I joined HICAP to help serve our senior/disabled community. I’d spent over 30 years administering benefits for a major Aerospace company and took care of my mother for many years. I understood how complex Medicare/MediCal could be to those who were unfamiliar with the rules and regulations and wanted to make sure they had easy access to assistance that was free, unbiased and useful. A great way to spend my volunteer time!
My daughter told me about HICAP. I was interested in a volunteer position that would help people, and it turned out this was the one for me. There is a lot of satisfaction knowing that I have helped people to accomplish something that was difficult for them to do alone. I really enjoy helping others, and this is a very fulfilling way to spend my time.
I saw my mother struggling with her health insurance papers and offered to help. It was all so confusing! So when I saw that HICAP was looking for volunteers I knew I had to give it a try. It gives me great satisfaction to know that as a result of my training I can now meaningfully help people with their Medicare-related issues.
After I retired I felt the need to “give back” to our community. I came across an article in the paper showing where volunteers were needed, and HICAP was one of the organizations mentioned. Based on my prior work experience, working with Medicare beneficiaries seemed to be a good fit for me and a way I could help. Volunteering has been a very beneficial experience for me personally–HICAP volunteers are extremely giving and dedicated people, many of whom I consider to be my very good friends.
When I tried to help my disabled husband learn about Medicare I found it difficult and confusing. After his death I wanted to join an organization that helped the disabled and seniors find their way through the system without getting lost.