The best way to find yourself
is to lose yourself in the
service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
AVC Manager: Vacant
Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator
Location: Army Community Service, 622 Swift Road, Bldg. 622
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Provides placement opportunities for volunteers based on interest and agency needs. Assists volunteer organizations with recruitment, training and guidance for volunteer recognition.
To promote and strengthen volunteerism by uniting community volunteer efforts, supporting professional management, enhancing volunteer career mobility, and establishing volunteer partnerships to support individual personal growth and life-long volunteer commitment.
To be a trained and resourced professional volunteer force supported by Army leadership and prepared to contribute to Army readiness and well-being.
Volunteers support the installation mission in a variety of capacities such as: coaches, office assistants, program assistants, and much more. Joining the West Point volunteer team enables you to gain valuable work experience while helping others.
Available Volunteer Opportunities
Many opportunities can be found by accessing the online Opportunity Locator at http://www.MyArmyOneSource.com.
Click on “Volunteer Tools” (top right).
• Select the state of NY on the map.
• Select "West Point" for community
You can search by organization group or scroll down to view all open opportunities. You may also contact the Volunteer Coordinator at any time for more information.
How to Volunteer at West Point
• The Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator (AVCC) assists potential volunteers with locating volunteer organizations and opportunities at West Point that are right for them.
• The AVCC will put you in contact with the organization you want to volunteer with. During this time, the volunteer and organization should agree upon a position in which the volunteer will serve. The volunteer must receive a copy of the position description and must register PRIOR to beginning volunteer service.
• To register, the volunteer needs to:
1) Register on the Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) West Point organizations are now on line with the new Department of the Army Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS). The system is used to track volunteer hours, training and awards. All installation volunteers are required to register in this system and document hours each month.
If a position is not in the system, contact the AVC Corrdinator for assistance. Please refer to the How-to Guide for Volunteers
2) Complete necessary volunteer paperwork. The organization you will be volunteering for determines the type of form you must complete. If you are unsure which form to complete after reading below, please contact the AVCC.
a Statutory Volunteers are those that are authorized by federal statute (10 USC 1588) to provide services in certain Army activities such as health-care related programs, FMWR, family programs, museums, religious programs, child development and youth programs, library, housing, legal assistance, education services, etc. Statutory volunteers are considered to be employees of the Government when acting within the scope of their position description, and are provided certain benefits by law (e.g. worker's compensation).Per Army Regulation 608-1, all statutory volunteers must register, complete a volunteer agreement (and parental permission form, if applicable), and have a position description PRIOR to starting work.
• Volunteer Agreement (DD Form 2793)
This form is position specific and must be signed by the volunteer and the organization accepting official. A separate DD2793 form must be completed/signed for each statutory activity in which the volunteer works. The original must be maintained in the organization files, and a copy provided to the Army Volunteer Corps office. THE DD2793 IS NOT APPLICABLE TO PRIVATE ORGANIZATION OR GRATUITOUS SERVICE VOLUNTEERS!
• Parental Permission Form (DA Form 5671)
This form must be signed prior to the commencement of volunteer services when volunteers are under the age of 18.
b Private Organization Volunteers are those that participate in organizations that can demonstrate a bona fide contribution to the military community and are authorized to operate on the installation, including: the American Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, West Point Womens Club, DUSA, and Constitution Island. Private organization volunteers are not covered under 10 USC 1588. All liability for incidents/accidents or injury to the volunteer are the responsibility of the private organization. Private organizations may have paperwork for the volunteer to complete, but there is no requirement for a copy of that paperwork to be filed with the AVCC.
3) Orientation The organization will provide orientation to the volunteer. During this orientation, the volunteer will become introduced to the organization in which they will be serving. During orientation, volunteers will receive information about operating procedures, dress code, hours, expectations, grievance procedures, etc.
4) Logging Hours Once Statutory Volunteers commence with their service, they must document their hours in VMIS. Hours must be recorded by the 15th of each month for the previous month in order for the system to accept them. Please refer to the How-to Guide for Volunteers for step by step instructions.
• The Volunteer Daily Time Record is a useful tool to track hours on a daily basis.
Youth volunteers - There are many opportunities for youth to get involved too. West Point Youth Volunteer Program
Each year, West Point volunteers contribute thousands of hours toward making West Point a better community. West Point truly values each of its volunteers and recognizes them. Last year West Point volunteers logged nearly 90,000 hours saving the community nearly $2 million dollars!
The West Point Black and Gold Volunteer Award. The Garrison Commander recognizes volunteers that have gone the extra mile in the West Point Community by promoting a sense of community, and performing volunteer service with a professional, positive, and caring attitude. Volunteers may be nominated by anyone with knowledge of individual's contributions. Ceremonies are held quarterly on the 1st Thursday of March, June, September and December.
• Black and Gold Information Paper
• Black and Gold Nomination Form (Downloadable Word file)
• Black and Gold Nomination Form (PDF file)
Black and Gold Volunteer Award Ceremony Photos
2013 2ndt Quarter Awardees – Volunteer of the Quarter : Elizbeth Tomlin
2013 1st Quarter Awardees – Volunteer of the Quarter : COL Michael Meese
2012 4th Quarter Awardees – Volunteer of the Quarter : Ms. Erin Kidd
2012 3rd Quarter Awardees – Volunteer of the Quarter: Ms. Diana Ringquist
2012 2nd Quarter Awardees – Volunteer of the Quarter: Ms. Kerilyn Schwartzkopf
Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. During National Volunteer Week in April of each year, we honor our wonderful volunteers by recognizing their contributions at our annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. All registered volunteers are invited to attend. The 2012 event took place on 18 April at the West Point Club. Pictures from the event can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/westpointmwr/sets/72157629853531231/
West Point Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC)
Representatives from organizations benefiting from volunteer service, as well as command spouses and community representatives meet bi-monthly to discuss volunteer and community news, share program plans and network to support the installation and surrounding communities. For more information, please contact the AVCC at 938-3655.
Make a Difference Day
This annual event is an opportunity for the installation and local communities to participate in a "national day of doing good." On the 4th Saturday of October, units, organizations, and individuals set out to do something positive for the community, such as conduct food drives, repair homeless shelters, visit veterans and the elderly, etc. For more information on how you can get involved in Make a Difference Day, please contact the AVCC at 938-3655.
Volunteer Assistance Request Form
If you are an organization in need of volunteer support, please complete a Volunteer Assistance Request Form. Please note that ample notice must be provided when requesting volunteers, particularly for special events and date-specific needs.
Fequently Asked Questions About Utilizing Volunteers