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Army Volunteer Corps

The Army Volunteer Corps is your destination to volunteer opportunities on and off Fort Carson and in our community. Fort Carson is home to more than 5,000 volunteers, contributing nearly 200,000 hours annually.  This selflessness within our community is equivalent to $4.2 million. 

Join the force and make a difference!

To reach the Army Volunteer Corps program, reach out to Tonya Dower at Tonya.r.dower.civ@army.mil or 719-526-108/526-8303

 

  • Warriors Warehouse Volunteer Opportunity

    Warriors Warehouse Volunteer Opportunity

    Warriors Warehouse provides free household items to all E5 service members and is looking for on going support to assist with sorting, unpacking, organizing and distribution of items. Volunteer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays between 9:00am-1:00pm. Contact Donna Swanson at ww.ftcarson.1045@gmail.com and at 402-659-8755. 
  • Pikes Peak Group of Colorado Mountain Club

    Pikes Peak Group of Colorado Mountain Club

    This on going volunteer opportunity with the Pikes Peak Group of Colorado Mountain Club is a beneficial endeavor. Volunteers will assist replacing a roof, painting, carrying shingles and more, all while viewing of Pikes Peak. For more information, contact Dean Waits at dwaits24@gmail.com
  • Care and Share Volunteer Opportunity

    Care and Share Volunteer Opportunity

    The Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado is looking for 25 volunteers to assist with setting up the Mobile Food Pantry and distributing food to low-income neighborhoods on the 2nd Friday of each month  between 8:30am-10:30am.  Reach our to Brittany Smith at Brittany@careandshare.org and at 719-418-4295.  
  • Turkey Creek Ranch Volunteer Opportunity

    Turkey Creek Ranch Volunteer Opportunity

    Home to the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard, Turkey Creek Ranch welcomes individual, group and unit volunteer opportunities with flexible availabilities. Take advantage of this volunteer opportunity or unit service project and contact 1LT Anne Maffey at Anne.a.maffey@mail.mil and
    at 717-829-9193. 
  • Reynolds Ranch House

    Reynolds Ranch House

    The Western Museum of Mining and Industry (WMMI) is looking for volunteers to support the 6th annual Harvest Fest and Miner's Pumpkin Patch through October. Shifts support games, photo ops, hayrides, the petting zoo and more. Contact Loretta Howden at volunteer@wmmi.org or 719-488-0880 for information.  

  • Catholic Charities/Marian House Marketplace

    Catholic Charities/Marian House Marketplace

    The Marian House Market Place food pantry is training volunteers to fill critical recurring roles. Roles include Client Intake Volunteer, Shopping Assistant Volunteer and Checkout Assistant Volunteer. To apply for one of these opportunities, reach out to Doug Rouse at 719-866-6286 or at drouse@charitiescc.org
  • Trunk or Treat

    Trunk or Treat

    The Retired Enlisted Association Chapter 1 (TREA) is looking for 8-10 volunteers to assist with traffic control, directing participants with parking and directions for the Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 16, from 12:00-4:00pm. For more information, please contact Kayla Powell at 315-767-9038 or arcticfox89@outlook.com

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 expand your current volunteering or explore a new role! Volunteer Position Descriptions can be found in VMIS or with Tonya at ACS! 
2021 Make a Difference Day (MADD)

2021 Make a Difference Day

Make A Difference Day (MADD) is an annual National Volunteer Day, dedicated to helping others -- a celebration of “Neighbors helping Neighbors”. On the fourth Saturday of October, millions of volunteers participate in community projects. In 2020, more than 3.2 million people accomplished thousands of projects in hundreds of towns and communities around the United States. 

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On Post Volunteer Opportunities

 

Off Post Opportunities & Operation Good Samaritan

Fort Carson has a volunteer umbrella position which covers all off-post volunteer service opportunities called 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 Joey Bautista, Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator                    (AVCC), at Josesimo.r.bautista.civ@army.mil

     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 Joey Bautista 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 & Immediate Needs)

If you're looking for a way to help our community, see the following 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"
Youth Volunteering

On post opportunities include:

 

Off Post

 

Fort Carson Volunteer Award Recognition Program

 

Quarter Submission Packet Due Recognition
Date
July-Sep 2021 11 Oct 2021 17 Nov 2021
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

 

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.

Annual Recognition Ceremony

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.

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, 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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