A1. Many members ask this question. Your dues pay for our website with its critical Member Services software, accounting costs, liability insurance, ViV-sponsored events, office supplies, background checks for volunteers, audio-visual equipment as needed, annual Osher dues for ViV members, and rent of a storage facility for our medical equipment lending program. In addition, we subsidize the membership of some members who cannot afford our dues with our Access Fund. We also keep some funds in reserve for unexpected costs. We are now financially in a position to hire a part-time Administrative Manager to assist with our numerous administrative tasks, which helps avoid volunteer burn-out.