MANKATO, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System has awarded $181,000 in grant money so far this year to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Mankato area through the Hometown Health Grant Program, which aims to improve the health of communities.
"It's truly our honor and privilege to partner with organizations doing such important work in our community," says Laura Bowman, regional director of community relations and strategic partnerships, Mayo Clinic Health System—Southwest Minnesota Region. "The grants are going to support organizations dedicated to an array of important health and wellness work, ranging from diabetes to youth enrichment to cancer. Making these kinds of important investments in our communities is core to our mission."
Mankato-area recipients recently named to receive grants are:
- American Cancer Society, to support Relay for Life events in Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Waseca, Martin and Watonwan counties.
- CADA, to support victims and survivors of relationship abuse and sexual violence.
- Camp Sweet Life, to support CSL Connects programming for families with children with Type 1 diabetes.
- Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, to support Mayo Clinic Health System's wellness partnership with the museum.
- The American Red Cross, to support the Dancing with the Mankato Stars event and the Southwest MN Chapter of the Red Cross.
- Old Town Association, to support the celebration of Day of the Dead in downtown Mankato.
- Greater Mankato Area United Way, to support local programs affecting basic needs, education and health.
- Holy Grounds Breakfast, to support providing meals to our community to reduce food insecurity.
- JZ Cancer Fund, to support JZ Caring boxes throughout the region.
- Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center, to support the capital campaign to build an indoor playground onsite.
- Leisure Education for Exceptional People, Inc., to support LEEP Legends and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.
- Lutheran Social Services Meals, to support meals for low-income, at-risk seniors in the Mankato area.
- Mankato Area Children in Need, to support the purchase of equipment for children with special needs.
- Mankato Area Girls Fastpitch Association, to provide enrichment opportunities for all kids.
- Mankato Area Hockey Association, to provide enrichment opportunities for all kids.
- Mankato Juneteenth, to support the celebration of Juneteenth in our region.
- Mankato Youth Place, to support a new building and expansion to serve more families in our community, as well as programming that supports a nurturing environment that empowers youth to reach their full potential.
- Mankato Area Youth Baseball Association, to provide enrichment opportunities for all kids.
- Minnesota Valley Action Council, to support the Lip Sync event that raises money for MVAC's youth programs.
- MN Juneteenth, to support the celebration of Juneteenth in our region.
- Multiple Blessings of Mankato, to support the statewide conference that was held in Mankato.
- One Bright Star, to support resources for grieving families who have lost a child.
- Project Community Connect, to support this event which reduces barriers and connects people to resources and services.
- The ALS Association—Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter, to support the Mankato Walk to Defeat ALS and provide local programs and services to those with ALS, as well as their families.
- The Alzheimer's Association, to support the Walk to End Alzheimer's, and to provide programs and services to those with Alzheimer's and their families.
- YWCA Mankato, to support the YWCA's Girls on the Run Program.
Press ContactAmanda Dyslin