Volunteer Opportunities

BGCA_Web_Ready-17Volunteers are a very important part of the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown.  If you have a skill or interest you would like to share or just spend time with the children consider volunteering with us.  Contact Elizabeth Butler at 610-432-9944.


Clearances – How to Apply
In order to volunteer or be employed at BGCA you will need to present all three clearances that are less than one year old. You can obtain the clearances at the following places listed below. Both the PA Criminal Background check and the PA Child Abuse check may become free at no charge to volunteers by the end of July 2015. Stay tuned for further details about this state wide change.

Act 34 – PA Criminal Background

  • Please select “Volunteer or Employment” depending on your circumstance for the Purpose of Request entry
  • Apply online via the “epatch” system at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
  • Pay with credit/debit card ($10.00)
  • Results should be instantaneous unless they are “under review” in which  case, note your reference number and date of application and use that  information to check back on the “epatch” website periodically until   your results are available.
  • Print clearance (be sure you click all the way through to the “certification form” button – the document you print must show your social security number, DOB, etc.) and submit to HR with other clearances.
  • IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE: When you go into the PA Criminal Background clearance to view and print it, if you don’t either SAVE or PRINT out the clearance by clicking on the “CERTIFICATION” button, you will NOT BE ABLE to view or print out the actual clearance if you go back into the site. The CERTIFICATION button is just above the “BACK” button.  Please be certain to PRINT your certification/clearance form before closing the page for yourself and BGCA.

Act 151 – PA Child Abuse

  • Apply online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS
  • You will need to create an account with a valid email address in order  to apply (please follow directions carefully)
  • Pay with credit/debit card ($10.00)
  • This is a new online procedure; response time is anywhere between immediate and 2 weeks.
  •  Print clearance and submit to BGCA with other clearances

Act 114 – FBI Cogent Fingerprinting

  • Apply online at https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm
  • Register and pay with credit/debit card ($28.75)
  • Print receipt and take it to a fingerprint location with a form of ID and get fingerprinted.  There are a limited number of fingerprint locations listed on the website.  The most convenient location to BGCA is the UPS Store on Lehigh Street, Allentown.
  • Submit a copy of your receipt with the clearance that will arrive in the mail to BGCA along with your other clearances.