The Juvenile Community Service & Restitution Program

This program works with youth who have committed crimes in Orange County and are assigned community service hours. Young people are placed in nonprofit work sites throughout the county where volunteer supervisors oversee and evaluate their work. The program coordinators organize group events such as park clean up projects and arts & crafts projects that benefit the community. Through this program, youthful offenders learn important lessons in responsibility and accountability and often develop positive relationships with their adult supervisors. Young people are also taught valuable life and job skills while volunteering.

Program Coordinators

Scott Dreyer – [email protected]
Nicole Hunter – [email protected]

Youth must bring their timesheets to community service projects and have worksite supervisors sign off on their work.


Community Service Time Sheet
Program Requirements

Youth must sign up with their program coordinator to participate in any of the following projects:

Ongoing Community Service Opportunities

  • Orange County Teen Court
    Superior Courtroom in the Orange County Courthouse
    106 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
    Click here for a schedule and more information
    . Youth volunteers can serve on the jury for community service hours. Check in with Amy Fischer when you arrive.
    This project has limited spaces.
  • Anathoth Community Garden
    Lonesome Road, Cedar Grove
    The Anathoth Garden is a community garden run by Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. Community service youth can come out on Saturdays and work in the garden in a variety of different tasks. The food produced by the garden is distributed to garden members and to the Cedar Grove community. This work will count for double hours if youth do a good job and stay on task during the workday. Bring a bottle for water and check in with Fred Bahnson, David Hamilton or Wren Blessing when you arrive.
    This project is limited to 6 youth per workday.
  • Kramden Institute
    4915 Prospectus Drive, Suite J, Durham
    Wednesday 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Community service youth help refurbish computers.
    This project is limited to 3 youth per workday.
  • The Peoples Channel
    300 AC Elliott Road, Chapel Hill
    Learn about video production while earning community service hours. Volunteers must attend an orientation, which will also count towards hours, held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month from 7-8pm.
    Contact your program coordinator for more information.
  • The Arts Center
    300-G E. Main Street., Carrboro
    The Arts Center is always looking for volunteers to help with their theatre programs and with their afterschool program.
    Contact your program coordinator for more information.
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA
    980 MLK Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill
    The YMCA has a variety of tasks that youth volunteers can help with. Volunteers must fill out a volunteer application and attend a 1-hour orientation, which will also count towards community service. Youth can also volunteer with the Boomerang program after school and on teacher workdays.
    Contact your program coordinator for more information.

There are many more ongoing community service opportunities available in the Worksite Agency List. Please check with your program coordinator to find out more information.