Sergeant Anna Flaming
The Carmel Police Department is constantly looking for ways to better serve the local community. As a part of this effort, the department established the Senior Citizen Volunteer Program in May of 1991.
Staffed entirely by senior citizen volunteers, this program reaches out to the ill or elderly living alone through out the City of Carmel. Participating individuals are contacted several mornings each week by a volunteer to check on their well-being.
This program is a free service enabling seniors living alone to feel more secure. In particular, this program offers senior citizens a few precious moments during the day to interact with someone who cares.
Interested individuals may contact the Carmel Police Department to receive an application. Volunteers are screened and given an orientation prior to participating in the program.
Selected volunteers telephone individuals at their homes at specified times during the week. Police Officers, relatives or neighbors will check on participants who are unable to be reached by telephone. Generally, volunteers work one day per week for a couple of hours, calling shut-ins and others enrolled in the program.
Complete training is provided to all volunteers and an annual appreciation pitch-in dinner is held at the Police department.
If you have a friend or relative who might benefit from a volunteer's caring telephone call or would just like more information, please contact Ann Gallagher, our Senior Coordinator.