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Volunteer Opportunities

The Carousel House has many volunteer opportunities. Almost every one of our programs can accomodate a limited number of volunteers. To volunteer take a look at the many programs and special events we offer to find something that interests you.

We're now using SignUp.com (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address on SignUp.com, please contact us and we can sign you up manually. Give us a call at 215.685.0160 or e-mail at carouselpa@aol.com to have your name put on the volunteer list. You will get a confirmation within a day or two.

Required Volunteer Background Clearances

All volunteers 14 years or older (including parents of participants) that are participating in activities/programs at a Philadelphia Parks & Recreation facility MUST turn in a copy of the following clearances to the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation facilities that they wish to volunteer prior to volunteering.

The Criminal Background Check and the Child Abuse Clearance can be completed online and are FREE of charge for volunteers.

The FBI clearance is only required for volunteers who have not lived in Pennsylvania for 10 consecutive years.
***Volunteers MUST PAY for this clearance if it is required.

Instructions

All volunteers MUST turn in the following Clearances at each facility they wish to volunteer:

1) Criminal Background Check (FREE for Volunteers)
Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History
Go to: https://epatch.state.pa.us
i. Click on NEW RECORD CHECK (Volunteers Only)
ii. Complete Form Online
iii. Print Certificate
iv. Bring Original (to show Recreation staff) and a Copy (to leave on file) to facility or facilities in which you would like to volunteer

2) Child Abuse Clearance (FREE for Volunteers)
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Go to: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
If you don't have an account click on "CREATE INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT"
i. Complete Form Online-on reason for Child Abuse History Clearance check off first box for Volunteering
ii. Print Certificate
iii. Bring Original (to show Recreation staff) and a Copy (to leave on file) to facility or facilities in which you would like to volunteer

Volunteers who have not lived in Pennsylvania for 10 Consecutive years MUST also turn in FBI Clearance

3) FBI clearance ($25.75)
Go to: https://pa.cogentid.com
I. Click on Department of Human Services
II. Register Online: (you must register online prior to going to fingerprinting site)
III. Make Payment: online (Credit Card) or In person at Fingerprinting site (Money Order payable to: 3M Cogent)
IV. Go to location to get Fingerprinted (locations found online)
i. Once FBI clearance has been received Bring Original (to show Recreation staff) and a Copy (to leave on file) to facility or facilities in which you would like to volunteer.

If schools are closed or close early due to inclement weather all programming will be canceled.