Release and Waiver of Liability
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This Release and Waiver of Liability (the “Release”) executed on the signed date by the Volunteer named above, shall make each of the declarations as the Responsible Party, in favor of Habitat for Humanity International, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, and Habitat for Humanity of McLean County Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, their directors, officers, employees, and agents (collectively, “Habitat”). The Volunteer desires to work as a volunteer for Habitat and engage in the activities related to being a volunteer (the “Activities”). The Volunteer understands that the Activities may include constructing, deconstructing, & rehabilitating buildings; working in the Habitat offices, ReStore, & warehouses; and working at special events. The Volunteer hereby freely, voluntarily, and without duress executes this Release under the following terms:
Release and Waiver: Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge and hold harmless Habitat and its successors and assigns from any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind of nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from Volunteer’s Activities with Habitat. Volunteer understands that this Release discharges Habitat from any liability or claim that the Volunteer may have against Habitat with respect to any bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result from Volunteer’s Activities with Habitat, whether caused by the negligence of Habitat or its officers, directors, employees, or agents or otherwise. Volunteer also understands that Habitat does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide financial assistance or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, disability or worker’s compensation insurance in the event of injury or illness.
Age Policy: It is the policy of Habitat that individuals under the age of 14 not be allowed on a Habitat work site while there is construction in progress. Federal regulations prohibit individuals between the ages of 14 and 15 from working in general construction. Individuals between the ages of 16 and 17 may perform general construction work with a guardian signature, but may not engage in certain activities that are considered ultra-hazardous. These activities include the use of power tools and motor vehicles, demolition, roofing, and excavation operation. Individuals 18 years of age and older are considered to be adults.
Medical Treatment: Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge Habitat from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first aid, treatment, or service rendered in connection with the Volunteer’s Activities with Habitat.
Assumption of the Risk: The Volunteer understands that the Activities include work that may be hazardous to the Volunteer, including, but not limited to, construction, loading and unloading, and transportation to and from the work sites. Volunteer hereby expressly and specifically assumes the risk of injury or harm in the Activities and releases Habitat from all liability for injury, illness, death, or property damage resulting from the Activities.
Insurance: The Volunteer understands that, except as otherwise agreed to by Habitat in writing, Habitat does not carry or maintain health, medical, disability or worker’s compensation insurance coverage for any Volunteer. Habitat does, however, provide GAP insurance to all Volunteers under its medical insurance. This means that in the event that medical attention is sought, the Volunteer and/or Guardian’s primary medical insurance pays first. Habitat’s medical insurance would only pay as secondary coverage or in the case that the Volunteer does not have any medical insurance. Each Volunteer is expected and encouraged to obtain his or her own medical or health insurance coverage.
Photographic Release: Volunteer does hereby grant and convey unto Habitat all right, title and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by Habitat during the Volunteer’s Activities with Habitat, including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings.
Drug and Alcohol Policy: It is a violation of our drug-free workplace policy to use, possess, sell, trade, and/or offer for sale alcohol, illegal drugs, or intoxicants while volunteering for the organization. A volunteer may not be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or intoxicants while serving with Habitat. A volunteer cannot be under the influence of any substance, which substantially affects the individual’s ability to perform essential job functions. If a volunteer violates this policy, the volunteer will be dismissed.
Volunteer expressly agrees that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Illinois, and that this Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois. Volunteer agrees that in the event that any clause or provision of this Release shall be held to be invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise affect the remaining provisions of this Release which shall continue to be enforceable. By signing below, the Volunteer has read, understood, and executed this Release as of the date written below.