Our Service Works program provides community service projects for young people making amends for non-violent offenses as a positive alternative to suspension or incarceration. We employ restorative justice-based practices because studies show that youth who engage in service make positive connections to their community and gain confidence from finding success in meaningful work. Our Service Works participants spend time writing about their experiences, setting goals for the future, and giving back by volunteering for a homeless shelter or food pantry, serving a community meal, or rehabilitating a public space by removing graffiti.

125

youth stay on track in school and out of the juvenile justice system through Service Works each year

97%

of youth engaged with the Service Works program do not re-enter the juvenile justice system

35%

decline in youth incarceration in Maine is partly attributed to restorative justice programs like Service Works

Who should join Service Works?
If you are required to perform community service hours by your Juvenile Community Corrections Officer or the Juvenile Court, Service Works offers positive projects to satisfy that requirement. Our program provides an alternative to suspension and incarceration, while giving you the opportunity to get involved in the community and serve worthy nonprofit organizations.

Who can receive help from Service Works?
If your organization would benefit from having Service Works volunteers take on a project that helps you achieve your mission, please contact Tim Delahanty to learn more about how we partner with local groups.

 

Program Partners

The Compass Project
Wayside Food Pantry
Preble Street Resource Center
Goodwill
City of Portland’s Graffiti Removal Program
Biddeford Community Bicycle Center
Biddeford Housing Authority
Bon Appetit Community Meal Program
Camp Ketcha
City of Portland
Compass Project
Furniture Friends
Goodwill
Heart of Biddeford
Maine Youth Court
Nasson Youth Community Bicycle Center
Oceanwood Camp and Conference Center
Portland Downtown
Portland Public Schools
Preble Street Resource Center
Saco Bay Trails
Sail ME
Sanford Parks and Recreation
Sanford Police Department
Sanford Public Schools
Sanford Strong Coalition
Threads of Hope
Wayside Food Programs
West End Community Policing
York County Community Action Corps
York County Community Justice Collaborative