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Volunteer Site Opens for World Meeting of Families

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World Meeting of Families leaders made a major announcement Monday for people looking to volunteer during Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia later this year.

Monday during the announcement at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, WMOF executive director Donna Farrell and the others launched online volunteer registration for anyone wanting to give their time during the event from Sept. 22 to 27.

"The single most frequently asked question we receive is 'How can I help?'" said Farrell. "With today's official launch of the World Meeting of Families Volunteer Registration Site, we can finally and happily say volunteer."

The event, which will include a Papal visit during the weekend, is expected to bring millions of people to Philadelphia. About 10,000 volunteers are needed, said organizers.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and the volunteer process will go through Verified Volunteers. Each volunteer is subjected to a background check and it will take 24 to 48 hours to find out if you've been approved.

Once approved, volunteers will need to participate in formal training programs, said organizers.

The process is free -- organizers, however, suggested an optional $28 donation to offset some costs.

Click here to get involved.

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