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Wonder where to start? Take a look at the Quick Start video for a broad overview of how the hours project works.
The Hours Project is a website showcasing Ameritas associates’ community involvement. The easy-to-use system tracks the number of volunteer hours committed by associates to a specific organization or cause. It does not track financial contributions. Once a secure account is created, Ameritas associates can develop team or individual projects, recruit team members, manage projects and add events photos and video. Associates enter their volunteer hours and the system tracks hours per project and overall – in real time.
The concept behind The Hours Project is simple — tell an amazing story about the strong commitment of Ameritas associates giving volunteer time in the communities we call home. This dynamic website provides an additional tool for associates to better manage team projects.
Only Ameritas associates will have the ability to become members of the site, develop a user profile, create individual or team projects and manage those projects within the system.
Yes. Becoming a member is easy. Use the “Sign Up” link in the top right-hand corner of the home page, create an account and complete the user profile.
Because The Hours Project and the eTime system are independent of one other, you will still need to submit your volunteer time in the eTime system to comply with HR policy. The eTime system in Lotus Notes provides associates with the ability to electronically submit PTO requests to their manager for review/approval, and the ability to review their PTO usage.
No. You can use the website for both company-sponsored events and volunteer events that occur outside of work.
A project is any volunteer time that is committed to an organization or event including, but not limited to, 501(c)(3) recognized organizations, that contributes to the betterment of the community.
If your specific talents and time includes helping an organization or event within your community, then it can be entered as a project. Does your project or event help better your community? Does it help raise awareness or educate community members? Does it help build a positive feeling or motivate others to learn more about the cause?
For example, a team project could be a Habitat for Humanity building project or serving a meal at a homeless shelter. An individual project might be walking the dogs at the Humane Society, helping as a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer, stocking shelves at a local food pantry or serving on the board of a local community organization. While helping an elderly neighbor is a great act of kindness, it isn't an event or organization that helps the community at large. If in doubt, just ask yourself, does this project or event help better your community?
You and other Ameritas associates who are website members. Create a new project by clicking the “Add a Project” button, and then follow the directions to add information and a description to the project.
Search and find a specific project, use the “Learn More” link, and click the “Join Project” button.
Yes. Once a project (or suggestion to add an organization) is submitted on the website, it will be reviewed and approved. For more detailed information, see our Policy and Procedures.
No. A project can be a team project or an individual project.
Yes. You can add both photos and video of your project on the website.
Under the “Projects Tab,” search a specific area for a list of projects to join.
Once you join a project, you will see the link to enter volunteer hours.
Yes. You can adjust your hours at any time.
Yes. You can search for completed projects just like you search for a current project. You will not be able to edit or add hours once a project is marked completed.
There is no limit to the number of projects entered into the site.
No. The website only tracks volunteer hours, not financial contributions. It is not the focus of The Hours Project.
No. The hours submitted on the website calculate in real time and will continue to accumulate for the life of the website.
No. But, project team members are the discretion of the project team leader. If a project already has a sufficient amount of members, your request to join might be politely declined.
Use the 'forgot password' link on the sign-in page or head directly to the contact us page and let us know. A Technical Administrator will reset your password.
Head to the Contact section of the website and let us know about the problem are you are experiencing.
In the “Media and Activity” sections, you can click the “Report” button (looks like an exclamation point) for an individual media post or activity comment. A Site Administrator will view the reported content and decide whether or not to remove it.
We just need your name and office location, a little bit of information about your skills that relate to volunteering, and your email address. Also, you can hide your profile from public view if you choose. We may run reports from the system from time-to-time, but mainly for aggregate information. We will not share or sell your profile information.
No, there is not an official rewards program. There will be periodic promotion of the site that may include prizes and recognition.
No. Only Ameritas associates and affiliated companies are able to use The Hours Project site. If an associate is no longer employed with Ameritas or its affiliated companies, the user profile is deleted. However, any projects the associate participated in and hours they submitted on the site will remain.