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V-O-Cal V Match is an on line, searchable database of volunteer and training events (hereafter "Volunteer Opportunities") offered by California's land managers, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and community organizations (hereafter "Organizational Users") connecting individuals and groups with volunteer stewardship opportunities. V-O-Cal V Match is a free service, open to any person or Organizational User and is intended to provide information, registration, and management services for outdoor related Volunteer Opportunities.

The V-O-Cal V Match database and website's intended purpose is to provide timely access to land stewardship information through an integrated, user friendly resource that:

  • Creates and affirms a community of volunteers engaging in public and protected lands stewardship,
  • Helps volunteers find and participate in volunteer and training opportunities, while simultaneously helping land managers and volunteer programs find volunteers, and
  • Makes stewardship-related technical information, project design information, and volunteer management and training information widely available.

Volunteers for Outdoor California (hereafter VOCAL) hosts and administers the V-O-Cal V Match web site (#rooturl#) and database management system. Designated VOCAL staff (hereafter "Super Administrators") provide administrative management services for V-O-Cal V Match. Except for the purposes of analysis and system reporting (as more thoroughly described below), VOCAL will not use any information collected on behalf of any Organizational User through the V-O-Cal V Match web site.

Volunteer Opportunities (including educational events and internships) that fall within the following definition of stewardship (adopted from the Blueprint for Outdoor Stewardship) are appropriate to submit to V-O-Cal V Match:

Stewardship of California's public and protected lands and natural resources is the responsible use and care of these natural resources through:

  • Encouraging California's citizens and visitors to develop an ethic about appropriate use of protected lands and natural resources,
  • Promoting conservation and sustainability,
  • Caring for the health of the land for future generations,
  • Providing educational opportunities,
  • Active care for and management of resources with the goal of improving or maintaining ecological health.

Criteria for Volunteer Opportunities appropriate to post on V-O-Cal V Match include but are not limited to:

  • Opportunities that require the participation of volunteers.
  • Opportunities related to outdoor conservation and/or education.
  • Opportunities that involve public or protected lands.

Volunteer Opportunities not appropriate to post to V-O-Cal V Match include but are not limited to:

  • Information that contains offensive material,
  • Employment opportunities,
  • Fundraising opportunities,
  • Volunteers for special events like races, expositions or conventions.

Any Organizational Users may submit Volunteer Opportunities for approval and posting to V-O-Cal V Match. Organizational Users must provide all required (as designated by an asterisk on the "Enter your Agency and "Post an Opportunity" pages) information, including current and valid contact information for all persons designated by the Organizational User as its administrator and/or user. Upon request, Organizational Users will identify at least one administrator who is responsible for the information provided by that Organizational User.

All Volunteer Opportunities submitted for posting on V-O-Cal V Match will be reviewed by a Super Administrator for adherence to the criteria outlined above. The Super Administrator may elect, at his or her sole discretion, to decline to post any or all Volunteer Opportunities submitted by an Organizational User. In the event a Volunteer Opportunity is not accepted for posting, the Super Administrator will notify the Organizational User within a reasonable period of time.

Registration for a Volunteer Opportunity is with the Organizational User posting that Volunteer Opportunity, not with V-O-Cal V Match or VOCAL. Communication regarding a specific Volunteer Opportunity or registration shall occur between the Organizational User and the volunteer. In order to maintain good relations with individual volunteers and the volunteer community, it is critical that all Organizational Users maintain good and timely communication with their volunteers.

Information provided by individuals through registration for a Volunteer Opportunity is for the sole use of the Organizational User posting that opportunity and can not be accessed by any other Organizational User of V-O-Cal V Match. To maintain positive public relations for all Organizational Users of V-O-Cal V Match, VOCAL strongly recommends that Organizational Users refrain from brokering or sharing individual registration information without permission from the registrant.

Separate from registration for a specific Volunteer Opportunity, an individual may choose to create a volunteer profile on V-O-Cal V Match and opt to receive communication from other Organizational Users about Volunteer Opportunities that match his or her profile. In such cases, other Organizational Users may contact such volunteer regarding Volunteer Opportunities.

V-O-Cal V Match has an established Volunteer Terms of Use policy in place for all individual users of V-O-Cal V Match. All Organizational Users shall abide by the terms and conditions outlined in the Volunteer Terms of Use policy.

Tracking the value and accomplishments of Volunteer Opportunities is essential to supporting these activities into the future. Organizational Users are requested to complete Volunteer Opportunity reporting by providing attendance and accomplishment information. The Super Administrator may access all Volunteer Opportunity and volunteer data periodically, in the aggregate, for the sole purpose of analysis and system reporting.

Organizational Users agree to use this site for the above stated purposes and to refrain from participating in activities that might reflect negatively on the V-O-Cal V Match website or marketing campaign. VOCAL reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to remove any Organizational User from the V-O-Cal V Match database and website that is not using the site and/or information gained from the site, for the above stated purposes.

Organizational Users that are fraudulent in and of themselves and/or post fraudulent or misleading Volunteer Opportunities will not be allowed to post subsequent Volunteer Opportunities to V-O-Cal V Match or maintain a presence on V-O-Cal V Match.

In the event any volunteer brings a claim against VOCAL as a result of participation in the Organizational Users' Volunteer Opportunity, then such Organizational User agrees to indemnify and hold VOCAL harmless from any such claim, including VOCAL's reasonable attorney's fees and costs.

In an effort to improve the products, services and features provided, V-O-Cal V Match and VOCAL will continue to implement new technologies from time to time. As a result, this policy is subject to change without prior notice and we will post any revision on this web site. We encourage you to review the Terms of Use and privacy policy periodically. When you list your organization and/or submit a volunteer opportunity on V-O-Cal V Match, you agree to the above Terms of Use and accept the Privacy Policy established for V-O-Cal V Match.

Volunteers for Outdoor California is not responsible for any unauthorized use of your information made by any Organizational User or individual volunteer on the V-O-Cal V Match website.

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V-O-Cal V Match is provided by the community of agencies and organizations who manage California's public and protected lands. This website connects people with opportunities to care for California's outstanding natural resources.

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