Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons paired with the 3-Star Program back in November of 2015 to start a program to help senior citizens in Macon County, called Senior Citizens Awareness Network, a.k.a. SCAN.
The idea for SCAN was to have approximately six senior citizen volunteers, a director and four to five others, that strive to provide an opportunity for seniors to get involved in public services while helping meet the needs of older citizens.
In January 2016, Kandace Johnson, from Texas, became the Director, and Georgy and Linda McCrary are two dedicated volunteers. The volunteers have about 15 people they keep a check on. Johnson stated, “The people in the project seem to really enjoy it. They like the company. You have to be a people person, because you need to get out and really get to know people.”
“It’s more or less like a wellness check. It doesn’t matter if you have money or not, this is just to check in to make sure people are okay.”
The department is still in need of a few more volunteers. Volunteers must be able to pass a background check, and will wear the SCAN uniform provided by the MCSO.
Volunteers must have a great love for seniors. The volunteer positions are open to all seniors, both men and women who can volunteer approximately 4 to 5 hours a week. If interested, contact Gammons at 615-666-3325.
Reach Kelly Rich at 615-666-2440.