Sheriff Berrong realized our growing number of seniors could benefit from assistance. Perhaps the most important of these needs was a simple visit. Someone that would make regular visits to ensure they were warm in the winter, cool in the summer and had food to eat. From that realization was born the Blount County Sheriff’s Office Senior Outreach program which began in 2002.
The program is comprised of volunteers that make weekly visits to referred seniors. Often the only need is a visit. Other times our volunteers can be of assistance in connecting that senior with one of the many helpful programs our community offers.
Each volunteer goes through a 40 hour training course that teaches proper procedures for driving a cruiser and representing the Sheriff’s Office while in uniform. The training also prepares each volunteer in proper radio protocol, CPR, and other vital information.
Each volunteer is paired with a partner and assigned a number of seniors to visit. Very quickly friendships are made, seniors are assisted with many needs and the volunteer receives a great deal of satisfaction and blessing from having made a difference in another life.
21 years or older
Complete 40 hours training
Valid TN driver License
Pass Background check
Proof of valid auto Insurance
Volunteer minimum 16 hours monthly
Sheriff Berrong saw and understood our County’s senior needs and over the years that vision has become an intricate part of Blount County and is just one more reason our area is such a great place to live.
If you would like to become a member of our Senior Outreach program, if you would like to make a difference and if you want to feel good about volunteering, the Senior Outreach program could be just the thing for you.
We encourage your calls and welcome your interest. If you are drawn to the idea of helping others please do not hesitate to contact either of the Coordinators. You may also fill out an application and email it or drop it off at the Justice Center’s front door with the officers.