WIESBADEN, Germany – The U.S. Army Garrison Community Service in Wiesbaden stands ready to assist members of the community who wish to volunteer throughout the year.
The first step for anyone looking to volunteer in any office is to go to the Volunteer Management Information System website and register. The website is located at https://vmis.armyfamilywebportal.com.
The ACS office in Hainerberg Kaserne manages the volunteer program and potential volunteers should register there for information, agreement forms and training. Once a volunteer is registered, they can access volunteer opportunities available in the community.
Among the many benefits of volunteering, it is a way used to keep your professional skills up to date, improve job opportunities, gain additional work experience, learn new skills and be part of a team. .
Members pursuing the Outstanding Military Volunteer Service Medal are able to obtain the required documentation, outlining their progress as a volunteer, as they log hours into the VMIS system.
“It is important that volunteers register and record their hours because the service records of volunteers are kept in the VMIS and can be retrieved at any time, especially when people are moving from one station to another,” said Hellen Fakolujo, ACS Army Volunteer Corps coordinator. Service records can also be used as proof of experience gained on your resume when applying for jobs.
Due to the additional manpower required to provide services during the holiday season, many offices rely on volunteers from the community to assist them. For example, the United Services Organization relies on volunteers to help them with their Christmas and Thanksgiving gifts.
Some organizations that still need volunteers are Boy and Girl Scouts, Outdoor Recreation, Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club Thrift Shop, American Red Cross, USO, ACS, Child and Youth Services, Exceptional Family Member Program, Family Readiness Groups, as well as the hospital, museums, schools and chapels.