Volunteer Waiver

Volunteers must recognize that the Skokie Festival of Cultures is an open-air outdoor festival event. Therefore, there is an inherent risk of injury from crowd traffic, uneven ground surfaces, insects, weather conditions and other festival related activities. The Skokie Festival of Cultures Planning Committee continually strives to reduce such risks and asks that all volunteers follow safety rules and instructions that have been designed to protect their safety. I understand that volunteer positions for the Skokie Festival of Cultures may involve long periods of standing or walking. In most cases, seating will be available if needed during any time of your volunteer hours.

WARNING OF RISK Despite careful and proper preparation, instruction, medical advice, conditioning and equipment, there is still a risk of serious injury when participating in any festival/recreational activity/program. Understandably, not all hazards and dangers can be foreseen. Volunteers must understand and depending upon the activity, certain risks, dangers and injuries due to the acts of God, inclement weather, slipping, falling, inadequate or defective equipment, failure in supervision or instruction, premises defects, horseplay, carelessness, lack of skill or technique, and all other, circumstances inherent to festival/recreational activities/programs exist. In this regard, it must be recognized that it is impossible for the Skokie Festival of Cultures Planning Committee to guarantee absolute safety.

WAIVER AND RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK Please read this form carefully and be aware that in signing up and volunteering for this festival/recreational activity/program, you will be expressly assuming the risk and legal liability and waiving and releasing all claims for injuries, damages or loss which you may sustain as a result in participating in any and all activities connected with and associated with your volunteer services (including transportation services, when provided).As a volunteer, I recognize and acknowledge that there are certain risks of physical injury to volunteers in this festival/recreational activity/program, and I voluntarily agree to assume the full risk of any and all injuries, damages or loss, regardless of severity, that I may sustain as a result of said participation.

I further agree to waive and relinquish all claims I may have (or accrue to me) as a result of volunteering in this festival/recreational activity/program against the Skokie Festival of Cultures, including its officers, officials, agents, volunteers and employees (hereinafter collectively referred as “Parties.”)I do hereby fully release and forever discharge the Parties from any and all claims for injuries, damages, or loss that I may have or which may accrue to me and arising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with my volunteer services.

I have read and fully understand the above important information, warning of risk, assumption of risk and waiver and release of all claims. Checking the box acknowledging that you have read and understand this waiver shall substitute for and have the same legal effect as an original form signature.

Criminal Background Disclosure: Pursuant to Public Act 100-0472, park districts in Illinois are prohibited from knowingly engaging the service of a volunteer who has been convicted of or found to be a child sex offender.

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