Volunteer Opportunities

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Looking for volunteer opportunities with the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA? Are you 18 or older? You’ve come to the right place! The information and steps below will get you through the enrollment process!

Already started the volunteer enrollment process & have questions? Email us at placement@gsep.org.

Whether you can give a day, a few weeks, or the whole year, it all starts with you. As a Girl Scout volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. Short-term or on-going, working directly with girls or behind the scenes, leading a troop or pitching in at the administrative level, there are volunteer opportunities to fit every schedule! You don’t need to have a daughter in Girl Scouts or become a Troop Leader to participate. Everyone has something to offer!

Why Volunteer with Girl Scouts?

  • Make a difference in girls’ lives
  • Enhance your skills or develop new skills you’ve always wanted to learn
  • Receive training, resources, and support services
  • Gain experience for your professional resume
  • Share a talent or interest with others
  • Help girls grow courageous and strong

Volunteer Enrollment Process and Application

STEP 1: Volunteer Enrollment
STEP 2: Background Clearance
STEP 3: Volunteer Welcome Call
STEP 4: Training & Support
STEP 5: Start Volunteering!

STEP 1: Volunteer Enrollment 

For NEW Volunteers:

  • Go to the Online Registration System  and register as an adult member for the current Membership Year*
  • Process your order, log out and then log back in to your record (this will ensure that your membership is recognized in the system before moving to the next step)
  • Click the “Activities” tab. Under the Featured Products to the right, select Become a Volunteer
  • Follow prompts to complete the order, click Process My Order
  • Check your email for confirmation and next steps for how to complete your Criminal Background Check (be sure to check your Spam folder!)

*If you have applied for financial assistance to cover the cost of your membership, please contact us at Placement@gsep.org so we get can you started on your volunteer journey

There are more than 10 volunteer roles to choose from – check out the Volunteer Role Opportunity Catalog for the complete list.

Have a question about which volunteer role best suits you? Email us at  placement@gsep.org! We’d love to chat about how you can help girls change the world —there’s an option for everyone!

For returning volunteers in need of CBC renewal:

  • Go to the  Online Registration System and log into your account – If you are not currently registered for this Membership Year, you must renew your membership before beginning
  • Click the “Activities” tab. Under the Featured Products to the right, select Returning Volunteer – Background Check Renewal
  • Follow prompts to complete the order, click Process My Order
  • Check your email for confirmation and next steps for how to complete your Criminal Background Check (be sure to check your Spam folder!)

STEP 2: Background Clearance 

Note: Due to high volume of clearance submissions, you may expect to receive a response within 7-10 business days. In order to fulfill clearance processing with the quickest turnaround, please submit the 3-4 required documents in their entirety (including the GSEP Disclosure Statement which can be found here.) Partial submissions will cause a delay in processing.

Begin the background clearance process by following the instructions in your confirmation email. More detailed instructions can be found in the Volunteer CBC Processing Packet.

Submit your clearances. Click here to submit/upload your documents a change link to https://www.dropbox.com/request/oxESEh6UO0dgFJAOULEf *Please note: If you submit your clearances without completing the enrollment process, your documents may not be processed within the 7-10 business day time frame. In order to be cleared to volunteer, you must complete all steps above.

Note: Current volunteers must have their criminal background clearances submitted by July 1, 2016 per the PA Child Protective Service Law.

Click the links below to view examples of accepted clearance documents:

  1. Pa State Police Ex. 1 – Volunteers
  2. Pa State Police Ex.  2 – Employee
  3. Child Abuse Clearance Ex. 1 – New
  4. Child Abuse Clearance Ex. 2 – Old
  5. FBI Clearance Ex. 1 – Dept Human Resources
  6. FBI Clearance Ex. 2 – Dept Education

Volunteers are not required to complete Mandated Reporter Training for the 2016-2017 Girl Scout membership year. As always, if you witness or suspect child abuse or neglect, follow GSEP’s guidelines for reporting your concerns to the proper agency. For more information regarding reporting abuse, consult Volunteer Essentials. If you have any questions, email us at training@gsep.org.

STEP 3: Volunteer Welcome Call

If the role that you chose requires a welcome call, a Placement Manager will contact you via email to set up a call. Be prepared to answer questions about yourself that will reflect your personality as well as goals you wish to achieve by volunteering with Girl Scouts.

STEP 4: Training & Support 

If the role that you chose requires training, you will be informed by your Placement Manager during your welcome call. Get a jump on training by taking Step 1 training online. You don’t have to wait until your clearances are processed to start your training journey!* If you have questions specific to training, please contact us at training@gsep.org. If you are looking for Troop Support, contact Karen Breen at troopsupport@gsep.org.

*Please note: While new leaders are welcome to start on their New Leader Training before their clearances are fully processed, volunteers must have completed the CBC process two weeks before attending a Basic Outdoor Skills training.

STEP 5: Start Volunteering! 

If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer, please email the Placement team at placement@gsep.org or contact us at 610-933-7555.