Adult Volunteer Application for Western Pennsylvania Region
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the American Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region!
(Not where you live? Click here to find your local chapter)
Thank you for your interest in the American Red Cross! We look forward to working with you. By becoming a volunteer with our humanitarian organization, you are making a positive impact in the lives of those in your community. We always welcome new volunteers and we try our hardest to match your strongest skill set to our numerous volunteer opportunities in the local area.* If you are under the age of 18, please use our Youth Application.
*Please use the following guide to determine the chapter that services your county within the Western Pennsylvania Region:
American Red Cross of West Central PA: Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango
American Red Cross of Northwestern PA: Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Warren
American Red Cross of Mountains of Western PA: Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Somerset
American Red Cross of Southwestern PA: Allegheny, Greene, Washington
American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge of Western PA: Armstrong, Fayette, Indiana, Westmoreland
You can begin to make a difference by filling out this form and completing the application steps. All questions can be directed to CHWPAVolunteer@RedCross.org.
Beginning July 1, 2015, the state of Pennsylvania is requiring all employees and volunteers who have direct contact, as defined by the statute, with children under the age of 18, to complete additional background screening to ensure the safety of minors. As a volunteer that may have direct contact with minors, please refer to the Red Cross’s Ethics Policy, Section 4.5 and reporting guidelines, which along with the new state law, identifies you as a mandated reporter for any suspected child abuse.
With the new state requirements, you will be required to complete three additional background clearances in addition to the general background check included in the application process:
- Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police (fee covered by Red Cross);
- Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services (Child Abuse) (fee covered); and
- Fingerprint-based federal criminal history submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent (FBI). *Exception if you have resided in PA for 10 years and have not committed a disqualifying offense. (fee reimbursed to each volunteer by Red Cross)
After you begin your application and complete the initial steps, detailed information and checklists to complete each of these clearances will be sent to you.
While we understand this second phase of screening may take several weeks to finalize, please note that your volunteer placement with the American Red Cross is contingent upon the successful completion of these three additional clearances required by the State of Pennsylvania.