Volunteer videos selected to help thousands worldwide
March 10, 2009
- "We have a vibrant program with unequaled support from our community members."
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - The Army Community Services director for the Department of the Army has selected three locally produced how-to videos to be added Army-wide to the My Army Life Too Web site.
USAG-Yongsan Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator Lisa Willadsen produced the videos after she saw a lot of confusion about how to register for the volunteer program.
"When I first came on to this job we only had 498 volunteers registered, and I knew we had more than that because I am active in the community and I saw what the volunteers were doing," she said. "There was some confusion about where to go next on the Web site, so what I did was made a video that gave volunteers the step-by-step process of how to register."
Willadsen made three videos in total that teach different aspects of the Volunteer Information Management System, "VMIS is a database that is online and on the My Army Life Too Web site. It's where we post the volunteer opportunities for each garrison, and where each volunteer will keep their volunteer portfolio up-to-date."
The other videos teach volunteers how to log their work hours into the system and instruct volunteer managers how to use the Web site.
"The 'logging your hours' video is only two minutes long but it goes through the steps it takes to input the volunteer hours," she said. "The other video is for volunteer managers. It is 15 minutes long, but it has a lot of good information."
Volunteer registration into VMIS is important for many reasons, but the most important is it keeps track of the work-hours for each volunteer.
"In order for me to accurately let the Department of the Army and our leadership know the hard work our volunteers are doing, they've got to be registered," Willadsen said. "I wanted to give our volunteers an easy way to learn how to use the system, and it's worked. We now have over 2100 volunteers registered."
Garrison Commander Col. Dave Hall said Yongsan volunteers are vital to the community.
"We have a vibrant program with unequaled support from our community members," Hall said. "We are continuously improving quality of life for the USAG-Yongsan community and it is because of people like Lisa Willadsen and the Army Volunteer Corps that make Yongsan an assignment of choice."
Willadsen said she is not done producing videos. "I want to create basically, a frequently asked questions series of videos - Just little 30 second or one minute video snippets that answer those questions."
The videos will be posted to the My Army Life Too Web site about a month after they are delivered to the contractor running the site.