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Do you have life experiences, gifts, and talents you would like to use to help your community? Become a volunteer!

We are always in need of compassionate and skilled individuals who are interested in improving the quality of life for older adults.

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Get involved today! Make a difference.

Become a member of the Board of Directors
We are looking for board members who are passionate about our work and have the expertise we need to achieve our mission.

A member of the Board shall collectively, with the total membership exercise the general powers of the Corporation. The role of the Board is to govern, not manage the organization.

The Board carries out four roles:

Establishes the goals and objectives of the Agency
Makes policies and decisions to support those goals and objectives
Oversees the performance and exercises accountability for results
Builds relationships with the Agency’s key stakeholders.
The Board meets six times per year. Board Members are selected by the board. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please complete the application.

The Advisory Council consists of representative members of a community bringing a wide range of perspectives, experience, and expertise to the Agency.

The Council

Develops and administers the area plan on aging
Conducts public hearings
Represents the interest of older persons and
Reviews and comments on all community policies, programs and actions that affect older persons with the intent of assuring maximum coordination and responsiveness.
The Council meets quarterly. If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Council please complete the application.

What is Senior Medicare Patrol?
The Illinois SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) program is designed to educate and empower Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries across Illinois to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud. To accomplish this goal, SMP relies on the skills of its volunteers.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Give presentations on health care fraud topics
Provide information and education at community events or locations, such as health/senior fairs, senior buildings, senior centers, civic or faith-based organizations, food pantries, or other locations identified by the volunteer
Reach out to the community, including health care providers, legislators, libraries, non-profit agencies and others, with the SMP message and materials
Promote SMP educational events by creating and distributing flyers or other advertisements
Schedule and organize SMP educational events
Draft letters to the editor, newsletter articles, or perform other media outreach
Educate people one-on-one about how to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud
Other activities as approved by SMP staff

Qualifications

Ability to work with and get along well with others from diverse backgrounds
Good written/oral communication skills (Strong communication skills may be required for some volunteer positions)
Ability to schedule and commit to outreach activities and volunteer duties
Comfortable speaking to groups (presentations)
Educational or professional background in marketing, advertising, journalism, or public relations (media outreach)
Ability and willingness to learn and share information related to preventing, detecting, and reporting health care fraud
Note: Illinois SMP volunteers may not promote any personal or business interest while conducting SMP work. Therefore, an Illinois SMP volunteer may not hold an active insurance license in the state of Illinois or have any other unresolvable conflict of interest that may affect the volunteer’s ability to provide objective information in his/her outreach.

Training/Support
All Illinois SMP volunteers receive orientation training on the SMP program, Medicare basics and fraud and abuse. Update trainings are periodically available.

Reporting
Volunteers report their activities to a local SMP program coordinator and, when appropriate, to the Illinois SMP statewide program coordinator.

Time Commitment
Volunteer schedules are flexible. The local SMP coordinator works with volunteers to find times that fit their schedules. Because of the training and support received, SMP volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one year.

Benefits
SMP volunteers gain knowledge about Medicare and Medicaid benefits, as well as current scams. They also have the opportunity to help others prevent and detect fraud and abuse and protect taxpayer dollars.

If you are interested in becoming a Senior Medicare Patrol volunteer, please contact
Tamara Stancil, SMP Volunteer Coordinator
(618) 222-2561 or (800) 326-3221
tstancil@answersonaging.com

There are many ways you can get involved, including those listed below.

– volunteering at special events (Healthy Living Expo, Legacy Celebration, etc.)
– updating social media
– administrative support at the office

If you’re interested in any volunteer opportunities, please contact us.

Application for Board of Directors

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Application for Advisory Council

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