Putney Cares

Covers: Putney, VT

Start Date: 1984

Mission, Vision & Goals

Our mission is to enable Putney's older residents to remain independent and at home as long as possible.

Vision: To help the community unite with its elders by providing and encouraging opportunities for elders to make new friends of all ages and be involved in a variety of undertakings and activities.

Broad Overview

Putney Cares offers Seniors programs and living spaces, a sense of community, and activities that build healthy mind, body, and spirit. We offer classes such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Folk Dancing and Strong Living in addition to providing Meals on Wheels to local elders who are homebound. We also host a monthly Community Luncheon for our elder population. Community volunteers deliver meals, drive neighbors to medical appointments, and help older people in our community in other ways.

How is your age-friendly initiative structured?

Putney Cares is open to any Putney resident age 60 and beyond. We have a Board of Directors with 7-11 members.

Describe any partnerships you have developed?

Putney Cares has collaborative relationships with Putney Foodshelf, Putney Family Services & the Putney Public Library. We additionally have volunteer students from Landmark College who help us with various projects. We are also in collaboration with a group called "Windham County Cares" which is a group of other "Cares" programs in some of the surrounding towns such as Grafton Cares, Westminster Cares, Dummerston Cares, Guilford Cares and Marlboro Cares.

What is the role of volunteers?

Putney Cares has volunteers who transport our seniors to medical appointments, who pack up Meals on Wheels, who deliver the Meals on Wheels and who serve on our Board.

Strategies that have contributed to your success? Barriers you have encountered?

Success: Networking and collaborating both within the immediate community and doing outreach.

Types of funding that your initiative has received

Municipal and private funding,

Community Initiatives


Rides to medical appointments or errands.

Chores, Handyman & Upkeep

Putney Cares helps with chores as well as home repairs and modifications. Some jobs are hired out but most are done by volunteers who serve on the Board.

Health & Wellness

We offer the following Fitness Programs:

  • Gentle Yoga
  • International Folk Dancing
  • Living Strong
  • Tai Chi for fall Prevention

Durable Medical Equipment Loan Program
Wide variety of home care equipment for long and short term loan. The program also helps people find needed services.

Referrals to Programs
Help people find needed services.

Social, Educational & Recreational

We offer the following social, education, and recreational programs:

  • Educational forums.
  • The Artist in Each of Us.
  • Congregate Lunch at Putney Central School.
  • The Activities Barn (program site with activities room and kitchen).

Food, Gardening & Cooking

Monthly community lunches are provided at Putney Cares.

Family, Caregiving Support & Respite

Referrals are provided as requested.

Accessibility & Walkability

Putney Cares is handicapped accessible.



Abby Jacobson
Putney Cares
54 Kimball Hill (mailing: Po Box 108), Putney, VT 05346