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County volunteer group meets

December 11, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

The Emmet County Volunteer Clearinghouse Start-up Team held its monthly planning session Tuesday at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Point of contact for the group is Linda Anderson, Emmet County RSVP coordinator based at Iowa Lakes.

Mary Steele, RSVP director, reviewed results of the visioning session the group had held at its last meeting Sept. 27. She stressed that the organization will be a connecting service to match volunteers to those who can benefit from their services.

Steele suggested the group review policies and procedures for the Volunteer Network of Clay County with an eye toward developing similar policies wherever applicable.

Regarding background checks, Steele said partners - or the groups or organizations using volunteers - will be expected to conduct volunteer background checks if the organization so desires. Steele said prospective volunteers would sign a waiver for background checks.

Another possible policy would be that volunteers would be requested to go online or fill out a paper registration form. She said she would also like volunteers to come in for an interview.

After reviewing the list of proposed policies and procedures, Steele turned the discussion toward committee assignments. Those present chose committees on which they would like to serve.

Steele said partners will need to complete an agreement and submit job descriptions for volunteer assignments. She said partners will also be asked to submit organization photos or logos.

In highlighting a new Web site for the group, Steele said prospective volunteers will just need to go to the site and click on the volunteer tab which will list an interest inventory.

Steele asked members to e-mail suggestions for an organization name.

The next meeting will be in late January.

 
 

 

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