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PLEASE NOTE:  We will only be processing volunteer applications for the Christmas Bureau from Oct 24-Nov 12, 2019.  All other applications will be processed in mid-November and will take 1-2 weeks.  If you are applying for the Christmas Bureau, please email Brigid Krause ( immediately after you have submitted your application so she can be on the lookout for that.


Volunteer Application Guidelines


  • All Catholic Charities Eastern Washington volunteers must complete our electronic application and pass a background check

before placement. You must provide a copy of your state-issued photo ID; your application cannot be processed without it.


  • Certain volunteer positions may require additional paperwork or interviews.


  • Student and Underage Volunteers are welcome at Catholic Charities. Our policy is as follows: Volunteers 15 years and

under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has submitted a volunteer application. If volunteers are

16 or 17 years old they are required to complete a volunteer application and turn in a signed parental permission form in

order to volunteer independently. Access the parent permission form here: Parental Permission Form


  • Volunteer applications can take up to two weeks to be processed.



Some tips on completing our online Volunteer Application


  • Please access the application through Google Chrome or Firefox (for Apple products) platforms for security purposes. It is preferable to access the application on a computer -- not a mobile device.



  • Before you start, take a picture with your smartphone of your driver's license and save it to your hard drive as a PDF. You will be asked to attach it at the end of the application. 


  • If you cannot get past a page in the application, please scroll to the top and look for a note about what you missed. 


  • Do NOT hit the web browser back button when filling out the application. Instead, use the "previous" or "next" buttons found at the bottom of the application page.


  • Please answer all the questions. 


  • On the page where it asks to rank a volunteer program preference question, please select at least 2 options.


  • On the question that asks if you are part of a group - please include your group's name and the date of your visit if you have already arranged something with your preferred volunteer site.


  • On the pages where you are asked to sign that you will comply with our policies, it helps to follow this tip: The first time you are asked to sign a form,  copy your name off that form and paste in all the subsequent forms.  


  • If you are not a permanent resident of Washington State or have an out of state license, you must provide your most recent out of state address on the Background Check Release Form.


  • At the very end of the application, when it asks if you are a robot after you confirm you are not, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit SUBMIT.    


  • After you submit your application, a THANK YOU message should appear, and you will be asked to attach a photo of your driver's license.   If the thank you message doesn’t appear, you have not successfully submitted the application.  Please scroll to the top of the last page of the application and see if there is a message telling you what you missed, or restart the application.



  • If you are not from Washington State, (meaning you have lived in Washington 3 years AND/OR do not have a Washington driver’s license, you will need to call in your Social Security Number for a federal background check. Please call Kassi Kain at 509-358-4270 as soon as you have submitted your application. 


  • Be on the lookout for an email from about your placement within 10-14 days.

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