Community service program – calling all non-profits

  • Thu Jul 2nd, 2020 2:45pm
  • News

Submitted by the San Juan County Adult Probation Office

The courts of San Juan County are updating and improving their community service program.

In many cases, criminal defendants have the opportunity to volunteer at non-profit organizations to work off court fees or in lieu of imposed jail time. To allow this, the courts must be able to confirm an organization’s non-profit status and verify the organization’s willingness to supervise court participants’ community service hours.

Now is the perfect time to update the courts’ directory of San Juan County (all islands!) nonprofit organizations that want or need court volunteers to support their programs.

With the recent pandemic crisis and potential economic fallout, having multiple opportunities to volunteer will mutually benefit local organizations and court participants.

The San Juan County Adult Probation Office maintains a list of pre-approved local non-profit organizations that are willing to accept volunteers as ordered by the courts to work off-court fees or imposed jail time. The obligation of the non-profit is to provide supervision and written verification that the volunteer performed work with their organization. L and I insurance is paid by San Juan County for court participant volunteers.

If you have any concerns, questions or wish to be in the community service directory for the courts, please contact Brad Fincher, Community Service Coordinator by email at bradf@sanjuanco.com, by phone 360-378-8208, or by mail at P.O. Box 1233 Friday Harbor, Washington, 98250.