St John’s has many opportunities to volunteer. It’s a great way to connect with the rest of the parish, meet new friends and help the church at the same time! We could not survive without our cadre of volunteers.
VIRTUS Training: Working with Children & Youth
St. John’s supports and complies with the Archdiocese of Baltimore policies and practices aimed at creating and maintaining a safe environment where our children will thrive. In 2017, the Archdiocese joined more than 90 dioceses using VIRTUS as our training and compliance management system.
Church personnel and volunteers are required to register using VIRTUS. Volunteers will review:
- Code of Conduct for Church Personnel
- A Statement of Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth
The Archdiocese works with Employment Screening Resources (ESR) to conduct online criminal history screening. As part of the registration process, VIRTUS will direct volunteers to the ESR website where they will be asked to submit to an online criminal history screening.
This can all be completed online by going to virtusonline.org
If you are unable to do this from home, please make other arrangements with the office by contacting Jan Shaw 410-964-1425 x324 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporting Abuse or Neglect
The Archdiocese of Baltimore urges anyone who has reason to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect to report it immediately to the local Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services at 410-872-8700. If anyone suspects Church Personnel of abuse, neglect, or misconduct with a minor, please also call the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Victim Assistance Hotline at 1-866-417-7469.
Thank you for making our Church stronger, more accountable, and a clearer reflection of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.