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Volunteer: Public Guardianship for the Elderly

The Tennessee Public Guardianship for the Elderly program ensures the health and welfare of some of the state’s most vulnerable residents by serving as the court-appointed guardian for individuals age 60 and over who, due to physical or mental limitations, are unable to make personal decisions regarding their health and financial resources.

How do I become a volunteer?

The first step in becoming a Public Guardianship volunteer is to complete the Tennessee Public Guardianship for the Elderly Program volunteer application.

We also recommend you review the Public Guardianship for the Elderly Program volunteer job description/agreement to learn more about what volunteer responsibilities include.  

Lastly, you will need to attend a program training. Trainings are conducted on an as-needed basis.

Who can volunteer?

  • Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
  • Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license.
  • The background of each volunteer shall be subject to appropriate inquiry and investigation. Each volunteer who might have direct contact with Guardianship clients shall have a background check that complies with guidelines approved by the state agency.
  • Volunteer shall possess demonstrated personal characteristics of honesty, integrity, compassion and caring for the elderly.

Who cannot volunteer?

Each grantee agency shall have satisfactory evidence that no volunteer has a criminal record. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license. Anyone not meeting these requirements cannot be a program volunteer.
 

Where can people volunteer?

All nine Area Agencies on Aging and Disability, serving all 95 Tennessee counties.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have any questions about becoming a Tennessee Public Guardianship for the Elderly Program volunteer, contact James Holmes, State Public Guardianship Coordinator, at james.holmes@tn.gov or 615-253-3967.