Community Service Hours
What is Court Ordered Community Service?
Our court ordered community service program is a safe, fun and fulfilling way to satisfy a court’s requirement for community service hours.
The program is open to everyone, both youth and adult. We are happy to work with non-Stafford residents as long as we can obtain written approval from the court/probation officer or organization that they will accept our documentation and give credit to the individual for time served at our facility.
As a state recognized animal releasing agency, we are prohibited from accepting community service volunteers (CSV) applicants charged with animal abuse, neglect, cruelty or abandonment. Additionally, the Stafford SPCA is a substance and violence free facility and organization. We have a zero tolerance policy regarding alcohol, chemical, drug and tobacco use. We strive to provide a harmonious, Zen-like environment for our animals, staff and volunteers.
Failure to adhere to this policy may result in immediate dismissal from our program and removal from our property.
The Stafford SPCA reserves the right to reject or refuse any and all applicants at its sole discretion. We will not accept any CSVs with sex offender histories. Applicants convicted of larcenies or violent/domestic offenses will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
About the Program
CSVs may perform many of the same duties as our SPCA employees and volunteers.
Duties may include, but are not limited to…
- General cleaning and maintenance of the facility – animal rooms, kennels, litter boxes, food & water bowls, play yards, storage areas, SPCA vehicles.
- Lawn and Grounds Care – grass cutting, raking, tending flower beds, landscaping, light power equipment.
- Folding laundry, stocking supplies, assisting with inventory management.
- Assisting with ongoing shelter projects and activities as directed.
- Extremely responsible CSVs with a significant number of hours sentenced may be given the opportunity to work directly with the animals. Please note that the vast majority of our CSVs do not perform direct, hands-on animal care.
What We Provide
- Flexible work hours that fit into your schedule. The shelter is open to volunteers from 9 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week.
- Authorization of CSV hours either before or after your actual court date.
- Supervision of CSV hours.
- Documentation of the hours worked and a time sheet for court use and your records, provided on SPCA letterhead.
- Exceptional CSVs may also receive a personal letter to the courts/ organization in appreciation for their exemplary service.
- A reliable set schedule for the completion of hours.
Cost of the Program
There is a nominal and nonrefundable fee for supervision costs that is due upon contract signing and must be paid before the beginning of service.
Payment methods accepted include:
- Check made out the Stafford SPCA
- Money Order
- Credit card (via Paypal)
The Stafford SPCA provides a safe, positive atmosphere in which to complete your service hours. Many of our community’s alternatives for CSV hours include road side trash pick-up, working at the landfill, and other less fulfilling activities.
At the Stafford SPCA, you will get to learn about animal care and the work that goes into running a shelter. The tasks that you perform, and the projects you participate in, have an immediate and positive impact on the lives of the animals. Many of our CSVs decide to stay on as regular volunteers.
The people that you will work with all have one thing in common: our love of animals, and our devotion to the animals we care for. The funds collected from the CSV supervision fee go towards our general operating fund so that we can continue providing care to the animals in our community.
How to Get Started
Before you can begin serving hours as a community service volunteer, you must submit an application. Please print out, fill out and then scan and email or fax over the CSV Application. The link is below.
If you wish, you may review the following contract before your interview. There is no need to fill out or sign the contract before your intake interview. This contract will be completed at our shelter, at the end of the interview process, after it has been fully explained by our community service supervisor.
The Initial Interview
Our CSV supervisor will review your application, will run background checks on all applicants, and will call you to schedule your intake interview. At that time, you must bring proper ID, all court documents, and be prepared with payment.
The interview will serve as our chance to get to know you and to thoroughly explain our policies and procedures. You will also be given a shelter tour and will receive an explanation as to what a typical shift as a CSV will be like. The intake interview is also when our community service supervisor will make the final determination on what the hourly supervisory fee will be, depending upon several factors, including the age of the offender, the nature of the charge, the number of hours sentenced, etc.
At the end of the the intake interview, we will schedule your hours, according to the availability of shelter staff for supervision and according to your own schedule and availability. Once scheduled, CSV hours are binding, but the Stafford SPCA offers very flexible hours and can accommodate virtually any schedule.
If you are under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you to the intake interview.
Feel free to email our community service supervisor at [email protected] with specific questions about our program and requirements.
The Stafford SPCA reserves the right to refuse acceptance into our community service program based on past criminal history and/or current criminal proceedings.
We will not accept any community service volunteer with a sex offender history or animal related abuse/neglect history.