National Recreation and Park Association
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) support local communities to implement ACHIEVE Communities (Action Communities for Health, Innovation and EnVironmental ChangE). In 2010, NRPA will fund ten park and recreation agencies at $35,000 each to develop coalitions of local stakeholders and community leaders to address chronic disease risk factors of physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use.
With an ACHIEVE grant, agencies will:
• Reduce the incidence of chronic disease through policy, systems and environmental change strategies at the local level
• Create partnerships with community stakeholders
• Attend meetings with national leaders to learn about tools, resources, and strategies to build healthier communities
• Create awareness of the vital services parks and recreation offers
• Enhance the overall health and livability of your community
Recommended Guidelines for Credentialing Volunteers
This is the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) volunteer management and background screening program designed to ensure that agencies attain the best, most qualified volunteers to support the safety and quality of life that communities need. This program supports the NRPA Recommended Guidelines for Credentialing Volunteers, developed to ensure that members never grant the privilege of working with vulnerable populations without first qualifying volunteers through a comprehensive national criminal background check system.
The national recommended guidelines include: The Screening Process, Comprehensive and Due Diligent Background Screening, Confidentiality and Recommended Criteria for Exclusion, and Recommended Guidelines for Volunteer Photo Identification. The guidelines were developed in accordance with the recently launched Operation TLC2 Making Communities Safe, which is a national initiative to advance the leadership role of parks and recreation in making the nation's communities safer.