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Picking & washing fruit
Delivering the harvest to the agency
Helping those in need
Data entry and website maintenance
Coordinating harvests

Empty produce boxes from your local market
Step ladder (no taller than 8')
Hand Pruner
Gardening or Work Gloves
other

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Step 2 of 2: Sign Release Form

Hi Fruitastic Volunteer! We have a new digital release form that we require all volunteers and participants of all Food Forward activities to sign for your safety and ours. We apologize if you have signed the prior paper form.

Please note that your event signup request will only be processed after this form has been completed and submitted.

FOOD FORWARD
Participation Acknowledgment, Release and Agreement (Including Minors)


Volunteers are expected to participate in fruit harvest, collection of produce and other volunteer activities that involve physical labor. These activities are done on private and city-owned properties; you will be given the privilege of access on these properties in exchange for your volunteer work. Finally, Food Forward may periodically take pictures or video of you while on a collection. This Participant Acknowledgement and Agreement addresses each of these issues in turn.

In consideration for Food Forward, Inc. ("Food Forward") permitting me to participate in the above named harvesting project/produce collection/volunteer activity, I and my parent(s) or legal guardian for themselves and on my behalf, the participant ("Participant") hereby represent, acknowledge and agree as follows:

I. Engaging in Physical Activity and Accessing Private Property

Activities and Risks:

I represent that I understand the nature of the activities I am to participate in and that I am in good health and in proper physical condition to participate in such activity. I acknowledge that if I believe conditions are unsafe, I will immediately discontinue participation in the activity. I understand that although Food Forward has taken steps to provide appropriate equipment so participants can enjoy activities in which they may not be skilled, these activities are not without risk. The same elements that contribute to the unique character of these activities can cause loss or damage to my equipment, accidental injury or illness, or, in extreme cases, permanent trauma or death. Food Forward does not want to frighten its participants or reduce their enthusiasm for these activities, but thinks it is important for them to know in advance what to expect and to be informed of the risks involved.

Participation in the harvest/produce collection involves work that includes physical labor, and among other things, may include exposure to harvest/collection tools and agricultural chemicals. The participant may engage in strenuous and/or prolonged physical exertion which may reveal previously unknown health problems or make known health problems worse.

The participant can be injured by natural hazards including: animals, insects, toxic plants, and falling trees, fruit or stacks of produce. Objects may fall and strike participants while they engage in the harvest/collection project. Participants may be walking over loose rocks or cracks in pavement, may be pushing a hand cart, may be carrying boxes weighing up to 50 lbs. They risk injury from all of these activities including but not limited to broken bones, pulled muscles, abrasions and fractures from falling down, as well as ankle and knee injuries, and fractures. A participant choosing to climb a tree or use a ladder during the harvesting project risks falling.

I understand that the description of these risks is not complete. My participation in this harvest/collection project is purely voluntary. I fully understand that this activity involves risks of serious bodily injury, including permanent disability, paralysis and death, which may be caused by my own actions, or inactions, those of others participating in the activity, the conditions in which the event takes place, or the negligence of the persons released below; and that there may be other risks either not known to me or not readily foreseeable at this time; and I fully accept and assume all such risks and all responsibility for losses, cost, and damages I incur as a result of my participation in the activity.

Assumption of Risks:

I, and my parent(s) or guardian, for themselves and on my behalf, acknowledge and assume all risks of my participation in a harvest/collection project, and any other activity of Food Forward whether those risks are known or unknown, described above in the Activities and Risks, inherent or otherwise.

Release and Indemnity:

I and my parent(s) or legal guardian, for themselves and on my behalf, agree as follows:
  1. To the fullest extent permitted by California law, I on behalf of myself and/or any minor participant for whom I am executing this Agreement, hereby release, discharge, and covenant not to sue Food Forward, including its officers, directors, employees, agents, personnel, and volunteers, and/or any persons acting through, for or on behalf of any of them, as well as covenant not to sue the property owner where Food Forward is engaging in its activities, including the property owner's owners, managers, officers, directors, employees, agents, personnel, and volunteers, and/or any persons acting through, for or on behalf of any of them, (all collectively, "Released Party" or "Released Parties"), from all liability, lawsuits, claims, demands, losses, or damages I or said minor participant may suffer or incur, regardless of whether they are caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the sole or active negligence of a Released Party. The waivers and releases I enter into are expressly intended for the benefit of the Released Parties and are expressly intended to bind my successors, heirs and assigns. I understand that in signing this document I surrender my rights, and those of any minor participant for whom I am executing this Agreement, to make a claim or file a lawsuit against the Released Parties for personal injury, property damage, wrongful death, breach of warranty or contract, or under any other legal theory, except those that may not be waived in advance under California law.
  2. I agree to defend, hold harmless and indemnify Released Parties from any claim and from any liability, loss, damages or expenses (including attorneys' fees) resulting from a claim brought by a third party, such as a property owner or other volunteers, for any loss or damage arising out of the participation of myself or any minor participant for whom I am executing this Agreement in Food Forward activities use of its equipment or facilities, or any condition at the location where Food Forward is engaging in its activities.
 I agree to the above

II. Appearance Release

I and my parent(s) or legal guardian, for themselves and on my behalf, agree as follows:
  1. I hereby grant Food Forward permission to photograph/video me and to record my voice, performances, poses, and appearances, and use my picture, photograph, silhouette and other reproductions of my physical likeness and sound (the results of which, together with my name, voice, and biographical material, shall be referred to as the "Material") as part of (i) Food Forward's publicity, marketing, or advertising efforts and (ii) the unlimited distribution, advertising, promotion, assignment, exhibition and exploitation of any promotional, advertising, or media product produced or authorized by Food Forward. I agree that any photographs or video taken by Food Forward and/or its agents are the sole property of Food Forward.
  2. I agree I will not assert or maintain against the Released Parties any claim, action suit or demand of any kind of nature related to the Material, including but not limited to, those grounded upon invasion of privacy, rights of publicity or other civil rights, or for any other reason in connection with Food Forward's use of my likeness or sound. To the fullest extent permitted by law, I hereby release each Released Party from any causes of action, costs and expenses whatsoever, at law or in equity, known or unknown, anticipated or unanticipated, which I ever had, now have, or may, shall or hereafter arising out of Food Forward's creation, acquisition or use of the Material.
 I agree to the above

III. Additional Provisions

In addition I and my parent(s) or guardian agree as follows:

This Participation Acknowledgement and Agreement is continuous, in force, and binding for each and every harvest that I participate in with Food Forward, regardless of the date, time, or location.

If any portion of this Participant Acknowledgment and Agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portion shall nevertheless remain in force and effect.

This agreement will be interpreted and construed according to the substantive laws of California, and in the event of any legal action which results relating to this agreement or any of the subject matter covered by it, such legal action will be initiated, maintained, and decided only in Los Angeles County, California.

I and my parents or guardian, for themselves and on my behalf, have read this entire document, fully understand it, have satisfied any questions and concerns we may have, and voluntarily accept the terms and conditions stated herein without modification. We acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding on myself, my heirs, assigns, personal representative, and estate and for all members of my family. I acknowledge that I am not relying on any oral, written, or visual representations or statements made by Food Forward to induce me to participate in this harvest. I understand that I have given up substantial rights by signing this document and have signed it freely and without any inducement or assurance of any nature other than as set forth in this document (if any), and intend it to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by California law.

 I agree to the above

IV. Volunteer Agreement

Food Forward is an organization that is based on teamwork and inclusion. In order to provide a welcoming space for all those involved in Food Forward’s work, volunteers agree to:

  1. Respect the safety, boundaries, health and well-being of all participants.
  2. Be positive while participating to create a fulfilling experience for all.
  3. Cooperate with staff, event leaders, other volunteers, and representatives of partner organizations.
  4. Ensure that 100% of the food we collect goes to our partner organizations.
  5. Follow all volunteer procedures and policies including our non-discrimination policy, sexual harassment policy, safety policy and attendance policy.
  I agree to the above and understand that I may be asked not to participate if I violate any of these rules.


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