Please note, due to COVID-19, we will NOT accept any walk-ins or see community service volunteers at the office and will conduct virtual interviews until further notice.
In FY 2020, 183 community service clients contributed over 8,400 hours in service, valued at over $215,700.
The Alternative Community Service (ACS) program serves individuals in need of performing community service due to a court decision, recommendation from an attorney or because of paying of court fees and fines. No matter the reason, we are here for you and will place you with an agency to perform your hours. ACS is a fee-based placement program. Our program goals are:
- To place court-referred volunteers in community service settings for constructive completion of required hours;
- To provide nonprofits with valuable volunteers; and
- To reduce expenses for government programs which would otherwise have to incorporate these individuals.
Community Service Volunteers are referred to Volunteer Alexandria through courts, probation officers, lawyers, or city agencies and after completing the intake process, are placed with a nonprofit or civic organization to complete their hours. Volunteer Alexandria handles all of the required paperwork, including a completion letter that is sent when hours are finished.
Why Choose Volunteer Alexandria’s ACS Program? Over the years, Volunteer Alexandria's process is easy to understand and easy to navigate; resulting in a very high success rate with our clients.
- We place clients at our partner organizations that are able to accommodate ACS volunteers
- No calling multiple organizations- we give clients placements that work
- We track hours and court dates so that if a client has finished their required hours, the courts are informed, alleviating the need for multiple court dates
- We ensure completion letters are sent to all appropriate parties in a timely manner to avoid extending court dates
Benefits Nonprofits and City Agencies
- Clients are placed based on skill, hours, and location
- On average, Volunteer Alexandria places 170 ACS volunteers in local nonprofits and city agencies, completing a total of 15,000 hours of community service, valued at $400,000 based on the Independent Sectors value of volunteer time for Virginia.
We always seek additional Partner Organizations to host Community Service Volunteers. Volunteers are court, parole officer or attorney-referred --- mostly due to a minor or misdemeanor infraction. We place vetted pre-screened unpaid volunteers with nonprofits and public agencies that match to perform community service hours. They work on a variety of projects and assignments that support the agency and enhance the good of the community. Some volunteers are resourceful, skilled or professional and as such help organizations with innovative assignments.
Contact Langley at 703-836-2176 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Learn more about becoming a community service volunteer.
Learn more about becoming a nonprofit or city partner agency.
Learn more about referring a client to the ACS program.