Volunteers are a key component to the success and growth of the St. Joseph Community. On this page you will find were we have a current high need for volunteers as well as information about the Essential 3/VIRTUS (which is required for volunteers working with minors or vulnerable adults).

There are numerous volunteer opportunities, organizations, and ministries available through St. Joseph Community.

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Adults

Catholic Watchmen, Cana Dinner, Church Cleaners, Garage Sale, Grandparent Ministry, etc.

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Outreach

Befrienders, Mission Trips, Loaves & Fishes, Funeral Hospitality, etc.

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Youth

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, etc.

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Leadership

Parish Council, Finance Council, etc.

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Mass Volunteers

Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Musicians, etc.

Current Needs for Volunteers

St. Joseph Community has need for volunteers in many areas, below are a few areas we are currently highlighting that need volunteers the most right now.

Nursery Adult Volunteers: Sundays during the 10:30am Mass

Adult Volunteers (18+) are greatly needed to assist our Nursery Coordinator on Sunday's during the 10:30am Mass. We encourage volunteers in the nursery to help out once every 4-6 weeks. Youth volunteers are also present (and needed) but adults are required to meet ratios.

If you are interested in volunteering with the nursery, contact the Coordinator,  Bridget.Sturm@StJosephCommunity.org or the Parish Office at 651-423-4402. (Volunteers in the nursery must be in compliance with the Essential 3 - see the bottom of this page for more information.) 

Donut Sunday Volunteers - Opportunity for the Whole Family!

Donut Sunday volunteers are needed!  St. Joseph Community offers donuts after the 8:30am and 10:30am Mass on the 2nd Sunday of the month.  Families, individuals, Confirmation candidates - all are welcome to serve and get involved with this great ministry.

For more information about helping with Donut Sunday, contact Parish Life Director, Bridget.Samson@StJosephCommunity.org or at 651-313-8462.

Essential 3 / VIRTUS

St. Joseph Community is committed to promoting a safe environment for everyone, especially youth and vulnerable adults. Any volunteer who interacts with minors or vulnerable adults (as well as all employees) must comply with the Archdiocesan Safe Environment requirements known as Essential 3.

To know if you need to update or complete your Essential 3, contact Bridget.Samson@StJosephCommunity.org or 651-313-8462.

Essential 3 Components for Adults

The Essential 3 entails the following main components, which must be updated at least every 3 years:

  • Online Background Check
  • Signing a Code of Conduct
  • Safe Environment Training
    • VIRTUS Training
    • Reporting Suspected Abuse/Mandated Reporter Training (Click here to view a brochure on how to report suspected abuse or neglect)

All adult volunteers much also have a volunteer form and a signed adult liability form on file at St. Joseph Community. Additional items such as a driver's check or credit check are required for those who drive or handle money on behalf of St. Joseph Community.

Youth Volunteering with Minors

Volunteers under the age of 18 who will be interacting with and/or assisting with programs for youth (i.e. Faith Formation, Nursery, VBS, etc.) are required to have the following items on file at St. Joseph Community prior to volunteering:

  • 2 References (cannot be from parents/guardians)
  • Signed Code of Conduct (also signed by a parent/guardian)

Upon turning 18, individuals are then required to comply with the Essential 3 as required of adults. 

What is VIRTUS Training?

The initial VIRTUS training is an in-person, three hour, awareness session in which adults are better equipped to protect children in the world around them. After you have completed the in-person training, refresher training is done online every 3 years.

VIRTUS training is required of all clergy, deacons, school and parish employees as well as all adult volunteers who are in regular or unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18.

How do I start completing or updating my Essential 3/VIRTUS training?

To begin the Essential 3 process, contact the leader for the ministry or program in which you are interested in volunteering in. They will provide you with the paper forms that need to be completed as well as provide steps to completing the online portions through www.virtus.org.

If you are updating your Essential 3 log into your VIRTUS account and complete the necessary steps. Do not create a new account on VIRTUS.Updates must be completed through your original account. If you cannot remember your login information (username or password), or are unsure of what updates are needed, please contact us at Essential3@StJosephCommunity.org  or at 651-423-4402 for assistance.

I was Essential 3 qualified at another Catholic Parish/School, do I have to start over?

If you have completed the Essential 3 components through another parish or Catholic school within the Archdiocese, that information can be transferred. Please contact Essential3@StJosephCommunity.org or 651-423-4402 about doing so.