Volunteering & the “official team”

iStock_000007362907Small“…any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use or the site shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the County of Los Angeles, in the State of California.”

http://www.acclaim.com/terms_of_use.html

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is an activity of public interest held by individuals, called volunteers in the context of legal relationships, other than the legal work and the civil legal relationship of paid work.

Beneficiary of the volunteering services is a legal person  public or private with legal statute, without profit, that conclude on  law terms  a voluntary agreement. Acclaim is not like that ( it is a corporation, not a public or private person that don’t make profits).

Voluntary agreement is an convention with free agreements titles between an individual person, called volunteer, and a legal entity, named recipient of volunteering, whereby the first is bound to the second to provide a public interest activity without obtaining a consideration material.

So where moderators and VGMs fit in this picture? I don’t see where. They can’t be called volunteer workers. In fact, they are not.

What are the basics of a voluntary ?

a) participation as a volunteer on the freely expressed consent;
b) active involvement of volunteers in community life;
c) carrying out voluntary work without any material reward from the recipient activity;
d) recruiting volunteers on equal opportunities without any discrimination.

Volunteering is accomplished by a contract concluded in writing, under sanction of absolute nulity, between 2 parts, beneficial in conditions of freedom of contract of the parties and with the  provisions relating to law.

The voluntary agreement must contain at least the following rights of the volunteer:
a) active participation in the development and execution of programs in consideration of which has contracted;
b) carrying out activities in accordance with his professional training;
c) providing the beneficiary of their activities in terms of voluntary work safety laws, depending on the nature and characteristics of that activity;
d) providing the beneficiary of volunteering, in the conditions provided by law, against the risk of accidents and illness arising from the nature of activity, in the absence of medical insurance benefits cost is borne entirely by voluntary beneficiary;
e) issuing a certificate to the recipient volunteers rated that prove the quality of volunteer;
f) voluntary repayment by the recipient, under conditions agreed in the contract, by law, expenses incurred in carrying out the activity;
g) during working time, established under the law, not to harm the physical and mental resources of the volunteer;
h) benefit of honorary titles, decorations, awards, under the law.

Professional training…ring a bell to Acclaim? I guess not. It should, because if you want to be a volunteer you need to have skills also, if not you can ask the invalidation of the contract.

People under legal age have special treatment in law. According to California law, those “kids” should put first school, than voluntary job. Take a look at VGMs applications and see how many hours some of them can stay online :

http://phpbb.acclaim.com/9dragons/viewforum.php?f=64

Also, we have so many examples when they lie about their age. In this case, Acclaim can be held responsible for not checking their legal status. Below, it is a form that minors must fill before they start to work, which is equal to the volunteer status. As you will see, the School where he/she learn also must fill in.

http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlseformB1-1.pdf

In entertainment industry (gaming) we have a special status.

http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/Form-EntertainmentWorkPermit.pdf

In fact, what all those people do is not call community service and no volunteering either.They do something that have no expertise in it and of course no law. Who can become voluntary involve in Acclaim vision to “rule” the community? Anyone and all : kids with no legal age, dancers, IT programmers, students, engineer, sellers.

PS :Virtual-volunteering from wiki :

Virtual volunteering, also sometimes called as eVolunteering or online volunteering, is a term describing a volunteer who completes tasks, in whole or in part, offsite from the organization being assisted, using the Internet and a home, school, telecenter or work computer or other Internet-connected device. Virtual volunteering is also known as cyber service, telementoring, and teletutoring, and various other names. Virtual volunteering is similar to telecommuting, except that, instead of online employees who are paid, these are online volunteers who are not paid. A form of virtual volunteering is Micro-volunteering is a new trend in virtual volunteering, where volunteers undertake assignments via their PDAs and aren’t required to undergo any screening or training by the nonprofit for such tasks, and do not have to make any other commitment once a micro-task is completed.

Virtual-volunteering
Virtual volunteering, also sometimes called as eVolunteering or online volunteering, is a term describing a volunteer who completes tasks, in whole or in part, offsite from the organization being assisted, using the Internet and a home, school, telecenter or work computer or other Internet-connected device. Virtual volunteering is also known as cyber service, telementoring, and teletutoring, and various other names. Virtual volunteering is similar to telecommuting, except that, instead of online employees who are paid, these are online volunteers who are not paid. A form of virtual volunteering is Micro-volunteering is a new trend in virtual volunteering, where volunteers undertake assignments via their PDAs and aren’t required to undergo any screening or training by the nonprofit for such tasks, and do not have to make any other commitment once a micro-task is completed.
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16 responses to “Volunteering & the “official team”

  1. I love it. What are they ? Nothing I guess. Just to feel important Acclaim created volunteering. What will happen to Acclaim if someone will make a report about children responsibility ? A game for kids, manage by kids.

  2. This is quite interesting. I didn’t know about the school requirements. Acclaim treat a tremendous problem superficial.

    • For working and for volunteering you need the School to fill the blanks spaces. In fact, some of the scholars makes community work in favour of some organisations, but with parental and school approval.

  3. Cool, now we can cheer up, they have no legal form. But how they make reports of players? At minor age you don’t know what is a law, don’t even speak to write something.

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