The Senior Companion Program is a federal program that matches concerned, mobile seniors with peers who need some assistance to continue to live independently. Originally created in 1968 as part of the Department of Health, Education, Welfare, and Administration on Aging, the Senior Companion Program has been assisting in keeping seniors independent for almost 50 years.

SVCOA coordinates the Senior Companion Program for both Bennington and Rutland Counties.

Senior Companions:

  • Are over 55 years of age,

  • Have limited income,

  • Be able to give 15 - 40 hours of service per week,

  • Receive a small (tax-free) stipend and other benefits for their work, such as mileage reimbursement, sick/vacation and holiday pay (NOTE: Becoming a Senior Companion will not affect any of your SSI benefits),

  • Love to help their neighbors.


Senior Companions Provide:

  • Assistance with important daily tasks,

  • Reminders to take needed medication,

  • Opportunities for sharing conversation, hobbies, etc., and,

  • Friendships that can last a lifetime.


If you would like to learn more or explore the idea of becoming a Senior Companion, please call (802)786-5990 and ask to talk with our Senior Companion Program Coordinator.