LA CROSSE, Wis. — As part of its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Wisconsin is awarding a total of $20,000 in grants to four regional nonprofit organizations.
Funding for these grants comes from Mayo Clinic's newly established EverybodyIN Fund for Change. Last summer, Mayo Clinic staff contributed nearly $89,000 to the fund with the goal of supporting efforts to advance racial equity. Mayo Clinic's match brought the fund's total to $200,000. More than 100 organizations located in communities that Mayo Clinic serves applied for the grant funding.
"We were inspired as we read about many wonderful programs serving our communities, as well as plans for new initiatives to advance equity, diversity and inclusion," says Erin Sexton, director of Enterprise Community Engagement at Mayo Clinic. "We are very pleased to announce the organizations selected by our three Mayo Clinic sites and four Mayo Clinic Health System regions."
A total of 36 organizations located in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin will receive a portion of the $200,000 in grant dollars.
Here are the organizations selected to receive funding in the Southwest Wisconsin Region:
- YWCA of La Crosse — $9,000 to expand access to racial justice workshops for community advocates via scholarships
- La Crosse Police Department — $3,500 to provide fair and impartial police training to local law enforcement while also engaging community stakeholders and the public
- Couleecap — $5,500 for its Latinx Outreach, Response, and Recovery Program which assists migrant/immigrant workers disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
- Hamilton Elementary School — $2,000 in support of Hamilton IN for Change, a program that builds teachers’ capacity to plan culturally relevant instruction and activities
"This grant will serve as an important alternative for people who do not have equal access to programs the rest of us can rely on during an emergency," says Hetti Brown, executive director of Couleecap. "We are deeply grateful to Mayo Clinic Health System for the chance to advance economic equality in our region, and develop bilingual and bicultural programs that better connect community members to services."
"The La Crosse Police Department recognizes the importance of working collaboratively and cooperatively with the community to enhance strategies and practices that celebrate diversity, foster a sense of community and belonging, and increase trust, understanding, connection, and respect," says Chief Shawn Kudron, La Crosse Police Department. "We are excited about this opportunity to engage the community by partnering for training in an effort to fight racism and advance equity, diversity and inclusion."
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Press ContactRick Thiesse