As part of the offender's "symbolic restitution" to the community, the probation sentence may include a requirement that the offender perform a specified number of hours of unpaid labor for local government or nonprofit agencies. This community service requirement sometimes takes the form of unskilled labor such as picking up trash beside roads or working on the landscaping of public buildings. Other more skilled activities have included mechanical work on government vehicles, extensive landscaping, remodeling public buildings, electrical wiring, plumbing, and painting.
Community Service crews also often assist in cleanup after disasters such as tornados. Many communities continue to rely on the community service workforce to collect refuse, maintain local facilities, operate recycling centers, and perform minor construction and renovation at parks or other public areas.