(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001


Compassion, listening, and presence are three hallmarks of a Caring Connection relationship. Trained adult volunteers are matched with an elder in the community to provide friendship and support through regular one-to-one visits (generally two to four times a month for about an hour).  A Caring Connection can be a special gift during times of transition, loss or social isolation.  Most Caring Connection relationships last from several months to years.  The care receiver and volunteer determine how they will spend their visit time. Often the relationship becomes a mutual gift.

If you’d like to “open the door” to this experience, contact Joyce Kolbet at (507) 386-5583.

Click below to learn more about volunteering for Caring Connections and VINE.


  • Sue is a super nice person and for every story I’ve got about ‘way back when,’ Sue’s got one to share too.

    Don Adams
    Caring Connection receiver since 2016
  • I definitely receive more from Don than what I think I give him. When I leave I have a smile on my face and in my heart.

    Sue Von Bank
    Caring Connection volunteer since 2016

Donations are greatly appreciated to help organize Caring Connections at VINE.