Volunteer Background Checks

  • By Brittany Guyton
  • 18 Aug, 2015

Why is it important?

Millions of volunteers donate countless hours to good causes every day. Nonprofit groups do great work with children, the elderly, the infirm, the homeless and countless others. Nonprofits typically operate on tight budgets and depend on the help of volunteers who work for free and enjoy giving back to their community. However, more and more often we hear of volunteers who harm children they are working with or steal from the nonprofit.

Charitable nonprofit groups and churches are constantly recruiting and working with volunteers. These groups need reliable background screening services in order to ensure the people they serve are being helped by trustworthy and reliable volunteers. Good volunteers are vital to the success of nonprofits, but bad volunteers can jeopardize their success and pose a high threat when given access to children and the elderly or sensitive information.

Screening volunteers can help distinguish those who are reliable and legitimate volunteers from those who are not. Volunteers are screened for many of the same reasons employers screen their employees. The ultimate goal is to verify identity and weed out potential problems, especially problems that could arise from an undisclosed criminal history.

When nonprofits do not perform background searches on potential volunteers and an incident occurs that could have been prevented had the volunteer been screened, the nonprofit can lose the trust and support of the community. The nonprofit can also lose funding and may be subject to a negligent selection of a volunteer lawsuit. Even when faced with a negative incident involving a volunteer, a charitable organization will fare much better by having conducted a background check of all potential volunteers.

A comprehensive volunteer background check policy will allow any manager of a nonprofit organization to rest with ease knowing that their volunteers are honest and dependable. A volunteer background check includes:
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Sex Offender Registries Search
  • Drug and Alcohol Screening
  • Social Security Number Checks
  • Employment Verification
  • Education Verification
  • Professional License Verification
  • Credit Checks
  • Motor Vehicle Reports
  • Reference Checks
CourtHouse Concepts can provide all the volunteer screening services your nonprofit organization needs to make the right choice and keep people safe. Visit http://www.courthouseconcepts.net/ or call 877-750-3660 today to find out more about how CourtHouse Concepts can help you with volunteer background checks.

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At the federal level, cannabis is still a prohibited substance. However in 2014, the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment  was signed into law, prohibiting the Justice Department from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical cannabis laws.

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