While most people associate background checks with the employees of a company, volunteers for non-profits must be screened too. Keep reading to learn more.
Do Volunteers Need Background Checks?
The short answer is yes, volunteers must be screened too. After all, they have access to facilities and sensitive information, so you want to make sure to do your due diligence before having someone join your team.
Some non-profits and organizations that are already screening their volunteers include:
- Homeless shelters
- Fundraising organizations
- Animal charities
All in all, a comprehensive background check is the best way to protect those you serve while preserving the good name of your organization.
What Do Volunteer Background Checks Include?
In volunteer background screening, as in screening in general, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions.
The screening company you partner with should be able to create a volunteer screening program that fits your needs according to the positions you need to fill.
These are some background screening products that you may consider including as part of your volunteer screening process:
- Criminal Records
- Credit Checks
- Occupational Health
- References and Credentialing
- Motor Vehicle Records
- Drug Testing
- Sanctions Searches
- Verified Watch List
- Ongoing Screening
- Screening Audit
Finally, keep in mind that background screening is not a one-time event. Obviously, screening volunteers before they join your non-profit is extremely important. But is equally crucial to think of background screening as a continuing effort that occurs periodically during a volunteer’s stay within your organization.
More Tips and Ideas About Background Screening
These are some previous posts you can read for more ideas about recruiting and background screening.
- What is tenant screening?
- What is reference checking?
- How should coronavirus impact performance reviews
- Use these strategies to keep remote workers engaged
- The basic dos and don’ts of background screening
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