Volunteer Information Page

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Thank you for offering your time and talent in serving as a volunteer within our Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese.  Volunteers make a difference with hands that serve and hearts that care and are anindispensable to our ministry and programs in our parishes and schools.

Safe Environment Policy for Volunteers

The Safe Environment Policy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh requires that 1) all school volunteers and 2) all other volunteers who perform a service where they have direct access to children complete the following background checks prior to beginning service

Background Checks for Volunteers Living in PA for Less than 10 years:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Report (fingerprints)
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Report

Background Checks for Volunteers Living in PA Continuously for 10 years:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check 
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Report 
  • Volunteer Disclosure Statementto be filed at the place of service.
  • Exception to Background Check requirements for Adult Student Volunteers:
  • 18+ year old high school students do not need to obtain Background Checks to be in contact with children during their school-related volunteer activities if:
  • The student is currently enrolled as a student in the school;The student is not responsible for the child’s welfare (i.e. care/supervision in lieu of a parent);
  • The student is volunteering for an event occurring on school grounds;
  • The event is sponsored by the school in which the student is enrolled; and
  • The event is not for children who are in the care of a child-care service.
Other Required Training and Certifications

The Safe Environment Policy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh requires that volunteers who may have any possible contact with children complete the following training and certifications within 90 days of beginning their volunteer work:

Protecting God’s Children (Virtus®) Training

Volunteers are required to complete Protecting God’s Children (Virtus®) at either a Diocesan sponsored class or through the Virtus®online training course.  A certificate of completion must be forwarded to the safe environment coordinator, school principal or catechetical administrator.  Information about live classes offered throughout the Diocese and online training can be accessed through the Diocesan website at:  www.diopitt.organd clicking on Protecting God’s Children Workshop link.

Diocesan Code of Pastoral Conduct

Volunteers are to receive, to be oriented in, and to return the signed “Acknowledgement of Receipt” page from, the diocesan Code of Pastoral Conduct.

Mandated Reporter and Child Protective Services Law 

All volunteers are to receive, to be oriented in, and to return the signed “Acknowledgement of Receipt” page from, the diocesan Reporting of Child Abuse and the Child Protective Services Law brochure.

Mandated Reporter Training For Mandated Reporters

The following individuals are designated under Pennsylvania law as mandated reporters must complete either live classes offered through the Diocese or the online Mandated and Permissive Training Course offered by the University of Pittsburgh within 90 days of commencement of service:

►  All school volunteers

► All other volunteers who are responsible for the welfare of a child or have regular contact with children

Appendix D: Individuals Required to Obtain Online Manadatory Reporter Training by Ministry (Includes the equivalent of these positions)

Altar server – Adult

Athletic coach/volunteer

Bus driver

Cafeteria worker

Catechetical administrator

Catechist

Catechist aid

Catholic committee on scouting leader/volunteer

Chaperone

All Clergy and Religious

• Deacon-permanent/transitional

• Diocesan bishops

• Diocesan priest incardinated in the Diocese and on assignment or retired in the Diocese

• Diocesan priest not incardinated in the Diocese, on assignment or in residence in the Diocese

• Seminarians

• Religious men and women on assignment in the Diocese

Childcare giver (e.g. cry room, pre-/afterschool program, babysitter, etc.)

Music ministry staff, paid and volunteer

Parish nurse

Parish safe environment coordinator

Parish social minister

Pastoral associate/minister

Pastoral healthcare minister

Playground monitor

Preschool administrator/aid

Sacristan trainer – youth altar servers and/or lectors

School volunteers

School employees

Youth ministry volunteers

► Information about live classes and the online training can be accessed through the diocesan website at:  www.diopitt.organd clicking on Mandated and Permissive Training Course link.