Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

All adult volunteers MUST complete VIRTUS prior to the start of their volunteer service.

Along with the Archdiocese of Baltimore, we are committed to maintaining the trust of the faithful by providing our children and youth with safe environments characterized by healthy relationships. With our longstanding commitment in mind, all parishes use VIRTUS, a compliance management system that allows all parishes and schools to facilitate compliance with archdiocesan child protection requirements for all volunteers who work with minors, employees, and clergy.

All adult volunteers MUST complete VIRTUS prior to the start of their volunteer service.

Please note, Shield the Vulnerable is no longer being used by the Archdiocese of Baltimore as of 11/1/17

The Requirements are as Follows:

For Volunteers (18-yrs and older):

  • Archdiocesan Application for Volunteer Service completed online and reviewed by Screening Coordinator
  • Three (3) references provided, checked, and documented
  • References for service and/or employment with any previous archdiocesan parish, school, or institution checked and documented
  • Criminal History Screening completed online, and results received
  • Read the Statement of Policy for the Protection of Children & Youth
  • Read the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel
  • Complete the online training regarding child abuse and the protection of children

For Volunteers who are minors (14-17-yrs-old):

  • Archdiocesan Application for Volunteer Service completed and reviewed
  • Three (3) references provided, checked, and documented
  • References for service and/or employment with any previous
    archdiocesan parish, school, or institution checked and documented
  • Read the Statement of Policy for the Protection of Children & Youth
  • Read the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel
  • Complete training regarding child abuse and the protection of children
    (Worthy of the Call)

Watch for These Warning Signs of Abuse in Minors

Watch for These Warning Signs of Abuse in Minors:

  • They no longer want to see a particular person they had been close to
  • Declining academic performance
  • Tries to hide their use of technology
  • No longer interested in activities they used to enjoy
  • Changes in personality
  • Demonstrates aggressive behavior or constantly angry
  • Withdraws from family & friends

Look for These Warning Signs of Perpetrators:

  • Tries to get minors alone
  • Is overly interested in spending time with minors
  • Commits physical and emotional boundary violations
  • Keeps secrets with minors
  • Allows or encourages minors to break laws or rules
  • Does not believe the rules apply to them (or, does not follow rules or protocols)
  • Gives lavish gifts to minors
  • Takes photos without approval, or asks minors to send them photos

If you have any questions, please contact our Screening Coordinator, Claudia Florenzo at claudia.florenzo@archbalt.org