Mayo Clinic Health System recently donated $10,000 to VINE Faith in Action in Mankato., after the nonprofit was notified by the Minnesota Department of Human Services that a long-standing grant was rejected due to an error on the submission form.

Regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System Dr.James Hebl says wellness activities within the community have the potential to impact people’s health as much, or even more, than what happens during a clinic visit, and, “We want to thank VINE for all they do within our region by supporting this important campaign.”

VINE and Mayo Clinic Health System have collaborated on several community health initiatives, including physical therapists providing warm-water therapy sessions at the VINE pool, support groups and health education programs led by Mayo Clinic Health System health care experts.

In the past year, VINE has also provided more than 1,500 rides for patients to Mayo Clinic Health System sites throughout the region, allowing patients to receive a range of services including regular check-ups, cancer treatments , nd physical therapy sessions.

The lost grant was a steady funding source for VINE for the past decade and helped cover the cost of seven staff members

VINE Executive Director Pam Determan says they are hoping to raise $200,000 by the end of the year.