IMPORTANT: If you apply for this volunteer position and haven't heard from me within a week, check your junk mail to see if my email got sent to the spam folder by mistake. I usually respond to inquiries within a few days. - Bob Boyd, Guilford County SHIIP Coordinator
Volunteers needed to become Medicare counselors providing free, objective counseling for Medicare plans with SHIIP (Seniors Health Insurance Information Program) in Greensboro, High Point and Pleasant Garden. You don't need a Medicare background. An online course, ongoing training, and support are provided.
This is a rewarding and challenging opportunity. You do a lot of problem solving and get to make a difference in the lives of many people, seniors and disabled, who have or are going on Medicare.
You help people make informed choices for their health care needs. Often you save them money. For example, one of my counselors saved a senior $70,000 a year on her medication costs. Another counselor saved a senior $14,000.
We also sign income-qualified people up for Extra Help, a program that saves them money on their medications.
The time commitment is usually about 1-3 hours every two weeks, sometimes once a week, depending on how much time you have to help. During Open Enrollment, Oct 15-Jan 7th, it would be great if you can do more when many people contact us to change or look at their plans.
You must have free time during the day and be able to attend mandatory meetings from 1pm to 4pm four times a year. Most of our volunteers are retirees, but anyone who can meet the above requirements is welcome to apply.
One of the biggest benefits of volunteer for this program is you challenge your mind learning about Medicare and with the problems you will solve, most of the problems are easy to remedy.
As you may know, you derive multiple benefits from volunteering. Here are 6 benefits:
1. A sense of purpose that many people lose when they retire.
2. The satisfaction of accomplishment.
3. Studies indicate you are less likely to get depressed if you volunteer.
4. Other studies suggest volunteers live longer and have "greater functional ability."
5. You meet like-minded people, more so with SHIIP if you are a person who likes to challenge your mind and learn new things.
6. When you successfully help people, you often feel elation, kind of like a helper's high. And it truly feels good to know you are making a difference in the lives of others and in a small way in the world. If you are a retired, this is a rewarding way to spend your retirement years.
- People Skills
- Problem Solving
- Reading Comprehension
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- A few hours a week. More during Open Enrollment.
- The desire to help people and a compassionate heart.
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