Do I need to supply references? Expand Checks on all prospective volunteers will include taking up two references, at least one of which should be from someone who knows you from an educational or employment situation. If you are not currently working, a reference must be requested from your last employer, regardless of any lapse in time. If you don’t have previous employment experience, we will talk to you about appropriate references and come up with an agreement. We can’t accept references from family members.