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| ASK CONNIE
VT readers ask questions about volunteer management
and administration. Ask Connie, an experienced volunteer manager, consultant
and trainer, provides the answers for all to see.
My organization is planning to begin background checks for both staff and volunteers this year. What advice do you have for me as the volunteer program manager?
Background checks are very much a fact of life now. While they seem very straightforward for staff, there are some specific things to consider for volunteers:
You may meet some resistance from long-time volunteers who will wonder why their background needs to be checked now since they’ve been volunteering for the organization for a long time. I recommend framing this new policy as one that your organization has adopted and it is being implemented for both existing staff as well as volunteers.
If you’d like more information about volunteer screening and background checks, here are some good online resources:
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
KidSafePlus Coach and Volunteer Background Checks
Protect My Ministry
Energize, Inc. Volunteer Screening
Beyond Police Checks: The Definitive Volunteer Employee Screening Guidebook, by Linda L. Graff, available at VolunteerToday www.volunteertoday.com bookstore for $35.
Connie Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources, has 15 years' experience in working with volunteers. She has consulted and/or trained for such organizations as the Washington National Cathedral, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music America, and the Association for Volunteer Administration.
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