Arlington, Va. – Aug. 15, 2012

Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) clients provided 745 hours of court-mandated Community Service at the Arlington County Fair last week – a service worth $9,618.

Prior to and throughout the Arlington County Fair, held Aug. 8-12 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 46 OAR Community Service Clients assisted over 150 vendors set up and break down their booths, monitored parking lots, picked up trash on the Fair grounds, registered attendees for competitions and much more.

“It’s not just our community that benefits from Community Service,” said OAR Executive Director Gail Arnall. “The transformation is phenomenal when our clients realize that volunteerism is more than a chore, it’s a rewarding experience.”

One client wrote: “It was hard work, but one of the vendors was so happy with my help that she offered to pay me. I told her I couldn’t accept, but it made me proud that she appreciated my efforts. Thank you for making my community service requirement so easy to sign up for and so much fun. I learned a lot, and enjoyed all of the people.”

Heather Pritchett, OAR’s Director of Community Service, explained that the hourly rate for adults performing Community Service in Virginia has been set at $12.91 by the State. “That makes it easy for us and our community partners to put a dollar value on the contributions our clients are making to the community. Last year, Community Service clients contributed over $800,000 worth of service to the community.”

OAR works with over 300 nonprofits, faith communities and government agencies to provide Community Service volunteer services for a range of tasks. Please contact hpritchett@oaronline.org to request assistance for your organization anytime throughout the year.

Media contact: Gail Arnall, OAR Executive Director, 703-228-7030