FAQ Friday – Can I volunteer while I receive unemployment insurance benefits?

Yes. You can volunteer while you receive unemployment insurance benefits as long as it does not interfere with your work search availability and your time spent volunteering is less than full time.

Keep in mind that you cannot volunteer to perform work for a private sector employer for duties they normally would have to pay an employee to do. This link provides more information on the law and volunteering.

Why should you volunteer while you are looking for a job?

Volunteering can

  • Help you develop new skills and enhance current skills.
  • Provide you with opportunities that match your interests and skills.
  • Enhance your resume.
  • Show motivation, dedication and initiative.
  • Provide valuable networking opportunities.
  • Provide you with a sense of achievement and personal fulfillment.
  • Improve your sense of well-being and increase self-esteem.

Volunteering can benefit the community by

  • Expanding the opportunities available for people looking for jobs.
  • Increasing the number of volunteers in the community.
  • Enriching lives while enhancing the community.
  • Providing a skilled and talented volunteer pool.
  • Helping bring community needs into focus.

Learn how to find the right role for you.

Ready to begin? Here are some organizations to consider.