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INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM VOLUNTEER PROJECTS PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 May 2009 14:18

   In addition to submitting designs and solutions individuals and teams may organize, accomplish and report on volunteer projects related to improving local communities, waterways, roadways, lakes, parks, homes, and neighborhoods under the following rules.

RULE 1.  All volunteer projects must start with a goal to improve some aspect of their community, home, school, or neighborhood.  Starting with this goal the individual or team then needs to determine a plan of action on how and what they need to accomplish this goal.  The individual or team must then file a report by electronic email, not longer than 20 pages, in which they outline their project results.  This report can include photos, short videos or audio presentations as well as content text and supporting documents.

RULE 2.  All volunteers need to be careful to secure any and all permits or permissions needed to go on public or private property to accomplish their project.  If the volunteers are below the age of 18 they should also make sure they have their parents permission or that of a teacher or acting adult supervisor.  It is assumed that all participants are volunteers and not being paid.

RULE 3.  The highest regard must be shown for the safety of any and all participants to any project.  In the plan of action of any project some statement of the safety goals and precautions needs to be addressed.  We do not want any one injured for any reason in doing these projects.  Unogeo Institute nor the Peace Highway Challenge can accept liability for any injuries or legal actions taken against an individual or team involved in a volunteer project so we ask that these rules be carefully considered before any actions are taken.

RULE 4. Individuals and team must register before they can submit a report.  This requirement is needed so we can communicate with participants. 

RULE 5.  Reports may be submitted at any time up to the final deadline of December 31, 2009 for the 2009 Challenge.

RULE 6.  Individuals and teams are limited to three project submissions each per year.

RULE 7.  All materials submitted become the property of Unogeo Institute and Peace Highway Challenge.  No copyright or patent protection should be assumed.

RULE 8. All individual or team projects will be reviewed by three judges to determine the Peace Points to be awarded to each project.  Judges may award up to 10,000 points per project.  Points may be divided among the team members by their level of contribution, which needs to be included in all team reports.  Teams may elect to keep their points as a total if so stated in their report.  Points may be accumulated or possibly redeemed as elected by the individual or team.  All points will be posted in the POINT DATABASE.

RULE 9.  Individuals and teams may announce or advertise their projects to local media with the understanding that Unogeo Institute or Peace Highway Challenge does not give advance approval to any project nor should any individual or team publicly indicate that their project is approved or under the supervision of either.  It is however encouraged that individuals and teams share their project results with local media when appropriate.

RULE 10.  Points will be awarded based on how well each submitted report states the desired goal of the project, outlines the plan of desired action and summarizes the results.  Points may also be added for the overall efforts put into the each project, possibly the number of volunteers involved, and the scope of the results.  The final points will be the average of the three judges points.  All points will be final.

IMPORTANT DISCUSSION

  The overall goal of the Peace Highway Challenge is to encourage individuals and teams to become involved in worthwhile projects that have the potential of benefiting and improving their local community.  In some cases individuals or teams may have the opportunity to become involved in regional, state or national projects on a volunteer basis and these are acceptable. 

   Again there will be some concern as to how judges will determine points for projects that may be completely different in scope and involvement.  It may take a year or two to bring about consensus on how points awarded might compare between projects but to begin we will instruct judges to merit effort and scope.  Obviously smaller projects should receive fewer points but we do not wish to discourage small projects, nor do all projects have to be huge in scope.

   Some possible ideas for projects.

  1. Liter clean up along roads, parks, play grounds or neighborhoods
  2. Raking leaves of elderly neighbors.
  3. Volunteering at a local hospital or park/recreation board.
  4. Putting up signs to help visitors.
  5. Assist teachers or staff at local schools or day care centers for children.
  6. Attending local school board, city council meetings and report to others.
  7. Offer time and assistance to elderly neighbors or in nursing homes.
  8. Offer time and assistance to local religious institutions.
  9. Become a volunteer in a political organization.
  10. Volunteer to become involved in a local club or service organization.
     Submissions for volunteer projects should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for consideration in 2009.  It is also possible to volunteer your time and expertise directly to Peace Highway by first submitting your information in the Registration section of this website and indicating that you would like to volunteer to help Peace Highway.  We have many needs for volunteers and some of them can be seen on our Volunteer Section here on this site.  You can actually earn Peace Points for assisting us to send out emails and other activities.  We will appreciate your time and talents.  Thank you.
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