Volunteer & Background Checks
Interested in Volunteering to Help Children in Our Community?
Partners in Education Programs
If you would like to volunteer for a Partners in Education program, please click the Partners in Education button for the form. This form enables you to volunteer for Mentors in Toledo Schools, Success Mentors or our events, such as the Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival. Partners in Education covers the cost of all who volunteer for our organization.
Link to volunteer form
Toledo Public Schools Volunteers
Partners in Education currently provides background checks for volunteers with the Toledo Public School System. If you wish to volunteer in the school system, you must complete a Volunteer Form (available at each school or through Partners in Education – see below). TPS covers the cost TPS parents and caregivers and communities of faith/houses of worship who have adopted specific TPS schools. However, we have run out of district funds to cover the cost of checks for the remainder of the school year. You may still have a volunteer background check processed but payment must be made before the volunteer form can be processed.
We will have a great online form here soon.
Did you know that Partners in Education can provide background checks for your volunteers, too?
You may contract with Partners in Education to process background checks for volunteers with your nonprofit. Some of the services we offer:
1. Level 2 criminal background checks utilizing Verified Volunteer Screening Service. Level 2 ensures that volunteers are cleared to work in an environment with children. Once the check is processed, each check updates on a monthly basis for one calendar year (meaning if something pops up on someone’s record mid-year, you will know about it.)
2. We can contract with your organization to collect and process all background check forms then bill your organization according to the number of processed background checks. We can also have your volunteers pay us directly. The background check and processing fee is $30 per person. (We can provide a volume discount if you have over 25 volunteers).
3. Processing time varies between 48 hours and five days. Partners in Education will provide information on cleared staff and volunteers as soon as it is available. We will also provide the names of those who are not cleared for volunteer work to ensure your clients are protected.
Why would you run employment background checks for volunteers?
- To protect your organization
If you are going to allow volunteers access to anything valuable or proprietary about your business, such as sensitive data like customer information or money, you’ll want to avoid any potential problems that could arise if the volunteers you accept have criminal records.
- To protect your clients
Your clients have a right to be served both effectively and safely. This is especially true that if you serve particularly vulnerable populations, such as children or the elderly. Don’t put them at risk by allowing volunteers with records of abuse to serve in your organization.
- To protect yourself
Ohio law does not require background checks for volunteers. However, if volunteers will have “unsupervised access” to a child on a “regular basis,” school districts are making it a requirement for service in their schools. Because your volunteer is representing your organization, it is wise to protect yourself from potential litigation should your volunteer commit a crime while volunteering for you.