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If you have court-ordered hours to complete, here is how the Bergen Volunteer Center may be able to support your search.

 

1. Use Our Volunteer Center Opportunity Database (Get-Connected)

Please utilize our Get Connected database.  This database is easily accessed by going to bergenvolunteers.org and clicking on the Volunteer Now button.  You can search the site in several ways (i.e zip code, cause).  Choose volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule.  To sign up, create a quick user account on the site.  Your search will provide agency, opportunity and contact information.  Please note: Not all agencies can accommodate court-ordered volunteers.

Keep track of your volunteer hours, utilize the forms you are required to, and obtain the coordinator's signature for each project in which you participate.   It's up to you to submit proof of your community service.  Please note: Once you have completed all of your hours, submit any paperwork to your probation officer or whoever in is charge of overseeing your service.  IF they have questions, they may contact your service site supervisor.

2. YOU Must Contact Agencies Directly

If you have many hours to complete, or need to complete them within a short period of time, you may prefer to work directly with an agency where you can work repeatedly, or for longer shifts. You may browse all of our nonprofit partners by using the database. Keep in mind that not all agencies accept court ordered volunteers.

3. Explain Why You Are Volunteering

Some agencies cannot work with Court Ordered volunteers, or do so only on a limited basis. Be up front with them and explain why you are calling. Unfortunately, if you have been convicted or charged with certain crimes, you will not be able to work in certain agencies.  Each agency is different and they will be able to tell you if, how and where they can use your help.