Volunteer Application

Dear Volunteer Applicant:

To be a volunteer at the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) you must complete the Volunteer Application prior to volunteering. Information disclosed will be used only in making the initial decision of whether you are eligible to volunteer and will not be used or disseminated for any other purpose. You must submit the following items:

  1. VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
  2. REQUEST FOR CRIMINAL HISTORY INFORMATION TO WASHINGTON and/or OREGON STATE PATROL - We request this information to obtain Washington and/or Oregon State Patrol (WSP/ OSP) records of any criminal convictions for felony crimes, as well as any offenses against persons, civil adjudications of child abuse, and the disciplinary board final decisions from the WSP/OSP criminal identification system. WSSB Superintendent approval may be required if the WSP/OSP report shows evidence of a criminal history background.
  3. APPLICANT DISCLOSURE FORM - This form is required by law in order to be in compliance with RCW 43.43.830, RCW 43.43.832 and RCW 9.96A.020.
  4. VOLUNTEER EXPECTATION AGREEMENT - This form is for your safety and the protection of the children you work with. By signing this form you verify that you understand the expectations and appropriate behaviors while working as a volunteer at WSSB.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the WSSB Volunteer Coordinator at (360) 947-3290. Disclosure and criminal history only apply if applicable, all signature boxes must be signed.

Volunteer Application Contact Information

Volunteer's Name
Please provide your full name as it shows on your identification card
Physical Address
Mailing Address

Person to Notify in Case of Emergency

Washington State School for the Blind Volunteer Disclosure Form

Washington State Law requires applicants for prospective employment and volunteer positions to complete this form.

Answer Yes or No to each listed item.

Have you ever been convicted of any crimes against children or other persons as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 486, Laws of 1987, and listed as follows:

  • aggravated murder;
  • first or second degree murder;
  • first or second degree kidnapping;
  • first, second, or third degree assault;
  • first, second or third degree rape;
  • first, second, or third degree statutory rape;
  • first or second degree robbery;
  • first degree arson;
  • first degree burglary;
  • first or second degree manslaughter;
  • first or second degree extortion;

Have you ever been convicted of any crimes against children or other persons as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 486, Laws of 1987, and listed as follows:

  • indecent liberties;
  • incest;
  • vehicular homicide;
  • first degree promoting prostitution;
  • communications with a minor;
  • unlawful imprisonment;
  • simple assault;
  • sexual exploitation of minors;
  • first or second degree criminal mistreatment;
  • child abuse or neglect as defined in RCW 26.44.020;
  • first or second degree custodial interference;
  • malicious harassment;

Have you ever been convicted of any crimes against children or other persons as defined in Section 1 of Chapter 486, Laws of 1987, and listed as follows:

  • first, second or third degree child molestation;
  • first or second degree sexual misconduct with a minor;
  • first or second degree rape of a child;
  • patronizing a juvenile prostitute;
  • child abandonment;
  • promoting pornography;
  • selling or distributing erotic material to a minor;
  • custodial assault;
  • violation of child abuse restraining order;
  • child buying or selling prostitution;
  • or any of these crimes as they may be renamed in the future?
Have you ever been found in any dependency action under RCW 13.34.040 to have sexually assaulted or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor?
Have you ever been found by a court in a domestic relations proceeding under the Title 26 RCW to have sexually abused or exploited any minor or to have physically abused any minor?
Have you ever been found in any disciplinary board final decision to have sexually or physically abused or exploited any minor or developmentally disabled person?
Have you ever been found in any disciplinary board final decision to have abused or financially exploited any person 60 years of age or older who has a functional, mental or physical inability to care for himself or herself or who is a patient in a state hospital?
Have you ever been found by a court in a protection proceeding (Chapter 74.34) to have abused or financially exploited a person 60 or older who has a functional, mental, or physical inability to care for himself or herself or who is a patient in a state hospital?
Have you, within the last ten (10) years been convicted of any felony other than the crimes described above?

Washington State School for the Blind Request for Criminal History Information

Child/Adult Abuse Information Via Washington/Oregon State Patrol RCW 43.43.830 through 83.43.845

Please complete, sign and date this form to be considered for a volunteer position(s) at the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB). Washington residents must present a valid Washington Driver license or State ID card. Oregon residents must present a valid Oregon Driver license or state ID. I understand that the services I will be providing are voluntary in nature and I do not expect to receive any compensation or benefits from WSSB.

Applicant Information

(To be completed by the applicant.)

Attach a copy of your driver's license ID (front and back) in PDF or JPG format.
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Criminal History Details

If you have been convicted, or have charges pending for any crime, give the crime, state where it occurred and the conviction date or charge status.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements

According to Proclamation 21-14.1: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements all volunteers must be fully vaccinated in order to volunteer at WSSB.

Include both the front and back of your vaccine card.
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Washington State School for the Blind Volunteer Expectation Agreement

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB). This information is provided as a guide while volunteering.

Please review the following carefully and ask any questions that may arise. We want the time you spend volunteering to be a positive experience for all.

Relationships: For the protection of all, the relationship between you and any student you become acquainted with through volunteering at WSSB must be kept appropriate at all times. Continuing your volunteer relationship through out-of-school contact, such as phone calls, home visits, or visitations to your home, social events, office, vehicle, or activities is not permitted without specific approval from the superintendent and/or prior written parental permission. This prohibition, of course, would not restrict out-of-school contact with students who are family friends or known to you through community contacts.

Appropriate Touching: Handshakes, “high five”, are the only safe and friendly ways to touch a child when you are volunteering. For some children, or for some cultures, even these gestures may be unwelcome. No child should be subject to unwelcome touching no matter how well intended. If a child ever inappropriately touches you, please inform the staff member overseeing the event right away.

Communication: WSSB provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender identity, disability, the use of a service animal, age, marital status, or military status. Contact Human Resources at (360) 947-3311 regarding questions and complaints of alleged discrimination; or a letter may be submitted to Human Resources, 2214 E. 13th Street, Vancouver WA 98661.

Confidentiality: As a volunteer you must respect and maintain confidentiality in regard to personal information obtained regarding a child or his/her family with certain exceptions. Reasonable suspicion of abuse, neglect, sexual harassment, illegal or dangerous activities should be shared with staff. Be assured they will follow up on the information.

Discipline: Any discipline of a student should be left up to a staff member. Physical punishment is never permitted.

School Safety Plan: In the event of an emergency while you are on site (fire, earthquake, etc.) you need to be familiar with the safety plan of the location you volunteer in.

First Aid: Occasionally emergencies happen while you are working with students. Volunteers are not expected to perform any type of first aid. If a medical emergency occurs please contact the nearest WSSB staff member. Please be aware of universal blood and body fluid precautions.

Agreement and Signature

I agree to abide by the policies of the Washington State School for the Blind. The information that I have provided on this form is true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that WA State School for the Blind may verify my information and untruthful or misleading answers will result in rejection of this application and removal of my name from the volunteer register. I will not represent myself as an employee and do not expect to receive any monetary compensation for my services. I also understand that I may be subject to further screening and observation by the volunteer coordinator to ensure that I have been placed in an appropriate assignment. Should my volunteer placement prove to be inappropriate WSSB reserves the right to change or discontinue my volunteer service.

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