122 E. Olin Ave. Suite 100 Madison WI 53713 stefanie@lovdane.org 608.219.8178


LOV-Dane Event Policies

When you first attend a LOV event, you will be asked to sign your agreement to these policies.

LOV-Dane is powered by families, friends, and a tiny staff. Some events are run entirely by volunteers. What can volunteers and staff do? Here’s a partial list.

They can help the participant…

  • Get to know people
  • Learn new activities
  • Problem-solve, fill out a form, or start a coat zipper
  • Regain emotional control by taking a deep breath
  • Wait for a ride
  • Identify possible carpool matches
  • Provide minor first aid—such as a band-aid (if anybody has one)
  • Call an emergency contact
  • Call 911

But they can’t…

  • Make sure the participant arrives or stays at the event
  • Handle the participant’s money
  • Help with going to the bathroom or other personal care
  • Provide much physical help with activities
  • Administer medication or complicated first aid
  • Administer a behavioral program
  • Drive participants home
  • Vouch for someone else’s driving record

Remember … many people running events are volunteers. Be kind to them and say thanks! And if you should disagree with an action or decision, please accept it at the time. Then if you would like further discussion, call Amanda (608-516-4285) or Stefanie (608-219-8178). They will work with you for a good solution for all.

 How families and supporters help

Fill out the emergency contact card (provided)–and help make sure the participant carries it to all LOV-Dane get-togethers.

Attend a few events with the participant to determine if he or she should attend independently. Join in! Get to know other parents or friends, help with activities, or bring treats. Use good judgment, as usual, in selecting activities, companions, and supports needed. Give special consideration to transportation and what the participant will do before and after an event.

We encourage families and participants to connect and spend time together outside of LOV-Dane activities. Many people say that the most powerful part of LOV-Dane is the development of real friendships. However, it’s important to know that LOV-Dane does not run background checks on members, so use the same caution you would with any community group. LOV-Dane does screen staff and some key volunteers—see our website for our complete policy.


I understand these policies and will follow them at LOV-Dane events. Further, LOV-Dane staff and volunteers have permission to call 911 for the participant if they deem it necessary.

I understand that my participation and/or involvement in LOV-Dane activities carries with it the potential for certain risks, some of which may not be reasonably foreseeable. I further acknowledge that these risks could cause me, or others around me, harm, including, but not limited to, bodily injury, damage to property, emotional distress, or death. I am a willing participant in LOV-Dane.

By signing this agreement, I agree to release, indemnify, and hold harmless LOV-Dane as well as all its employees, volunteers, representatives, etc. from all losses, claims, theft, demands, liabilities, causes of action, or expenses, known or unknown, arising out of my participation in LOV-Dane activities.

Volunteer Background Check Policy