Background Checks

Partners in Education Provides Volunteer Background Checks for Area Nonprofits and Schools

Note: Partners in Education Provides Background Checks for Toledo Public Schools Volunteers. For information and to volunteer for TPS, click here.

Contract with Partners in Education to process background checks for your nonprofit’s volunteers.

We offer the following services:

Level 2 or Level 3 criminal background checks using Verified Volunteer (Sterling) Screening Service. A background check ensures that your 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.)

Level 2: Advanced Criminal History Record Locator Search – includes a Nationwide Search, Social Security Trace, Government Watch List Search (OFAC), 50 State DOJ Registered Sex Offender Search, and County Criminal Search(es).

Level 3: Complete Criminal History Locator Search – includes all of the same things as a Level 2 search as well as alias name, seven years of address history, and Locator Select (a software that works with 2,000 jurisdictions to identify arrest record information and validates conviction and the source). 

  • Collection and processing of background checks. 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 L2 background check and processing fee is $30 per person and the L3 background check and processing fee is $48. (We can provide a volume discount if you have over 25 volunteers).
  • Information on cleared staff and volunteers. 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. Processing time generally varies between 48 hours and five days.
  • Handling Ineligible Volunteers. Partners in Education takes the responsibility of notifying ineligible volunteers and providing mandatory paperwork to those found to be ineligible as follow-up.

Contact our Background Check Specialist, Erin, at 419-242-2122 or email [email protected]  for more information.

Specialized Training for YOUR Nonprofit Volunteers

Partners in Education can provide training for your volunteers. This training can offer the basics on best practices in volunteering with K-12 students, specifics on working with children who have experienced trauma and specialized training for volunteers working with students and parents who are learning English as a Second Language. Customized training is also available.
  • A per person fee is charged for the training.

Free Volunteer Training for Parents, Community Members and Organizations That Partner with Toledo Public Schools

  • New volunteer training opportunities take place each school year.
  • Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
  • Visit our Volunteer Training page – – for open and free training dates where you can send your volunteers for training on best practices working with children, working with children experiencing trauma and working with English Language Learners.

Why Run Employment Background Checks on Volunteers?

  • To protect our children. All children deserve to be safe at school and within our community centers. Background checking your volunteers ensures that they do not have a criminal record and are eligible to work with school-aged children in an education-based environment. Don’t put them at risk by allowing volunteers with records of abuse to serve in your organization.
  • To protect your organization. If you are going to allow volunteers access to anything valuable or proprietary about your business — sensitive data, cash, or customer information, 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 the elderly.
  • 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 require background checks 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.


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At this workshop, volunteers will learn policies and procedures for working with children in Toledo Public Schools along with tips and tricks for making your experience the best it can be.

Snacks and beverages will be provided. Transportation assistance is available.

(Childcare is not provided for this workshop)