How to Obtain a Criminal Background Check

Many volunteer opportunities require a criminal background check. Students who serve with minors or children generally need to obtain three clearances: (1) PA Child Abuse History, (2) PA Criminal Record Check, and (3) FBI Criminal Record Check.

Please click here to begin the process.


Please refer to the step-by-step guide on how to post a volunteer opportunity on the right hand side of this page. Post as many as you'd like, and expect us to post the opportunity within 1 business day.


Please also refer to the worksheet regarding all the ways to partner with Widener University students and faculty.

Feel free to complete the worksheet and send it to LaShanda Patton, Assistant Director of Civic Engagement, One University Place, Chester, PA 19013; 610-499-4472. Email: