Volunteer Application

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The intent of the agreement is to assure you of our deep appreciation of your services and to indicate our commitment to make your volunteer experience productive and rewarding.

I. Dogwood Farm Sanctuary of Lincoln County, Missouri

We, Dogwood Farm Sanctuary of Lincoln County, Missouri (hereafter referred to as DWFS”), agree to accept the services of

(hereafter referred to as the “volunteer”)


and we agree to the following:

  1. To provide adequate information, training, and assistance for the volunteer to be able to meet the responsibilities of his/her position.
  2. To provide supervisory aid to the volunteer and to provide feedback on performance.
  3. To respect the skills and dignity of the volunteer, and to do our best to provide growth opportunities and volunteer satisfaction.
  4. To be receptive to any comments from the volunteer regarding ways in which we might better accomplish our respective tasks, and to be available for discussions concerning any problems that the volunteer might experience.
  5. To recognize volunteer achievement

II. Volunteer


agree to serve as a volunteer for DWFS and I agree to the following:

  1. I fully understand and agree that I am not an employee of DWFS. I agree to provide my services to DWFS as a volunteer and in a volunteer capacity without any expectation or express or implied promise of salary, compensation, or payment of any kind whatsoever and without any employment-type benefits, including, but not limited to, insurance programs, worker’s compensation benefits of any type, vacations or sick time.
  2. To perform my volunteer duties to the best of my ability and in a professional manner. I agree to familiarize myself with the policies and procedures of DWFS and to fully comply with the letter and the spirit of those policies and procedures, including, but not limited to, record-keeping requirements.
  3. To be present for scheduled shifts and to carry out duties promptly and reliably. If I cannot be present for a scheduled shift, I will provide adequate notice to DWFS so that alternate arrangements can be made.
  4. To accept the guidance and evaluation from DWFS’ staff.
  5. To maintain the dignity and integrity of DWFS with the public and honor confidential information by not disclosing that information to any person, other than persons employed by the DWFS or other volunteers, in the performance of my duties for DWFS.
  6. To notify the agency in writing, or by phone, with appropriate notice, of extended leave or resignation.


III. Volunteer and DWFS agree that this volunteer agreement may be terminated at any time, at the discretion of either party.

IV. Agreed to:


  1. I agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold the Dogwood Farm Sanctuary of Lincoln County, Missouri (DWFS) harmless for any and all damage to my personal property while performing my volunteer services to DWFS in a voluntary capacity.
  2. I recognize that in handling animals at the DWFS while performing my volunteer services in a voluntary capacity there exists a risk of injury, including personal physical harm. For myself, my heirs, personal representatives and all others whom may claim through me, I hereby assume and accept all risks resulting or arising from my acting as a volunteer for DWFS, and, for myself, my heirs, personal representatives and all such others, I hereby waive, release and discharge DWFS, its employees, directors, agents and servants, and agree to hold them, and each of them, harmless from and to indemnify them, and each of them, against any and all claims, demands, suits, and liabilities of any and every kind, and for all costs and expenses, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs, arising from or resulting from my volunteer services for DWFS.Without limiting the foregoing, I specifically acknowledge that by my signing below, I am releasing all claims, which I may have resulting from animal bites, accidents, other personal injuries and damage to my property.
  3. I understand that public relations are an important part of volunteering at DWFS. I therefore, agree on behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives, and executors to allow DWFS to use any photographs taken of me for public relations purposes. DWFS will use reasonable efforts to notify me but such notification is not a condition of the photographs’ release for public relations purposes.



As parent or legal guardian of the above-named Volunteer, I hereby give my consent to allow my child/ward to volunteer for the Dogwood Farm Sanctuary of Lincoln County, Missouri as described within this Release and Volunteer Agreement. I have read this Release and Volunteer Agreement and fully understand its terms and conditions. On behalf of myself and my child/ward, I agree to all terms and conditions as set out in this Release and Volunteer Agreement paying special attention to the Release section herein.