By Holly DeCarlo-White
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs
Community members gathered at the Robinson Barracks former bar, June 14, to discuss opportunities for an entirely volunteer run space. This would be the first space within U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, and possibly Army garrisons in general, to be entirely operated by residents.
The initiative is spearheaded by the Deputy to the Garrison Commander Heidi Malarchik. Along with interested residents of RB, representatives in attendance included Army Community Service, USO Stuttgart, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Directorate of Public Works and the garrison Public Affairs Office.
Apply: Individuals interested in becoming a part of the volunteer committee to manage the space and the events held there can apply for the opportunity (described below), online through the Volunteer Information Management System (VMIS) at Army OneSource . A large benefit to registering as an official volunteer, aside from gaining official government service hours, is that liability insurance coverage is included. People can also obtain assistance with the application process and get more information at ACS in Building 2915 on Panzer Kaserne.
The committee leadership will be composed of three main positions: event coordination, logistics and public relations. The first deadline to apply closes in two weeks time. The garrison hopes to have a committee up and running in the space by mid-July.
So what will be in this space? The community on RB is primarily residential, however, residents still seek a place outside their own homes to gather, meet people, and learn new things. This revamped location could provide a relaxed atmosphere, with Wi-Fi, to host classes, have guest speakers, play groups and many more activities. Appointed community members would be responsible for the coordination of the events calendar, promotion and maintenance of the room to keep it going.
“This can be what you make it,” Malarchik said. “The difficulty is always going to be to sustain it.”
Note: This room would not be available for private parties. The club will remain the rental space for residents, scheduled through the fitness center for a minimal fee per hour. The appointed committee will be responsible for creating any additional policies for the space.
ROBINSON BARRACKS COMMUNITY OUTREACH ORGANIZER
OVERVIEW: The United States Army Garrison Stuttgart Command team is seeking a Community Outreach Organizer for Robinson Barracks (RB). The mission of the Community Outreach Organizer is to better the quality of life and build a sense of community pride by sponsoring actions which help the RB residents build community and learn to navigate in the greater Stuttgart community. Our goal is to promote neighborhood improvement and to encourage citizen participation in civic affairs. This volunteer will bring community citizens together to work towards achieving common goals that will improve quality of life in the Robinson Barracks community.
POSITION: Robinson Barracks (RB) Community Outreach Organizer
ORGANIZATION: United States Army Garrison Stuttgart (USAG Stuttgart)
POSITION LEVEL: Volunteer 10 – 24 hours per week
REPORTING STRUCTURE: Reports to Army Community Service/ Directorate of Public Works Installation Coordinator
DESCRIPTION: The Community Outreach Organizer will utilize community building and organizing techniques to engage the neighborhood stakeholders for purposes of neighborhood improvement: residents, law enforcement, garrison leaders, church leaders, service providers, nonprofit and private organizations, teachers, principals and students. Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to these duties:
- Actively participate in a collaborative process for addressing common issues. Assist with volunteer recruitment, communicating with the community, and other resident leadership development.
- Serve as liaison to stakeholders and neighborhood actors in community organizing activities.
- Advocate for the best interests of the RB community on social concerns, housing and public safety issues.
- Represent the RB residents at appropriate meetings, presentations and community events, as needed.
- Collaboratively develop and implement time specific plans to resolve identified community issues. Work with the Garrison Housing Office to help maintain good housing quality. Help coordinate neighborhood improvement projects and volunteer service efforts.
- Assist with the creation and distribution of communications on RB activities and issues, including Facebook and other social media platforms.
- Build knowledge of appropriate community services and resources to make appropriate referrals for residents.
- (Best qualified/Not required) Bachelor’s degree completed or in progress in social science or community development field, or two years of relevant professional experience in community development.
- Group facilitation skills
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal.
- Good analytical, negotiation, and problem-solving skills
- Strong time and task management skills
- Genuine commitment and sensitivity to residents and community issues
- Respect for economic and cultural diversity, experience working with diverse groups of people
- Highly motivated and independent, yet team-oriented
- Must be able to work some week-ends and evenings
- Computer and other standard office equipment skills sufficient to prepare flyers and other
Register in the Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS)
Per Army Regulation 608-1, all volunteers are required to be registered in the central database, as well as reporting hours each month.
The VMIS at Army OneSource allows volunteers to search for opportunities, log hours, and document training and awards all on one site.
Registration also provides valuable information on the number of volunteers, the types of work volunteers are performing, and the amount of time worked for the unit, command and installation. This information provides the command with the big picture as to how volunteers are supporting service members, families and the mission.
The information travels with you when you PCS or ETS, and provides a complete volunteer history whether you’re tracking your volunteer activities, or using the information to search for employment.
Available volunteer opportunities can be found by through Stuttgart’s Army Community Service located on Panzer Kaserne, Building 2915, DSN: 431-3362/civ. 07031-15-336, or online by accessing Army OneSource. Click on the “Volunteer Tools” tab (in the upper right hand corner). Search by community or by organization. People can login using a CAC or create a unique login.