Updated: October 26, 2020 10:12 PM
Created: October 26, 2020 04:39 PM
(ABC 6 News) - For Olmsted County non-profits, some much-needed help is on the way thanks to a grant from Mayo Clinic. Just over a dozen organizations will be receiving a portion of over the $100,000 being made available.
Announced today, through Mayo Clinic, over $100,000 will be made available through grants to local non-profits in Olmsted County. Fourteen organizations that not only grow but sustain child care capacity, as well as support distance learning, will or have already received their check.
"We received fifteen thousand dollars from Mayo Clinic and we're going to use that money to help grow the capacity of family child care providers in the region," says John Losness, the Executive Director of Families First of Minnesota. The organization has been helping families for over 40 years, according to its website, providing child care programs, crisis nursery as well as early learning scholarships.
One of the services that was further hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic is child care. This is why, says Losness, their check will be used to help expand child care through recruiting and training new providers. Another organization that will be receiving money is the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester.
"We haven't gotten our check yet but I know it's on its way. I've talked with Mayo Clinic and they said 'You can expect it soon'," says Chad Campbell, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester.
Since the Boys and Girls Club provides a space where students are able to distance learn - part of the money they'll be receiving, which was not disclosed by Campbell, will help make distant learning easier.
"We've really committed to all of our kids that we make sure they have access to technology... which means that we've had to order lots of individual personal devices and pay for WIFI."
Campbell also says that the Club has explored the idea of purchasing individual WIFI hotspots for families that do not have access to Internet at home. The money will also pay for sanitation items, PPE as well as pay the staff.
"We have to double our staffing ratios just to be able to serve during this time. And then, add to that... we're serving twice as many hours per day. So we've got four times the staffing cost what we'd normally have in the Fall."
The entire list of non-profits that are able to receive help are:
According to the press release, funding was prioritized and awarded "based on a program's potential effects on a community and innovation". Campbell says the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester applied to be considered for part of this grant in September.
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