At the Medicare Rights Center, our trained volunteers provide counseling on the national Consumer Helpline to over 15,000 callers each year with questions about Medicare issues. They also assist with the processing of applications for benefits that provide critical health care savings for people with Medicare on limited incomes, and they provide administrative support on various in-house projects.
All together, our committed volunteers give over 8,000 hours a year of their time.
This month, we honored all of our volunteers at the annual Medicare Rights Volunteer Luncheon. During the event, Joe Baker, president of Medicare Rights, along with Client Services staff, gave speeches recognizing the multitude of contributions volunteers make to the organization every day. To encourage bonding and Medicare learning, we also played Medicare Jeopardy–a game where teams of staff and volunteers engage in a friendly competition answering an array of complex Medicare trivia.
In addition to recognizing our volunteers and having some fun, this event is an opportunity to promote a shared sense of community as staff and volunteers sit together getting to know each other. The luncheon also provides a motivating and inspiring space where newer volunteers who have just completed training spend time sharing experiences with seasoned volunteers. All of our volunteers have the opportunity to create networks with other colleagues.
Every year we hear from volunteers and staff about how much fun the lunch event is and what a great opportunity it is to learn about each other and our shared passion for service to our communities.
From everyone at Medicare Rights, we say THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers.