Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions
Do volunteers need clearances?
PA legislation requires background clearances. Act 153 requires every volunteer who is 18 years or older to have a criminal background clearance, a PA Child Abuse clearance and FBI Fingerprinting (which you can be exempt from should you meet certain criteria). Should you need new clearances completed, you will be sent links electronically from our vendor, Justifacts. If you have any questions regarding background clearances, please contact Deanna Kratt,
. No volunteer will be allowed to participate without the appropriate background clearances.
Do volunteers need to attend training, even if we've served with Night to Shine in past years?
We are so grateful to all of our volunteers who have served in the past! Training is mandated by the Tim Tebow Foundation, and if you do not complete training, you will not be eligible to serve in any position during Night to Shine. However, this year training will be done entirely online. You will receive training instructions after you have registered as a volunteer. If you have not completed training and need to do so, please visit this page for your area training.
Where do volunteers park?
Volunteers park in the lower level of the church and enter through door 14.
What time do I have to be there as a volunteer (buddies: see information below)?
All volunteers should be checked in by 4:30 p.m. on February 8.
Will gluten free options be available?
Yes, we will have gluten and casein free dinner options for guests, volunteers, and families. Please be sure to indicate that you need this food option in the registration process.
What is the attire for buddies?
Buddies are encouraged to also dress up for the prom, wearing a shirt and tie for guys and a dress or dress pants and blouse for females. If desired, female buddies may choose to wear a prom gown and male buddies, a tuxedo. Appropriate attire, please: ladies, no sleeveless dresses/tops, low cut dresses or tops, high slits on dresses. Dress length must hit fingertips at sides. Gentlemen: please, no tight pants.
How old do I have to be to be a buddy?
This year, we are requiring that buddies be 16 years of age or older. Due to the increase in types of disabilities, we will not be making any exceptions.
What time do I have to be there as a buddy volunteer?
All buddies should be checked in by 4:30 p.m. on February 8. If you are not able to be here by 4:30 p.m., we ask that you sign up to serve in a different area or contact
. As a buddy, your food will be available for you in your classroom. Due to the fact that some honored guests arrive early, we need all buddies to be checked in and ready to go by 4:30 p.m.
Are there any specific requirements to be a buddy?
Having committed volunteers is the heart of what makes this event possible. Therefore, we ask that buddies please let us know at least two weeks in advance if they are no longer able to participate.
If I volunteer as a buddy, can I choose the guest I’m paired with?
Buddies may not request a specific guest. When a guest registers, they will have the option to request a buddy. If you would like to be paired with someone specifically, be sure to talk with that family before they register.
If you have additional questions, please contact