Humboldt County Community Service Work Program

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 issued.

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:

  • clerical
  • 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.