Recruitment is a challenge that all volunteer-based organizations
face, but there are organizations out there that can help. Consider
exploring paid and unpaid partnerships with the following
organizations. These groups have a large retiree membership
base, members with skill sets that are a great fit for the SMP
program or general expertise in volunteer recruitment.
AARP: Your local AARP may be
able to get the message out to retirees in your community that the SMP
program provides great opportunities to make a difference by helping
peers protect themselves.
SHIP: Your SHIP might be
open to sharing volunteers who are already trained in the Medicare
Federal Retired Employees: Programs related to federal
retirees may connect you to population that is available and
particularly apt to learn about about the Medicare program and how to
State Teachers Retirement Association: Local retired teacher
associations could provide you access to a group that is highly skilled
at making presentations.
Universities: There may be potential SMP volunteers who
work at local universities. There might be university retiree
groups or you may be able contact potential retirees.
Retired Executives Group
(SCORE): This is an organization of retired executives who are
available to advise businesses. There may be some members who are
interested in working with their local SMP.
Conceived during John F. Kennedy's presidency, Senior Corps currently
links more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities. Senior Corps
sponsors three programs: RSVP, Senior Companions and Foster
Match: This organization will work with you for a fee to match
These tools help convey the SMP’s recruitment message to
potential volunteers. Use them as guides to develop your own flyers,
brochures and press releases.