Can volunteer activities affect my unemployment benefits?

Volunteer activities are not only a way to serve your community, but can also be a successful strategy as part of your reemployment plan. Under Employment Security law, you must be able to work and available for full-time work. While volunteering you must continue to make an active and earnest search for work. You can be considered available for work while performing volunteer activities:
  • If you are willing to stop the volunteer activity upon an offer of suitable work; OR
  • Providing the volunteer activity does not occur during customary work hours for the type of work you are seeking.
Your unemployment benefits could be denied if you refuse an interview because it interferes with your volunteer activities.

To learn more about volunteer activities, visit the United We Serve website. If you have specific questions about how your volunteer activities might affect your unemployment, contact your Regional Claims Center.

Unemployed Workers

  1. What is a benefit claim?
  2. How do I file an unemployment claim?
  3. How is eligibility determined?
  4. I made a mistake when I filed my claim for unemployment benefits. How can I correct this?
  5. How are my benefits figured?
  6. I forgot my PIN when signing into my account. How do I reset my PIN?
  7. Can I use wages I earned in another state, the military, or the federal government?
  8. How does moving out of Missouri affect my unemployment benefits?
  9. When will I receive benefits?
  10. What happens when I file a new claim?
  11. Will the employer be notified when a claim is filed?
  12. Can benefits be denied?
  13. What if I am discharged?
  14. What are my appeal rights?
  15. What do I do after starting a claim?
  16. How do I make my weekly request for payment?
  17. How are benefits paid?
  18. Will I be charged fees when I use my Missouri Access MasterCard®?
  19. Are my benefits taxable?
  20. What is a waiting week?
  21. How can I get information about my claim?
  22. Can I work part-time and receive benefits?
  23. Will other income reduce my benefits?
  24. What if I try a new job, but it just doesn't work out?
  25. What do I do if I go back to work?
  26. Can volunteer activities affect my unemployment benefits?
  27. Do I need to search for work?
  28. How can I get help finding a new job?
  29. Do I have to report in person?
  30. How do I change my contact information?
  31. What if my name changes?
  32. How do I renew my claim?
  33. What happens if I am overpaid?
  34. What is an overpayment?
  35. What is Trade Adjustment Assistance?
  36. Are there extended unemployment compensation benefits available?
  37. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits while I am receiving severance pay?
  38. Who can I call with questions about my unemployment claim?
  39. Most Frequently Asked Unemployment Questions

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