BestMatch (formerly Best Practices in Volunteer Screening), an initiative to provide non-profit and charitable organizations and their volunteers the training and tools they need to ensure the best match between volunteers and people who need their help.
“We are here as a resource for both the organizations and the volunteers,” says Christine Oldfield, Executive Director at PIN. “Many of our member agencies work with people who are vulnerable or have specific needs. Proper screening is important. We want to help both parties employ world-class due diligence so they find the best fit and our community continues to receive the best possible volunteer support.”
BestMatch offers free online training modules to employees of non-profit or charitable organizations that engage volunteers. Because volunteers are often the main contact between clients and organizations, it’s essential that they are the right fit for the organization and for their role – both to ensure the safety of vulnerable individuals, and to reflect the quality of service expected, says Oldfield. Organizations need up-to-date policies and procedures for screening and training so that volunteers can be equipped to do their best.
Non-profit staff who complete the three training modules become BestMatch “certified” and can promote the accomplishment in their organization’s communication materials.
In addition to the training modules and certification, the BestMatch program provides access to free police checks for prospective volunteers of qualifying organizations.
Barb Carscadden, Manager of Volunteer Engagement and Transportation Services at East Wellington Community Services, participated in the online courses offered through the BestMatch program.
“I would definitely recommend the program. The courses I took have very useful information both for someone who’s new to the role or has been in the role for a while,” she said. “It’s very clearly described and it’s a good way of learning, with built-in questions and helpful visuals. I would recommend this training to anybody.”
BestMatch is available at no charge to members of PIN.
Learn more about Membership and the benefits here.