When you are placed into the ARD program in York County, Pennsylvania, you typically have to do 35 hours of community service. There is a program to allow you to reduce your total hours to just 20 instead of 35.
York County has been allowing defendants to buy new items for donation to various charitable causes as a means to reduce community service hours down to 20 from the normal 35 hours. At one point this year, the program was to buy toys from an approved list for the Toys for Tots program. At another point, it was done to support homeless people after the Christmas period ends. This is constantly changing based on needs of the community and the time of the year, but the program does have some consistent features:
- Community service hours can be reduced to as low as 20 hours, but not any lower.
- The cost to reduce each hour basically works out to $5.00 per hour
- You have to comply with the program that is in place at the time
- The program terms change regularly, so you should not buy anything in advance without talking to the community service coordinator or your lawyer.
- The community service coordinator for York County is Lynn Schehlein - firstname.lastname@example.org
- I used to put the information for the current program on this page, but it changes every couple of months, so I no longer put the current program terms on this page.
Before spending any time or money, you should confirm what the current donation program is. Clients are welcome to call my office at (717) 848-8455 to confirm what the current donation program is. The information on this page is current as of January 5, 2021.