Volunteers

1 Peter 8-11 Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining.  As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

We at St. Clement Parish thank you for your interest in sharing the love of God with  others, especially with our youth!  We are dedicated to keeping everyone safe and appreciate your cooperation with  the following policies.  

All volunteers and employees who interact with children are required to comply with the following 3 mandates.

PA law now details particular background checks required for volunteers who interact with children.

I. Clearances –  All volunteers need 3 clearances.  Clearances are currently good for five years.  After which time, each will need renewed.

     1. Child Abuse Clearance Form (Act 1510– create login and apply.

     2. PA Criminal Record Certificate-Click the yellow box for new record checks (volunteer only).  Read and accept.  Follow the directions.  Be sure to keep a copy of your control number!

     3. IF you have lived in PA for the past 10 consecutive years,  Print and sign this disclosure form.  Disclosure forms are also available from the PRE office.

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     3.  IF you have NOT lived in PA for the past consecutive 10 years, Register for Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprinting Use a credit card to register for fingerprinting.  Then make an appointment at an approved location.  

                            Parochial Volunteer code is 1KG6Y3

II.  Mandatory Reporting

According to PA law all volunteers and employees who interact with youth  are Mandatory Reporters of suspected child abuse and are required to complete this online course.  Print the certificate of completion and return to the PRE office.  

**Note:  You should be taking Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse  rrca-1072.  There are other courses available which are also acceptable, but they are longer and more involved than what is needed.

 **You will need to register, create an account and send in certificate when completed.

*This is a 3 hour course, but you may save work and complete the course later with your account.  It may not work on mobile phones or some browsers.

III.  Diocesan Requirements 

A.  Electronic/Online

In addition, the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese requires all employees and volunteers who will be working with youth to participate in Youth Protection Awareness Training from Virtus Online.  

The Altoona-Johnstown Diocese also conducts an additional background check via Fastrax.  You will be promoted to complete this check when you register with Virtus.  This step DOES NOT replace the P.A. required clearances.

Click here to register with Virtus Online.  From this link you will be able to submit a Fastrax application and take the Youth Protection Awareness training. 

 

B. Paperwork

In order to keep our youth safe, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown requires all volunteers to submit the following BEFORE interacting in one of our programs.

 

  1. Application

  2. Code of Conduct

  3. YP USe of Technology

  4. Ministry Reference

Hard copies are available at the Religious Education Office,

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you may click here to access thee forms via OneDrive.   Forms may be downloaded or printed from the link.

All forms should be submitted to the Mandy Vigna, via the Religious Education Office or mvigna@dioceseaj.org

*****Please submit all forms to the St. Clement Parish Religious Education department rather than directly to the diocese.  Thank you.******

 

 

If you have questions, or need help with any of the above please contact 

If you have questions or need assistance with any of the above please contact

Mandy Vigna
Director of Religious Education
St. Clement Church
mvigna@dioceseaj.org

or

Cindy O'Connor
Director of Children and Youth Protection
Altoona-Johnstown Diocese
coconnor@dioceseaj.org
814-695-5579

114 Lindberg Avenue Johnstown PA 15905 814-255-4422