. . . Over 100 IVC drivers will log a combined 80,000 miles this year, transporting people to doctor appointments, grocery stores and on other essential errands.
. . . Less than 12% of our budget is spent on administrative and fundraising expenses.
. . . It costs IVC less than $500 per year to help a person stay in their own home, compared to over $100,000 per year for typical nursing home care. If you multiply that savings by the number of people we serve (around 500 individuals per year) that's a potential savings of several million tax dollars each year!
What Makes IVC Unique?
Although there are a number of quality programs in the Metro area to help older and physically challenged adults, they cannot meet all the needs that exist. The IVC program does not aim to supplant these services, but to supplement them, by working in different ways.
IVC volunteers are potentially available at any hour of the day, any day of the week, allowing us to get people to 6:00 a.m. outpatient surgeries, as well as late night errands, and we also provide help for weekend needs.
Our services have no pre-defined boundaries. We routinely take persons across city and county lines, and have transported people as far as Ann Arbor.
Our volunteers provide one-to-one, round-trip rides, assisting persons who need help with a wheelchair or walker, and staying with those who need supervision or companionship due to confusion or fear.
IN ALL SERVICES:
There are few programs available that offer the wide range of the services that IVC does, and most are far too expensive for those struggling on limited incomes. We are often the only realistic option for help with housekeeping, chores, repairs and respite care, because we are able to offer all our services without a charge.
For long-term, ongoing needs such as friendly visits, respite care, housekeeping, etc., volunteers and clients are matched one-on-one through a process of interviews, home assessments and personal match visits.
All volunteers and clients are offered ongoing support by our professional staff to help them with various needs and concerns.
"The true measure of any society is how we treat the least among us."