Zumbro Valley Life Events is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people in need due to life-changing events. The group organized in May of 2020 to provide help with expenses that most insurance does not cover.
At some point in life, most people will experience a hardship. Zumbro Valley Life Events (ZVLE) was created to raise money for people going through cancer, home/farm accidents, house fires, floods, or any other life-changing event. Originating during COVID, the group first took private donations and started helping a small number of people. The non-profit now hosts two yearly fundraisers, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. In their short existence, the group has raised tens of thousands of dollars with all proceeds benefitting people in need.
Beneficiaries are local folks living in areas between Rochester and Bellechester including Plainview, Oronoco, Hammond, Millville, Elgin, Zumbro Falls, Mazeppa and Bellechester. With a passion for helping those who are struggling, ZVLE has also started to donate to Toys for Tots, food shelves, and disadvantaged families at Christmas.
Those involved with organizing and operating ZVLE are Roger and Mona Whipple, Kristine Mischke, Kim Gilsdorf, Kyle Blattner, Emily Aarsvold, and Tammy Aarsvold. You can connect with them and see upcoming events on the Zumbro Valley Life Events Facebook page. Tax deductible donations can be sent to Roger Whipple, 7301 North Broadway Avenue, Rochester, MN. For more information, contact Roger at 507-312-4664 or Mona Whipple at 507-312-4663.