I bet you didn’t know that I receive no salary or stipend or regular financial support or assistance from any monastic institution and must rely on the generosity of others in my community for all the necessities of life.
Not all monks and nuns in North America are “taken care of”. Monasticism in the West is a difficult and evolving path to walk, and while there are many people eager to support monastics in Asia, they overlook those here who may be in need as well. Ask a monk if you aren’t sure. They could be in need, too.