Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day


What is the commitment of a Good News Club volunteer?

Dates and Times

Good News Clubs meet one day per week for seven weeks during the fall semester and one day per week for seven weeks during the spring semester. Each club varies but most run for 1.5 hours after school, typically from 3:30 – 5 pm.

Team members attend each week and must notify their Team Leader if they will be absent due to an unforeseen emergency or illness.


Training is required for all volunteers. There is an initial six-hour training required by CEF USA for all adult volunteers that is provided FREE of cost. The 2-session training is available during both day and evening hours. Each session lasts about three hours with breaks. These trainings are scheduled prior to each club season.

Note: Youth training sessions are available to students ages 12-17 who want to volunteer.

Background Checks

CEF USA requires the following background checks for each volunteer age 18 and older:

  • National Criminal Database Search
  • National Sex Offender Registry Search
  • Social Security Number Address History Trace

As of 2015, the state of Pennsylvania also requires the following background checks for every volunteer age 18 and older:

  • PA State Police Background Check
  • PA Criminal History Check
  • A signed statement that you have not been involved in a felony or crime involving children IF you have lived in PA at least 10 years
  • An FBI fingerprint check IF you have NOT lived in PA for 10 years

All clearances must be submitted before volunteers are permitted to attend a club. All background checks are re-run every five (5) years. In addition, Team Leaders are required to take an online Mandatory Reporter Training.

Ongoing Training
All returning volunteers are required to attend the Refresher that is held once in the fall and once in the winter before the start of each club semester.

How Can I Get Involved?

There are several opportunities to be involved with a Good News Club. You can pray for the children and teachers in the club. Become a club teacher or helper by contacting your local chapter and asking about training and opportunities.