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2014 Arnie Abrams Volunteer of the Year

At the end of the February 2015 SHINE Leadership Meeting, the Department of Elder Affairs was able to celebrate the contributions of more than 526 statewide volunteers.  The Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program announced Janet Mills, a Pinellas County volunteer, as the award winner for the Arnie Abrams Volunteer of the Year award.

Janet serves as a SHINE volunteer counselor and Area Coordinator for Pasco and Pinellas counties. She often does additional SHINE duties at the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc.  Over the last five years with SHINE Janet has recorded 10,672 client contacts in Planning and Service Area 5.  Janet carries forward the legacy of Arnie Abrams, Exemplifying his determination, tenacity, and sense of humor. As one of her fellow volunteers stated, “Janet is the most amazing volunteer! She’s a combination of energizer bunny, a small cyclone, and Mother Teresa. Yes, and abundance of energy with a heart of gold for serving the clients who call for assistance.”

This award is named for long-time SHINE volunteer, Arnie Abrams, and recognizes volunteers for their dedication to clients and the program, reliability, compassion for clients and local community, and persistence with resolving each SHINE client's situation.  Nominations can be submitted from anyone associated with the SHINE program. 

The qualities of Arnie Abrams, considered for the award named in his honor, include:
  • Consideration of time spent as a SHINE counselor and experience in serving Florida's beneficiaries;
  • Dedication to both clients and the SHINE Program;  and
  • Demonstrated history of taking on difficult client cases or complex client issues.
Janet Mills we thank you for your motivation, devotion, reliability and kindness.


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