|Volunteer labor pool available||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: The Fertile Zone (fertilezonepostoffice.worldnet.att.net)|
|Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 20:14:40 -0500|
WHO'S IN THE LABOR POOL ..there is no shortage of Lawyers, Architects, Civil Engineers, or other high skilled volunteers, however, I don't know how to find someone in the occupation your interested in .. A woman waiting in line with me says, "I requested court-ordered community service the last time I was here, and I'll do it again. .. the reasons for my inability to pay this fine is nobody's business but mine." She previously served a 4-hour Saturday with her local library. I was waiting in line because my last traffic fine was greatly reduced by simply appearing in court. Applying this woman's experience to my own, my fine was reduced from $150.00 to $44.00, after I asked the Judge for the court-ordered community service, in the same breath with my excuse for getting the ticket. This request is available, regardless of the type of court appearance that involves fines. WHO GETS THIS FREE LABOR POOL I believe the labor pool is free for any organization with a Volunteer Coordinator that can use court-ordered volunteers, and provide the volunteer an organizational letter to file with the court for proof of this service. I was given a list of participating agencies created by the Volunteer Center of United Way, in my area, and a 30 day time frame to either choose one to serve, or pay the fine in cash. Surprisingly, no co-housing communities were on this list. Since all municipal courts must have a court-orderd community service program, they all must provide a number to call for information on court-ordered volunteer opportunities. My numbers were on the list, 461-6906 in Seattle and 556-8326 in South King County. The United Way may also maintain lists for several municipalities nationally. HOW THE AGENCIES SCREEN VOLUNTEERS According to my information sheet, most agencies require a screening and interview. Agencies need to see the court order. Mine is a one page fine/penalty agreement. Agencies will need to know the nature of the offence for which the volunteer is doing community service. Most agencies refuse felony offenders or infractions associated with violence, and often require a State Patrol Criminal History Check before accepting the volunteer. The lines are very long in the traffic-offense section and there is no shortage of Lawyers, Architects, Civil Engineers, or other high skilled victims. However, short of getting permission to post a flyer for your organization on a public court-house bulletin board, I don't know how to target a specific occupation interested in court-ordered community service. Nevertheless, any composition of professional volunteers could eventually save consulting fees, or indirectly serve a recruiting function for any community-driven development, especially if the volunteer's need for court-ordered community service is ideological rather than financial. Your avid co-housing WanaBe Roger R., Sr. Research Editor The Fertile Zone http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/4726/ Natural Familily Planning doesn't get any simpler.
- Volunteer labor pool available The Fertile Zone, April 14 1998
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