*Note: You can scroll down to “Volunteer Orientation/Training” (below) if your application and background check have been submitted and Story Works has already contacted you to let you know that they have been reviewed and approved.*

How to apply to become a volunteer with Story Works:

Step 1: Please fill out a volunteer application

This forms asks you for contact info, bio, and a few other important details. *Just share your honest answers and remember… done is better than perfect!

Step 2: Please submit Info for a Background Check:

  1. Please click here to fill out our background check form online. 

Background Check FAQs:

I’m an educator/youth serving organization employee, do I really need a background check?

Fair question, and the answer is yes, you really do! We need a Story Works specific background check, so we can confidently tell the school district how stellar you are!

My job requires a background check, can you guys use that one instead? 

Unfortunately, no. It would actually take a lot of resources and effort to get a different organization’s background check due to stringent policies on sharing your information! This is actually to protect you! 

How much does this background check cost Story Works and can I pay for it?

We will happily pay for the background check but if you would like to donate the $18.50 it costs us to complete it or donate support for the program in general, that is welcome too! Donations of all sizes are always welcome at: https://storyworksak.org/donate

Is this a credit report?

Thankfully no. The “Fair Credit Reporting Act” stamp you may see on the website/application is just affirming that they do things by the book and won’t release your private information.

Step 3: Story Works will contact you when your application and background check results have been reviewed and approved.

Volunteer Orientation/Training: Steps to Follow to Get Started

Step 1: Please read through pages 15-22 of the Volunteer Handbook.

Step 2: Please watch the Volunteer Orientation and follow along in the Volunteer Handbook.

Step 3: Complete this short, no-pressure quiz.

Step 4: Complete our Volunteer Agreement.

Step 5: Complete our *Optional* Media Release

Step 6: Once you are finished, please email Annelise, to set up a 15 minute phone call and finish up the Volunteer Orientation. (She will also provide you with the links to sign up to volunteer).


Before using the online registration system confirm that your application has been approved and make sure you can attend (or have attended) an orientation session prior to your volunteer date. We will have to decline any unapproved registrations. Thanks for your understanding!

It's cool, I've been approved! (if I haven't, I'm just looking.)

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