Become a Volunteer
Who is a volunteer?
Under Pennsylvania law and District policy, a school volunteer is any adult individual serving in an unpaid position who is responsible for the welfare of one (1) or more children or has direct contact with children through a District program, activity, or service. Some examples of volunteers include, but are not limited to, unpaid classroom assistants, field trip chaperones, and volunteer coaches/club advisors, whether or not the individual is affiliated with an outside program. Some examples of situations where individuals are not considered to be volunteers include, but are not limited to, attendees of school concerts, sporting events, family nights, or parent/teacher conferences and guest readers or other in-class presenters who remain in the presence of/under the direction of a teacher or administrator at all times.
Why does it matter?
Volunteers are required to complete the Reading School District Volunteer Application and submit it to the District along with the checks and clearances set forth below prior to engaging in any volunteer activities with the District.
Who can help?
If you have you any questions about volunteering in the District or you need assistance with the Reading School District Volunteer Application and/or obtaining your checks and clearances, please call the Reading School District Office of Human Resources at 484-258-7010 or stop by the Administration Builidng at 800 Washington Street.
How can I become a Reading School District volunteer?
- Step 1:
Download and complete the Reading School District Volunteer Application.
- Step 2:
Complete the Pennsylvania Criminal History Background Check
Select "“New Record Check” - Volunteers Only
- Step 3:
Complete the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
Log in to Child Welfare Portal and access your clearance or create a new account and apply for a clearance
- Step 4:
a. Complete the FBI Criminal History Record (fingerprinting) if you have not lived in Pennsylvania continuously for more than 10 years. Note, FBI Criminal History certifications obtained through the Department of Human Services will also be accepted by the District.
Access Identogo and begin application using service code
b. Or complete the Volunteer Disclosure Statement if you have lived in Pennsylvania continuously for more than 10 years
Link: Click to access the Volunteer Disclosure Statement
- Step 5:
Submit your completed volunteer application, Pennsylvania Criminal History Background Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and FBI Criminal History Record or Volunteer Disclsoure Statement to the main office of the school where you plan to volunteer or to the Reading School District Human Resources Department, located at 800 Washington Street, Reading.
- Step 1:
The district has established a Knight's Closet at each of our school buildings to help students in need, particularly those who are homeless or at-risk. Our goal in creating the Knight Closet is to meet students basic needs with items such as food, clothing, hygiene products and school supplies. We are hopeful by fulfilling these needs students will be able to focus on their education. If you would like to donate to Knight's Closet, please contact social worker/RHS homeless liaison Leanne Eckenrode at 610-371-5705 Ext. 81401. Monetary donations are accepted and can be made payable to RHS Knight Closet.
Donors Choose Projects
Support a teacher's special classroom project through DonorsChoose.org, an online crowdfunding tool. Funded RSD projects have included bean bag chairs for flexible seating, chair pockets to organize classroom materials and acoustic guitars for an innovative guitar lab. Click here to visit DonorsChoose and see a full list of approved projects.
Other Ways to Help
The Reading Musical Foundation's Operation Replay, sponsored by Zeswitz Music Company, provides used instruments to financially disadvantaged students who would like to participate in a community or school music program. Instrument donations are tax deductible and a wonderful way to provide a deserving child with an opportunity to make great music. All string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments are welcome. Keyboards are also welcome, but we are unable to accept pianos or organs. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Keri Shultz, Reading Musical Foundation President, at (610) 376-3395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about donating:
For questions about volunteering:
Human Resource Generalist
We always appreciate the kindness and generosity of our community. If you, your organization or your business would like to donate school supplies, please note our most requested supplies are listed below. In addition, you can work directly with our RSD schools to "adopt" a specific building, classroom or grade level.
- Hand sanitizer
- No. 2 pencils
- Crayola crayons and markers
- Two-pocket folders
- Copy paper
- School uniforms, including solid-color polo shirts and khaki pants