When Pope Francis heads to Philadelphia in September, some 9,000 volunteers will be among the expected crowd of 2 million people. The volunteers will tackle the everyday logistics associated with a papal visit, including answering visitors' questions, giving directions and serving as interpreters. Despite the relatively basic job duties, the process of becoming a volunteer is not a simple one. Those selected by the World Meeting of Families, which facilitated the pope's visit, had to go through a rigorous background check to participate in the event.
America’s Charities, the leader in workplace giving and philanthropy, and Verified Volunteers, the only background check platform tailored to the specific needs of the service sector, have formed a strategic alliance to help America’s Charities nonprofit members vet volunteers more safely, easily, and cost-effectively.
Tom Klein describes the screening processed employed by Verified Volunteers on the thousands of World Meeting of Families volunteers: "It is our most comprehensive volunteer screening in terms of its breadth and depth," Klein said. "We live in a country where criminal court records are stored at thousands of different repositories, in county courts, state departments of corrections, data bases and county and municipal repositories. To find criminal records comprehensively it takes a very wide net to be cast."
Before the World Meeting of Families and papal visit can happen, thousands of volunteers must be trained. Volunteers need background checks too. Tom Klein talks about the screening some of the 10 thousand papal volunteers in this radio interview.