Verified Volunteers Celebrates National Make a Difference Day with VivaVolunteer

Posted Thursday, October 5th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

What do we mean when we say, “I want to make a difference?” In an age where many people seek out emotional fulfillment from both their work and personal lives, what does it mean to want to influence change in the world – and can it really be done? One of Emily Dickinson’s most famous...

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4 Fun Ways to Fall into Volunteering This Season

Posted Thursday, September 28th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

With the passing of the Autumn Equinox last week it’s officially autumn! Or fall, if that’s how you prefer to refer to this beautiful time of year that has us taking sweaters out from storage and dusting off holiday cookbooks. With the temperatures cooling off and people beginning to spend more times indoors it may...

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Batter Up: 3 Trends in Youth Sports You Need to Know

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

Participating in sports is a hallmark of many American childhoods–from baseball to basketball, sports offer youth the opportunity to come together and have fun while learning important life lessons like good sportsmanship and teamwork. In order for youth sports to be a safe, enriching experience for all involved, volunteer background screening for coaching (and other)...

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3 Top Tips for Faith-Based Volunteer Background Screening

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

The majority of nonprofit organizations around the country background screen at least some of their volunteers, and more and more nonprofits are starting to screen every day. One of the sectors we are seeing realize most rapidly the need to screen volunteers? Faith-based organizations. That’s right – the faith-based community’s utilization of background checks as...

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3 Ways to Commemorate the National Day of Service and Remembrance

Posted Thursday, September 7th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Next Monday, September 11, marks the 16th anniversary of a defining moment in the history of the United States: the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. For many around the USA and the world, remembering this devastating day recalls painful memories of fear, sadness...

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Case Study: The Carle Foundation

Posted Thursday, August 31st, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

Headquartered in Urbana, Ill., The Carle Foundation is the nonprofit parent company of an integrated network of hospital and healthcare services, including the only Level I Trauma Center as well as Level III perinatal services in east central Illinois. For Carle, the majority of its hospital volunteers are comprised of pre-med and medical students at the...

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3 Super Tips for More Effective Volunteer Recruitment

Posted Thursday, August 24th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

When it comes to the nonprofit landscape, “one can never recruit too early, too often, or too well.” For many organizations, there can never be too many volunteers to help fuel your missions and make more changes in the lives of the communities you serve. A strong, passionate group of volunteers empowers you and your...

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7 Ideas for Recognizing Volunteers (and Staff!) from Volunteer Managers

Posted Thursday, August 17th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

The act of volunteering makes volunteers feel great — simply because they are giving back and helping others. Still, volunteer recognition blogs continue to be some of Verified Volunteers’ most popular posts with volunteer managers. Why? Volunteers (and staff) are the backbone of nonprofit organizations and their hard work and dedication can never be recognized...

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6 Things to Keep in Mind When Updating Policies and Procedures

Posted Thursday, August 10th, 2017 by Melodie Bissell, President of Plan to Protect™, adapted by Verified Volunteers

You may have read the title of this blog and thought to yourself, “My organization has a well written manual with comprehensive policies and procedures.  Why would we need to update it?” Most organizations carefully piece together policies and procedures that fit their particular mission when they first begin – but how long ago was...

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Top 3 Volunteer Background Screening Questions – and Answers from Verified Volunteers’ Webinar, Volunteer Background Screening: Ask Us Anything! (seriously, ANYTHING)

Posted Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

We recently hosted a fun and informative webinar, Volunteer Background Screening: Ask Us Anything! (seriously, ANYTHING), and had a great time answering questions from our audience. At the top of the webinar we discussed the most commonly asked questions we get asked by those in the volunteer management space.

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