Agreement and General Release for Volunteers
Voluntary Acknowledgement and Participation : I acknowledge that I have voluntarily agreed to serve as a volunteer for New England Humane Society (referred to as NEHS), a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to find permanent houses for stray and abandoned animals. I am referred to as a “volunteer.” I offer to perform as a volunteer of my own volition. No one has demanded that I participate in any activity with NEHS.
Nature and Scope of Services : As a volunteer, I will be contributing my time and effort to various shelter and outreach programs of NEHS and performing a wide range of services. The services will be performed by me as assigned by an officer, director, employee, or another volunteer of NEHS. In the course of performing the services, I agree: To read and complete all required orientation, training, and paperwork related to my volunteer position. To disclose any physical or psychological limitations to appropriate staff before participating in any activity. Since I may be interacting with animals, both healthy and sick, big and small, and may be lifting, carrying, moving or otherwise engaging in physical labor, I will be respectful of my own limitations and will inform staff immediately of any such limitations. To read and obey all safety rules and regulations in the interest of the safety of the animals, staff, and volunteers. I acknowledge that NEHS has the right to revoke volunteer privileges if these rules and regulations are not followed. To treat all NEHS staff, volunteers, animals, property, tools, and equipment with respect and kindness. I will also return all NEHS property when my volunteer relationship ends. Either NEHS or I can terminate this relationship at will.
No Compensation : I agree to provide my services without compensation. I will not be compensated for my efforts, nor am I an agent or contractor of NEHS. I agree that I am not an employee, partner, agent, contractor, or principle of NEHS.
Responsibility for My Own Acts and Omissions : I hereby agree to be legally and financially responsible and will indemnify and hold NEHS harmless for my own acts and omissions relating to the service I am voluntarily providing to NEHS. I acknowledge that I am responsible for providing my own medical, liability, and auto insurance during my volunteer service. I understand that I am not covered by workers’ compensation nor insured by NEHS during the performance of my volunteer duties and tasks, including when driving a vehicle or transporting an animal.
Assumption of Risk : I am voluntarily participating in the activities of NEHS with full knowledge of the risks and dangers involved and hereby agree to accept any and all risks of injury, death, or damage to myself and/or my personal property. As a volunteer, I may come into contact with and interact with animals, and such work entails risk of personal injury due to proximity to animals, dangerous equipment, and other considerations. These include, but are not limited to, being bitten, kicked, clawed, tripped, and possibly exposed to zoonotic diseases including rabies. I understand the severity of being exposed to these diseases and I hereby release NEHS, its board of directors, and all employees from any and all liability in the event of my exposure.
Photo, Video, and Audio Release : I understand that as a volunteer of NEHS, I may be recorded on film, video, or other electronic recording media. I hereby consent to such recording and to the use by NEHS of any recorded images or other media recordings of my name and likeness for any purpose related to furtherance of the objectives of NEHS. In particular, I grant NEHS permission to copyright and use, reuse, publish, and republish without restriction as to changes of alterations, for art, advertising, trade, or any other purpose. Further I understand that the product of all work I perform as a volunteer of NEHS will be the property of NEHS and that NEHS will have the sole right to use, sell, license, publish, or transfer any such work product, including all media and mechanical and electronic formats. I will disclose any such work product to NEHS and assign all rights thereto to NEHS.
Release : As consideration for being permitted by NEHS to participate in activities and provide services, I hereby agree that I, my assignees, heirs, distributes, guardians, and legal representatives will not make a claim against, sue, or attack the property of NEHS for injury or damage resulting from any act, omission, negligence or other acts, howsoever caused, by any employee, agent, contractor, or representative of NEHS as a result of my participation in activities and performance of the services and any audio video recordings. I hereby release NEHS from all actions, claims, or demands that I, my assignees, heirs, distributes, guardians, and legal representatives now have or may hereafter have for injury or damage resulting from my participation in activities and performance of services.
Confidentiality : During my association with NEHS, I will keep confidential, refrain from disclosing to others, and use only in the performance of my volunteer duties, all confidential information of NEHS that I develop or learn about during the course of my association. I understand that this agreement covers all confidential business and technical information and knowhow of or about NEHS which is not generally known to persons outside of NEHS and which I have been specifically authorized to disclose or use. Examples of confidential information include, but are not limited to, information on finances, membership and donors, volunteer performance, the condition of shelter animals, campaigns, outreach programs, and information received from others that NEHS has agreed to keep confidential. I have read the Release Agreement and fully understand that I will relinquish all claims or actions known now or in the future against NEHS. I am of legal age and legally competent to sign this agreement. I am signing this agreement of my own fee will without the influence of NEHS staff member.
Term of Agreement : I acknowledge that this agreement will apply to the entire term of my volunteer relationship, starting with the date I first perform volunteer duties for NEHS, even if it predates the date of this agreement, and continuing as long as I continue to be a volunteer and thereafter as is necessary to protect the interests and rights of NEHS arising herein with respect to confidentiality and use of my work products and/or audio video material as authorized above.
Governing Law : This agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Rhode Island. By signing I agree to all Ten points above and I certify all of the following:
1. I am over 16 years of age
2. I have personal health coverage
3. I understand and agree that if I use my automobile in volunteer service, I must have automobile insurance equal to or greater than the minimum limits required by the state of RI.