Parent Volunteering

Parent Volunteering

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is committed to providing quality, healthy ministry for all persons, particularly for our children and youth.

All volunteers are required to complete VIRTUS screening and training.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are a member of St. Stephen Parish or someone who lives nearby and you wish to volunteer, welcome! Please contact one of our volunteer coordinators for more information. (Find the HSA member information here) 

Service Hour Program

To our returning families, we extend our sincere thanks for your time and efforts on our previous endeavors. We hope we can once again call on you to share your talents not only to support our efforts but to engage and mentor new families.

To our new families, we are pleased to welcome you. Not only will your participation benefit your child(ren) and contribute to the ongoing success of the school community, but it is also a means of making new friends, sharing mutual experiences and having fun!

We are utilizing a platform for tracking volunteer service hours, called Track it Forward. The platform is designed to simplify the volunteer hours submission process, and provide families with visibility into their service hour progress.

Once each household creates an account, hours can be logged on a computer, tablet, or mobile device and will be automatically tallied and reported to the Volunteer Coordinators. Each family is responsible for logging their own hours.


Using Track it Forward is easy – here’s how:


NOTE: Please create ONE account per household and share among volunteers. If this is not possible, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator. Voila! You’re done! All volunteers logging hours for your household (spouses, grandparents, etc.), will log hours under this account.


Download the Mobile App (You must register on the website prior to signing into the app) Using your mobile device, download the free Track it Forward mobile app from either the App Store or Google Play.

  1. Enter your username and password.
  2. Log Hours
  3. Log in to the website or open the mobile app.
  4. Click Log Hours.
  5. Complete all fields.
  6. Please add information in the Notes field to help clarify the service submitted (e.g. classroom in which lunch duty was served, nature of event volunteer activity, etc.)
  7. Click Submit Time. You’re done!

Things to Know:

Families with full-day students in PreK4–8th Grade have a 20-hour service requirement.
Families that have a student in half-day PreK4 (and no other students at SSS) have a 10-hour service requirement.
Volunteer hours must be completed and submitted between 6/1 and 5/31 of the year your student is in school.

EX: Any hours served for the Spring SSS Carnival count toward the current school year’s volunteer requirement.

Volunteers may include parents/guardians, older siblings, grandparents, and aunts/uncles/friends who do not have children who attend SSS. The student who attends SSS cannot receive volunteer credit for service.
Only two adults per family may work for volunteer credit at any one event.
Service hours are NOT transferable to another family.
Hours may not be carried over from year to year.
Families may receive volunteer credit for up to five hours for participation in parish activities. 
Attending field trips does not count toward volunteer hour requirements. 
Families who have not served and submitted their hours by 5/31 will be billed $20/hour for unserved hours.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to HSA Volunteer Coordinators with any questions or concerns. 

School Activities 

A one-hour credit will be given for each hour served for activities such as being teacher aides, babysitting during Home/School Meetings, and helping with school pictures. Volunteers for certain activities must be committed to working the full school calendar year in order to receive credit. NO CREDIT HOURS ARE GIVEN FOR ATTENDING A FIELD TRIP.

Home/School Association Fundraisers 

Chairpersons of any fundraiser will receive the full Service Hour Program credit of 20 hours.

Special Projects 

Service Hour Program Credit will also be given for your help with special projects for the school.

Parish Activities

Five hours total per family will be given for leadership participation in parish activities such as Scout Leaders, Soccer Coaches, Soccer Council representatives, Youth Ministry Volunteers, and lectors. Credit for participation in these activities may total only five hours per family for each program year.