What is community service work?
Humboldt County Superior courts authorize community service work
as an alternative to paying a fine, incarceration or as a condition of
probation. Community service work is volunteer work performed at an authorized
non-profit or government agency.
Who gets community service work?
Courts or a probation officer will decide if community service work is an
appropriate sentence and specify the number of hours to be performed. The court
or community hours.
How do I sign up for community service work?
Supervised probation cases will be referred to the coordinator's office, which
will mail a letter with a time and date to appear for an interview.
People not on supervised probation must follow these steps:
Contact the coordinator's office (see address and phone number above) within
10 days of sentencing. Failure to do so will result in a case being returned to
the court or a probation officer, and may result in a warrant for arrest being
Pay any administrative fees at the revenue recovery office in the Humboldt
County Courthouse (421 I St., Eureka). A receipt to verify payment will be
required by the coordinator.
Appear in person to be interviewed by the coordinator. Interviews are done
each Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. at the coordinator's office (see address and phone
number above) on a first come, first served basis. Interviews take about 15
minutes and work done prior to the interview will not be counted.
What happens at the interview?
A criminal history inquiry will be made and individual skills, abilities, needs
and availability will be assessed before placement at an approved work site.
Specific requirements for work will be discussed. Types of work include but are
not limited to:
- child care
- activities with the elderly
- library work
- indoor/outdoor maintenance
- park and janitorial work
- work in thrift stores
Some evening an weekend assignments are available. Volunteers are responsible
for providing their own transportation and child care while performing hours.
Hours will be set according to availability, a minimum of five hours weekly is
required. Work will be supervised, documented and evaluated on a regular basis.