Volunteer Roles and ResponsibilitiesCatholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Founded in 1917, Catholic Charities is the official social service agency of the Archdiocese of Chicago. As an agency of the Archdiocese, Catholic Charities is required to participate in the National Training Program of the United States Bishops:
“Protecting God’s Children”
. This program requires that volunteers have a written application on file with the Catholic organizationwhere they perform their volunteer service. Depending on the type of preferred volunteer service,the potential volunteer
be required to participate in
, a child sexual abuse awarenesstraining program and undergo appropriate background and reference checks.The following list explains Catholic Charities requirements for different types of volunteer service:1.
- Volunteers work at “one-time only” volunteer events, such as parties, receptions and fundraising events where staff and parents are present. Applications,criminal background checks and reference checks are not necessary, but volunteers are
to sign the Volunteer Sign-In Sheet that is provided at each event.2.
Regular, Ongoing Volunteers Where Children Are
– Volunteers work atlocations where there are no children present, such as packing commodities or assisting in anoffice. Volunteers are
to submit a written application and undergo criminal backgroundand reference checks.
Training is strongly encouraged as well.3.
Regular, Ongoing Volunteers Where Seniors and Other Vulnerable People Are Present
– Volunteers work with seniors and/or adults who would be considered vulnerable due to age, physical or mental capacity, or economic conditions. Volunteers are
to submit a writtenapplication and undergo criminal background and reference checks.4.
Regular, Ongoing Volunteers Where Children
– Volunteers work at locationswhere children are present, such as family shelters, performing clerical duties at an EarlyChildhood, etc. Volunteers are
to submit a written application, complete
Trainingand undergo criminal background and reference checks
to beginning volunteer work.5.
Regular, Ongoing Volunteers Working Directly with Children
– Volunteers work directlywith children in jobs such as tutoring, reading to children at family shelters and supervisingchildren. Volunteers are
to submit a written application and undergo criminal background and reference checks. In addition to completing the
to beginning volunteer work, they
complete ten ongoing training modules online throughoutthe year. In addition to the criminal background check performed on behalf of Catholic Charities,the Department of Children and Family Services
their own background check,which includes fingerprinting.