Know Your Volunteers :: Accufax Background Checks

Kent Shaffer —  July 13, 2006

Volunteers are great! But are they a security risk to your church? Does your church have security measures to keep sex offenders and serious criminals out of your volunteer ranks? The last thing you want is one lurking in your children’s ministry. Although it costs money, it is well worth it to keep your congregation safe and to avoid the risk of devastating news stories if something did go wrong.

One reliable solution is Accufax. They offer six different volunteer screening packages ranging from $17 to $49.45 to accommodate each church’s varying needs for security. The most extensive background check provides:

  • State & County Criminal Record Search
  • Department of Corrections Records
  • Sex Offender Registry Information
  • Social Security Number/Previous Address Search
  • National Statewide Criminal Check
  • National Federal Criminal Check

According to their website:
Under the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) guidelines, your organization has certain legal responsibilities as well as other Federal laws such as the EEOC, and State regulations, regardless of the source of the information.

If you become an Accufax member, they will keep you up to date on regulations and laws that may affect you and your volunteer organization.

Kent Shaffer

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4 responses to Know Your Volunteers :: Accufax Background Checks

  1. Accufax will gladly waive the 50.00 set-up fee and offer a 10% discount to any company interested in doing volunteer screening. It’s Accufax’s way of tithing back to the community.

  2. Protect My Ministry offers not only background checks for faith based organizations, but child safety training as well.

Trackbacks and Pingbacks:

  1. churchrelevance.com » The Importance of Church Security :: Keeping Kids and Youth Safe - August 4, 2006

    [...] Churches without a security team or background checks for volunteers are an open invitation to predators. [...]

  2. Church Tech Matters » Blog Archive » Safety For Children - August 7, 2006

    [...] Read his post for the details, if your church isn’t doing background checks, then check AccuFax out and get hooked up with them. [...]