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Are you court-ordered to complete community service?

Individuals needing to complete court-ordered or mandatory academic dishonesty service hours take part in helping keep our shelter clean and maintain a healthy environment for people and pets.

If you would like to contribute your time but are not court-ordered to do so, please visit our volunteer opportunities page.

Court-Appointed & Academic Dishonesty Community Service

This application is for any individuals needing to complete court-ordered or mandated academic dishonesty service hours. We DO NOT accept any charges related to criminal trespassing, assault, battery, abuse and/or neglect of people or animals, theft of any kind, or any other form of violent crime or harassment.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I complete court-ordered community service hours at the Athens Area Humane Society?

Due to the high volume of interest in volunteerism at Athens Area Humane Society, candidates interested in completing court-ordered community service hours with us must complete our full court-ordered community service/academic dishonesty application and all required training prior to beginning your service. At this time, we do not offer short term or quick turnaround service opportunities meant to fulfill court ordered/academic dishonesty requirements. If you have any further questions, email our volunteer manager. Do not call the main shelter number, as our adoption staff cannot handle your application.

Can I complete hours before I go to court or be officially charged in order to get them out of the way?

No. You MUST have an official charge sheet signed by a judge with your official charges stated clearly on the sheet and the amount of hours clearly stated before you can complete said hours. You must also have a probation officer.

What charges are accepted?

We only accept charges relating to traffic violations, DUIs, underage drinking, or academic dishonesty. We DO NOT accept any charges related to criminal trespassing, assault, battery, abuse and/or neglect of people or animals, theft of any kind, or any other form of violent crime or harassment.

What if my charges aren’t listed?

If your charges are not listed, then your application will be denied.

Do I have to fill out a community service application - can’t I just volunteer?

You MUST fill out the proper application. Community Service is a completely different program than regular volunteering with different rules and regulations. 

Do I have to fill out a community service application if I’m in pre-trial diversion?

Yes, but your paperwork must reflect that you are in a pre-trial diversion program otherwise your application will be denied.

How do I sign up for community service?

Candidates interested in completing court-ordered community service hours  with us must complete our full court-ordered community service/academic dishonesty application.

How are my hours tracked?

You must clock in and out at the front desk at the beginning and end of each shift or if you wish to take a break or make a phone call. Maintaining your hours beyond that is solely your responsibility.

What happens if I don’t check in or out at the front desk?

Your hours will not be counted for that day.

What is the process for requesting verification of completed hours?

If, in addition to the Community Service Time Log, written verification of hours on business letterhead is requested, a minimum of one week (7 days) advance notice is required. Requests submitted prior to seven days may not be fulfilled. You must provide the email of your probation officer if written completion is requested. 

If you misplace CACS verification documents, a service fee of $25.00 will be charged to reconstruct your service hours worked.

Can my child do community service here?

You must be at least 18 years old to perform court-appointed community service hours.

Didn't see your question answered?

Please do not call our shelter’s main number, as our adoption staff cannot handle your court-appointed application. Please contact our Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager with any further inquiries.

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