Community Work Service Program
For over 30 years, ECOSLO has contracted with the San Luis Obispo’s Superior Court’s Community Service Worker (CSW) Program. This program allows people to work off fines for minor, non-violent offenses (traffic violations, minor misdemeanors) rather than paying the court balance. The program provides an opportunity to community members to learn new skills and develop a sense of caring about their community. The community, in turn, receives a valuable benefit of volunteer labor to complete environmental and social service projects. CSWs also provide a means of reparations to the community.
- Each hour of work is equivalent to $10 paid in fines.
How Do I Enroll?
Students Looking for Community Service Hours
Local students who need community service hours that are not required by a court order, do not need to apply or pay a fee. Please call ECOSLO for opportunities or check our calendar and join us for one our workdays.
This form can be emailed, mailed, faxed, or delivered to ECOSLO.
Step 3 - Submit Case Summary
Provide a copy of your Court Arraignment Minute Order or Case Summary to ECOSLO. For out-of-county court cases, please contact ECOSLO.
Step 4 - Pay the $60 administration fee
The fee can be paid through our online payment system or in person by cash or or money-order.
ECOSLO will not report community service hours until the fee has been paid.
Note: You don’t need a PayPal account. Just click “Don’t have a PayPal account” to pay with credit card.
Am I eligible for the ECOSLO Community Service Program?
You can become a Community Service Worker if you have mandated hours of community service or are working off a fine for minor, non-violent offenses (traffic violations, minor misdemeanors). Your sentence cannot involve convictions of a violent or menacing nature, convictions of a sexual nature, convictions of theft or burglary, or weapons charges.
How Do I Track My Time?
Download and print the ECOSLO Timesheet, and bring it with you when you volunteer. It is your responsibility get your timesheet signed each shift and to submit your hours to ECOSLO.
Out-of-county cases can volunteer through ECOSLO but must self-report their hours to the appropriate court.
Timesheets must be submitted to ECOSLO by the 14th and the last day of every month.
Please notify ECOSLO if you plan to pay the balance of your fee.
For further questions, please contact ECOSLO at (805) 544-1777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please mail to ECOSLO, PO Box #1014, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
**Please fax to 805-544-1871
***Please hand deliver to 246 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo. We are in the office from 10:00AM-2:00PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays or you can drop off your timesheet in the gray box outside the front office door.
Where Do I Volunteer?
You can work at any of the ECOSLO-approved non-profit organizations listed here. You can also volunteer with any church or religious organization.
It is your responsibility to contact your organization of choice, to schedule your work, and to conduct yourself within their guidelines.
SLO & County-wide
San Luis Obispo
Grass Roots II
One Cool Earth
North County - Coastal
Morro Bay, Los Osos, Cambria
Guerilla Gardening Program
People Helping People