As part of Volunteer Fairfax's commitment to promoting volunteerism, the Center administers the Alternative Community Service Program (ACS), which places a broad range of court-ordered clients in community service positions in lieu of a fine or jail term.
In 2014, over 500 clients completed more than 21,400 hours of service at 185 local nonprofit and public agencies. According to the Independent Sector, which values volunteering at $24.69 per hour, ACS clients contributed more than $527,000 to local nonprofits last year.
To learn more about the ACS program, download a printable brochure.
The service fee for pre-trial participation in the Alternative Community Service Program is $100. This is due to the special and expedited attention given to each case. This fee is to accommodate for clients who receive continuances of their cases and require multiple reports on their hours. Therefore, if a pre-trail client receives a continuance of their case, or results in an agreement between the attorney and prosecutor, Volunteer Fairfax is able to have the case reopened with Volunteer Fairfax at no extra cost.
Fees may be paid with cash, credit or by money order. Personal checks are NOT accepted. Failure to pay the fee will result in termination of the case regardless of the client's completion of hours.
In the case that a client is re-referred to Volunteer Fairfax, any previous missed appointment fees will be applied to the base fee.
The purpose of adding the missed appointment fee is to encourage clients to attend their appointments and shorten the wait time between the client’s referral date and the date of the intake appointment. This will allow clients to have a larger window of opportunity in which to complete their court mandated community service hours.