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What tools and criteria should you use to identify the best applicants for volunteer work, and when to turn someone away? Some background checks are required by law. Know what you're required to do and what you need to do.

Deciding if Your Animal Shelter is Ready for Volunteers, Betsy McFarland, The Humane Society of the United States, 2006
Guidelines for Using Questions in Conversation, Barbara B. Varenhorst, Ph.D, Search Institute, 2003
Massive Headaches?, Joe Willmore, Executive Update
Unskilled vs. Differently Skilled: Maximize Volunteer Differences, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2000
The Volunteer Application Form, Susan J. Ellis and Katherine Noyes Campbell, pp. 5-6, Energize, Inc, 2003
"Tools and resources to better match people and organizations, improve the safety and quality of programs in communities,and reduce risks and liability", prepared by Volunteer Canada , 2012, pp. 104
SportsSafe (BC)
CASA "Working with Volunteers"

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides universal information on many volunteer management topics, particularly on screening and training. 

EnVision Tips

Tips for interviewing potential employees or volunteers from the Community Services Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

First Advantage

Resource center of free information on conducting background checks on volunteers (from a company selling screening services).

Interviewing Volunteers

10 page booklet from Voluntary Action-Leeds (UK)

MENTOR: Components of Volunteer Screening

Detailed description of the interviewing and screening process, including reference and background checks.

Mentoring Partnership Resources

Excellent list of resources for any mentoring program from the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA. Includes materials on recruiting, screening and training volunteer mentors, many of which can be used in any type of volunteer effort.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Major source of information and publications on all aspects of risk and liability for nonprofit organizations in the U.S. (much is relevant in other countries, too).  Volunteer risk management is one of their featured areas: http://www.nonprofitrisk.org/search/volunteer.asp.

Strategy for Interviewing Volunteers

Sample questions and other suggestions (keep scrolling through the pages) from Literacy Partners of Manitoba

Volunteer Interviewing Scenarios

Written by Steve McCurley

Volunteer Management FAQs

Site maintained by Carter MacNamara. Scroll to sections on Screening Volunteersand Selecting ("Hiring") Volunteers

Volunteer Screening Blog

This blog, on the site of a screening service, discusses a variety of issues relating to background checks and interviewing volunteers, using real-life situations.

What Is Screening?

Excellent overview of the rationale for and steps of effective volunteer screening from Volunteer Canada. Includes "Screening in Faith" PDF for faith communities.

What Is Screening? - Volunteer Canada

Section of Volunteer Canada's site that explains screening and links to several excellent resources, including the 2012 edition of The Screening Handbook.

Print and e-Books in Our Store

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A compendium of the best techniques for leading volunteer engagement, proven to work in a myriad of settings.

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Definitive guide for screening volunteers and employees, explaining why and how to assure everyone's protection.

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Practical advice, tools, and techniques to conduct prospective volunteer interviews effectively - something every leader of volunteers must do all the time.

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Understand the concept and practices of virtual volunteering and integrate online service successfully into your overall volunteer involvement strategy.

Designed to examine the need for interviewing and screening volunteers and to share the basic process and skills necessary to do it effectively.

A Tongue-in-Cheek Look at the Trials of Volunteering (animated 3:50 min. video):  from tobijohnson.typepad.com, 2011 -- discusson starter on volunteer interviewing

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