M.H.S. Volunteer Application

M.H.S. Volunteer Application

Welcome to the Meriden Humane Society and thank you for your interest in volunteering at our shelter. Volunteers are the backbone of every non-profit and we welcome the much needed help. There is a variety of volunteer help that is needed and we ask that you let us know a little about yourself, your talents, and a brief history of any previous volunteer work at a shelter. Once this application has been processed, will will arrange for you to come in for a first meeting/orientation where you will take a tour of our facility and have a discussion with our volunteer supervisor. We hope you will enjoy working at our shelter as this can be a very rewarding experience.
Volunteer Information
Volunteer/Work Experience
Community Service Applicants
Declaration For Court Mandated Applicants: I hereby declare that the details furnished above are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and I undertake to inform you of any changes therein, immediately. In case any of the above information is found to be false, untrue, misleading, or misrepresenting, I am aware that my application may be rejected.

Volunteer Acknowledgment and Agreement
In acting as a VOLUNTEER for the Meriden Humane Society (Hereinafter "MHS"), I understand that my services are provided strictly in a voluntary capacity as a VOLUNTEER, and without any express and implied promise of salary, compensation, employment, benefits, including insurance programs, worker's compensation, accrual in any form, vacation, sick time, or other payment of any kind whatsoever.
1. I will familiarize myself and comply with MHS's policies and procedures applicable to volunteers.
2. I understand that in my VOLUNTEERING participation, it is expected of me to use reasonable judgement in communicating with MHS STAFF and other VOLUNTEERS on duty. I agree to minimize conflict, and to the best of my ability, resolve disagreements. If there are any issues that are unable to be resolved, it is MY duty to ASAP inform SHELTER STAFF or Supervisor.
3. MHS maintains high standards or moral and ethical treatment of the animals under its care; therefore, I will support and exercise these standards in my capacity as a VOLUNTEER.
4. As a VOLUNTEER, I understand that there are different animals on the premises; I must exercise the utmost care so as not to let any animal come to into harm's way of other animals.
5. If ever an animal is led away to an event off the premises by me, it is my sole responsibility to restrain and control it so as not to create any dangerous situation.
6. Since there may be potential safety risks of working with animals and bringing home illnesses from MHS to personal pets, I will practice reasonable healthy hygiene.
7. I understand that it is recommended for me to be current on my tetanus vaccinations. While I am on duty, during my VOLUNTEER periods at MHS, I will not keep company of guests, family, minors, etc. on premises.
8. It is advised that all VOLUNTEERS bring a minimal of personal belongings while on duty at MHS, there will not be any personal lockers provided, everyone is responsible for his or her own belongings. MHS and staff are not responsible for personal belongings.
9. VOLUNTEERS under 14 years of age require a parent or guardian to accompany them at all times at the shelter. Also, the volunteer's parent or legal guardian must sign forms prior to volunteering.
10. MHS reserves the right to revoke my volunteer status, at any time, for noncompliance of any of the above or for any reason they deem necessary.
11. I grant The Meriden Humane Society (“MHS”) the right and permission to use photographs and/or video recordings of me on MHS and other websites and in publications, promotional flyers, educational materials, derivative works, or for any other similar purpose without compensation to me. I understand and agree that I may be identified by name and/or title that might accompany the photographs and/or video recordings of me. I waive the right to approve the final product. I release and forever discharge MHS, its current and former Board of Directors, Employees and/or Volunteers from any and all claims, demands, rights, promises, damages and liabilities arising out of or in connection with the use or distribution of said photographs and/or video recordings, including but not limited to any claims for invasion of privacy, appropriation of likeness or defamation
12.The purpose of this agreement is to clarify and to enumerate certain obligations Board Members, Employees and Volunteers already have under the laws of the State of CT to the corporation as fiduciaries of the corporation. Each Board Member, employee and/or volunteer of the Meriden Humane society shall keep confidential all information regarding doings of the establishment, including, but not limited to: Discussions during meetings, Electronic mail communications, Financial information, Fundraising ideas, Communication of staff and volunteers, Meeting not attended by the public Nothing in this section shall prohibit a volunteer, employee, or member of the Board from making any disclosures required by law. The Board only may, by a majority vote, decide to release otherwise confidential information to the public. As a Board Member, Volunteer or Employee, I acknowledge receipt of these confidentiality expectations and agree to abide by them. I understand that failure to abide by them may result in expulsion from the Meriden Humane Society and other appropriate action