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At our school district, we use Trusted Employees.  Our volunteer background check is $10.  They have been great to work with.

Ann Venneman
Volunteer Services Specialist
Cambridge-Isanti Schools
We use the McDowell Agency.  I had them set up our account so applicants could enter their information online completely bypassing any paper forms.

They made me a PDF of screen shots to walk the applicant through the process although most people who submit their information at our office don't even look at it because the process is so straight forward.  For applicants that aren't local, I have a pre-written email I send them with the attached PDF explaining the process.  It's incredibly efficient and doesn't take any additional work on my end beside the email prompting them to submit their information.

Volunteer Manager | The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter
OOPS - the company is really (It does not contain the word check as I previously typed.) 
Hello...I am wondering if anyone uses a screening company that does not require the organization to start the process. By that I mean, can volunteers be given a website address for them to access and submit the information required to do the check.
We currently use Verified Volunteers, but I have to enter the volunteers name and email address for them to send a secure link to the volunteer to submit the required information. Make sense? I am trying to take the middle person (me!) out of the picture.  
Our Chicago Chapter uses Anyone have any experience with them? 

Thanks for your help!
Ann Fosco
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
MAVA members have the power of group purchasing by using the McDowell Agency for volunteer background studies. To take advantage of this great benefit, or to request additional information from The McDowell Agency, Inc., please contact:

Tim Landsberger
Director, Sales and Marketing
The McDowell Agency, Inc.
Toll Free: (877) 644-3880
Office: (651) 644-3880
Cell: (651) 248-3182

My organization has used them for years, and we are extremely satisfied, so much so, HR nows uses them for employee background checks too!
This is free: but covers only the State of Minnesota.
McDowell Agency is really good for a more thorough, country wide, background check and they have a discount for MAVA members.  I used them at a previous organization.
We use Verified Volunteers. It's $16/check but we encourage our volunteers to pick up the costs themselves, many of them do. 
Here at the Minnesota Zoo we use Mobile Electronic Fingerprinting,
located at 8120 Penn Ave S Suite 555
Bloomington, MN 55431, (612) 598-3534 and i highly recommend them.
Hello All,
I received a question from one of our ACVA members about reputable companies that run background checks.  The ones that I suggested have a higher cost or are through our own agency so I wanted to see what everyone in this group uses?
I'm wondering if you can tell me which company is used and the cost per background check?   
Thanks in advance!
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