Volunteering is an important part of Old St. Mary’s School and Community. We remain humbled by the time and talents our families so generously give. It means we can provide daily activities and special events that are successful, safe, and engaging for our community.
To join an FSA committee for the 2019-2020 academic year, please click on the button below. To see a list of committee descriptions click here.
To see a schedule of volunteer opportunities visit Volgistics.
Each family is asked to commit a minimum of 20 hours of service for the 2019-2020 school year. Your volunteer commitment allows us to operate efficiently and effectively, and we sincerely hope it provides your family with much in return as well. There are many ways for all families to become involved in both the parish and school communities.
If a family’s volunteer commitment cannot be met during the school year, a $500 fee will be assessed in June to offset the expenses when volunteer resources are not available. All family hours are to be completed and recorded in Volgistics by the end of May 2020.
Archdiocese of Chicago Volunteer Compliance Requirements
The Archdiocese of Chicago has mandated requirements for all volunteers who work with children in Archdiocesan schools. The following must be completed prior to volunteering with children at Old St. Mary’s School: For non-compliant volunteers, other opportunities are available that do not include working with children.
Returning parents who were compliant last school year:
New OSM parents/returning parents who were not compliant last year:
Create a Virtus Account and Attend a Virtus/Protecting God’s Children session
Create an account for yourself at www.virtus.org
Select Site: Old St. Mary’s School (not Old St. Mary’s, that’s the parish)
Application Type: Volunteer
Complete an Online Criminal Background Check through your account
Shortly after completing the background check information on Virtus, look for an email from VERIFY2 and complete the information. It will be sent to the email account you put on your Virtus account. You must respond to this email to complete your background check
Register for a Protecting God’s Children workshop through Virtus
(Options are available at locations throughout the Chicago area) There is a session offered at OSM on Saturday, Aug. 24th. Limited spaces. You must pre-register on the Virtus website
Send us a copy of your completion certificate you receive at the end of the class
Print and fill out the following forms through Virtus, and turn them into OSM to the attention of Assistant Principal, Betsy Fons
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Authorization for Background Check (CANTS) Form
Code of Conduct Form (ACC)
These forms must be completed and turned in ANNUALLY
Appropriate forms or instructions for all the above items are on the Archdiocese of Chicago website
Please return all forms to the school office. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Betsy Fons at or call 312-386-1560.
Volunteer Opportunities at Old St. Mary’s include but are not limited to: Committee Membership (Development, Enrollment, Technology, etc), Office Administrative Assistance, Coaching, Classroom Parties, Classroom Guest Reading, Field Trip Chaperones, Fundraising Events (Oktoberfest, Gala, Queen of Hearts Raffle, Poker Night, Golf Outing, etc.), Lunch Supervision, Morning Drop Off, New Parent Events, Parish-Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Parish-Eucharistic Minister, Photo Day Volunteers, Social Justice Activities (Diaper Drive, Coat Drive, etc.), Scholastic Book Fair, Room Parent.
If you are a returning parent and have a Volgistics account, click below to find volunteer opportunities or record hours
If you are a new family to OSM, or a returning family who has never had a Volgistics account. Here is the process
Email Betsy Fons at email@example.com and give her your first and last name that you want associated with your Volgistics account
Betsy will start a Volgistics account for you by entering that information in the system
You will be sent an email from Betsy with a link to Volgistics that will ask you to enter your login name (which is your email address), then click NEED A PASSWORD.
(This email is not an automated system and it may take a few days for you to receive it.)
You will enter your email again, then set a password for yourself. Then you will have a Volgistics account.
Once you are signed in, volunteer hours are tracked 2 ways:
• If you have signed up for a volunteer shift on Volgistics in advance, your time will automatically be tracked for you.
• All other volunteer opportunities can be recorded on the “Time Sheet” tab in your account.
o Select date of service
o Select the volunteer assignment you completed
o Enter the total number of hours served
o Press Continue to record hours
Individuals can check the total number of volunteer hours served during the school year on the “My Service History Tab”.