Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability & Background Check Consent Form
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Thank you for volunteering with Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (KVHH). We’re glad you are joining our mission to make affordable homeownership possible in greater Kalamazoo. Before you begin, please read this “Release” form carefully. By signing this release, you will help us stay focused on our mission and create a safe working environment for everyone. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Volunteer Services at 269-344-2443, ext. 206. Thanks again for your partnership! Please read carefully before you sign the release. This is a legal document.

I hereby release Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity, (KVHH) and any of its affiliates or associates, including all of its agents, employees, directors, officers, and workers. from any claims, demands, suits, or causes of action against it which I and my heirs or personal representative have or may have in the future in regard to any accidents, injuries, or damages to me or my property arising from any work performed with KVHH. I understand that I am a volunteer working on this project and as such, I assume all risk of injury or harm associated with my volunteer activities and I waive all rights to claims, demands, suits, or causes of action for injuries or damages sustained in relation to my volunteer activities with KVHH.

I also understand that KVHH does carry emergency accident insurance coverage for volunteers and that this insurance only covers eligible costs beyond my personal health insurance coverage. In case of injury, I agree to notify the KVHH site supervisor immediately. However, I understand that all volunteers are expected and encouraged to arrive with medical or health insurance coverage in effect. Furthermore, I agree to carefully follow all safety guidelines and procedures, as given and requested by the site supervisors.

I also understand that volunteers must protect the privacy of home buyers, other volunteers, and staff, and must not disclose confidential information. I must consider intent when sharing information, and whether I am sharing with the appropriate people. Even if the person is a fellow volunteer or homebuyer, if they don’t need the information to perform their tasks, it is a breach of confidentiality for me to share it.

I do hereby grant and convey to KVHH all right, title, and interest in any and all photographic images and video or audio recordings made by KVHH during the home building and other volunteer activities, including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings. I understand these images may be used in KVHH publications, web pages, social media, and promotions.

Background Check Consent Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (KVHH) has adopted a safety policy requiring all volunteers, employees, and applicants to our homeownership program to submit a criminal/sex offender background check and possibly a credit check as part of the overall screening process. This information is considered to ensure a positive and safe environment for all activities.

Your authorization is required to start this process. All results will be kept confidential and will be shared with you upon request by the appropriate department manager. You will have an opportunity to challenge any negative results or findings.

Failure to sign and/or return this statement will result in your elimination from consideration to join the KVHH organization as a volunteer, employee or home buyer partner, whichever condition applies. Your efforts to join us in ensuring safety are greatly appreciated.

I understand that a criminal and sex offender background check is required in order to serve as a volunteer, employee and or home buyer partner. I, therefore, authorize the appropriate department to conduct a background check and possible credit check.

I further state that I have carefully read the foregoing release, know its contents and sign as my own free act.

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