Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers who are required by a court or school to do community service. While all of our volunteer opportunities are open to such volunteers, the time frame required for the hour’s completion typically means that an individual may need to volunteer in multiple areas or agencies.
Community Service includes anyone who must fulfil:
- School Ordered (for discipline or graduation requirements)
- Court Ordered
To be eligible to complete your court-ordered community service, your sentence must involve;
- No convictions of a violent nature
- No convictions of an offence of sexual nature
- No convictions for burglary or theft (some exceptions may apply to theft if enough time has passed)
- Disclose details of required community service hours to the Volunteer Coordinator. Include the number of hours required, completion due date, the reason for required hours and a copy of the court order. If no court order is available, a letter from an attorney or copy/citations is sufficient. Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity reserves the right to accept or deny any volunteer.
- Provide the name of contact information for caseworker, probation officer, public service coordinator or teacher.
- Provide a copy of your driver’s license or state ID.
- Communicate with the Volunteer Coordinator regarding your availability an to schedule hours.
24 Hours’ notice must be given to cancel or reschedule before your scheduled shift. If you fail to comply, you may not be able to complete your community service hours at Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity.
- Must arrive on time and stay until the end of assigned shift
- Must sign in and out upon arrival and departure
All Volunteers must be dressed appropriately and neat for the nature of the volunteer assignment. Modification will be required if attire is deemed unacceptable by management. For any specific questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Must treat Habitat staff, volunteers and others with respect and courtesy at all times
- Must use polite appropriate language
If a volunteer fails to comply with policy or behaves inappropriately, Habitat may terminate the relationship with the volunteer. Specific examp[les for dismissal include, but are not limited to:
- Calling to cancel on more than one occasion
- Failing to show up
- Failing to provide adequate notice when not reporting for service
- Falsifying hours on volunteer log-in sheet
- Behaving in a manner deemed inappropriate/unacceptable by Habitat Staff
You will be responsible for signing in and out on the Habitat sign-in sheet each shift that you work. Only hours that are recorded on the sign-in sheet will be recorded towards your community service.
What to do if you need a letter confirming your hours…
Once your hours are complete, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at the Habitat Office. At that time, you will then be given a letter on Habitat letterhead confirming your volunteer hours. At least 2 business days are needed, so please do not wait until the last minute.