VOLUNTEER RELEASE & AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY
This Release and Waiver of Liability (“Release”) is executed by the Volunteer, whose name is entered in the form below, in favor of Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Maryland, its directors, officers, trustees, employees, volunteers, and agents (collectively, “RTMC”).
The Volunteer desires to work as a volunteer for RTMC and engage in activities related to being a volunteer (“Activities”). I understand that the Activities may include, but are not limited to, working in RTMC’s offices; traveling to and from RTMC worksites and other locations; consuming food provided or otherwise available; rehabilitating residential and/or commercial properties and public spaces; utilizing tools, ladders, power tools, and other dangerous tools, devices, and materials; and engaging in painting, landscaping, carpentry, and other construction-related and similar activities.
I, the Volunteer, hereby freely, voluntarily, and without duress execute this Release under the terms and conditions set forth below:
RELEASE AND WAIVER. I hereby release, forever discharge, and hold harmless RTMC and its successors and assigns from any and all liability, loss, costs, damages, expenses, claims, suits, actions, and demands of any kind or nature that arise from or are directly or indirectly related to the Activities engaged in with RTMC.
I understand, acknowledge, and agree that this Release discharges RTMC from any and all liability or claim that I may have against RTMC with respect to any bodily or mental injury, emotional distress, illness, death, or property damage or loss that results from or is in any way related to my Activities with RTMC, whether caused by RTMC’s negligence, the actions or inactions of other volunteers or third parties, or otherwise. I also understand, acknowledge, and agree that RTMC does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide financial or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, or disability insurance, in the event of injury, illness, death, or property damage or loss.
It is the policy of RTMC not to permit children under the age of 14 to volunteer on an RTMC worksite. It is further the policy of RTMC that, while children between the ages of 14 and 17 may be allowed on an RTMC worksite and to volunteer with RTMC, they are not under any circumstances permitted to engage in hazardous activities such as the use of power tools, excavation, demolition, roof repairs, or any activity requiring the use of a ladder or requiring access to spaces high above the ground.
MEDICAL TREATMENT/FIRST AID. I hereby release, forever discharge, and hold harmless RTMC from any and all liability, loss, costs, damages, expenses, claims, suits, actions, and demands of any kind or nature that arise from or are directly or indirectly related to any first aid, treatment, or service rendered in connection with my Activities with RTMC.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK. I understand that the Activities may include work that may be hazardous to me, including, but not limited to, construction-related and similar activities; loading and unloading of materials and other items; travel to and from worksites and other locations; using tools, ladders, power tools, and other dangerous tools and devices; and exposure to lead, asbestos, mold, and other hazardous materials, which may cause or worsen certain illnesses, especially if I do not wear or properly use protective equipment, am exposed for extended periods or time, or have a preexisting immune system deficiency.
With full knowledge, awareness, and understanding of these risks, I hereby expressly and specifically assume the risk of injury, illness, or harm to myself or my property arising from or directly or indirectly related to the Activities.
VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION. I hereby acknowledge that I have voluntarily applied to participate in the Activities as a volunteer with RTMC. I understand that as a volunteer I will not be paid for my services. I further agree that my participation in the Activities may be terminated at any time by RTMC.
INSURANCE. I understand, acknowledge, and agree that, except as otherwise may be agreed to by RTMC in writing, RTMC is under no obligation to provide, carry, or maintain health, medical, travel, disability, or other insurance coverage for any Volunteer.
PHOTOGRAPHIC RELEASE. I hereby grant and convey to RTMC all right, title, and interest in any and all photographic images, video, or audio recordings made by RTMC or its agent during my Activities with RTMC, including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs, videos, or recordings.
INCLUSIVITY/GOVERNING LAW/SEVERABILITY. I understand, acknowledge, and agree, that this Release is intended to be as broad and as inclusive as permitted under the laws of the State of Maryland. I agree that this Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland without regard to the conflicts of laws provisions thereof, and I agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts sitting Montgomery County, Maryland. I further agree that in the event any clause or provision of this Release shall be held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise affect the remaining clauses or provisions of this Release, which shall continue in full force and affect.
KNOWING AND VOLUNTARY EXECUTION: I have carefully read this Release and fully understand its contents. I am aware that this is a contract and a release of liability between myself and RTMC and I sign it of my own free will. By completing the following form and signing below, I certify that I am 18 years of age or older or, if I am under 18 years of age, that I have the consent, waiver, and agreement of my parent or guardian as evidenced by his/her signature below to participate pursuant to the terms of this Release.