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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How to Build An Effective Volunteer Orientation Program

Posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

You have created a compelling and comprehensive position description and used a variety of channels to get the word out that you need volunteers for your program, but recruiting a fantastic candidate is only half the battle. Because your volunteers are one of the pillars of your nonprofit’s success, you want to be just as...

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Case Study: Mary and Frances Youth Center

Posted Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

The Mary and Frances Youth Center opened in 2007 on Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Monroe Park campus in Richmond. Its facilities include two private tennis courts and a number of classrooms designed for youth-centered programming and training. The youth center’s flagship program since opening has been Lobs & Lessons, a nationally recognized tennis and learning...

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