|Volunteer Management Information System comes to Fort Meade
Source: Rushaunda A. Farmer
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Volunteer Management Information System comes to
By Rushaunda A. Farmer
Special to Soundoff!
The Volunteer Management Information System is the Department of the Army initiative that provides all of the tools volunteers need to track Army Volunteer Corps hours and more.
Whether an Army Volunteer Corps coordinator, organization point of contact, program manager or volunteer, this system helps give real-time view into volunteer activity in your area.
The goal of the Army is to eventually go "paperless" in tracking volunteers and their hours. Volunteers will be required to log onto the My Army Life Too Web site (www.myarmylifetoo.com) to register as a volunteer. Volunteers apply for positions much as they would for a job on the USAJOBS or the civilian personnel Web site.
The system is user-friendly and easy to navigate. VMIS allows volunteers to input their own hours and then have them certified by an organization point of contact. One of the great things about the system is that it lends credibility and portability to volunteer service. Gone are the days of having to physically hand-carry volunteer records.
Although the local volunteer coordinator can provide volunteers with a letter summarizing their volunteer hours and service, VMIS can be accessed from any computer, government or nongovernment, CONUS or OCONUS.
Users can easily download a report of their volunteer service. If an individual is preparing to transition to a new duty station, he or she can access all of the volunteer opportunities at that installation prior to arrival.
Training for VMIS is offered monthly at Army Community Service. While there may be some hesitation from volunteers who do not view themselves as "computer savvy," ACS employees will be with them every step of the way.
For more information, call 301-677-5590 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org