Community Service Volunteers
Dakin welcomes volunteers looking to fulfill community service requirements that are part of a work, school, or church commitment or that are court-mandated. In all cases, it is important that you contact us (see below) well ahead of your deadline or we may not be able to accommodate you or your group.
Fulfilling Community Service Requirements
If you are required by your school, church, or other community group (excluding court-mandated service) to fulfill community service requirements, it is important that you contact us well in advance of your deadline (two months or more, depending on the number of hours required).
We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate requests to fulfill community service hours, but we often have projects that may work. You will need to attend a volunteer Welcome Session and other appropriate training sessions.
Court-Mandated Community Service
When available, Dakin offers service hours to court-mandated volunteers. As with regular community service, it is important that you contact us well in advance of your deadline (two months or more, depending on the number of hours required). Contacting us well in advance will increase your chances of fulfilling your hours with us. Keep in mind, however, that we cannot guarantee hours.
All court-mandated community service volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation and provide:
- Court documentation of offense;
- Number of hours to be completed;
- Deadline for completion; and
- Supervisor/Probation Officer/Court contact information.
To enroll in a New Volunteer Orientation, please click here.
The crime must have been completed while applicant was over the age of 18, and the reason for required hours must NOT pertain to any of the following:
- Violence of any kind
- Animal Abuse
- Sexual Offense
We will only place court-mandated community service volunteers in one of the following areas: grounds keeping (weeding, raking, etc.), indoor maintenance (cleaning glass, mopping, sweeping, dusting, etc.), and other special projects when available. Court-mandated community service volunteers will not be placed in positions working with the animals or visitors.
Dakin does not guarantee hours for court-mandated community service volunteers. We reserve the right to terminate any court-mandated volunteer at any time.
For more information about fulfilling court-mandated community service, contact Ellen Duffey at 413-781-4000 x 111 or contact us by email.