Success Reentry offers opportunities to earn community service hours for Court-Ordered Community Service in Sacramento County, including the cities of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Sacramento, Folsom, Elk Grove, Galt, and Isleton.
People convicted of a crime may be required to do community service in the court’s jurisdiction instead of other punishment, such as incarceration in jail or prison or paying a fine. This form of mandated community service is called “Court-Ordered Community Service,” because it is ordered by the court and made a condition of one’s sentence.
For example, the Court may reduce a fine in exchange for a certain number of hours of community service. The judge might allow a defendant to choose their community service. Self-selected community service must be documented by a “credible agency,” such as non-profit organizations, like Success Reentry, Inc.
Why do community service with Success Reentry?
There are many community service programs in Sacramento County. We strive to make our community service opportunities unique and we focus on opportunities that promote and support the Reentry process.
One of our goals is that the person serving to be able to take something away from the experience and use any newfound knowledge or interpersonal discoveries to improve not just their own lives, but their future servitude and the lives of others. Learning and serving simultaneously improves one’s sense of community, while also teaching life lessons and building character.
What we do
Some of the types of community service we employ include:
- Classes (Personal development, gang diversion, life skills, etc.)
- Working at the Elk Grove Food Bank
- Speaking to youth
- Cleaning of public areas (parks, etc.)
- Writing an article about a personal growth experience that we can share with others
When you work in one of our community service opportunities, you earn community service hours toward your court-ordered community service requirement.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here are some frequently asked questions about our community service program.
- How do I begin?
- Do you accept students?
- How do I earn credit for writing?
- Who owns the writing?
- Do I get a Certificate or Letter of Completion?
- Does this community service program meet court/probation requirements?
- What does it cost?
How do I begin?
Complete our Volunteer Application, making sure you select the “Court-ordered” box. Be sure to use a valid e-mail address, and check it after you submit the application. If our reply does not arrive in a few minutes, check your spam or junk-mail folder. We will contact you to set up a face-to-face meeting, where we’ll verify your ID and conduct a brief interview. (You will receive community service credit for this process, as well!)
Do you accept students?
Anyone who is “justice-involved” (i.e., they’ve ever been arrested) may apply to perform Court-ordered community service with Success Reentry, Inc. We accept minors as long as they are 13 or older. Minors must be accompanied by an adult unless participating solely in the writing program.
How do I earn credit for writing?
On the writing assignment, you can work anytime, day or night. Your work must be your own, original writing, and it will be edited. While you’re not graded on your work, random characters or nonsense entries will not be accepted. (In other words, don’t copy-paste from another source and don’t insert a bunch of unnecessary “fluff” to boost the word count.)
You earn one minute for every 30 words that are accepted. For example, if you submit a 2,000-word and, after review, we accept 1,800 words, you would get credit for 1,800/30 = 60 minutes of work.
Who owns the writing?
If your writing is submitted to us for community service hours, you maintain the copyright to that work. You own it. You simply grant to Success Reentry, Inc. the rights to publicly reproduce your work for the benefit of others. For example, you give us permission to publish it on our website and in our newspaper, On the Outs. If we do so, we will include a copyright notice indicating that you own the work and that it’s published with your permission. You can still get paid for submitting your work to magazines, publish it in a book, etc. You own the writing; we just have permission to use it also. If we choose to include your work in a compilation book, we will request permission to do so separately, and we may offer to pay you.
Do I get a Certificate or Letter of Completion?
With the successful completion of your hours, you will receive a verifiable Letter of Completion and Hour Log from Success Reentry.
Does this community service program meet court/probation requirements?
In most cases, yes. We strongly recommend you check with the court before starting to be certain. We provide a letter of acceptance to show the court or your probation officer before you start your work with us. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit corporation.
What does it cost?
Court-ordered community service itself costs nothing except your time. You may incur expenses, such as transportation costs (e.g., gas or bus fare). Success Reentry does not reimburse participants for such incidental costs. We do charge a fee of $100 per class for non-members. (The good news is that membership is free to anyone who’s ever been incarcerated!)