office-ACS (hallway) and a plague (donated by Achievement Gallery will be established for names and dates of all winners. All VOQ nominees will receive an AAFES Discount Coupons from the AAFES and $20.00 MWR bucks. These will presented at their own internal unit/organization monthly/quarterly volunteer recognition or gathering. Coordinate with AVC office for the pickup of the nominee’s incentive.
2019 Annual Volunteer Award Nomination Packet and Information
You will find the nomination packet along with all criteria and guidelines. You will also find additional information regarding the Award Recognition Ceremony, which will be held on May 14, 2019. For your convenience, we have attached the current guidance for the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) as well.
All nominations are due March 8, 2019 by COB
Please email questions and submissions to the email link below or visit the AVC office at the ACS Center, building 1526.
Hours of Operation
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Army Volunteer Corps
Volunteers have an incredible impact on the day to day operations of our directorates, organizations and agencies. They make a difference in the lives of Soldiers and their Families. Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) is designed to help you find volunteering opportunities on or off-post with organizations that benefit the Army and the surrounding communities.
Fort Carson is one of few installations who provide Active Duty Service Members and Family Members the opportunity to volunteer for off-post, non-profit organizations in the Colorado Springs and Manitou area. These opportunities will fall under the umbrella of Operation Good Samaritan (OGS). Volunteers are able to track their off-post service through the Army’s Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS). The prospective volunteer must register on VMIS and meet with the AVC Program Manager prior to beginning service.
No matter where people volunteer in the Army Community, they usually want to contribute to Soldiers and their Family Members. We recognize this common goal and want to help you find the right opportunity.
How can volunteering work for you?
Contact your local AVC Program Manager within your Army Community Service (ACS) agency to register and learn about volunteer opportunities at your installation and the surrounding community.