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Neighbors serving neighbors in need.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 5/28/2013
9728 Irving Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: 952.888.9616
Fax: 952.881.8322
Other Names Used Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People
EIN 41-6175999
Principal Staff Susan Russell Freeman,
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 17
Number of Volunteers 900
Number of Clients Served 18,189
Affiliations Charity Navigator 4 Star Rating
General Information
Board Chair
Number of Board Members 14
Board meetings with quorum 9
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 12.33
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Through the monthly Food Program, VEAP served 7,186 households representing 23,003 individuals--a 9.2% increase in households served over 2011. The number of people needing rides home from the food pantry also increased by 9% with 2,445 rides provided. One of the program challenges was the waiting period for an appointment due to increased demand and limited space. In response, 517 emergency food packs—pre-packed bags with staples to support a family for a day or two--were distributed throughout the year. VEAP’s Transportation Program continues to grow with a total of 7,188 rides provided by volunteer drivers to get seniors and adults with certified disabilities to medical appointments, pharmacy and grocery stores or to visit a loved one in a care facility. The Social Services Program was challenged in 2012 by a decrease in funding for emergency assistance. Even so, 145 households received emergency financial support to stay current on their rent and 61 households received help with their utility bills. On average, VEAP’s licensed social workers receive 26 calls per day from new families requesting assistance and referral. VEAP’s Children and Youth Services Program continued to serve low-income families through its Birthday Bag, Back To School, Holiday Toy and Summer Youth Food Programs. The Back To School program saw an 11% increase in children K-12 served and in all, 3,188 students received backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies. The Summer Youth Food Program remained consistent with 2011 with 2,554 children receiving kid-friendly, easy to prepare food items.
Current Goals
VEAP’s main goal for 2013 is to move and transition programs to 9600 Aldrich. In addition to the goal of serving more individuals through its current programs, VEAP will be strengthening programs through the introduction of a needs assessment and follow-up thereby providing a deeper level of support to help the client stabilize their situation and attain long term stability. VEAP will also be introducing NEAT (Nutrition Education and Teaching)--a program being developed in partnership with Bloomington Public Health, University of Minnesota Extension and retired volunteers from General Mills and Betty Crocker. NEAT will present nutritious foods through sampling, recipes, menu planning and food preparation in an on-site teaching kitchen. In addition, it will demonstrate how to prepare nutritious foods that are good tasting with limited cooking resources, i.e. crock pots and microwaves. In early 2013, VEAP launched HATS (Housing Assistance Towards Stability), a program designed to help families avoid homelessness, remain in their current housing and give them additional time to resolve their financial crisis or help them move into more affordable housing. Based on income and monthly rent payment, HATS will pay a portion of rent or mortgage with a maximum of six months or $3,500. Clients will meet regularly with VEAP’s licensed social works for financial counseling, information regarding other VEAP services and community resources to help them regain financial stability. To meet the growing needs for VEAP programs, we will also expand volunteer opportunities and increase volunteer numbers with a goal of 1,100 volunteers.
Community or Constituency Served
VEAP serves low-income families and individuals living at 200% of national poverty level.
Geographic Area Served
Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and South Minneapolis (west of Cedar Avenue South and south of 50th Street).
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $4,969,183 95.6%
Management: $108,131 2.1%
Fundraising: $119,871 2.3%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2011 2010 2009
End of Year: $1,900,353 $1,994,806 $1,947,025
Beginning of Year $1,994,806 $1,947,025 $1,973,209
Difference ($94,453) $47,781 ($26,184)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $1,900,353
Based on information provided on 2009 to 2011
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