Many community organizations find the service of Alternative Community Service (ACS) clients a wonderful means to accomplish a variety of tasks, such as sorting donations, landscaping or data entry, just to name a few. ACS volunteers help agencies complete tasks that could not otherwise be done due to staffing, time or budgetary constraints. Many clients have continued to volunteer after the completion of their required hours or have secured full-time employment at their placements.
ACS clients are generally first-time offenders who have committed low-level misdemeanors. Volunteer Fairfax does not accept juvenile offenders or those who have committed violent or sexual crimes.
Clients are placed at agencies based on their availability and location during an intake appointment with the Center's ACS Coordinator. They are required to complete six hours per week or 24 hours per month. Volunteer Fairfax will follow up with the agency by faxing a time sheet and referral letter with the client's relevant information. Upon completing the hours, it is the client's responsibility to inform the ACS Coordinator so that s/he may request an updated copy of the time sheet from the agency.
For more information, e-mail ACS Program Staff, or call 703-246-3893.