Become a Volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role at Casa working alongside staff members, other volunteers and the Latino community to jointly achieve our goals. 

We are so excited that you are interested in volunteering with us. Our volunteers usually work with us between 5 and 40 hours a month.  Spanish is helpful but not necessary. They help with any of these:  Assist with children and teens in our youth programs, tutor or provide ESL in homes or classrooms, work with our Emergency Response Team, do office tasks, help with communications, represent Casa at events, drive clients to appointments, translate, assist clients to fill out forms and use computers, plan and attend events, join the fundraising committee, provide legal assistance to clients (attorneys only).

In the time of COVID, our volunteers are following all social distancing and masking protocols. Now we especially need:

Spanish-speaking volunteers who can work as online tutors and mentors with children who need help with online learning, or as virtual tech support to parents who are trying to set up the proper equipment.

To submit your application click here. If you have any questions please e-mail Sister Valerie Zottola at .


  • A letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to their experience of you in the workplace or in the classroom (a professor) should be emailed to Sister Valerie. 
  • A Pennsylvania criminal record check, a Pennsylvania child abuse history clearance, and an FBI criminal background check. Those are fairly quick to get – information on all three can be found here.
  • The National Crime Information Center/National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) clearance. Click here to complete your NSOR Verification Application.

Any expenses incurred related to the acquisition of any of these required clearances will be reimbursed once the volunteer has been fully vetted (which ends with an interview with Sister Valerie).  Please save this receipt and present it to Sr. Valerie for reimbursement.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us. We greatly appreciate your support!


Lee Puig-Antich

Lee began volunteering with Casa San Jose in 2018. After attending a rally in downtown Pittsburgh where one of the speakers gave a riveting endorsement of Casa San Jose and made an appeal for more volunteers, Lee was hooked!

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