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Is such volunteering considered to be a paid job that prevents you from receiving unemployment benefits?

Q) Hello, I am signing up for unemployment benefits, and right now I am volunteering at our Town Hall. I know that generally when receiving unemployment benefits, one can still be volunteering. However in our town hall, when you’re volunteering 100hr or more anually, they reduce your property tax by 10%. Is such volunteering considered to be a paid job that prevents you from receiving unemployment benefits?

A) According to the Department Of Labor:
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.

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    My company is currently hiring and I was wondering how I may go about sending a job posting.

    We are looking for staff with reliable vehicles that can hold 3 individuals with developmental disabilities. They must pass a DOJ background check with Community Care Licensing. We teach life skills, vocational skills, communication, money management, socialization in a completely community based setting. We pay $12/hour and offer a mileage reimbursement of 53 cents /mile that one of our individuals are in the vehicle. Our greatest needs are in Temecula, Murrieta and Menifee; however if a person is willing to work at any of those locations we can get them started. After background checks are completed the staff attend 4 days of paid training in Rancho Cucamonga at our state office followed by a day to familiarize themselves with our program before heading into the field with their individuals for field training.

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    Jennie Hurley
    Program Director
    Cole Vocational Services Temecula

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