Background Check FAQ

GRuB hosts high school students on-site, and requires all volunteers to have an approved background check on file.

We work with potential volunteers on a case-by-case basis because we know the criminal justice system impacts many people in the United States. 

If you’re concerned about the background check process, the Volunteer Coordinator welcomes conversation and can find volunteer opportunities that don’t require a background check. You can find answers to frequently asked questions below.

Directions for completing a background check:

Open our background check form and follow these steps:

Step 1: fill out the form

Step 2: when the volunteer coordinator receives your form, they will email you a link to an application through our nationwide background-checking service (Criminal Information Services). Please fill it out completely.

Step 3: the volunteer coordinator will notify you when your results have been received

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to fill out a check?

Anyone over the age of 14, including all volunteers, interns, AmeriCorps members, staff, and others working with or around youth and/or families while at GRuB are required to have a background check. Anyone 14 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult who has an approved background check.

Does the check cost money?

No. There is no charge to complete the background check.

What does the check look for?

The check looks for very specific offenses related to working with youth (sexual assault, domestic violence, drug dealing, and violent felonies). Some offenses, like DUIs or shoplifting, may limit types of volunteering (e.g. transporting youth or handling money) but not others. The type of offense, how long ago it took place, and how up-front you are about it are all taken into consideration when deciding upon your eligibility to volunteer. We consider volunteer background checks on a case-by-case basis.

Can I volunteer even if my background check isn’t approved?

Yes, because we work with people on a case-by-case basis. We can find opportunities that don’t require an approved background check (for example: office support, community events, and other opportunities that don’t overlap with GRuB School).

How often will I need to fill it out?

The check is good for one school year and is renewed annually between May and July. 

How long does it take to receive results?

It takes up to two weeks to receive results once the check is processed. Typically you will receive results within 48 hours.

How soon can I start volunteering once GRuB has my results?

You can start with some kinds of volunteering (farm drop-in hours, for example) right away. Orientations are held once per month, on weeknights. Orientation is not required to begin volunteering, but is encouraged.

How can I get a copy of my results?

Yes, contact

Can I volunteer at GRuB for court-appointed, community service hours?

Yes. If your background check isn’t approved, the Volunteer Coordinator can find opportunities that don’t require the background check.

Who can I contact with questions?

Contact GRuB’s Volunteer Coordinator at or (360) 753-5522.

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