Senior Companion Program

For Older Vermonters

Similar to other services, SVCOA’s Senior Companion program plays an integral role in helping the agency meet the needs of its clients. The Senior Companion Program matches eligible, concerned older Vermonters with peers who are in need of assistance to continue to live independently. First introduced in 1968, the Senior Companion Program provides a small, tax-free stipend and other benefits to volunteers for their service.

Senior Companions Provide:

  • Assistance with important daily tasks (*Not Health Care or Housekeeping related)
  • Reminders to take needed medication
  • Opportunities for sharing conversation, hobbies, etc.
  • Friendships that can last a lifetime

For Community Members & Prospective Senior Companions

Senior Companion Eligibility Requirements:

  • Over 55 years of age
  • Have limited income
  • Are able to give 15 to 40 hours of service per week
  • Love to help your neighbors and peers

Senior Companion Benefits
Senior Companions receive a small (tax-free) stipend and other benefits such as mileage reimbursement, sick / vacation and holiday pay (NOTE: Becoming a Senior Companion will not affect any of your Social Security Income benefits)

To learn more or explore the idea of becoming a Senior Companion, please call the SVCOA HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119 and ask to talk with our Senior Companion Program Coordinator.

SVCOA HelpLine


The HelpLine is a toll-free, confidential service that provides older Vermonters, caregivers and others with information, referrals and assistance toward accessing local, state or national resources and services.