Rod Boshart
Published: January 22 2014 | 3:53 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:30 am in

The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service will help lead a stakeholder group tasked with developing ways to streamline and improve the background check process for volunteers in organizations and schools throughout Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad made that announcement Wednesday. Currently, if an individual provides volunteer service to more than one organization, each organization conducts—and pays for—its own background check on that volunteer. Varying levels of checks, with multiple fees, are completed depending on the volunteer’s planned activities with vulnerable citizens or children. There is no formal system in place to allow sharing of the information. The stakeholder group will develop a strategy for establishing a volunteer background check network and will provide guidance on appropriate levels of screening for different types of volunteers, in order to improve the efficiency and utility of volunteer screening while reducing redundant background checks. Anyone who represents one or more of the varying interests impacted by this issue who would like to serve on the stakeholder group should visit www.volunteeriowa.org for details on how to apply. The application deadline is Feb. 5.


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