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How Do I Complete A Community Service Order?

If you are subject to a community service order, you should first check with your probation officer, lawyer or other court representatives to find out what types of activities qualify, i.e. engaging in community service through volunteering.

Volunteer Toronto provides volunteer opportunities to the general public. If your community service order specifies that you must complete "voluntary" community service, some of our opportunities may be appropriate for you. 


What Types of Volunteer Positions Are Open To Me?

Many volunteer opportunities may not be open to you as a result of your criminal record or police involvement. Positions working with children, vulnerable populations, money and/or fundraising and a number of other "high-risk" opportunities will likely be closed to you. Positions such as garden work, transportation, warehouse work (such as with a food bank or furniture bank) and special events are likely your best bet for completing your hours. 


How Do I Find An Appropriate Position? 

Complete a search under "2. Suitable For Court Ordered Volunteers" on our search opportunities page to find available positions or you can book an appointment to speak with one of our experienced volunteers by phone or in person to help you navigate the website.

Benefits Of Community Service

* Taken from Community Counselling and Resource Centre 


Create A Profile IconCommunity Participation

Involves the community in the Criminal Justice System, which benefits both the community and the offender.

Create A Profile Icon Enhances Skills and Self Worth

Raises clients self-confidence and enhances work skills.

Create A Profile Icon Promotes Pro-social Behaviour

Encourages responsible behaviour in offenders and more more meaningful use of their leisure-time.

5 Tips For Completing Your Court Ordered Community Service Hours: 1. View It As An Opportunity: Determine what the courts define as a 'volunteer activity' then think about whether you want to gain a new skill or share a skill you already have. 2. Start Looking Immediately: In many cases, you will have to go through an interview and training process, which can take a few weeks to complete. Give yourself the time to find something that interests you so you will be more willing to put in the time. 3. Be Prepared: Write a resume with at least two references (not family members) who can attest to the positive aspects of your character and work ethic. Outline your skills and any past experience you have that could relate to the position you are applying for. 4. Reach Out: Once you have found a few positions that interest you, contact the person listed in the posting by phone or email. Be patient. Volunteer Managers are often overworked so give them a few days to return your message then reach out one more time. If they don't return your call then continue your search. 5. Show Up Ready To Work: Make sure you arrive on-time with a positive attitude. This will go a long way in building trust with the organization as well as help you have a good volunteer experience. Remember, you are there to help the organization regardless if you have hours to complete. Do your best and the benefits could be surprising.



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