The National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center: The Center of Service & Information for SMPs

Resources for SMPs

Volunteer Recruitment

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 program. 
  • 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 prevent fraud.
  • 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.
  • Senior Corps:  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 Grandparents.
  • Volunteer Match: This organization will work with you for a fee to match volunteers.

Recruitment Tools

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.