Community Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers enhance the quality of life in Moon Township by contributing their time, energy and talents to many projects, programs and events. Individuals and businesses as well as civic, school and social groups provide a vital service while making a difference in the lives of friends, neighbors and the community. Without this stewardship, it would be impossible for the municipal staff to deliver many of the services that make Moon Township a great place to live, learn, work and play.
Moon Township aims to provide opportunities for service designed to improve the well-being of the volunteer and the community we serve. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Some opportunities to help include:
- Township-wide and Moon Parks and Recreation (MPR) events and programs
- MPR Youth League coaching
- Environmental and outdoor activities, projects and trail stewardship
- Community service for schools, scouts, churches and colleges
- Businesses and Corporations – events, park clean ups and trails
If you’re interested in volunteering for any of the opportunities above, here’s how the process works:
- 1. Complete this application form and email to email@example.com
- 2. Complete this disclosure statement for volunteers and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 3. We will contact you to schedule a personal interview.
- 4. You’ll need to complete a background check and secure appropriate clearances.*
- 5. Attend one of our volunteer orientations.
- 6. Congratulations! You’re ready to volunteer! 7. We provide ongoing training.
- 8. We welcome feedback from you.
ACT 153 Clearances for Volunteers
Act 153 defines volunteers as any adult applying for an unpaid position as a volunteer responsible for:
- the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children.
- All volunteers who are subject to background check clearances are required to re-certify their clearances every FIVE years.
Act 153 requires volunteers to obtain the following clearances:
- Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police:
Go to https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp. There is NO CHARGE for requests for the purpose of volunteering. When you visit the website, click the yellow box "New Record Check" (Volunteers only).
- Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services:
Apply online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS. Once you create an account you will receive an email with your password. Log in to the website and complete the clearance application. There is NO COST for volunteers. Verification can take up to 14 days and applicants can choose to receive notification via email, mailed to their home address, or both.
- An affidavit may be accepted in lieu of the fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent if:
- • The position the volunteer is applying for is an unpaid position, and The volunteer has not lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years.
- Additionally, a fingerprint-based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent is required if:
- • The position the volunteer is applying for is a paid position, OR The volunteer has lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years.
- • Applicants MUST register at uenroll.identigo.com
Report of Criminal History from PA State Police epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
A fingerprint-based Federal Criminal History is required if a volunteer 18+ has NOT resided continously in PA for the past 10 years. If the volunteer HAS resided continuously in PA for past 10 years, a disclosure statement must be signed before volunteering. https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm
Make It Moon!
Volunteer to make a difference in your community!
For more more information, contact:
Amy Ottaviani, Community Engagement & Sponsorship Coordinator
412.262.1703 ext. 402
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
Other ways to be involved around Moon Township include the following:
Township Advisory Boards and Councils
Advisory boards and councils help the township better understand the needs and desires of residents, business owners and developers. Residents who serve on these committees are advocates for the people of Moon Township; each member brings with them their own experiences, advice and input which can be influential when township supervisors vote on ordinances and make policy decisions. Click here for more information.
Moon Community Access Television
Moon Community Access Television is a community-based network of public access, educational and governmental programming owned and operated by the Township of Moon. MCA-TV relies on volunteers to produce, edit and star in locally-produced programs and is always looking for new volunteers and program ideas. Visit MCA-TV to learn more.
Environmental Advisory Council
Moon Township’s Environmental Advisory Council works to improve and protect the quality of the environment throughout the township. The EAC participates in and holds several events throughout the year that help promote a community environmental program, including the township’s annual recycling day, quarterly electronics collections, road clean-ups and participation in Moon Parks and Recreation’s annual Earth Day event. To learn more about volunteering with the EAC, contact Lora Dombrowski at 412.262.1700 or email@example.com.
Moon Township Volunteer Fire Company
The Moon Township Volunteer Fire Company is always looking for new members to join them in serving and protecting the community. Interested residents are invited to learn more about becoming a volunteer firefighter by visiting one of the township’s fire stations on Mondays at 7 p.m. when the department conducts its weekly meeting. Visit MTVFC to learn more.
- Public Safety Building, 1000 Beaver Grade Road
- Downes Station, at the intersection of Beaver Grade Road and Ewing Road
- Carnot Station, between Carnot Road and University Boulevard (behind McDonald’s)
- Boggs Run, Spring Run Road Extension across from Baker Fields
Moon Township Public Library
Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs
Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs, operated by the Felician Sisters of North America, focuses on actively revitalizing a 395-unit complex, home to nearly 700 people in Moon Township. Volunteers are welcome to assist the staff and children in many ways, including homework and activity help at the after school program, serving and clean up at the monthly community pasta dinners, tutoring for the adult GED program, summer kids camp activities, development and fundraising, and community gardening. Visit Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs to learn more.
Volunteers Make It Moon!
Moon Township thanks the many volunteers who make a difference in our community. We couldn’t do it without you!
Moon Park 50th Anniversary
Volunteers helped make Moon Park’s 50th anniversary a wonderful success. The four-day celebration included the Firecracker 5K Run/Walk, Community Day, Battle of the Bands, and the Independence Day Celebration.
- Girl’s Hope
- Chevron Corporation
- Clearview Federal Credit Union
- Starbucks of Moon Township
- Health South Rehabilitation Marketing Staff
- Moon Township 50th Anniversary Committee Members
- Moon Township Administration and Board of Supervisors
- Moon Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
- Moon Township Staff
Trail Volunteers – Leading the Way
Hard-working volunteers have been building and clearing trails in the township throughout the summer:
- Chevron Corporation
- Titlesource Corporation
- Columbia Sportswear Company
- Eaton Corporation
- RMU Admissions & Finacial Aid Departments
- Boy Scouts are Amazing!
- Ambitious Boy Scouts completed projects to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
- Austin Welsh – Bat boxes in Olson and Robin Hill Parks
- Aaron Tilton – Hillside rock garden at Fleur de Lune, Robin Hill Park
Moon Parks & Recreation Summer Playground Camp Volunteers
Cameron Cavalier, MASD Senior Project Volunteer – Update of the Robin Hill Field Guide (available 2018)