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Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for meaningful, fulfilling volunteer opportunities? We have those available all across the state! Keep reading to find the one that's right for you.

 


SHIP (Medicare Counseling)

 

What is this program?

 

The Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a statewide program that provides free and objective counseling and assistance to persons with questions or problems regarding Medicare and other related health insurance.

 

SHIP contact

What do volunteers do?

 

As a SHIP volunteer, you will help people understand their Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Training is available across the state.

 

Who do I contact?

 

Contact Cherie Moon at cherie.moon@tn.gov or 615-253-4441.


 


Long-Term Care Ombudsman

 

What is this program?

 

The LTC Ombudsman program provides free assistance to elderly Tennesseans residing in nursing homes, homes for the aged, assisted care living facilities, and adult care homes. An Ombudsman is available to help residents and their families resolve questions or problems and will advocate for solutions to problems for qualified residents of long-term care facilities.

 

What do volunteers do?

 

Trained volunteer representatives of the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program visit residents in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities and establish a regular presence in the facility. They provide information about resident rights, quality of care, and quality of life to both residents and family members.

 

Ombudsman contact

Volunteers also observe conditions, advocate for residents, and handle simple complaints. Volunteers are the eyes and ears of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and are rewarded by knowing that their presence can make a difference in the lives and care of long-term care residents.

 

Who do I contact?

 

Contact Laura Brown at laura.brown@tn.gov or 615-253-4392.


 

 


Public Guardianship

 

What is this program?


Public guardians, also known as conservators, help people over 60 who can no longer help themselves. The person needing help may be unable to make decisions about money or medical care. They often need help with basic needs.

 

What do volunteers do?

 

Public Guardianship contact

Volunteers enhance the quality of life for our clients. Activities may include regular visitation, shopping or shopping assistance, sending out birthday cards or holiday cards, filing and clerical work, or returning phone calls from clients. Volunteers use whatever skills they have to make life better for vulnerable adults.

 

Who do I contact?

 

Contact Jeanne Caudill at jeanne.caudill@tn.gov or 615-253-3967.


 

Last updated 08/01/14.