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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5 Steps to Utilizing Analytics for Your Nonprofit’s Success

Posted Thursday, October 19th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

There’s a great deal of pressure put on nonprofits and their volunteer managers. What kind of pressure are we talking about? Well, there’s pressure to better the communities they serve. Then there’s the constant stress of recruiting, training and retaining volunteers. And to top it all off, there’s the need to show tangible data to...

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Common Misconceptions of Volunteer Background Screening: An Interview

Posted Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by Verified Volunteers Staff

It’s easy to make assumptions when it comes to volunteer background screening, especially if you are someone who has worked in the nonprofit world for some time. If you deal with volunteers day in and day out, recruiting, onboarding and screening volunteer candidates, you may think you know all there is to know. But even...

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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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