MANKATO, Minnesota (KEYC) – VINE Faith in Action is looking for volunteers for the New Year.
The association offers a variety of programs to help older people stay independent.
“They are there to help us older people to feel that we are still important and that we stay healthy,” said Elaine Schoenberger.
Many services require volunteer assistance which has been difficult to find.
Hundreds of residents of the Mankato area rely on VINE every day, and the organization struggles to keep up.
“These are all opportunities that are needed,” added Schoenberger.
Volunteer delivery drivers are needed for its Hot Meal on Wheels and Door2Door programs.
Meals on Wheels offers breakfasts for people who have difficulty preparing them themselves. Door2Door helps seniors with their shopping and takes them to their doctor’s appointments.
“Sometimes the people we deliver to only see this volunteer all day, so it’s really rewarding to bring some light into their lives,” said Adam Massmann, VINE program director.
Snow removal volunteers are also rare. VINE offers shoveling aid whenever two inches or more of gusts fall. The organization said it was essential for seniors to stay mobile.
“We take it for granted that we can do these things. We can cook a meal, or we can shovel our own driveway, and if you can’t, it’s good to know that there are people out there who can help you with these things, ”said Massmann.
The programs are supported in part by the VINE Home Thrift Store which is looking for volunteer cashiers and furniture movers.
VINE said the opportunities could make great New Year’s resolutions.
“People want to give back, and volunteering is a great way to do it,” added Massmann.
Anyone can help and no long term commitment is required.
The volunteers said the work is rewarding.
“It’s great to be able to do something that makes you feel useful,” said Schoenberger.
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