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Volunteers And The Law Volunteers play an important role in our communities. This guide will help volunteers, staff and board members learn how the law applies to volunteer activities and the work they do. By understanding the law, volunteers will be able to prevent or minimize risks. This guide introduces some basic legal concepts and looks at how they apply to volunteer activities. There are lots of other legal issues that don’t appear in the guide. If you have a specific legal concern, it may or may not be covered in this guide.