Eight Popular Background Checks for Volunteer Organizations

Eight Popular Background Checks for Volunteer Organizations

Posted Thursday, April 5th, 2018 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Verified Volunteers’ “Volunteer Screening Trends and Best Practices Report: 2018” offers insights into the current state of volunteer programs, from current screening practices to challenges to be overcome. The report is based off a nationwide survey conducted on individuals who are involved in running volunteer programs to better understand their background screening needs and processes....

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How to Increase the ROI of Your Volunteer Program with Continuous Improvement

How to Increase the ROI of Your Volunteer Program with Continuous Improvement

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 by Verified Volunteers and VolunteerPro Staff

Verified Volunteers is pleased to announce our new partnership with VolunteerPro, an organization which provides online volunteer management training, coaching and an online community to volunteer leaders. VolunteerPro shares “research and best practices and emerging innovations in volunteer management, all based on engaging today’s volunteers”. Both VolunteerPro and Verified Volunteers support a high quality, effective...

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Rethinking Volunteer Recognition

Rethinking Volunteer Recognition

Posted Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 by Verified Volunteers Staff

When was the last time you showed appreciation for what a neighbor, volunteer, co-worker, employee, family member or friend did, be it a big or small task? How did showing that appreciation make you feel? How did the other person feel? Do you think that you made a difference in that person’s day? You may...

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Verified Volunteers Receives Stevie Award for Customer Service Success

Verified Volunteers Receives Stevie Award for Customer Service Success

Posted Thursday, March 15th, 2018 by Verified Volunteers Staff

We are very proud to announce that Verified Volunteers was recently awarded a 2018 Gold Stevie Award for Customer Service Success. The Stevie Awards for Sales and Customer Service honors “the achievements of contact center, customer service, business development and sales professionals worldwide”. Winning a Stevie Award is a terrific way to benchmark an organization’s...

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Why Do Organizations Conduct Volunteer Screening?

Why Do Organizations Conduct Volunteer Screening?

Posted Thursday, March 8th, 2018 by Verified Volunteers Staff

It’s a basic fact: background screening is complicated. An amazing amount of data is available that may or may not reflect the most up-to-date facts about volunteers. Deciding which type of background screening searches a volunteer manager needs to run to find well-intentioned volunteer candidates can often seem like a daunting task. Every organization has...

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Importance of Adverse Action Compliance in Volunteer Screening

Importance of Adverse Action Compliance in Volunteer Screening

Posted Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 by Verified Volunteers Staff

As most volunteer organizations know, there are many components involved when conducting volunteer and paid staff background screening. When an organization uses a volunteer’s background information to deny a volunteer role, they must comply with federal and state laws which are meant to protect the applicant from discrimination. The variety of laws/rules can be overwhelming...

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Case Study: Big Sisters of Greater Boston

Case Study: Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Posted Thursday, February 15th, 2018 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, founded in 1951, serves 69 cities and towns throughout the Greater Boston area. The organization strives to ignite girls’ passion and power to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that support girls’ healthy development. Their approach results in a formidable impact on academic achievement, interpersonal...

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The Top Three Volunteer Screening Trends for 2018

The Top Three Volunteer Screening Trends for 2018

Posted Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Verified Volunteers recently surveyed clients and non-clients alike — all of whom run volunteer programs – to better understand their background screening needs and processes. The 967 survey responders represented a wide range of organizations including social and human services, education, healthcare, religious and youth development groups. Responders were mostly volunteer managers and program managers...

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How to Spot Common Predator Characteristics

How to Spot Common Predator Characteristics

Posted Thursday, January 25th, 2018 by Victoria Bissell, Director of Training, Plan to Protect™. Adapted by Verified Volunteers staff

Children usually are friendly and trusting of most people and therefore have a difficult time identifying predators. But, adults are not always able to “see” predators either. Predators can be anyone, including a family member, colleague, coach or friend. According to The Pragmatic Parent, “90% of the time a predator is someone with a relationship...

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Tips for Creating a Disaster Preparedness Plan

Tips for Creating a Disaster Preparedness Plan

Posted Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Verified Volunteers Staff

2017 was a year filled with national and man-made disasters around the world.  Hurricanes, floods and wildfires struck the U.S. hard this past year, especially during the last three months of the year. Most of these events are unexpected and leave very little time to prepare. Therefore, it is very important to start preparing and...

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