Mayor Yaede Announces Hamilton Township Will Absorb Costs to Provide Criminal History Background Checks for Youth-Serving Volunteers; Thanks the Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation for Its Past Support
Today, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly A. Yaede announced that Hamilton Township, pursuant to municipal ordinance, would absorb the costs of providing criminal history background checks to employees and volunteers of nonprofit youth-serving organizations sponsored or cosponsored by the township and thanked the Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation for its past support in funding these checks.
“Recently, I was notified that many of Hamilton’s youth sports leagues were experiencing difficulties in paying for criminal history background checks for their employees and volunteers,” said Mayor Yaede. “For the past several years these background checks were generously paid for under a grant by the Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation. Unfortunately, the Foundation did not receive a grant this year, which has left a void in funding these important checks. As such, Hamilton Township will step in and provide funding for these required checks to ensure that our community’s youth have a safe organized sporting environment.”
Criminal background history checks are required under Hamilton Township ordinance for each prospective and current employee and volunteer of all nonprofit youth-serving organizations. This ordinance was adopted almost ten years ago to create a safe environment for Hamilton Township’s youth to participate in recreational and other organized activities.
“I would like to thank the Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation, and most especially Richard and Maureen Kanka, for their support over the last several years in providing funding for the background checks,” Mayor Yaede commented. “Unfortunately, the Foundation was unable to receive a grant again this year. However, I am sure that Richard, Maureen and the Foundation will continue to work each and every day to receive a grant yet again, and in the meantime, Hamilton Township is proud to be able to fulfill the need for funding this important program,” Mayor Yaede concluded.