VINE’s operating funds come from a variety of sources. We are supported by local contributions, program and rental income, fundraising events, the Greater Mankato Area United Way, and private grants. Government grants, which cover approximately 45% of our budget, are not guaranteed from year to year. It would not be possible for us to provide the kind of help that we do without the financial support of those who benefit from our services.
How much does it cost to use VINE services?
The chart outlines our basic rates for services. These prices do not fully cover our costs for delivering these services but reflect what we consider to be fair and affordable to many people. It is important to us that anyone who really needs our help receives it, and we will gladly discuss circumstances that present you with a financial barrier. VINE staff can provide you with information about cost sharing options and can help you connect with county public health to learn whether a government waiver program can subsidize the cost of VINE’s services.
With that said, we need to make it clear that it does cost money to operate VINE. Our yearly budget includes staff salaries, insurance, telephone, materials and supplies, postage, mileage reimbursement paid to volunteer drivers, the expenses of our building, and other costs associated with running the organization and managing volunteers.
Chore Services: $25 per hour. Chore recipients will also be billed for all materials purchased, disposal fees, and mileage. Snow removal and lawn care is based on yard size and requires a seasonal contract.
Transportation: 66 cents/mile. For local rides within Mankato and North Mankato and out of town medical trips to Rochester or the Twin Cities.
Public transportation: Available in rural Blue Earth, Le Sueur, and Nicollet Counties. $3 per ride on established routes. Premium rides are available at an additional cost. Call 388-8783 for more information.
Meals on Wheels: $3.50 per meal.
Respite Care (in home): $14 per hour. Services are available for up to three hours per week.
Adult Day Program: $14 per hour with a 4-hour daily minimum. Dietician planned meals and snacks included. Transportation and bathing service available for an additional charge.
For more information call Adam at (507) 387-1666.
So how much should I be contributing if I get help from VINE?
There are no easy answers to this question. How much you contribute, above and beyond our basic rate, depends on several factors. You might ask yourself questions like:
1. How much money do I have left each month after paying my bills, including my medications?
2. Are my adult children able to stay at work because a VINE volunteer provides rides or chore assistance to me? Would they have to use vacation or sick time to take me to my medical appointments? If this is the case, could your son or daughter help cover some of the costs of the help you receive from VINE?
3. Are VINE’s services helping me to remain living in my own home? If so, consider the $50,000 – $75,000 each year that you’d have to pay if you moved into a catered or assisted living facility (rent plus additional services). Base your contributions on how VINE’s services extend the length of your independence. Think about the cost of maintaining a car or using a cab or hiring someone to do a household chore or contracting with an agency to provide in-home respite care.
Can I make a planned gift from my investments or property?
Yes you can. VINE is a 501c3 non-profit organization (federal ID #41-1802861) and contributions are deductible for income tax purposes to the extent allowed by law. We are a member of Leave a Legacy, Mankato Area™. Please contact us if you would like information on how to include VINE in your estate plans. Even if you don’t have a large monthly income, a future planned gift will always be put to good use. Speak with your family or talk to your financial advisor or call Pam Determan, Executive Director, at (507) 387-1666 to discuss how best to make a planned gift, which could have positive financial benefits for both you and VINE.
Should I pay the volunteer?
No. People choose to volunteer at VINE because they want to help people with the things they can no longer do themselves. We provide educational opportunities, reimburse drivers for their mileage costs, and host volunteer recognition events. Feel free to “treat” a favorite volunteer to pie and coffee, a box of candy or a can of pop if you’d like. All volunteers are instructed that they may only accept personal gifts that they can eat. Volunteers cannot accept cash gifts; if you want to give a contribution, please mail it to VINE.
How old do I have to be to get help from VINE?
Serving people age 60+ is a priority to us. However, as resources permit, we assist younger people with disabilities and individuals and families who are encountering difficult life circumstances. VINE’s chore, caregiver support, Caring Connection visiting program and local transportation services receive partial funding from grants and contracts to help older adults remain living independently. VINE works closely with the staff at county human services and several managed care organizations to provide rides for their clients of all ages.
Will VINE still help me if I move into an assisted living facility or nursing home?
No. VINE’s services are intended to help people remain living independently in their own homes and to supplement the help that family and neighborhood caregivers can provide. When a person chooses to move into a facility, new types of caregivers and services become available to them and VINE’s volunteer caregiving role comes to an end.