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Why can’t you volunteer and work at the same place?

Si Cantwell

You can, in certain circumstances.

We put that question to Eileen McConville, director of Volunteer & Auxiliary Services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

“This question actually comes up often,” she said. “We do allow employees of NHRMC to volunteer here, but their volunteer duty cannot be in the same department nor can they do the same or similar duty as a volunteer as for their paid position.  For example, we have several staff members who come in during their time off as Pet Therapy volunteers.

She provided this passage from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): “The law defines a volunteer as an individual who performs hours of service … without expectation or receipt of compensation. In general, in order for the volunteer to be exempt from FLSA, the services performed by such a volunteer should not be the same, or similar to, services for which other employees are paid.”


Where can I volunteer with austistic children or adults?

What places such as shelters or soup kitchens offer volunteer opportunities for Thanksgiving Day?

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Linda Kincaid

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