Community service is a form of alternative sentencing. Through community service, participants are invited to take responsibility for past actions and repair the damage done by giving back to the community and providing a service that enriches the lives of others.
The OAR Community Service Department serves the following participants:
- Individuals who are court-ordered to complete community service through the Arlington County or City of Falls Church Courts;
- Individuals who have been approved by a Judge to complete community service in lieu of paying their court costs;
- Individuals who are referred by their attorney to complete community service pre-trial.
OAR supervises juveniles and adults in their community service work. A Community Service Case Manager interviews each participant to discuss their case, review their requirements, and determine the most appropriate work site. OAR partners with over 300 nonprofit and government agencies in the area to place our participants for community service work. Some examples of community service opportunities at local nonprofit organizations can include:
- Helping in a food bank
- Assisting the elderly
- Participating in a fundraising car wash
- Shelving books at the library
- Tutoring at an after school program
- Cleaning up a park
OAR participants also help at local community events including the Arlington County Fair, Air Force Cycling Classic, Columbia Pike Blues Fest, and Rosslyn Blues Festival, among others.
If you have been assigned community service hours by the Arlington County or City of Falls Church Courts, please contact OAR at 703-228-7030 to schedule an intake appointment.
If you are a nonprofit or government agency interested in benefiting from community service volunteers, please contact the Coordinator of Community Service at 703-228-0797.