The State and the Department,
its directors, employees, and agents shall not be liable
for any damages or injury suffered by any person resulting from his or her
participation in the program or from the actions or activities of the
volunteers, except in cases of willful and wanton misconduct. Any group and its individual members who wish to volunteer or any individual who wishes to volunteer is required to execute a general release and hold harmless agreement before beginning any volunteer activity or work. An officer, director, or other representative of any group shall also be required to execute a general release and hold harmless on behalf of a group. The agreement shall be prepared and provided by the Department.
By engaging in volunteer activities under this Act, volunteers fully acknowledge and understand that there shall be neither any (1) promise or expectation of compensation of any type, including benefits, nor (2) creation of an employer-employee relationship. The Prevailing Wage Act and the administrative rules adopted thereunder, 56 Ill. Adm. Code 100, shall not apply to any Department project or job in which volunteers are utilized under the Adopt-A-Park program.
(Source: P.A. 97-1082, eff. 8-24-12.)