The Mankato Clinic Foundation Awards Grants to Greater Mankato Area United Way

Thanks to the Mankato Clinic Foundation, Greater Mankato Area United Way is receiving two grants totaling $31,000. 
The first grant is $30,000 to be used for the First Steps program, a partnership between Greater Mankato Area United Way, Mankato Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Blue Earth County and other community partners. 
The overall goals of First Steps are to help pregnant women have healthy babies, promote child health and development, and strengthen family self-sufficiency.
The second grant is $1,000 to be used for Project Community Connect, which is organized by Greater Mankato Area United Way, Blue Earth County Employment Services, Minnesota Valley Action Council, Partners for Affordable Housing and SMILES Center for Independent Living. 
Project Community Connect is an annual event that connects low-income and at-risk individuals and families with community resources and support using a “one-stop shop” model. This event will take place April 5, 2016, at Mankato’s Verizon Wireless Center.
“We are looking forward to continuing these essential initiatives to help children, individuals and families,” said Greater Mankato Area United Way CEO Barb Kaus. “These funds will help ensure that people in our region have the support and resources they need to live happy, healthy lives. We are grateful for the Mankato Clinic Foundation’s partnership and dedication to improving health and well-being in our community.” 
The Mankato Clinic Foundation provides resources to organizations and endeavors that effectively promote and improve community health and wellness. Since the primary focus of the Foundation is to support the health and well-being of the community, projects and programs supported include education and scholarships initiatives focused on health care, health education and wellness.
The physicians at the Mankato Clinic provide the majority of the Foundation funding as a means to give back to the community by providing support to organizations which strive to improve health and wellness. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and are considered only through the application process. Applications can be obtained at 
About the Mankato Clinic Foundation
The mission of the Mankato Clinic Foundation is to encourage and support the health and well-being of our community through initiatives that promote and improve community wellness. Annual initiatives made possible by the Mankato Clinic Foundation include community grants, scholarships for students pursuing careers in health, Project Kindness and Partnership in Health in Greater Mankato schools.
Feb. 9, 2016