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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: Top Five Verified Volunteers Blogs of 2017

Top Five Verified Volunteers Blogs of 2017

Posted Thursday, December 21st, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

This time of year we always seem to ask ourselves the same question: “Where did this year go?” It seems like it was just New Year’s 2017 a few days ago! It has been a busy year for Verified Volunteers and we are glad to be able to share information, success stories and more on...

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Holiday Greetings from Verified Volunteers

Posted Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

The holidays are a time to relax, recharge and reflect. As we reflect on our year, we’re thankful you’ve been a part of it. You inspire us to think a little harder, laugh a little louder and smile every chance we get. We hope you have a happy holiday season filled with joy, happiness and...

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Case Study: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Case Study: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Posted Thursday, December 14th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health, opened as a 302-bed hospital near the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto in 1991. The hospital is devoted to providing comprehensive obstetrics and pediatrics services in areas including brain and behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy and newborn, pulmonary and transplant. The hospital...

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Best Practices for Training Your Staff in Supervising Volunteers

Best Practices for Training Your Staff in Supervising Volunteers

Posted Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Think back to the first time that you volunteered. What made the experience memorable? Was it the organization and the work that you did for that organization? The people you worked with? The person designated as the volunteer supervisor? The entire experience could be dependent on how well the supervisor led their volunteer team. How...

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Happy Thanksgiving from Verified Volunteers

Thanksgiving Reflections

Posted Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we come together to express gratitude for the wonderful things in our lives. From achievements to favorite memories, it’s time to celebrate the successes throughout the year. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Verified Volunteers asked our team to share what they are most thankful for this year. From the...

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