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Enroll in Our Court-Ordered Community Service Program

In partnership with Central Florida’s judicial court system, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida offers a court-ordered community service program for individuals with a probation officer only. Under Florida law, a judge can require offenders to complete service as a form of restoration/reparation and as an opportunity for rehabilitation.

Goodwill’s program allows individuals to meet this requirement while giving back to the community. Last year, 2,687 people fulfilled their service through Goodwill—a total of 78,412 hours by the end of 2015.

By providing this opportunity for offenders to actively engage and contribute to our community, we’re able to improve the lives of participants and help them make a fresh start.

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Eligibility

In order to be approved to perform community service hours atGoodwill Industries of Central Florida, the following guidelines must be met. You must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age and have a photo ID
  • Have liability insurance coverage provided by your probation office
  • Must have timesheet, letter of introduction, or other necessary paperwork from probation officer (must be emailed to us in order to process the application)
  • Must have a 25-hour minimum of community service assigned

*Please note: Goodwill reserves the right to approve or deny any and all charges. Charges must have occurred in Goodwill’s service area, which includes these Central Florida counties only: Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole, and Volusia.

Program Requirements

In order to receive credit for all hours completed, you must:

  • Provide photo ID.
  • Be able to work a minimum of 4 hours or more per shift.
  • Log in and out of the time and attendance system at the beginning and end of each shift. You will be removed from the court-ordered community service program if you are absent for 15 consecutive days or more.
  • Complete your assigned hours, and upon completion, notify us at csw@goodwillcfl.org.
  • Communicate with store personnel and management, function independently without constant supervision, follow instructions and perform multi-step tasks.
  • Be able to lift 20 pounds, stand, bend and stoop.
  • Wear proper clothing to work (i.e., long pants, business casual shirt and closed-toe shoes). Absolutely no t-shirts, tank tops, halter tops, shorts, cutoffs, shirts with advertising or offensive graphics or words, swimwear, spandex, or ripped or disheveled clothing will be tolerated.

Goodwill Industries of Central Florida does not accept individuals convicted of the following current charges:

  • Violence (battery or any type of assault)
  • Weapon charges
  • Breaking and entering (burglary and/or robbery)
  • Felony DUIs through the Department of Corrections
  • Possession of cocaine or heroin
  • Theft of any kind
  • Lewd, prostitution or sexual offenses
  • Larceny
  • Fraud