“This contract is not intended as a legally binding contract between us and can be terminated at any time at the full discretion of one of the parties. None of us intend to create a working relationship today or at any time in the future. To avoid creating something resembling an employment contract, it is suggested that the following wording should be included in each agreement: What one might expect from volunteers under an agreement Some organizations wanted to sign contracts. In such cases, it is doubly important to ensure that it is clear that the agreement is binding only in honour. Otherwise, it would be a reasonable question: if you do not intend to use it as a binding document, why do you need signatures? The NCVO has published a Time Well Spent report based on a national survey of more than 10,000 people on the volunteer experience, since the volunteer is not an active collaborator, they can at any time terminate this voluntary agreement for a reason they feel is necessary. This volunteer agreement starts on [Project.StartDate] and ends on [Project.EndDate]. All legal proceedings that may arise from this voluntary agreement remain within the jurisdiction of [Organization.state]. Volunteers from non-profit organizations who work with vulnerable members of the community often have access to sensitive information. To protect this information, it is really important that privacy rules fully appear in your volunteer contract. Many organizations choose to use a formal document as a way to record expectations and each commitment agreed between themselves and a volunteer. If used, it should be a two-way agreement detailing what each party can expect from the other. It is often referred to as “rights and responsibilities” or “hopes and expectations.” The agreement is not a treaty and it is not legally binding and care must be taken not to involve it. There are arguments both for and against the application of a voluntary agreement and no recommendations are made.

Typically, in an agreement reached by an organization: you should make sure that every volunteer in your organization has the opportunity to read their agreement and approve it before volunteering. The volunteer agreed to provide hours per week for the duration of this agreement.