Boulder County’s Vision & Philosophy Statements on Volunteerism
Recognizing that public engagement is a strength of local government, Boulder County has adopted the following vision and philosophy statements to express its commitment to civic involvement in its work.
Vision Statement: Boulder County values and provides opportunities for active participation of its residents in voluntary partnerships that enhance and enrich government services and the quality of life in the community.
Philosophy Statement: Boulder County government is a partnership between its residents and the individuals and departments that are charged with the responsibility of carrying out the functions of local government. To ensure that residents have opportunities for meaningful and effective engagement in local government operations, professional standards in volunteer management are accepted as the guidelines for best practices.
The Boulder County Justice System has one of the oldest and most highly regarded volunteer programs in the United States. Founded in 1961 by Judge Horace B. Holmes, the Justice System Volunteer Program (JSVP) at that time consisted of a small group of community volunteer mentors for youth on probation. Over the years, the program grew to about fifteen different volunteer positions in Probation and the Courts.
In 1981, the program was expanded to include all county justice system agencies: Community Justice Services, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Sheriff’s Office.
We recruit and place volunteers and interns in over twenty different volunteer positions for the county agencies above. Volunteers play a vital role in enhancing services to crime victims and juvenile and adult offenders. Our volunteer partners are essential in helping us maintain an open and responsive criminal justice system. JSVP plans and administers program development, provides orientation for new volunteers as well as providing staff technical assistance and training in volunteer resources management. The program also works closely with other county departments and community groups to expand volunteer initiatives.
What Do Volunteers Do?
There are 70-75 volunteers working at the Justice Center today. Volunteers range in age from college students to retirees. We have opportunities for undergraduate interns and law school students to gain practical experience and explore career options, as well as challenging ways for community volunteers to become involved in local government.
Here are just a few of the ways you can get involved:
Provide support and information to crime victims
Be a mentor to high-risk youth who need extra attention
Work with an adult defendant
Help people with consumer fraud complaints
Conduct research on domestic abuse
Teach ESL, GED and life skills classes to jail inmates
Gain valuable experience as a law clerk for a deputy D.A. or participate in our Restorative Justice Circles for adult offenders.
Would you recommend Boulder County Justice Services Volunteer Program?