2023 UWWC Day of Caring Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability

 This Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability (the “Release”) is executed by

(the “Volunteer”), in favor of the United Way of Washington County, Maryland, Inc., a Maryland non-profit corporation, its officers, directors, employees, agents, donors, volunteers, member agencies and any other organization, corporation, entity, or Washington County resident with which United Way partners to produce a project as part of the 2021 Day of Caring (collectively the “United Way”). 

The Volunteer desires to participate in a Volunteer Activity (the "Activity") for United Way and is aware of the wide range of activities associated with volunteering and has made a voluntary choice to engage in the Activity. Volunteer affirms that s/he is in good health and capable of undertaking the Activity for which this Release is being granted.

The Volunteer does hereby freely, voluntarily and without duress execute this Release under the following terms:

1. Waiver and Release

In consideration of being permitted to participate in the United Way of Washington County, MD's 32nd Annual Day of Caring in or around Thursday, September 21, 2023, Volunteer agrees to release and forever discharge and hold harmless the United Way, its successors and assigns, collectively or individually, from any and all liability, claims and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from Volunteer’s participation in the Activity. This includes all work being undertaken at any project site including but not limited to, United Way member agencies, at other non-profit organizations, at private homes where volunteer work is performed, or any other location at which the Activity takes place. Volunteer acknowledges that this Release forever discharges United Way from any and all liability, claim or cause of action that the Volunteer may have against United Way with respect to any bodily injury, personal injury, illness (including but not limited to COVID-19), loss, death, or damage to personal property which may result directly or indirectly from Volunteer’s participation in the Activity. Volunteer also acknowledges that United Way does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide financial assistance or any other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health or disability insurance, in the event of injury or illness to the Volunteer arising from the Activity.

2. Medical Treatment

Volunteer does hereby release and forever discharge United Way from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first aid, treatment, medical care or service rendered in connection with the Volunteer’s participation in the Activity.

3. Assumption of Risk

The Volunteer acknowledges that participation in the Activity may include activities that may be hazardous to the Volunteer. Volunteer hereby expressly and specifically assumes the risk of injury or harm in these activities and releases United Way from any and all liability for injury, illness, death or property damage resulting from the Volunteers participation in the Activity.

4. Insurance

The Volunteer acknowledges that United way does not carry or maintain health, medical or disability insurance coverage for any volunteer. EACH VOLUNTEER IS ENCOURAGED TO OBTAIN HIS OR HER OWN MEDICAL AND/OR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN THE ACTIVITY.

5. Photographic Release

Volunteer agrees to and permits United Way to take photographic images and video and audio recordings of himself/herself during the participation in the Activity. Volunteer also grants and conveys to United Way all rights, title, and interest in said photographic images and video and audio recordings, including but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings. Volunteer further consents to and authorizes United Way to use and reproduce said photographic images, video and audio recordings and to circulate and publicize the same by all means, including but not limited to, social media, newspapers and other print media, television media, brochures, pamphlets, marketing materials and websites.

6. Covid-19

The World Health Organization has declared the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic. Due to its capacity to transmit from person-to-person through respiratory droplets, the CDC and Maryland Department of Health have established recommendations and guidelines, which the Volunteer agrees to follow in participating in the Activity. In consideration of my participation in the Activity, the Volunteer acknowledges and affirms the following: a. I am aware of the existence that my participation in the Activity may cause injury or illness such as, but not limited to Influenza, MRSA, or COVID-19 which may lead to paralysis or death. b. I have not experienced symptoms of fever, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, difficulty in breathing, dry cough, or any other symptoms relating to COVID-19 or any communicable disease within the last 14 days. c. I have not, nor have any member(s) of my household, traveled by sea or by air, internationally within the past 30 days. d. I did not, nor have any member(s) of my household, visited any area within the United States that was reported to be highly affected by COVID-19, in the last 30 days. e. I have not, nor have any member(s) of my household, tested positive for the COVID-19 virus within the last 30 days. IF ANY OF MY ANSWERS TO Paragraph 6 b. – e, ABOVE, CHANGE AFTER I SIGN THIS RELEASE, I SHALL IMMEDIATELY INFORM THE UNITED WAY, AND I SHALL NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTIVITY FOR WHICH I SIGNED THIS RELEASE.

7. Other

Volunteer expressly agrees that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted under the laws of the State of Maryland and this Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland (without regard to its conflicts of laws principles). 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 in full force and effect.

8. Effective Date

This Release shall be effective immediately upon execution and shall apply to any and all work Volunteer performs in connection with the Activity, whether performed before, during or after the Activity itself.
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