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).
- Fort Carson Volunteer Award Recognition Program
Volunteers should be appreciated for what they do. The impact our volunteers have on our day to day operations at Fort Carson 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. We recognize volunteers on a quarterly and annual basis.
2019 Annual Volunteer Award Nomination Packet and Information
You will find nomination packets along with all criteria, samples and guidelines below. You will also find information regarding the Volunteer of the Quarter as well as the MOVSM.
Annual Volunteer Award Submissions are due March 8, 2019 by COB. All Volunteer of the Year Nominations are due February 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.
- Commanding General's Certificate of Appreciation
- Exemplary Service Award
- Youth Volunteer of the Year
- Adult Volunteer of the Year
- Steadfast and Loyal Hall of Fame Volunteer
- Volunteer of the Quarter (VOQ) Packet
- Impact Awards
For your convenience, we have attached the current guidance for the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) as well. MOVSM Army Regulation 600-8-2
- 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.
- Where Can I Volunteer?
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)
- What Can VMIS Do For Me?
Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS)
The Volunteer Management Information System was developed to give the Army a real-time snapshot of volunteer activities at any given time, at any given installation.
VMIS provides all of the tools needed to track AVC volunteer service, manage & track volunteers, post open positions, print reports, and much more. All volunteer hours are tracked through the VMIS system.
VMIS provides the necessary tools to manage volunteers and their service within the local Army Community, including online recruitment, volunteer record storage and easy communication with volunteers and staff.
- Manage Volunteer Service Record (VSR)
- Locate & Communicate with Installation Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator (AVCC)
- Apply for Volunteer Opportunities
- Record & Track Volunteer Service Hours
- Locate Accurate Information on Positions Held, Duties, Dates, etc., for Resume
- Active Duty Service Members Can Easily Access Verification of Volunteer Service for the MOVSM
The Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) provides tools to manage volunteer service within your Military Community. VMIS provides:
- Online Recruitment
- Storage of Volunteer Records (hours, positions, awards, training)
- Roll-Up of Volunteer Service/Hours
- Easy and Efficient Communication with Volunteers and Volunteer Coordinators
- Easy Access to Everyone Ready Portal (a volunteer staff development plan), and Much More!
- IMCOM VMIS 'How-To' Resources for Volunteers
- What Does An Organizational Point of Contact (OPOC) Do?
The Organizational Point of Contact (OPOC) assist volunteers within their respective agency, organization or unit with VMIS questions or issues. They are the Volunteer Coordinator who assists volunteers with entering hours, awards and trainings. An OPOC troubleshoots any issues volunteers may have with VMIS. The OPOC fields volunteer questions and addresses any challenges which may arise during the course of volunteer service. OPOCs are also responsible for updating volunteer position descriptions and entering new positions for their agency, organization or unit into VMIS. OPOCs certify submitted volunteer service hours and accept new volunteer applications online as well.
- Volunteer FAQs
Q: Where do I go to learn about the volunteering process and volunteer opportunities?
A: Come to Army Community Service (ACS), 6303 Wetzel Ave., bldg. 1526, 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: Childcare is only offered if you volunteer with ACS at the Main Center, bldg. 1526. Your child(ren) must be registered with CYS, be 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Childcare facility is open Tuesdays-Thursdays from 8:30 PM to 4:00 PM.
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 work/job experience. Employers will recognize your time and service.
- Off-Post Volunteer Opportunities
There are a number of ways to get involved with the surrounding community. Learn how you can be the change you wish to see in the world by volunteering throughout the Colorado Springs and Manitou areas.
Look over the list of our community partners and click Off-Post Volunteer Opportunities to learn about the volunteer opportunities available throughout our surrounding communities.
Meet some of our community partners:
- Catholic Charities of Central Colorado
- Mt. Carmel Veteran Services
- Pike's Peak United Way
- Humane Society of Pike's Peak Region
- Pike's Peak Habitat for Humanity
- Project Angel Heart
- Rocky Mountain Operation Homefront
- Care and Share, Inc.
- Spark the Change Colorado Volunteer Board
Hours of Operation
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|Tuesday||8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Friday||8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
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.