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Volunteer Resources

The Volunteer Resource Program serves as a hub providing patrons with information on military and local community volunteer opportunities. Meet with your installation Volunteer Coordinator to learn about the specific options available at each JBSA location, such as annual recognition ceremonies,volunteer advisory council and more. 

Become a Volunteer

Why should you Volunteer?

For yourself and the community; by volunteering you’ll explore areas of interest or new career fields, and build new networking relationships. If you’re looking for professional job experience, volunteering will give you the opportunity to gain new skills and work experience for inclusion on your next job application or resume. The benefits of volunteerism are endless!

Volunteers provide invaluable support to the military community, donating thousands of hours each month at agencies across Joint Base San Antonio.

How to become a Volunteer


The Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) is an online tool providing a real-time snapshot of volunteer opportunities. VMIS is a platform that allows organizations on Joint Base San Antonio to share their volunteer openings. It creates a centralized location for the community to see what opportunities are available and apply. VMIS also helps volunteers to manage their volunteer service record, trainings, and certificates and track their hours. It also helps show the command how valuable volunteer support is for our community.


Need help registering? The Volunteering 101 workshop offered at our Fort Sam Houston location can help with navigating the system and review the in's and out's of volunteering on a military installation.

Volunteer Advisory Council (VAC)

The VAC is comprised of representatives from agencies having volunteers, appropriate command spouses, and community representatives. The VAC meets monthly to discuss current volunteer issues and share program plans, successes, and proposed events.

Annual JBSA Volunteer Awards Ceremony

Every April during the National Volunteer Week, M&FRC hosts the Annual JBSA Volunteer Awards Ceremony to recognize and thank those who contribute countless hours of service, significantly and positively impacting the lives of others within JBSA and our local community. This year's award ceremony is slated for April 17, 2024.


Do you know some extraordinary volunteers within our JBSA community?
Nominate them to be recognized for their outstanding and innovative volunteer efforts! Submit nomination packets now through March 1, 2024 for this year's ceremony. Specific award criteria, instructional guides, and nomination forms are updated every January for the upcoming ceremony. Nomination writing workshops and support are available by request.


Volunteer of the Year Award (VOYA)
This award does not require a specific number of hours to be considered and has 8 different categories: Outstanding Service Member, Outstanding Civilian, Outstanding Retiree, Outstanding Youth (ages 13-17), Outstanding Family Member, JBSA Family of the Year, Small Groups, and Large Groups.
2024 VOYA Instruction2024 VOYA Nomination Form

Volunteer Excellence Award (VEA)
This lifetime achievement award recognizes exceptional long-term community support that is significant in character, has tangible results, and reflects favorably on the United States Armed Forces. Volunteers may only receive this award once.
2024 VEA Instruction2024 VEA Nomination Form

Presidential Volunteer Service Award
This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action. This award requires a specific number of volunteer hours per age bracket and includes 4 different categories: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Lifetime Achievement.
Presidential Service Award EligibilityPresidential Service Award Nomination Form


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