Volunteers Needed in Volusia County For SHINE Program

ElderSource, a nonprofit organization that works to empower elders and their caregivers age with dignity and independence, is currently recruiting volunteers in Volusia County to help citizens become better informed about their Medicare choices.  Volunteers are vital part of ElderSource’s SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), which helps elders make informed decisions about their Medicare health benefits and other health insurance issues.

Through an at-home, online training program SHINE Volunteers will receive basic training on Medicare, Medicare Part D (prescription drug program), Medicare Supplement Insurance and Medicaid. Volunteers have four weeks to complete the training at their own pace. Online course will be followed by a one day training that includes a detailed review and hands-on instruction. Additionally, other SHINE volunteers will serve as mentors to their peers on how to understand and capitalize on these insurance benefits.

Interested persons are asked to register calling 904.391.6644.

Computer experience is helpful, but not necessary, to participate in the training. Volunteers will be served lunch and reimbursed for mileage at a rate of $.445 per mile.

Interested persons are asked to register by February 16 by registering online at www.floridashine.org/join-the-team.  People may also call 904.391.6644 for information.

 Upon completion of the training, volunteers will have the opportunity to give presentations out in their communities and provide much-needed counseling with seniors to secure these complicated health insurance benefits. Volunteers, supported by SHINE staff, will connect with elders at various locations in the community, including but not limited to health fairs, senior events and other community outreach events.

To learn more about SHINE or to become a SHINE Volunteer go to www.floridashine.org.  SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Services, funded through a grant from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and operated in partnership with the state’s 11 area agencies on aging.


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