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Volunteers' Corner: Q & A, Cont. (2)

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Volunteers' Corner: Q & A (Cont.) (2)

Important Notice: The Volunteers' Corner Q & A pages, the volunteering section tips page, the info. page, and the add pages, etc. are all incorporated as part of the terms of use of this site. Please read carefully. Reminder: By using this site you indicate agreement to all our terms.

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Q. What if a volunteer doesn't show up / shows up late / leaves early, etc.?

A. Unfortunately, such incidents may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if a volunteer is not who they say they are?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk and that information appearing on the site is provided by users, has not been verified, is subject to change, is not comprehensive, may be subjective/inaccurate, and is not endorsed by or guaranteed by us. As indicated, we advise users to research offers / individuals / submitters / offerers, etc. independently before requesting volunteer assistance and to use great caution when participating in any volunteering activity, event, etc. If there is a problem, you may attempt to work it out with the volunteer or, as applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. What if a volunteer accidentally makes a mistake? What if the mistake is on purpose?

A. Unfortunately, such incidents may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. What if a volunteer does poor quality work?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Note that we do not guarantee the quality of work of any volunteer and that all volunteer related activities involve risk. As indicated, we advise users to research offers / individuals / submitters / offerers, etc. independently before requesting volunteer assistance and to use great caution when participating in any volunteering activity, event, etc. If there is a problem, you may attempt to work it out with the volunteer or, as applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. What if a volunteer breaks the law while working for me?

A. We regret that this may occur and remind you that use of this site involves various risks. As indicated, we advise users to research offers / individuals / submitters / offerers, etc. independently before requesting volunteer assistance and to use great caution when participating in any volunteering activity, event, etc. Note that if a volunteer breaks the law while working for you, you may be held legally responsible for his/her actions. Should you encounter any problems, you may be required to contact law enforcement and other appropriate officials. Remember that we are not a party to your volunteer related activities and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. How can I find out more about a volunteer / requestor / submitter / etc.?

A. If you want more information about a volunteer / requestor / submitter, etc., you may contact the person requesting or offering volunteer services. We are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, etc.) even if information about such activities is contained on our site (or other materials of ours), and we do not mediate disputes. We do not have special knowledge concerning activities / events / submitters / requestors / volunteers, etc. Information regarding volunteer opportunities, volunteering offers, etc. is provided by users, has not been verified, is subject to change, is not comprehensive, may be subjective / inaccurate, and is not endorsed by us. We do not endorse / recommend any volunteer opportunity/request, volunteering offer, event, activity, individual, group, organization, submitter/requestor/volunteer, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research opportunities / requests / offers / groups / organizations / individuals / events / activities / submitters / requestors / volunteers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any activity, event, etc. Participation in any activities (including contacts / correspondence, events, selection/use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.) is at your own risk. Please do not contact us for information regarding any volunteer opportunities or volunteering offers which appear here.

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Q. When can volunteering be terminated? 

A. Volunteering is on a voluntary basis which (unless otherwise agreed) may be terminated by any party at any time (as permitted by law).

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Q. May I dismiss a volunteer?

A. We do not require you to retain the services of any volunteer for any length of time (unless required by law). The terms of all volunteer related activities are up to the individuals involved and are governed by any applicable laws. Remember that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.) and do not mediate disputes. Be certain that you do not engage in any unlawful discrimination when dismissing volunteers. Note: See other applicable questions for more information.

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Q. What if a volunteer gets mistreated/hurt/dies, etc. while working for me?

A. We regret that such unfortunate incidents can occur and remind you that use of this site involves various risks. It is important to note that submitters/requestors may be held liable for the safety of volunteers and for all other consequences of volunteering. We advise users to research offers / opportunities / requests / groups / organizations / individuals / events / activities / submitters / requestors / volunteers, etc. independently before participating and to use great caution when participating in any volunteering activity, event, etc. If there is a problem, you may attempt to work it out with those involved and, as appropriate/required by law, you should contact law enforcement. Remember that we are not a party to your volunteer related activities and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer opportunities / requests / offers / contacts / correspondence / activities / events / use of volunteers, etc. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. I participated in a volunteer activity that caused an injury. Who is responsible?

A. Participation in all volunteering activities is at your own risk. We do not guarantee that any activity, event, individual, group, organization, etc. is safe are we not responsible for any consequences which may occur as a - direct or indirect - result of use of this site. You agree to hold us harmless for all damages in connection with use of this site, regardless of their nature. Should you encounter a problem, you may attempt to resolve it with the other party. If you feel you have a just cause, you may wish to notify law enforcement or other authorities regarding the occurrence. Remember that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. While I was volunteering, some of my belongings were stolen (or broken or damaged). What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, such unfortunate incidents may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to resolve them with the other party. If you feel you have a just cause, you may wish to notify law enforcement or seek other legal remedies (as applicable). Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. What if the individual/group/etc. requesting volunteer services lies or behaves inappropriately?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to resolve them with the other party. If you feel you have a just cause, you may wish to notify law enforcement or seek other legal remedies (as applicable). Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. What if the individual/group/etc. requesting volunteer services isn't who they say they are?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk and that information appearing on the site is provided by users, has not been verified, is subject to change, is not comprehensive, may be subjective/inaccurate, and is not endorsed by or guaranteed by us. As indicated, we advise users to research opportunities / individuals / groups / organizations / events / activities / submitters / requestors, etc. independently before offering their assistance and to use great caution when participating in any volunteering activity, event, etc. If there is a problem, you may attempt to work it out with the other party or, as applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk. 

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Q. What if the individual/group/etc. requesting volunteer services doesn't do what they promised?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. What if the individual/group/etc. requesting volunteer services has offensive behavior or other offensive qualities?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to resolve them with the other party. As appropriate, you may notify law enforcement or seek other legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. What if the individual/group/etc. requesting volunteer services speaks disparagingly about me or my volunteer work or tells others my personal details?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to resolve them with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. What if the volunteer/requestor/submitter, etc. doesn't live up to his/her responsibilities?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to resolve them with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. What if the person I volunteer for wants to pay me or provide other benefits?

A. Volunteers should not accept pay or other compensation/benefits in exchange for volunteer services. Services are not for sale here. If you wish to sell services, consider placing an inexpensive ad in a commercial section of this site (e.g. a "Wanted" ad / "Catholic Services" ad / "Other Services" ad, etc. in the Classifieds section). Note that if you violate our policies (i.e. by attempting to sell services here or by accepting pay or other benefits), all your future posts to this site - not just this section - may be subject to auto rejection. Note: Volunteers may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in connection with their volunteering (i.e. parking, tolls, etc.), but volunteers should not receive any other remuneration (e.g. bonuses, incentives, wages, etc.). All expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties. See additional questions for more information.

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Q. What if I am dismissed from volunteering?

A. Remember that volunteering is on a voluntary basis which (unless otherwise agreed) may be terminated by any party at any time (as permitted by law). Note: See other applicable questions for more information.

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Q. What if a volunteer is given poor (or no) instructions?

A. Volunteers should require adequate instructions before proceeding with volunteering activities.

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Q. What if a volunteer is given no (or inadequate) tools to do the job?

A. Volunteers should have the necessary, adequate tools required for volunteering activities. Whether the tools will be provided by the requestor/submitter or the volunteer is up to the parties involved (and should be agreed upon by the applicable parties in advance).

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Q. What if I'm asked to do more than I'm able while volunteering?

A. You should not agree to do more than you are able to do.

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Q. Should I participate in volunteer activities which are dangerous?

A. You should not participate in any dangerous volunteer activity. Note however, that some risk is involved in all volunteer activities. Participation in any activities (including contacts/correspondence, events, selection/use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.) is at your own risk.

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Q. What does "(partially)" mean (in the "Religious Activity?" field)?

A. The option "(partially)" in the "Religious Activity?" field may refer to a volunteer activity that is mixed (e.g. one that is partially religious and partially secular).

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Q. What does "(general population)" mean (in the "Primary Beneficiary" / "Preferred Beneficiary" field)?

A. The option "(general population)" in the "Primary Beneficiary" / "Preferred Beneficiary" field may refer to a volunteer opportunity/offer benefiting the general population (e.g. as opposed to one benefiting certain persons, i.e. elderly, disabled, etc.).

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Q. What does "N/A" mean (in the "Primary Beneficiary" / "Preferred Beneficiary" field)?

A. The option "N/A" in the "Preferred Beneficiary" field for volunteering offers may mean that the offerer did not specify a preference (e.g. the individual is not limiting his/her volunteering to a specific group of persons - i.e. elderly, disabled, etc.). The option "N/A" in the "Primary Beneficiary" field for volunteer opportunities may mean that the benefits of the opportunity are not applicable to a specific group of persons or are not specified.

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Q. What does "(various)" mean (in the "Primary Beneficiary" / "Preferred Beneficiary" field)?

A. The option "(various)" in the "Primary Beneficiary"/"Preferred Beneficiary" field may refer to a volunteer opportunity/offer which benefits more than one group of persons (e.g. the elderly and the disabled).

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Q. What does "Other" mean (in the "Primary Beneficiary" / "Preferred Beneficiary" field)?

A. The option "Other" in the "Primary Beneficiary"/"Preferred Beneficiary" field may mean that the volunteer opportunity/offer benefits a category of persons (or group, cause, etc.) not specifically listed or not easily categorized in the standard options (e.g. "Widowed women under 30 with children").

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Q. What does "(Various)" mean (in the "Location of Opportunity" field)?

A. The option "(Various)" in the "Location of Opportunity" field may mean that the volunteer opportunity is conducted at various locations.

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Q. What does "N/A" mean (in the "Location of Opportunity" field)?

A. The option "N/A" in the "Location of Opportunity" field may mean that the volunteer opportunity may be conducted from any location (e.g. praying, phone calls, etc.).

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Q. The location indicated for a volunteer opportunity/request is a state. How can I obtain a more specific location?

A. If you want more information about a volunteer opportunity/request, you may contact the person requesting volunteers. We are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.) even if information about such activities is contained on our site (or other materials of ours) and we do not have special knowledge about their locations (or about the activities, individuals/groups/organizations, etc. involved). Information regarding volunteer opportunities is provided by users, has not been verified, is subject to change, is not comprehensive, may be subjective/inaccurate, and is not endorsed by us. Please do not contact us for more information regarding any volunteer opportunities which appear here.

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Q. What does "N/A" mean (in the "Special Qualifications or Previous Experience?" field)?

A. The option "N/A" in the "Special Qualifications or Previous Experience?" field (e.g. for volunteer requests) may mean that special qualifications/previous experience are not applicable (e.g. for prayer-based opportunities).

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Q. What does "N/A" mean (in the "Previous Experience?" field)?

A. The option "N/A" in the "Previous Experience?" field (e.g. for volunteering offers) may mean that previous experience is not applicable or that the submitter is uncertain regarding previous experience. 

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Q. What do "Yes" and "No" mean in the "Special Qualifications or Previous Experience?" field?

A. "Yes" or "No" in the "Special Qualifications or Previous Experience?" field refers to whether or not the volunteer opportunity may require special qualifications or previous experience. Note: If you want more information about a volunteer opportunity/request, you may contact the person requesting volunteers. We are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.) even if information about such activities is contained on our site (or other materials of ours) and we do not have special knowledge about their requirements (or about the activities, individuals / groups / organizations, etc. involved). Information regarding volunteer opportunities is provided by users, has not been verified, is subject to change, is not comprehensive, may be subjective/inaccurate, and is not endorsed by us. Please do not contact us for more information regarding any volunteer opportunities/requests which appear here.

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Q. What do "Yes" and "No" mean in the "Previous Experience?" field?

A. "Yes" or "No" in the "Previous Experience?" field refers to whether or not the volunteer indicated that they may have previous experience related to their volunteering offer. Note: If you want more information about a volunteering offer, you may contact the person offering to volunteer. We are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.) even if information about such activities is contained on our site (or other materials of ours) and we do not have special knowledge about the volunteers (or about their experience, qualifications, etc.). Information regarding volunteering offers is provided by users, has not been verified, is subject to change, is not comprehensive, may be subjective/inaccurate, and is not endorsed by us. Please do not contact us for more information regarding any volunteer offers which appear here. 

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Q. What does "N/A" mean (in the "Preferred Organization Type" field)?

A. The option "N/A" in the "Preferred Organization Type" field may mean that the person offering to volunteer does not have a preference regarding who they wish to volunteer for.

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Q. What does "Other" mean (in the "Preferred Organization Type" field)?

A. The option "Other" in the "Preferred Organization Type" field may mean that the person offering to volunteer prefers to work for an individual/organization, etc. not specifically listed or not easily categorized in the standard options (e.g. "Catholic Charity for Consecrated Men").

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Q. Why does the "Preferred Organization Type" field include "Individual" and "Family"?

A. The term "organization" here is used for convenience to refer to the type of people/group/association, etc. an individual might want to volunteer for. Since a volunteer might prefer to assist an individual or family (rather than an official "organization"), these options have been included.

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Q. Why do you prohibit volunteering for medical advice / medical care but include options for "Infirm", "Catholic Hospital", "Healthcare Organization", etc.?

A. Although we prohibit offers to provide (and requests for) volunteer medical care & medical advice here, you may still volunteer for or seek assistance for infirm persons in other capacities (e.g. keeping company, reading, light chores, etc.).

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Q. Why do you prohibit volunteering for childcare/babysitting but include the options "School", "Children", "Orphans", etc.?

A. Although we prohibit offers to provide (and requests for) volunteer childcare & babysitting here, you may still volunteer to benefit or seek assistance for children in other capacities (e.g. knitting sweaters for children, making child's toys, etc.). 

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Q. What does "Other" mean (in the "Requestor Type" field)?

A. The option "Other" in the "Requestor Type" field may mean that the requesting individual/group/organization, etc. seeking volunteer(s) did not consider any of the standard options appropriate to describe their group/organization, etc. (e.g. the submitter may feel the option "Catholic Organization" is too general to describe an organization of retired Catholic clergy).

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Q. What do the various "relationship to the requestor" options mean?

A. The "relationship to the requestor" options refer to the submitter's current & reasonably anticipated ongoing relationship to the requestor (at the time of submission). If any change in the submitter's relationship / status, etc. is planned / anticipated / foreseeable / pending, etc., he/she should not submit a volunteer request. Options may include: "Work for..." [e.g. employee (in good standing) of the requestor], "Own..." (e.g. full or partial owner of the requestor), "Parishioner..." [e.g. officially registered parishioner (in good standing, including regular attendance) of the requestor (the Catholic church)], "Member..." [e.g. active member (in good standing) of the requestor], etc. If more than one option applies, the submitter may select the one that best represents their relationship with regard to their post. [For example, a parishioner who also works for the parish may select "work for" when the request involves duties directly related to their work and "parishioner" for other requests.] Remember that information about volunteer opportunities (and volunteering offers) is provided by users and has not been verified, is not comprehensive, and may be inaccurate. We do not endorse/recommend any volunteer opportunity/request, volunteering offer, event, activity, individual, group, organization / submitter / requestor / volunteer, etc., and we cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research opportunities / requests / offers / groups / organizations / individuals / events / activities / submitters / requestors / volunteers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any activity, event, etc. We are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), even if information about such activities is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Inclusion of volunteer opportunities/requests, volunteering offers, volunteers, submitters, requestors, individuals, activities, events, groups, organizations, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any activities (including contacts / correspondence, events, selection/use of volunteers, providing volunteer services, etc.) is at your own risk.

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Q. Can you guarantee that my volunteer work will benefit the stated individual/group/etc.?

A. No. Information about volunteer opportunities (and volunteering offers) is provided by users and has not been verified, is not comprehensive, and may be subjective/inaccurate. We do not endorse/recommend any volunteer request, volunteering offer, event, activity, individual, group, organization, submitter / requestor / volunteer, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research opportunities / requests / offers / groups / organizations / individuals / events / activities / submitters / requestors / volunteers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any activity, event, etc. We are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, events, contacts / correspondence, selection / use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.), even if information about such activities is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Inclusion of volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteers, submitters, requestors, individuals, activities, events, groups, organizations, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any activities (including contacts / correspondence, events, selection/use of volunteers, performance of volunteer services, etc.) is at your own risk.

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Q. Should I require advance expense reimbursement in connection with my volunteering?

A. The terms of volunteering are up to the individuals involved and are governed by any applicable laws. You should carefully consider all aspects of volunteering before participating. With regard to expense reimbursements, you should ask yourself questions such as... If you require an advance expense reimbursement, how will you return any excess? What if the reimbursement doesn't cover your expenses? Why should the other party trust you enough to send you advance reimbursement? Etc... You should reflect on these and other issues before volunteering.

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Q. What payment methods are acceptable for expense reimbursements?

A. Expense reimbursements should be in the form of a check or money order denominated in U.S. currency. Note that a private money order may better protect your personal information. Note: If reimbursing an individual (in person) for a very small amount, it may be acceptable to use cash. If so, all parties should use extra caution.

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Q. What types of expense reimbursements are there?

A. Expense reimbursements may be made before or after a volunteer incurs expenses and should equal (and not exceed) the actual costs to be reimbursed. All expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). If a volunteer is reimbursed before incurring expenses, the reimbursement may be termed an "advance expense reimbursement". In such cases, any excess reimbursement should be promptly returned. Note: The term "expense reimbursement" used in this section may apply to both types of reimbursement. 

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Q. What types of expenses may a volunteer be reimbursed for?

A. Volunteers may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred as a direct result of their volunteering (i.e. parking, tolls, etc.), but volunteers should not receive any other remuneration (e.g. bonuses, incentives, wages, etc.). Note that volunteers should not have to pay for items in connection with their volunteering (unless they agree to furnish supplies of small value, parking, bus fare, etc.). All expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). Note: Those who violate our policies may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. I am uncomfortable about reimbursing volunteers in advance for expenses. What should I do?

A. You are absolutely right to be concerned about this matter. As indicated, use of this site involves risks. It is quite possible that you may reimburse a volunteer in advance for expenses and find that the volunteer never shows up, doesn't use the funds as required, doesn't return excess funds, etc. That's one reason why we recommend extra caution and prudence with regard to this section. Remember that we cannot guarantee that your expense reimbursement will be used properly, or that any funds will be returned, or guarantee anything else about the volunteering activities (or the volunteer), and we do not mediate disputes. Proceed at your own risk.

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Q. I want to volunteer but I am uncomfortable about paying my own money for certain expenses (e.g. parking, tolls, etc.). What if I am never reimbursed?

A. You are absolutely right to be concerned about this matter. As indicated, use of this site involves risks. It is quite possible that you may never be reimbursed for the expenses. That's one reason why we recommend extra caution and prudence with regard to this section. Remember that we cannot guarantee that you will receive any reimbursement or guarantee anything else about the volunteering activities (or the requestor/submitter, etc.) and we do not mediate disputes. Proceed at your own risk.

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Q. If I use my own money for expenses while volunteering, how can I be sure I will get reimbursed?

A. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will receive reimbursement. As indicated, use of this site involves risks. It is quite possible that you may never be reimbursed for the expenses. That's one reason why we recommend extra caution and prudence with regard to this section. Remember that we cannot guarantee that you will receive any reimbursement or guarantee anything else about the volunteering activities (or the requestor/submitter, etc.) and we do not mediate disputes. Proceed at your own risk.

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Q. If I require advance expense reimbursement in connection with my volunteering, how much should I require?

A. The maximum amount that should be requested is the exact amount of the appropriate expenses to be incurred as a direct result of volunteering (i.e. parking, tolls, etc.), and not a cent more. Any excess reimbursement should be promptly returned. Volunteers should not receive any other remuneration (e.g. bonuses, incentives, wages, etc.). All expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). Note that those who violate our policies (e.g. by requesting/providing excess expense reimbursement) may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. How much expense reimbursement should I provide a volunteer?

A. The maximum amount that should be provided is the exact amount of the appropriate expenses to be incurred as a direct result of volunteering (i.e. parking, tolls, etc.), and not a cent more. If estimated in advance, you should provide only what is necessary and require that any excess funds be promptly returned. Volunteers should not receive any other remuneration (e.g. bonuses, incentives, wages, etc.). All expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). The total amount of any expense reimbursements should be modest. Do not provide excessive or excess reimbursement! Note that those who violate our policies may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. May I request advance expense reimbursement in cash? 

A. You should not request an expense reimbursement in cash (except as indicated below). Expense reimbursements should be in the form of a check or (preferably) private money order denominated in U.S. currency. Note: If being reimbursed (in person) for a very small amount, it may be acceptable to use cash. If so, you should use extra caution.

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Q. I received an advance expense reimbursement from the other party for my volunteering expenses. Should I engage in the volunteer work immediately?

A. All volunteering activities involve risk and the terms are up to the individuals involved (and are governed by applicable laws). Note that it may be wise (as permitted by law and agreed to by all parties) to wait for a check/money order to clear before commencing with volunteer work.

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Q. If I provide expense reimbursement (or return excess reimbursement), how can I protect my personal information (e.g. bank account number, address, etc.)?

A. To help protect your personal information, it might wise to remit the funds via a private money order.

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Q. Must I require that excess funds in connection with an advance expense reimbursement be returned?

A. Yes. You must require that any excess funds be promptly returned.

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Q. Should an accounting be made regarding expenses in connection with volunteering expense reimbursements?

A. Yes, an accounting should be made regarding all expenses in connection with volunteering expense reimbursements. The accounting should include proper documentation (i.e. receipts) and should be promptly provided to the other party even if there are no excess funds to return.

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Q. A volunteer requires expense reimbursement in cash. What should I do? 

A. You should not provide an expense reimbursement in cash (except as indicated below). Expense reimbursements should be in the form of a check or (preferably) private money order denominated in U.S. currency. Note: If reimbursing a volunteer (in person) for a very small amount, it may be acceptable to use cash. If so, you should use extra caution.

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Q. What should I do if a volunteer requests a large (or excessive) advance expense reimbursement?

A. If a large (or excessive) advance expense reimbursement is requested, you should not agree to the volunteering arrangement.

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Q. When I agreed to provide an advance expense reimbursement, I was asked for credit card information. What should I do?

A. You should NEVER provide any credit card information in connection with volunteering activities. You may notify the other party that it is a violation of our terms to ask for such information. Those who violate our policies may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. My expense reimbursement was lost/stolen/etc. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteering activities involve risk. The terms of volunteering are up to the individuals involved and are governed by any applicable laws. Note that it may be wise to place a stop payment on the missing reimbursement (although you may be assessed a fee). As indicated, we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.) and we do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. What if I provide a volunteer with an advance expense reimbursement and they never show up?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if I provide a volunteer with an advance expense reimbursement and they refuse to volunteer or to return the funds?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if I provided a volunteer with expense reimbursement and they didn't use the money as told or as agreed?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that all expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). As indicated, we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.) and we do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if a volunteer spent too much in connection with an expense reimbursement?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that all expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). As indicated, we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.) and we do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if a volunteer spends only part of an expense reimbursement?

A. If there are excess funds in connection with an expense reimbursement, they must be promptly returned.

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Q. I received an advance expense reimbursement, but the other party's check bounced costing me bank fees. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts / correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. 

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Q. I agreed to volunteer and the other party agreed to reimburse me for my volunteering expenses (e.g. parking, tolls, etc.), but now the other party has changed their mind. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Note that if other party changed their mind regarding reimbursement after originally agreeing to it, you should carefully consider whether or not to proceed with further volunteering activities (as applicable). Remember also that we do not endorse / recommend any volunteer request, volunteering offer, event, activity, individual, group, organization, submitter / requestor / offerer, etc. and that we do not get involved in your dealings with others or mediate disputes. Proceed at your own risk.

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Q. I reimbursed a volunteer for certain costs in advance, but they never spent the money. What should I do?

A. All excess expense reimbursement funds should be returned. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk and that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts / correspondence, etc.). We do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. I provided reimbursement for a certain expense (e.g. preferred parking), but the volunteer spent less for the expense (e.g. general parking). What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. I was charged more for an expense than the volunteer paid for it. Is that acceptable?

A. No. Volunteers should be reimbursed for the exact amount of the appropriate expenses to be incurred as a direct result of volunteering (i.e. parking, tolls, etc.) only, and not a cent more. Any excess reimbursement should be promptly returned. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if the advance expense reimbursement I received exceeds the amount of my volunteering expenses?

A. If there are excess funds in connection with an advance expense reimbursement, they must be promptly returned.

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Q. What if the advance expense reimbursement I received is not enough to cover all my volunteering expenses?

A. If you did not receive sufficient reimbursement for appropriate volunteering expenses, you may attempt to work it out with the other party. Remember that all expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. I received an advance expense reimbursement that just covered my volunteering expenses but the other party wants "excess funds" returned. What should I do?

A. If the reimbursement was just sufficient for your appropriate volunteering expenses, yet the other party is requesting a return of excess reimbursement, you may attempt to work it out with the other party. Remember that all expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if I am promised reimbursement for my volunteering expenses but never receive it?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if I never receive reimbursement for expenses related to my volunteering or if I receive only partial reimbursement?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that all expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). We are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.) and we do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if it takes a long time for me to receive reimbursement for expenses related to my volunteering?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. I received an expense reimbursement but the other party's check bounced. Now I am out both the amount of the expenses and the bank fees. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteering offers, volunteer requests, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts / correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. 

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Q. What if a volunteer used all or part of an expense reimbursement improperly or for an improper purpose?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer or, as appropriate/required by law, you should contact law enforcement and seek any other appropriate legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if a volunteer used all or part of an expense reimbursement for personal purposes?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience a problem, you may attempt to work it out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if a volunteer wants excessive expense reimbursement or other unagreed upon reimbursement?

A. If a volunteer is seeking excessive expense reimbursement or other unagreed upon reimbursement, you may attempt to work it out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember that all expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts / correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if a volunteer wants more expense reimbursement than we originally agreed to?

A. If a volunteer is seeking additional expense reimbursement, you may attempt to work it out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember that all expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. 

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Q. What if a volunteer wants to be reimbursed for expenses that I didn't agree to?

A. If a volunteer is seeking reimbursement for expenses you did not agree to, you may attempt to work it out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember that all expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. 

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Q. What if a volunteer fails to return unused funds related to an advance expense reimbursement (or returns only some of the funds)?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. What if a volunteer takes a long time returning unused funds relating to an advance expense reimbursement?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the volunteer. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts/correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities.

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Q. I received a refund of excess funds in connection with an advance expense reimbursement, but the other party's check bounced. Now I am out both the amount of the excess funds and the bank fees. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all volunteer related activities involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' activities (including volunteer requests, volunteering offers, volunteering activities, expense reimbursements, events, contacts / correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your volunteer related activities. 

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