Rochester NY Stake Employment Center

December 3, 2011

Volunteering and Unemployment Benefits

Filed under: Networking, The Job Search Process — Larry @ 9:43 am

What are the rules for volunteering while receiving unemployment benefits? With a special thanks to Christina Bakewicz, here is the answer directly from deep in the NYS DOL website FAQ Section:
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Q: What if I do volunteer work? 
A: In certain instances, you may collect unemployment benefits while you do volunteer work. You must meet all of these conditions:

The volunteer work is for a charitable, religious or cultural organization 
AND 
You do not receive payment in any form for your volunteer work 
(Example: if you "volunteer" at a school in exchange for tuition abatement or scholarship, we do not consider this true volunteer work. This work would affect your eligibility for unemployment benefits.) 
AND 
The volunteer work is not a precondition to being hired or rehired into a paid position 
(Example: if you volunteer while on a lay-off from a social services agency that is between budgets or grants, we do not consider this true volunteer work. This work would affect your eligibility for unemployment benefits.) 
AND 
Your volunteer duties do not interfere with your ability to search for work 
AND 
Do not affect or limit the number of days and hours you are willing to work

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