After three years of planning and development, U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Army Community Service have launched a new Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) on Jan. 11.“VMIS is an online program that helps volunteers track their volunteer experience, hours served, orientations, trainings and even awards,” Chassity Morse, volunteer coordinator, Rock Island Arsenal Army Community Service. “This information is certified accurate by a supervisor of the activity. This online profile allows for easy mobility, as it can follow them from one location to another. This is especially important for military spouses who move every few years. Having this online platform to track their volunteer work can help them verify experience that could promote their employability. Not only that, users can generate documents needed to verify service and/or experience.“The new VMIS is a modernized update from the previous system and even packages in reminders to track hours to encourage effective tracking of their work,” she said.“The legacy system in Army OneSource had some issues that some volunteers found frustrating and ended up giving up on using the system,” said Morse. “Access was the number one complaint as it was not compatible with all browsers and did not translate to a mobile device very well. The new system is user friendly and more versatile.”All service members, family members, and Department of the Army civilians volunteering on Rock Island Arsenal can use the new VMIS system, housed under Army Family Web Portal.Users can also log hours volunteered for off-post organizations upon providing a memo proving the hours to Morse. This is particularly helpful for service members as they may be working towards a Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.Morse said she has high hopes for the new system. She hopes it will encourage people to log their hours more, because in doing so installation and Army leadership are better able to see just how much money they are saving because of the great work our volunteers are doing and allows for a more comprehensive recognition opportunity.Volunteers who have logged hours on the old system will have their hours automatically transferred over to the new system by going to https://vmis.armyfamilywebportal.com and choosing the transition my account option. New volunteers can also go to the site to register and apply for positions.For more information, email Chassity Morse at chassity.r.morse.civ@mail.mil.Army Family Web PortalVolunteer Management Information SystemRock Island Arsenal Army Community ServiceRIA ACS on FacebookRock Island Arsenal FMWRRIA FMWR on Facebook