Phone: (910) 396-8160 or (910) 396-2458
Location: Soldier Support Center – 3rd Floor
Normandy Drive, Fort Bragg (map)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Hours: Mon – Fri, 8 am – 5 pm
Training is offered throughout the year for those individuals in units, installation activities, and registered private organizations who manage volunteers. The various training opportunities provide knowledge/skills to enable you to manage your volunteers within the Army Volunteer Management Information System, write effective award nominations, understand the administrative and legal issues involved with managing Army Volunteers, etc. 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.
The AVC (Army Volunteer Corps) provides placement opportunities for volunteers based on interest and agency needs. Assists volunteer organizations with recruitment, training and guidance for volunteer recognition. Joining the Fort Bragg volunteer team enables you to gain valuable work experience while helping others. Volunteers support the installation mission in a variety of capacities such as: coaches, office assistants, FRG leaders, program assistants, and much more. Volunteers are required to be registered in the central database as well as reporting hours each month.
VMIS – Are you tracking?
Fort Bragg units/organizations are now on line with the new Department of Army Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) at Army One Source! You may search for volunteer opportunities, log your hours, and document training and awards all on one site. The 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 Army One Source. Click on the “Volunteer Tools” tab (in the upper right hand corner). Search by community (Fort Bragg), and by organization (the organization you wish to volunteer in).
- VMIS How-to-Guide for Volunteers (Posted June 2013)
- VMIS Getting Started Guide – Defense Web Publication
Current Off Post Volunteer Opportunities listed below. Please stop by the IVS office for a more detailed listing of opportunities in the local community.
- North Carolina Veterans Park – Volunteers Needed! Located in historic downtown Fayetteville, this is the first state park dedicated to military veterans, young and old, living or deceased, from all branches of the Armed Services. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Mr. Clyde V Vaughan, Volunteer Coordinator, NC State Veterans Park, (910) 822-4362/366-2360, or email at Cvau997631@aol.com. To learn more about the park, click here.
- Fourth Friday – Every Month – Downtown Fayetteville! Click here for more details on how to volunteer!
- Animal Rescue – The Haven. Click here for more details on how to volunteer.
- Guardian Ad Litem – Be an Advocate for a Child! Click here for more details.
- Urban Farming Tour Docents – Interested in learning more about organic farming, or even volunteering to be a tour docent for one of the locations in Cumberland or Moore County? Click here for more information. You may also contact Heather Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-639-7024.
- Arts Council – For more information on the Arts Council and volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.theartscouncil.com/
- International Folk Festival in downtown Fayetteville is looking for volunteers! Click here to find out how you can help!
MDA CAMP NEEDS YOU!!! The Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp is often referred to as “the best week of the year”. Our camp is unique because we’re able to offer a week of barrier-free fun, where there are virtually no limitations. Activities include ziplines, archery, horseback riding, swimming, fishing and so much more. Each camper is paired with a counselor of the same gender for the entire week. The duo take part in all activities as a team, and the counselor may be called upon for assistance with daily living activities. While we are happy to accept applications from interested females, OUR GREATEST NEED IS FOR MEN SINCE ABOUT 70% OF OUR CAMPERS ARE MALE! We provide training before the campers arrive so that our counselors feel comfortable working with their campers for the week. Click here for the flyer or follow this link to register as a volunteer.
VMIS Registration Incentives:
NEW INCENTIVES AVAILABLE JUST FOR REGISTERING AND LOGGING HOURS!!
Registration is important to your unit/organization chain of command, and the installation. It provides valuable information on the number of volunteers, the types of work volunteers are performing, and the amount of time worked. This information provides the command with the big picture as to how our volunteers are supporting our Soldiers, their Families, and the mission.
As part of the Bragg Bucks Program, when you register in VMIS and log your hours each month, your hours can be “cashed” in for various items such as totes, portfolios, tumblers, etc. Hours must be entered during the current open period, and logged appropriately by day and not by period. Only hours logged for Fort Bragg units/organizations since October 2009 count toward the program.
Each volunteer registered in VMIS and logging hours can also earn a lapel pin for every 250 hours documented. The basic lapel pin is earned with the initial 250 hours, and then wings are added for each additional 250 hours. Wings are available in increments of 250 hours through 2,500 hours. Pins are available in for pickup the AVC office at any time after you reach each individual goal. Hours must be certified by your OPOC prior to claiming your pin.
Can’t get into the office to pick up your pin? Email email@example.com with your name, organization, and mailing address. As long as the information is properly input into VMIS, we can verify it and drop your pin in the mail within a few days!
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.
Applicable Volunteer Policies and Regulations:
- Installation Volunteer Recognition & Awards Program (FB Regulation 608-1, Apr 2009)
- Army Community Service Center (AR 608-1, Chapter 5, March 2013)
- US Code, Title 10, 1588, Authority to Accept Certain Voluntary Services
Required Volunteer Registration Forms. Per AR 608-1, all statutory volunteers must register, complete a volunteer agreement, and have a position description PRIOR to starting work. In addition, the regulation requires volunteers to document all hours worked. Registration in the VMIS at http://www.myarmyonesource.com eliminates the need for the following forms:
- Don’t Need – DA 4162, Volunteer Service Record (generated when registered in VMIS)
- Don’t Need – DA 4713, Volunteer Daily Time Record (generated when registered in VMIS)
- Need – DD 2793, Volunteer Agreement
This form is position specific and must be signed by the volunteer and the unit/organization accepting official PRIOR TO STARTING WORK. A separate DD2793 form must be completed/signed for each statutory activity in which the volunteer works. The original must be maintained in the unit/organization files, and a copy uploaded to VMIS in the Volunteer VSR under the Files Tab. THE DD2793 IS NOT APPLICABLE TO PRIVATE ORGANIZATION OR GRATUITOUS SERVICE VOLUNTEERS!
- Volunteer Awards Checklist
- DA Form 1256, Incentive Award Nomination & Approval
- Iron Mike Award Criteria
- Iron Mike Award Nomination Form