Court Ordered Community Service

(COCS) FAQs

To be considered for participation in MAC’s Court-Ordered Community Service, individuals must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Have no charges or convictions related to sexual crimes, crimes against animals, children or seniors, any violent crimes, or related offenses;
  • Provide official court documentation stating the nature of their offense, the number of hours to be completed and the date by which those hours must be completed;
  • Provide a current driver’s license or other form of photo identification (to be copied on the first day the applicant is scheduled for work hours);
  • Pay a $25.00 application processing fee (to be collected on the first day the applicant is scheduled for work hours).

What Jobs Can Court Ordered Community Service Volunteers Do?

Court ordered community service volunteers are not permitted to work directly with animals. However, they can perform other tasks that are critical to the work that we do, including:

  • Laundry Services
  • Washing Dishes
  • Scooping Play Yards
  • Garbage Removal
  • Window Washing
  • Sanitizing Crates

How Does MAC’s COCS Program Work?

Anyone interested in performing their court ordered community service at MAC must be approved in advance – no walk-ins will be accepted. Applications can be submitted here: https://form.jotform.com/212235165175047.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants should expect to wait at least one full week before their application is reviewed. If there is a tight window for completion of hours, applicants should apply to another program.

Applicants will be notified as to whether they have been accepted (usually within one week of submission), when they can begin volunteering and what their schedule will be. Generally speaking, court-ordered community service hours can be scheduled Tuesday through Saturday, 9 AM – 5 PM. Alternate times may be considered by the MAC Volunteer Coordinator on a case-by-case basis.

Service hours are assigned at MAC’s convenience, based on the organization’s needs and availability. This may or may not coincide with an applicant’s Court-ordered deadlines – again, if there is a tight window for completion of hours, the applicant should apply to another program. Schedules will be determined by MAC, and cannot be altered without express prior approval of the MAC Volunteer Manager.

Applicants are responsible for tracking their own hours, ensuring that MAC’s documentation of their hours completed is accurate, and ensuring that all court-required documents are completed. If there is a dispute as to how many hours have been successfully completed, MAC’s record will be considered official and final. MAC will not be responsible for submitting any paperwork to any agency (except as mandated by law), nor will it be liable for retaining records of copies of work hours completed.

What are the Rules All COCS Volunteers Must Follow?

  • COCS Volunteers must arrive on time for their assigned shift(s) – anyone arriving more than 15 minutes late for an assigned shift will be removed from the program.
  • COCS Volunteers must dress appropriately: closed-toed shoes (no sandals) and long pants are required. Clothing must be in good repair (no holes, no rips or tears) and may not have offensive language or messaging. Undergarments (underwear and bras) may not be visible, and excessively sagging pants will require belts. If clothing is deemed unacceptable, the COCS Volunteer will be asked to leave the Center.
  • No weapons of any kind are permitted on MAC property.
  • Cell phones and personal items should be left outside the Center and may not be used on site.
  • Harassment, abuse, intimidation, insubordination or other disrespectful or demeaning treatment of staff, other volunteers or the public will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
  • COCS Volunteers are permitted in assigned areas only – anyone found outside a permitted area may be immediately dismissed from the program.