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Community Service Days with Friends of Casco Bay

We appreciate your interest in gathering your coworkers or group to volunteer with us at Friends of Casco Bay. Your efforts will help improve and protect the environmental health of Casco Bay.

We have two ways your organization can get involved:

Storm Drain Stenciling: https://www.cascobay.org/how-to-help/storm-drain-stenciling/

Coastal Cleanups: https://www.cascobay.org/how-to-help/coastal-cleanups/

Event timing and considerations

Both of these projects are available May through September. These events usually run for 3 to 4 hours: approximately 30 minutes for orientation, 2-3 hours of active time, and 30 minutes for a wrap-up.

We recommend scheduling your event for a time of day when it is comfortable to work outside. In May and early June, we recommend scheduling your event in the afternoon. In July and August, we recommend scheduling your event in the morning.

In order for your event to be coordinated by one of our staff members, we request that you have a minimum of 8 participants. If you plan on having less than 8 participants, we can lend you supplies and provide you with guidance and instructions so that you can run the event yourself. The ideal number of adult participants for Storm Drain Stenciling is 8 to 20 (or up to 30 if children are involved). Coastal cleanups can accommodate more.

Scheduling

We open up spots for these events every April. We typically have a lot of interest each year, and available dates will be filled first come first served.

If you want to get on our calendar, your next steps are:

  • Decide whether you would like to take part in Storm Drain Stenciling or in a Coastal Cleanup.
  • Determine dates that would work best for your group; please propose a few options.
  • Pick a general geographical area where your group would like to volunteer.
  • Email me Sarah Lyman at slyman [at] cascobay [dot] org and we will work to get you scheduled.  

All participants must complete this form before the event day.

 

Friends of Casco Bay Coastal Cleanup and Storm Drain Stenciling Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability Form

  • Every participant is required to fill out this form before participating in a cleanup or stenciling event with us. This should be done at least 24 hours before the event begins. We look forward to having your help as we improve and protect Casco Bay. During the COVID-19 pandemic every participant is required to take the follow precautions for health and safety:
    • Monitor your health and the health of your family members before taking part in an event. If you or anyone you have had contact with is feeling ill or showing symptoms of COVID-19, DO NOT take part in the event.
    • Stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
    • If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the days leading up to your planned event, DO NOT take part.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before heading out to clean with us.
    • We encourage all unvaccinated folks to wear masks. All are welcome to wear a mask if they feel more comfortable doing so.
     
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  • Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability Form This Release and Waiver of Liability (the “release”) executed on the date this form is completed by the volunteer ("Volunteer") who completes this form releases Friends of Casco Bay, a nonprofit corporation existing under the laws of the State of Maine, and each of their directors, officers, employees, and agents. The Volunteer desires to provide volunteer services for Friends of Casco Bay and engage in activities relating to serving as a volunteer to protect the environmental health of Casco Bay. Volunteer understands that the scope of Volunteer’s relationship with Friends of Casco Bay is limited to a volunteer position and that no compensation is expected in return for services provided by Volunteer; that Friends of Casco Bay will not provide any benefits traditionally associated with employment to Volunteer; and that Volunteer is responsible for his/her own insurance coverage in the event of personal injury or illness as a result of Volunteer’s service to Friends of Casco Bay.
    1. Waiver and Release: I, the Volunteer, release and forever discharge and hold harmless Friends of Casco Bay and their successors and assigns from any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind of nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from the services I provide to Friends of Casco Bay. I understand and acknowledge that this Release discharges Friends of Casco Bay from any liability or claim that I may have against Friends of Casco Bay with respect to bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result from the services I provide to Friends of Casco Bay and occurring while I am providing volunteer services.
    2. Insurance: Further I understand that Friends of Casco Bay do not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide me with financial or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health or disability benefits or insurance of any nature in the event of my injury, illness, death or damage to my property. I expressly waive any such claim for compensation or liability on the part of Friends of Casco Bay beyond what may be offered freely by Friends of Casco Bay in the event of such injury or medical expenses incurred by me.
    3. Medical Treatment: I hereby Release and forever discharge Friends of Casco Bay from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first-aid treatment or other medical services rendered in connection with an emergency during my tenure as a volunteer with Friends of Casco Bay.
    4. Assumption of Risk: I understand that the services I provide to Friends of Casco Bay may include inherently dangerous activities that may be hazardous to me including, but not limited to water sampling and/or attending events that are near or on the ocean, slippery docks, rocks, piers, wharves, and boats. As a volunteer, I hereby expressly assume the risk of injury or harm from these activities and release Friends of Casco Bay from all liability for injury, illness, death, or property damage resulting from the services I provide as a volunteer and occurring while I am providing volunteer services.
    5. Photographic Release: I grant and convey to Friends of Casco Bay all rights, title, and interests in any and all photographs, images, video, or audio recordings of me or my likeness or voice made by Friends of Casco Bay in connection with my providing volunteer services to Friends of Casco Bay.
    6. Email Signup: We would like to contact you from time to time to tell you about important updates about the health of Casco Bay, special events, and how you can support our mission. Please opt in to receiving these updates by sharing your email address below. You can opt out at any time by clicking the unsubscribe links at the bottom of each email.
    7. Other: As a volunteer, I expressly agree that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Maine and that this Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Maine. I agree that in the event that any clause or provision of this Release is deemed invalid, the enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Release shall not be affected.
    By completing this form and checking the box below, I express my understanding and intent to enter into this Release and Waiver of Liability willingly and voluntarily.