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

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