Clearance Requirement Information for Volunteers

Sunday School and Vacation Bible School News

It has been brought to my attention that as of July 1, 2015 all volunteers 18 years of age and older responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children will be required to submit a Pennsylvania Criminal History report from the PA State police ($10.00) and Certification from the PA Department of Human Services (10.00). As long as you have been a Pennsylvania resident for a period of no less than 10 years you will not be required to do the Federal Criminal History report from the FBI.

An employer or individual who intentionally fails to require an applicant for employment or volunteer service to submit the required certifications commits a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree.

This new law will affect both our Sunday School and Vacation Bible School volunteers.

Our Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 27th to July 31st.  If you are interested in helping with VBS we will need your commitment to get both of these clearances.  If you are willing to do this please contact Marlene Sypolt 724-981-3027 or Denise Germani  724-528-2056 as soon as possible so that we can get the paper work started.  With this new law anyone that will be around the children must have their clearances.

If we don’t have enough volunteers willing to get their clearances we will have to cancel Vacation Bible School.  This would be very disappointing to a lot of children.  I would like to have the commitments all in order by the beginning of April so that we can begin the planning of VBS.

We will need your help with the expense of these clearances.  If you would be willing to sponsor a volunteer please let myself or Denise know.  Together we can all get over this hurdle.