Here you have the VGM Affidavit of Eligibility and Release that each VGM must complete before entering into VGM system :
What is very weird is the fact that a VGM doesn’t fill in a voluntary agreement, but a Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. That kind of Affidavit is used by companies when we deal with a contest and it is accompanied by the word : ” PUBLICITY”.
An Affidavit of Eligibility is a form which you fill out with your name, address and other identifying information like your social security number, and date of birth. You sign the form in front of a notary public. The notary puts their seal on the bottom, and signs stating that you showed proper identification (picture ID, driver’s license, etc). They are notarizing your signature, that you are confirming you meet the eligibility requirements .
The form must have notary stamp on it, but Acclaim erase that condition. Why ? Ask yourself. I search for one California form of Affidavit and I found many that are similar. I will post an example :
At the end of Affidavit you can see that they asked the signature of the notary. Why ? The notary says that you are the person who sign it and the dates you fill are real. You go with the company standard Affidavit and your ID ( and parents if you don’t have 18 years old, or more, depends on country ) at the notary to stamp it ( you have to translate it if you are not from California) than to translate it back in english and put what we call “APOSTILLE” and send it back to the company.
Acclaim VGM Affidavit of Eligibility and Release is skipping the notary step because would be very hard for the people who applies to do it. Yet, how can Acclaim tell us if the VGM people are those who say they are, if is not certified by a notary. After Acclaim Affidavit, a VGM can be anyone, even lie on the form if nobody “stamp” that she or he is the person ( that happened ). Worse, can be a mental patient who can endangers an entire community.
In Acclaim form, the notion of volunteer is also a mixed up. They say to us that VGMs are voluntareer staff ( and official), but they don’t have an Volunteer Agreement and Release. I uploaded one from the internet as example :
This form of contract is very different than the first one. First, you must be a non-governmental organization, educative one for example, need to have projects to work with volunteers. A company ( as a legal entity) is not organise in voluntary form, but is form by employees with individual employment contracts. The notion of voluntary has nothing to do with a company.That is why Acclaim don’t use Volunteer Agreement and Release forms. Also in a Volunteer Agreement you have two parts involved and a time notion. The form of volunteer, if you are not major, must be obtain with school permission. Also you need a health certificate.
I will let you study and come back tomorrow with a post about the account of VGM [Zion]. Historian ordered (as is showed in the MSN logs – a conversation with a GM) that Zion’s personal account ( in which he invested money) to be banned, because of something in that form( we don’t know yet what is it), which is illegal in my view. Zion can become a spearhead to prove if that agreement is legal or no. Will California state institutions, especially the Department of Labor consider that form of voluntary contract (combined in two) legal or illegal employment ?