Volunteering at OLSH

Each year, OLSH is blessed with numerous volunteers who help with a variety of tasks and serve as office assistants, library aides, chaperones, concession workers, set builders, coaches, gala volunteers, and more.

In order to protect our students and maintain compliance with the policies of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the mandates of the state of Pennsylvania, we have implemented a screening process for all employees and volunteers who may come into contact with our students. This process is described below.

Steps in the Safe Environment Compliance Process for Volunteers

Please note that new items have been added to the compliance checklist as a result of recent changes in state law. Therefore, you may be required to complete new steps in order to remain compliant. If you are unsure whether or not you are in compliance with the Safe Environment Policy, please contact Deena Swank at dswank@olsh.org or (412) 424-4610.

  • If you have not already done so, register with the Safe Environment Database.
    The online application can be found on the Diocese of Pittsburgh website at diopitt.org. Be sure to read the instructions listed in the column on the left before attempting to complete the application. The password for the Database is PROTECT. By completing this step, your Criminal Record Check will automatically be run and the results will be sent to OLSH. (If you have already registered with the Safe Environment Database, please add OLSH as a site.)
  • Attend a Protecting God’s Children workshop.
    The Protecting God’s Children Workshop can be taken online or in person. Once you have completed the workshop, you will receive a certificate. Please send a copy to OLSH. You will not be listed as compliant until the date of the workshop has been entered.

To register for the online option, you must go to www.virtus.org and click on “Registration”. Fill out the registration information and then you will be able to choose a session. The online session is at the bottom of the list and is available in English and in Spanish.

A listing of live Protecting God's Children workshops and their locations can be found at http://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_list2.cfm?theOrgID=15497&theme=0.

  • Attend a Mandated Reporter Training Session.
    This training is mandated by state law for all those who come into contact with children.

The Madated Reporter Training can be completed online at https://www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu/webapps/portal/execute/tabs/tabAction?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1.

There are also some live sessions of the Mandated Reporter Training being held. Go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0549a9ac2ca6f49-mandated to register for a live session of the MRT Training.

  • Obtain your FBI Fingerprint Record or sign the FBI Fingerprint Waiver.
    All volunteers must have an FBI Fingerprint Record or a signed FBI Fingerprint Waiver on file.

If the volunteer has lived within the state of Pennsylvania for 10 years or more, they may sign an FBI Fingerprint Waiver form instead of getting their Fingerprint Report from the FBI. Click here to download an FBI Fingerprint Waiver.

If you need to obtain your FBI Fingerprint Record, you must register online at www.pa.cogentid.com and click on Department of Education. Under "Registration Information" click "Register Online" and follow the instructions from there. After you have registered online, go to an approved fingerprinting site to have your fingerprints taken (click "Fingerprint Locations & Hours Map" under "Print Site Locations" for a list of approved fingerprint locations.

If at any time you have questions about this process, please contact Deena Swank at dswank@olsh.org or (412) 424-4610.