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When Volunteerism Jeopardizes Unemployment Benefits

With so many people out of work and a renewed focus on volunteerism as a way to enhance a resume and increase chances of finding new employment, some may wonder if volunteer work can jeopardize an individual's unemployment benefits. The State Department of New York has clear guidelines outlining when volunteer work may be in conflict with the colletion of benefits. Responsible Volunteer Managers should educate themselves on these guidelines.
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Featured Member

Staci-Jo Bruce

Staci-Jo Bruce

This month, NYAVA wishes to highlight Staci-Jo Bruce, a new member and the recipient of a NYAVA Scholarship to the June 2013 Points of Light conference in Washington D.C.  Staci-Jo is currently the Director of Volunteer Services at The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York (CCANY).  She oversees the mobilization, recruitment, and maintenance of the volunteer program for Catholic Charities NY and acts as a resource for over 90 Catholic Charities agencies. asd

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Open Humans Aims to Be the Social Network for Science Volunteerism
This March, launched Open Humans, a sort of social media site for participants in scientific studies. Backed by $1 million in grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Open Humans aims to create a public meeting ground for citizen scientists. Bio-IT world, 04/09/2015
Volunteers are lifeblood of Final Four
More than 2,000 volunteers will keep the games going. Indy Star, 04/03/2015
10 States That Volunteer The Most
Nearly 63 million Americans volunteered a total of roughly 7.7 billion hours in 2013, a contribution estimated to be worth approximately $173 billion. Huffington Post, 03/28/2015
Corporate volunteers can be a burden for nonprofits
It’s the dirty truth of corporate volunteer projects: They may make good photo ops and sound virtuous in a company’s annual report, but nonprofits often dread them and suffer in silence.Boston Globe, 03/25/2015
New Denver networking site TwoNoo fosters friendship, volunteerism
TwoNoo is focused on two goals: connecting people and fostering volunteerism. The Denver Post, 03/23/2015