Disability and volunteering?

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   Posted 5/16/2011 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been approved and will begin receiving benefits ..  I worked part time up until a couple of months ago but have since quit altogether.  I was wondering if I can volunteer.  It would be for about 4 hours a week doing research online.  I don't want to do anything to jeopardize my benefits but I really need some human interaction.  Any advice would be appreciated. 

Post Edited (tweezybird) : 5/16/2011 12:53:23 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/16/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
yea, you can. that is the difference between paid-work and volunteer. paid work is a set schedule or normally is unless you're your own boss, and make up your own hours in which case um um

but volunteering, you can leave it at free will.you do not get paid for it. you can work 2 hours a week. if you're having a bad day, i wouldn't be volunteering any time. just don't hurt yourself more

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   Posted 5/20/2011 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering the same thing. SSD now allows work on a $ restricted basis using the "Ticket to Work" program. I am going to call my teacher retirement disability help number as soon as I have the energy, to ask about their rules. I have been asked to help with paperwork for medium good $, but don't want to even risk the POSSIBILITY of jeopardizing my disability status. I know what you mean, about needed people contact. I already talk to the dogs and cat and hear them answer back tongue We have perfectly lucid, understandable, friendly and loving conversations, but still, I would like to get off the couch or out of bed once in awhile and talk to a human.

God knows, even if I don't....
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