Each year April marks Volunteer Appreciation Month. It is with immense gratitude and warmth that we extend our heartfelt thanks to the dedicated volunteers of the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging. Their unwavering commitment, compassion, and tireless efforts profoundly impact the lives of many, fostering a community of care, support, and empowerment. SVCOA Volunteer contributions not only enrich the lives of those they assist but also knit a stronger, more resilient fabric of community solidarity and kindness. 

From SVCOA Executive Director Rosemary Greene, "In this special month dedicated to honoring volunteers we want them all to know that their altruism and selfless service are truly cherished and make a world of difference. Thank you for being the beacon of hope and the hands that uplift and nurture our community and for helping SVCOA continue to fulfill its mission to empower Vermonters to age with dignity, independence, and quality of life."

To learn more about how you can join our team of dedicated Volunteers please call 1-800-642-5119 or contact our Volunteer Program Coordinator Nicole Woodie at nwoodie@svcoa.net

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Caring for your neighbors is a Vermont tradition.

"I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating climate, but most of all, because of her indomitable people. They are a race of pioneers who almost beggared themselves to serve others. If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the union and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont."  - President Calvin Coolidge

At the heart of numerous programs and services provided by SVCOA is the invaluable contribution of our dedicated volunteers. Our agency depends on a team of committed and knowledgeable volunteers who assist with a diverse range of tasks. These efforts are crucial in supporting older Vermonters in our service area. SVCOA volunteers are incredibly valuable, not just to our agency, but more importantly, to the people they serve.

Did You Know? Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. Experts report that when you focus on helping others, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns and makes you healthier. Volunteering has been proven to improve your mood and emotions and can strengthen your immune system.

Through our volunteer program, SVCOA is proud to regularly provide the following opportunities to help your community.

  • Home maintenance and modification assistance
  • S.H.I.P. (health insurance counseling)
  • Meal delivery drivers for Meals on Wheels
  • Grocery shopping assistance
  • Money Management Program volunteers
  • Event (group project) volunteering
  • Case management assistance
  • Office / internship assistance
  • Friendly visitor and friendly phone call programs

Discover the World of Volunteering! SVCOA is looking to expand our existing volunteer services, and we are open to new ideas! Do you have a hobby, a passion, or an idea that you would like to share with your community? Sign up to be a volunteer today and make a difference! Together, we can create a vibrant and supportive environment for everyone. Let's make a positive change! 

Contact our SVCOA Volunteer Program Coordinator for more information. Nicole Woodie at Nwoodie@svcoa.net or 1-800-642-5119

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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.