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Community Service/Work Program


Elizabeth Craig, Community Service/ Work Program Coordinator
(850) 606-5626
E-mail: craig@leoncountyfl.gov
 

Work Program

Leon County Work Program is operated by Leon County Public Works Department; they are responsible for supervising all clients ordered to complete county work program days. You may be ordered to complete work program days as a condition of probation or through the State Attorney's Diversion Program. The county work program involves 10 hours of manual labor with a Leon County "work crew". You must report by 7:00 a.m. for the work program and work the entire 10-hour work day in order to get credit. If you are on probation, your officer will provide you with the "rules" for the work program and other necessary information. If you are required to complete work program day(s) as a condition of diversion, the State Attorney's Office will provide the necessary information regarding the process for signing up for your day(s).

If you have questions about the Diversion program or your specific case, please contact the State Attorney's Office at 850-606-6000. Please see "Frequently Asked Questions" for further information about the Leon County Work Program.

Frequently Asked Questions - click to expand

Community Service

  • Can I pick the location to perform my hours?
    No, your probation officer has certain criteria to review prior to placing you at a community service site. They will work with you to find a suitable location based on specifics of your case and demographics.

  • Can I do my hours at an agency where I am currently a volunteer or have been in the past?
    No, you will not be allowed to perform hours at a location where you are currently a volunteer or have been in the past; there should be no conflict of interest.

  • Do I have to pay the $30 insurance fee before I begin my community service hours?
    Yes, you must pay the insurance fee prior to begining any hours. This will provide coverage in the event that an injury occurs while you are performing community service; the insurance provides coverage up to $5,000. Any expenses incurred beyond the $5,000 limit are the responsibility of the client.

  • The Agency I was assigned to does not have hours available for me, what do I do?
    Contact your probation officer immediately.

  • I lost my "volunteer form", how can I get another?
    Contact your probation officer immediately; however it is important that you keep track of all forms so you can be successful in completing all requirements.

If you have questions about the conditions of your probation, please contact your probation officer.

Work Program

  • Where is the Work Program Office located?
    The Work Program Office is located in the Leon County Courthouse: Probation Division on the 4th Floor, Room 441. The Leon County Courthouse is located at 301 S. Monroe St. in downtown Tallahassee.

  • Where do I report to work?
    You must report to Leon County Operations Center located at 2280 Miccosukee Road in Tallahassee, Florida. It is one mile east of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on the left. See sign that says: “Leon County Operations”. This is where you will report for in order to complete your work program days. http://www.mapquest.com/directions.

  • What are the hours of operation for the Work Program?
    The work program operates every day except Mondays and holidays. The work day begins promptly at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. Sign-up for the work program is on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Only a limited number of people can be accommodated each day.

  • What type of duties will I be required to perform?
    You will be informed by the work program staff what tasks you will be performing when you report for the work program. Tasks may include the following: litter pick-up, washing equipment, brush cutting, sweeping floors, raking leaves, making/laying sandbags, hay stacking/storage, dead animal burial and flagging traffic.

    Please Note: The Leon County Work Program consists of 10 hours of manual labor outdoors. There is no light duty on the county work program. If you are ordered by the court to complete work program days, it is expected that you are physically able to perform manual labor tasks outdoors. If you have a medical condition that would preclude you from performing manual labor for 10 hours a day, please inform your Probation Officer prior to signing up for work program days. If you are on the State Attorney’s Office Diversion Program and you have a medical condition that would preclude from performing manual labor for 10 hours a day, please contact the State Attorney’s office at 850-606-6000.

  • Do I need to bring an I.D. to the work program?
    Yes, all participants are required to present a valid picture I.D. each time they check in for the work program. You will not be allowed to work if you do not have a valid picture I.D.

  • Where do I pay the $30 insurance fee:
    Clerk of Court's, Room 100, 1st floor of the Leon County Courthouse.

  • Why do I have to pay $30.00 fee to participate in the work program?
    The $30.00 fee provides insurance coverage for clients in the event that an injury occurs while participating in the work program. The insurance provides coverage up to $5,000. Any expenses incurred beyond the $5,000 limit are the responsibility of the client.

  • What happens if I miss my scheduled work day(s) or am sent home?
    You will be assessed at $35 no-show fee for each day missed. This will have to be paid prior to signing up for any future dates.

  • Does the county provide transportation to the work program?
    No, the county does not provide transportation to the work program. It is your responsibility to arrange transportation to and from the work program.

  • Am I allowed to bring a cell phone to the work program?
    Cell phones are not allowed at the work program under any circumstances. Anyone bringing a cell phone to the work program will be counted as “Absent” for the day and sent home. Please leave cell phones in your vehicle or at home – DO NOT bring a cell phone to the work program.

  • Is there a telephone I can use at the work site to call for a ride?
    There is a phone available for limited use in the event you need to call for a ride. Please inform work program staff if you need to use the phone for this purpose.

  • Should I report to the work program if the weather is bad?
    Yes, you should report to the work program in the event of bad weather. Work program staff will provide further instruction upon arrival.

  • Am I allowed to leave the work site?
    No, under no circumstances will you be allowed to leave the work site. You must work the entire 10 hour day in order to be given credit. If you choose to leave the work site early, you will be counted as “Absent” for the day and you will be required to pay the $35.00 “No Show” fee before you will be allowed to sign up for another work day.

If you have questions about the County Work Program, please contact the work program office at 850.606.5626.