In the Spring and Summer, the SHINE Program holds training classes to prepare new volunteers to join the ranks of the esteemed people known as SHINE Counselors. Our screening process starts with the candidate filling out a Volunteer Application. You may request this from the Regional SHINE Office in person, or by calling (413) 750-2893. The Regional Director will review the completed application and if you are a good fit, schedule an interview. The interview will give you an opportunity to share why you are interested in volunteering with the SHINE Program, as well as, a time for the Director to find out more about you. It is an informal conversation and nothing to worry about. If both parties agree that SHINE is a great program for them, you will be placed in the next class.
The Volunteer Training is made up of 12 in-class training days to learn about all parts of Medicare, the Medicare Website, Masshealth, Drug Plans, Health insurance supplement plans, Medicare Fraud, and lots more! Once the class is over, there is an exam and you receive a state certification. New volunteers are paired with experienced counselors to shadow and mentor for about 4 weeks until the new volunteers are ready to be on their own. Your counseling location will be decided on by the Regional Director, with your input.
We are looking for counselors who can speak different languages to assist those seniors who have a language barrier. We are also looking for volunteers of color and diverse backgrounds. A volunteer should have good people skills, transportation, and be computer literate. You will use our computers in the offices, however, you may need to do some internet work at home too to assist seniors.
A new training class will be scheduled for 2019. Hope you would like to join us!