Often in the case of drunk driving and other similar offenses, community service can be a common form of punishment. Perhaps a lawyer has used this type of services as a means of reducing or replacing a potential jail sentence, penalties, or fines. If you’ve been sentenced to some form of community service, consider it an opportunity to give something back to your community and provide something beneficial to society.

In Phoenix, there are quite a few opportunities for one to work off their court ordered community service that could range from the obvious public choices to numerous private non-profits that could need some individual help from a passionate follower.  Here are a few suggestions that can help you to get started.

For Animal Lovers: It takes a special kind of person to care for animals and want to protect them.  For those people, spending their time supporting the Arizona Humane Society may be the perfect solution.  This organization will allow you to spend hours working directly with helping injured or abused animals to re-acclimate into society.  While all of the jobs may not be directly working with animals, you can be assured that whatever work you’re doing to support them will be working in that direction.  It is important to understand that not all of their volunteer openings are approved for court ordered community service so it’s to best contact them first to see what’s available at http://www.azhumane.org/programs/index.shtml.  They are located at 9226 North 13th Aveneue, Phoenix, AZ 85021 or you can contact them by phone at (602) 997-7585.

If You are Community Oriented: There are several organizations that can help you meet your court ordered requirement.  Many have found that working for Goodwill of Central Arizona (2626 W. Beryl Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021) or the Habitat for Humanity (http://www.habitatcaz.org – (623) 583-2417) can be a very rewarding way to meet their obligation.  Both of these agencies can not only meet their requirements but also get some additional training that could prepare them for a new career after their sentence is completed.

 

It is important to fully understand that if you’ve been issued a court ordered community service sentence it must be completed at an organization holding a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  It must also be done under court approved supervision and your hours must be carefully documented.  Whether you choose to go with one of the more popular organizations or you choose one that is privately operated, it is strongly advised that you tell them up front of your obligation.

While serving your community may not have been your first choice of things to do with your time, it can prove to be a very rewarding experience that could serve you well for years to come.  When you choose the organization you plan to fulfill your obligation with, look at it as a new opportunity to express your personal feelings about something in your community.  The more you become a part of that community interaction the more rewarding the experience will be for you in the end.

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