|Story & photo by Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs
The Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Volunteer Corps Program has
many opportunities for personnel to donate time and experience in
support of installation organizations, events and services.
The 135 volunteer positions currently open cover a wide range of
interests and needs, said Janeen Folgers the Fort McCoy Army Volunteer
Corps coordinator. Ski Patrol volunteers at Whitetail Ridge Ski Area,
Army Family Team Building program instructors, Automotive Skills Center
and Woodshop attendants, and ACS Family Programs, are a few examples.
Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Fey, the Fort McCoy garrison chaplain
assistant, volunteers at Fort McCoy Army Community Service. Fey
helped by assembling totes for Military Family Appreciation
The Volunteer Corps program is a function of ACS, which is part of
the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR).
Volunteer positions, however, are not limited to DFMWR programs and
events, Folgers said. Opportunities exist with other installation
organizations, such as assisting the Directorate of Public Works Natural
Resources Branch with surveying and monitoring wildlife species at the
installation, including Karner blue butterfly, deer, and bird
The program also can assist personnel in finding volunteer opportunities
in the local communities, such as with youth organizations and Veterans
Volunteers also provide services for Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) on
“What many people don’t know is you don’t need to have a Family member
in a unit to be part of that FRG,” Folgers said. Anyone in the Fort
McCoy community can apply to volunteer for an FRG position.
Organizations such as the 181st Infantry Brigade, its subordinate
battalions, and the Noncommissioned Officer Academy are in need of FRG
Anyone associated with the Army community — Soldiers, Family members,
Department of Defense civilians, retirees, etc. — can participate in the
Volunteer Corps, Folgers said.
“Many of the volunteers are military spouses who are new to Fort McCoy
and don’t have jobs yet, so they volunteer their time and experience,”
Volunteer requirements vary depending on the position. The
organizational proponent of the position establishes the criteria for
duties, time requirements, evaluation procedures, and qualifications,
“Volunteering doesn’t just benefit the recipients of the volunteer
work,” Folgers said. “The volunteers gain professional- development
skills; it enhances resumes, and volunteers meet people with similar
Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Fey, the Fort McCoy garrison chaplain assistant
noncommissioned officer in charge, has been volunteering at the
installation for about a year.
“I enjoy the events I volunteer at and seeing the Families come out and
having a good time,” Fey said.
Fey has volunteered at various installation Family Program events, such
as Day for Kids, Easter Eggstravaganza, and Card Making workshops.
Fey also is a volunteer reading tutor at Child, Youth and School
Services. She tutors youth in kindergarten through fifth grade two times
Fey said she has always enjoyed volunteering and when she learned about
the Volunteer Corps Program during an ACS briefing she thought it
sounded like a good program.
“I volunteered at my last duty station too, but I like volunteering at
Fort McCoy because there are more volunteer opportunities,” Fey said.
“It’s also easy to volunteer here, you show up, work and leave, you
don’t have to create everything like at my last duty station.”
Soldiers who volunteer can have their volunteer hours tracked by the
Volunteer Corps program and submitted to their commands, Folgers said.
Commanders can use the information toward completing applications for
the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
Folgers, who became the Volunteer Corps coordinator in August, hopes to
expand the program and has many ideas she hopes to execute.
“I want to find what’s needed and find volunteers who fit the need while
also matching up volunteers with positions they will enjoy,” Folgers
She also would like to spotlight volunteer positions to get the word out
to the installation about the opportunities available.
Prior to the Volunteer Corps coordinator position, Folgers worked at the
Fort McCoy Family Housing Office.
“When I was part of the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) at Cataract
Elementary School I learned how good it felt to be a volunteer,” Folgers
said. “When this job became available I decided to apply for it because
it’s (volunteering) where my heart is.”
Personnel who are interested in becoming a volunteer should visit the
Army OneSource website at
www.myarmyonesource.com, register at the site, fill out a volunteer
application and search the volunteer opportunities. Volunteers also can
apply in person at the ACS Center, building 2111, and speak directly
with Folgers to be matched up with a position.
Each April volunteers in the McCoy community are recognized during a
Volunteer Recognition Banquet for the hours of work contributed the
prior fiscal year, Folgers said. In fiscal year 2011, 84 personnel
contributed 9,774 volunteer hours, which equates to about $218,840 in
wages paid at about $22.39 an hour.
For more information, call 608-388-6507.