Volunteer Opportunities

Protecting God's Children

St. Paul of the Cross School appreciates the generosity of parents and community members in giving their time to the school and the students. The Archdiocese has a program in place called "Protecting God's Children" and a series of Virtus requirements and forms that are filled out prior to volunteer service to our school. Please click on each of the links below to learn more about these requirements.

Protecting God's Children Letter

eAppsDB - Online application with the Archdiocese of Chicago
All volunteers who work with children must complete an online background check. Go to http://www.archchicago.org and create an eAPPS online application. A background check done for other purposes or agencies cannot be accepted. When asked for an access code, it is protection.

Background Check (CANTS)
All volunteers who work with children must complete the Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System form (CANTS). This form must be returned to the school office; do not mail it directly to DCFS. The school will make a copy for the volunteer file and mail the original to DCFS. A new form must be filled out every year.

Code of Conduct
All volunteers who work with children must sign the Code of Conduct. The signed form will be kept in the volunteer file at the place of ministry.

Virtus Training
If you have not previously taken a Virtus Training Session, you are required by the Archdiocese to attend one before beginning work as a school volunteer or a catechist. When new sessions are scheduled, they will be posted here. None are currently scheduled at St. Paul, but training sessions are available at other location.

In order to register for one of these sessions, you will need to:
1. go online at www.virtus.org.
2. On the left side of the page click “Registration.”
3. Select Organization: Chicago, IL (Archdiocese)
4. Continue registration process, then select the session you wish to attend.