MAVA Research and Initiatives
The McDowell Agency, Inc. has set the standard for volunteer background checks throughout Minnesota. Their screening program was developed to assist schools, youth sports organizations, churches, and volunteer driven organizations to screen out predators and criminals from having direct contact with children and other vulnerable populations. The MAVA recommended program pairs a comprehensive personal consultation to determine the best program for your needs and budget and a comprehensive Criminal Background Check Search to provide your organization with quick, accurate, and complete results (an average of less than 2 business days in 2007).
This MAVA recommended program includes the following searches:
The McDowell Agency, Inc. has over 25 years of experience in conducting criminal background checks. We are a licensed private investigation firm that specializes in criminal background checks in the non-profit sector. Our knowledge and experience was instrumental in developing a much needed and affordable program for MAVA member organizations. The McDowell Agency, Inc. has been recognized as pioneers and experts in the Volunteer Screening Industry. This past year alone, The McDowell Agency, Inc. has performed a number of presentations and educational seminars for numerous educational and volunteer conferences. In addition to our partnership with MAVA, The McDowell Agency, Inc. is proud to be endorsed by and partners with the following organizations as the premier provider of background check services for their members:
Child abuse, domestic assault, and other forms of abuse occur every day and, unfortunately, volunteer organizations are not immune. This is a complex issue which requires every organization that works with vulnerable populations to become proactive. An alarming number of volunteers have a history of involvement in incidents of violence and/or sexual misconduct which can lead to crimes perpetrated against innocent victims.
The McDowell Agency strongly believes that it is not merely information we handle, but peoples’ lives and futures. We are committed to accuracy. We require a trained expert to interpret all results; reports are never forwarded to a client until a licensed account representative has reviewed it. Your account representative will be a licensed private investigator with training in how to interpret the results.
A Successful Partnership
At The McDowell Agency, Inc. we are very excited about our continuing partnership with MAVA. We have partnered with MAVA for nearly two years, and we currently work with 25 MAVA members.
Our corporate philosophy is to provide our clients with the ultimate client experience. We achieve this by providing our clients with top of the line customer service (no automated responses or answering machines: we actually answer our phone), fast turnaround time (in 2007 our average turnaround time was 42 hours) and the most competitive pricing in the industry. With a client retention rate of over 99%, we have proven success in providing that experience to every one of our clients.
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To request a copy of MAVA’s reference check on The McDowell Agency, Inc., contact Mary Capuzzi or 651-266-4015
To take advantage of this great benefit, or to request additional information from The McDowell Agency, Inc., please contact:
MAVA developed a 33-page notebook to help those leaders of volunteers living outside the Metro Area to launch a MAVA Connections Network in your area. This cover topics ranging from Stages in Network Development and Balancing Participants' Needs to Outreach Tips and includes all tools and materials need to launch this Peer Networking Event.
· $8.00 for MAVA Members & $17.50 for Non-MAVA Members for copies purchased at the MAVA office.
· Electronic download of materials available for $4.00 for MAVA Members & $13.50 for Non-MAVA Members.
*If sales tax exempt, please send proof to MAVA Office.
How to purchase:
To purchase a printed bound copy – call 651-255-0469 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to purchase and pick up at the MAVA office at 1800 White Bear Ave. North in Maplewood.
Recognizing the growing importance of job seekers as volunteers, the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) started an initiative in 2010 to develop tools and resources to assist organizations in recruiting and supporting job seekers as volunteers. The aim was to optimize the value that job seekers gain from volunteering and to make it easy for organizations to involve job seekers as volunteers. Information was gathered from:
According to late 2010 MAVA survey data, the state’s volunteer programs are experiencing significant growth in the number of inquiries from job seeking volunteers as:
This took kits helps organizations recruit and support job seekers as volunteers through designing position descriptions, gaining organizational support for the taking on a short term volunteer, and how to say good bye to the volunteer when they find paid work.
Download a full PDF of MAVA's Job Seeking Toolkit
Your organization can contract with MAVA for consultation on building the volunteer program. MAVA has a consultation package that includes an assessment of organizational volunteer program practices and resources for building the program. Consultation can also be arranged on most aspects of volunteer management. Contact the MAVA Office for more information.
Bring top notch volunteer training to your staff. A contract can be arranged with MAVA to provide in-house for your staff: