Volunteering Policy and Protocol

The United States Conference of Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People mandates that every diocese implement Safe Environment programs for all children, parents, and adults. The principal purpose of this Charter is to ensure a safe environment for the children of each diocese. Here in the Diocese of Allentown, a number of steps have been taken in order implement these guidelines pertaining to reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse. To learn more about the Diocese’s Youth Protection programs, go onto the Diocese of Allentown website, http://www.allentowndiocese.org/the-diocese/youth-protection/. 

Below is a list of the requirements necessary to volunteer at St. Thomas More. All forms and certificates should be submitted to the Safe Environment coordinator at the Parish Center.

NEW! Find out what you specifically need in order to remain clear to volunteer in 2016 by requesting a Volunteer Safe Environment Report

Contact Information Safe Environment Coordinator: Jared Rabold
Phone: 610-433-7413 ext. 49
Email: jared@stmchurchallentown.org

Requirements for adult volunteers (anyone 18 years and older who will be volunteering while minors are present).

1. Diocesan Requirements
- must be completed only once:

  • Read and sign the acknowledgment form for the Code of Conduct policy
  • Read and sign the acknowledgment form for the Policy Regarding the Sexual Abuse of Minors
  • Attend a Protecting God’s Children workshop and submit the certificate of attendance

*Forms and workshop dates can be found below.

2. State Required Clearances – must be updated every five years:

Mandated Reporter LIVE Training

April 4 – May 2 Safe Environment Office
Bethlehem PA 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
(adjacent to Bethlehem Catholic HS)
Register by March 31st

April 25 – St Columbkill
Boyertown PA 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Register by April 20th

May 10 – St Patrick
Pottsville PA 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
Workshop will be held at the St Patrick Parish Center-313 Mahantongo St
Register by May 5th

Requirements for minor volunteers (anyone under the age of 18 years old).

Diocesan Requirements:

*Forms can be found below..

Forms and Workshop Dates:

The Policy Regarding Alleged Sexual Abuse of Minors   Read the policy; print the acknowledgement form, and then sign.

Code of Conduct   Read the policy; print the acknowledgement form and then sign.

FBI Criminal Background & Fingerprint Check Authorization and Procedure directions.

Upcoming PGC Workshops at St. Thomas More:

April 25: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.;
April 26: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

If you are planning on attending a workshop at STM, you must register in advance. Childcare will not be available. Workshops are held in the Disciple's Room in the church. To register or for more information, please contact Jared Rabold by email at jared@stmchurchallentown.org or by phone at the 610-433-7413 ext.49.

Upcoming Diocesan PGC Workshops

Upcoming PGC Workshops
If you attend a PGC workshop at another diocesan location, be sure to submit a copy of your Certificate of Attendance to Jared Rabold at the Parish Center.