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Court-Ordered Volunteers

If you have court-ordered community service hours to complete, you may be able to find opportunities through HandsOn San Diego.

Please note: Individuals who have been convicted of or charged with any crime involving or relating to invoking fear in another person and any form of harassement or assault (including but not limited to stalking, child abuse and neglect, child pornography, child abduction, online harassment, or any sexual offense) are NOT permitted to register on this site. If you have questions about your offense, email us at info@handsonsandiego.org


Step 1: Create an account

Create an account on our site. We have a $25 mandatory fee for court-ordered volunteers due to the additional staff time it requires. We cannot waive the donation. This is an added service we provide and we want to ensure its sustainability. Register HERE

Step 2: Notify Us

By HandsOn policy, you must notify us after you create an account, but before you sign up for HandsOn managed projects.

Please email us at info@handsonsandiego.org and let us know that you have court-ordered community service hours to complete and include your full name, the number of hours you need to serve, and the nature of your offense.

Step 3: Find Volunteer Opportunities

Follow these instructions to find volunteer opportunities where court-ordered volunteers are permitted: 

Use this Filtered Search for Court-Ordered Volunteers or do your own search through our Calendar

  • Click the plus sign (+) next to "Basic Search and Search Options" above the calendar
  • Click "Additional Filters" at the bottom of that box
  • The under "Appropriate For," check the box for "Court-Ordered Volunteers"
  • Select any other filters you wish to search by
  • Click "Refine"
Some Opportunities Include:

Step 4: Sign Up & Volunteer

Sign up for projects that come up as appropriate for "Court-Ordered Volunteers" based on your interests and schedule. 

The information you need to attend each of the projects (ex. location) will be sent in a confirmation email immediately after you sign up. If you do not see an email, please check your spam box before emailing our team. 

Step 5: Request a Verification Letter

All of our projects are managed by either a volunteer Team Leader or the site's volunteer coordinator. They check-in all of the volunteers and verify your hours in our system so it shows up for you on the "My Account" tab. Once you have completed all the hours you needed with HandsOn San Diego, our staff will then be able to write a verification of hours letter. 

Please Note: HandsOn San Diego is not able to verify any hours for projects that are not managed by us. If you have signed up to attend a HandsOn San Diego project, here is a community service log to help verify and track your hours. Last minute requests for court-ordered volunteer opportunities will not be given any higher priority. 

If you cannot attend a project, please click "Remove Me" next to the project in your Upcoming Opportunities. Court-ordered volunteers who no-show more than 3 projects within a month will have their account made inactive.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Anyone volunteering at the ReStore through our site MUST also go through the San Diego Habitat court-ordered process here, in addition to the HandsOn San Diego process.

VolunBEERS is not a court-ordered allowed project. Court-ordered volunteers cannot sign up for this project and will not have their hours verified if they do attend.

Email info@handsonsandiego.org at least 4-5 business days in advance to request a verification of hours letter.