Volunteers Needed in Decatur County
Contact: Communications Director Ryan J. Ellis
Ryan.J.Ellis@tn.gov | 615-767-3840
The Drive for Volunteers in Decatur County
Neighbors to Help the Homebound in the Age of COVID-19
April 15, 2020 -- The coronavirus has upended lives all across Tennessee,
disrupting citizens’ health, work, education, family time -- and even their
ability to help out their neighbors.
disruption has reached Decatur County too, as social service organizations
are finding themselves short of their usual corps of dependable volunteers who
drive meals to homebound older adults.
of the volunteers are older citizens themselves and must be especially mindful
of the COVID-19 threat. And with the
steady progress of the coronavirus across Tennessee, support organizations must
plan for the growing possibility that even more of their volunteers will be
unable to contribute in coming weeks.
Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability has a plan.
boosted its efforts to recruit a new corps of volunteers to meet the growing
demand, especially for people who rely on the regular delivery of nutritious
meals to their homes.
past week alone, more than 300 Tennesseans have contacted the commission and
passed the background checks necessary to become the type of neighbor who is
willing to drive a hot meal to an older adult’s home and make sure that
everyone is OK.
Decatur County is facing a shortage of volunteer
delivery drivers, and the commission is working to rally more people to the
this link to the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability website: https://www.tn.gov/aging/learn-about/volunteer-opportunities.html.
page will guide volunteers through the quick registration process.
call to speak to a recruiter: 615-557-7202.
Once volunteers have been vetted to ensure they meet the state’s safety requirements, Decatur County and Tennessee will be able to react much more quickly to a potential shortfall in volunteers.