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The 2017 Arnie Abrams Volunteer Of The Year Award Winner


At the end of the October 2018 SHINE Leadership Meeting, the Department of Elder Affairs was able to celebrate the contributions of more than 460 statewide volunteers.  The Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program announced Jerry Phillips as the award winner for the Arnie Abrams Volunteer of the Year Award.

Jerry Phillips has served as a SHINE volunteer since 2013.  During his tenure he has been a Statewide SHINE trainer and now currently serves as the Local Coordinator for the Pasco County team of volunteers.  Mr. Phillips provides face to face counseling or over the phone to beneficiaries that have Medicare questions.  Additionally he provides community presentations on Medicare Basics, Financial Assistance, Medicare Advantage Plans and Long Term Care. He is the only mentor for all of the new Pasco Volunteers.

Mr. Phillips excels by serving at two outreach sites, one in Land O lakes and the other at Cares Elfers SHINE outreach site, twice each month. Serving on their local leadership team, he provides guidance for the new and seasoned volunteers. Mr. Phillips has helped over 3,000 clients personally since 2013, spending an average of 45 minutes with each individual client. In Pasco County he is the person who gets things done, and keeps SHINE working at top speed!  He deserves recognition for all of his activities with his local program.

Previously he was employed in the IT industry and has 15 years in Human resources.  He has two children and two grandchildren.  Mr. Phillip has been married for 50+ years to his high school sweetheart, and they start each day by walking 5-6 miles.

His other donation of service is that he serves as a Lay Pastor for the Tarpon Springs First United Methodist church.  Through this service and SHINE he strives to help low income, homeless individuals. Jerry has a beautiful sprit and kind heart. On behalf of the Florida SHINE Program, the Department of Elder Affairs, and the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc., congratulations Jerry! We are thankful you are a part of our SHINE family!

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