AARP Montana and the Montana Area Agencies on Aging are teaming up to get the word out about rewarding volunteer opportunities as Benefits Outreach Volunteer Specialists with AARP’s Benefits QuickLINK program.
Thousands of older Montanans and some adults with disabilities are eligible for programs that provide benefits and assistance that can help them save money on prescription drugs, pay doctors’ bills, reduce property taxes and help cover basic living expenses like the cost of food—but they don’t access the benefits available to them.
Navigating through the maze of public programs can be difficult and confusing. Many people don’t know what assistance is available—or how to gain access to it. AARP Montana and the Montana Area Agencies on Aging are working together to recruit and train volunteers to reach out to Montanans to inform them about benefits and help them determine their eligibility using an Internet-based screening program called Benefits QuickLINK that takes the guesswork out of the process. Volunteers will receive training and ongoing support.
Each year, millions of dollars in benefits are unclaimed in Montana—most of it federal funds that would support the Montana economy if obtained by eligible beneficiaries. Becoming a Benefits Outreach Volunteer Specialist will help improve lives and the economy of Montana, all at the same time.
“Volunteering for the Benefits QuickLINK program is a win-win situation. It's a great way to stay informed on the public programs that positively affect us and to develop expertise that very few people have,” said Bob Bartholomew, AARP Montana State Director. “It's a wonderful opportunity to meet interesting and diverse people from your community and across the state and build some tremendous friendships. Most importantly, you are using your power as an individual to make life better for your fellow Montanans.”
People interested in becoming a Benefits Outreach Volunteer Specialists can call the Montana Area Agencies on Aging at 1-800-551-3191.
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