Our Service Works program organizes community service projects for young people making amends for non-violent offenses as a positive alternative to juvenile justice system involvement or school suspension or expulsion. We believe using restorative practices and engaging in community service allows youth to make positive connections in their community while also helping to repair harm. Our Service Works participants spend time writing about their experiences, reflecting on their behavior, setting goals for the future, and giving back by participating in such activities as volunteering at a food pantry, assisting families or individuals in need, or community beautification.


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


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


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

Who should join Service Works?
If you are required to perform community service hours by the Juvenile Court, your Juvenile Community Corrections Officer, local law enforcement, or a school administrator, Service Works offers positive opportunties to satisfy that requirement. Our program provides an alternative to juvenile justice system involvement and school discipline, while giving youth the opportunity to get involved in the community.





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

City of Portland’s Graffiti Removal Program
Another Chance Animal Rescue
Animal Welfare Society
Apex Youth Connection
Biddeford Community Gardens
Biddeford Housing Authority
Biddeford Parks and Recreation
Biddeford Public Works
Biddeford Ready
Biddeford School Department
Bon Appetit Community Meal Program
Center for Grieving Children
CPPC Biddeford + Sanford
City of Portland
Friends of Congress Square Park
Furniture Friends
Heart of Biddeford
Juvenile Restorative Justice Council
LearningWorks Afterschool
Maine Department of Corrections
Maine Youth Court
Maine Audubon Society
Maine Irish Heritage Center
Maine Wildlife Park
Mission Hill Community Garden
Nasson Community Center
Nasson Youth Community Bicycle Center
One Westbrook
Partners for Healthier Communities
Partners for World Health
Portland Downtown
Portland Police Department
Portland Public Schools
Preble Street Resource Center
Project Alliance
Restorative Justice Institute of Maine
Saco Bay Trails
Sail ME
Salvation Army
Sanford Backpack Program
Sanford Housing Authority
Sanford Parks and Recreation
Sanford Police Department
Sanford Public Schools
Sanford Strong Coalition
Springvale Public Library
Strategies for a Stronger Sanford
Stuff the Bus Sanford
Threads of Hope
Trafton Senior Center
Thriving In Place
Toys for Tots
United Way of York County
Wayside Food Programs
West End Community Policing
Westbrook Community Center
Westbrook Police Department
Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment
York County Community Action Corps
York County Shelter Programs & Food Pantry
Youthfull Maine