Renaissance Volunteers

Many opportunities are available within the Renaissance Academy Volunteer Program! Your efforts are greatly appreciated by our students and staff!!

Interested in Volunteering?

Please print this Application/Interest Form for School Volunteers and return to Debbie Messina.

Background Clearance Checks

The below Clearances are mandatory per Pennsylvania law and can be filed online FREE of charge. It has been recommended by the state you file Online for clearances. If you have not been a resident of PA for ten years you will need to file for the PA fingerprinting clearance.

Please submit hard copies of your clearances for our Volunteer Records. Your clearance will be valid for three years from the date processed.

If you have questions or require assistance please contact Debra Messina, Volunteer Coordinator 610-983-4080 x-183

Act 31: PA State Background Check (free to volunteer)

Act 151: Child Abuse Certification (Clearance) (free to volunteer)


Act 114 - FBI Criminal Clearance Report:
A Limited Contact volunteer shall submit the FBI Criminal Clearance Report (fingerprinting) or, if the volunteer has been a resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the entirety of the previous 10 years, they must complete the Volunteer Affidavit swearing and affirming that they are not disqualified from volunteer service.

Disclosure Statement Residential/Statement Application

How do you distinguish between a visitor and a volunteer?

A visitor is viewed as an individual who is attending and/or observing an event or activity without providing a service to the students, staff, or school/district operations. Some examples of these events would include but are not limited to Back-to-School Nights, Parent/Teacher conferences, school assemblies, American Education Week, school festivals, evening events, holiday concerts, etc.

School visitors do not need to follow the new clearances guidelines, but will still be required to present a valid driver’s license or government-issued photo identification to the main office. This ID is scanned into the Raptor/V-Soft System and is cross-referenced with the database maintained by Raptor Technologies of sexual offenders throughout the United States.


Interested in joining a Committee?

Safety Committee - Have an interest with Safety at Renaissance Academy? Please help us organize and set objectives for this newly formed committee.

New Building Committee - Interested in working with new building ideas and want to help with the development of the Franklin Commons location? Let us know!

Hospitality/Social Committee - Come greet perspective parents and students and share your RA experience! Help with set up of snack foods and drinks. Open Houses are 9-11am and 6-8pm.

Fine Arts Committee - Forming groups of volunteers who can assist with bulletin boards and some take home projects for volunteers who wish to do work from home.

Ongoing Needs

Teachers Helpers - Lower School and Upper School Teachers need help with copying, laminating, and general help. Training on equipment will be provided and assistance will be given if needed. This is perfect for those who want to help only occasionally giving a half an hour to an hour.

Library Helpers - Library volunteers are needed for various library tasks. Days available are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, anytime between 8:30am to 3:30pm.

FSO - Family School Organization - All parents and parent volunteers are members of this organization. Please consider joining in on many of the activities they plan for our children at RA. Your involvement will make RA a better place for the children and staff. (Go to FSO Page)

If you would like to help with any of the above volunteering needs or if you would like to find out about other school volunteering opportunities please contact:

Debbie Messina, Volunteer Coordinator
610-983-4080, extension 1034
Volunteer Office - Lower School Building
Office hours 11am-4pm Monday-Thursday, 8am - 1pm Friday

*** Volunteer Policy ***
(revised)


PA House of Representatives Honor Parent and Family Involvement

The PA House passed HR 474 which honors parent and family involvement. Click here to view HR 474.

FROM THE VOLUNTEER OFFICE

FAMILY FRIENDLY WEBSITES• Familyfriendlyschools.com
• Fathers.org
• Parenting.org
• Firstday.org
• PTOToday.com
• Greatschools.net
• Familyeducation.com

Research says that the single most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is NOT income or social status, but the extent to which the student’s family is involved.

PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING! MANY OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE!