Mayo backs mental health initiative during Red Kettle Campaign
Mayo Clinic Health System Match Day
Saturday, December 22, 2018
LA CROSSE – Mayo Clinic Health System is partnering with The Salvation Army to raise awareness and funding for crucial mental health programming in the La Crosse area.
On Saturday, December 22nd, Mayo Clinic Health System will match up to $15,000 raised at all kettle sites throughout La Crosse County. Dollars raised, including Mayo’s contribution, will go toward funding The Salvation Army of La Crosse County’s psychiatric and mental health services.
For years, The Salvation Army has paid for a contracted psychiatrist to meet and work with emergency shelter residents during limited appointment times. These appointments, lasting an hour in time, are set out to offer diagnosis to patients, possible prescription recommendations, and referrals to long term care facilities such as local hospitals.
“This is a needed service for the population we serve,” said Major Jeff Richardson of The Salvation Army. “Mental and physical health services are big initiatives for The Salvation Army in La Crosse moving forward. We cannot expect those we serve to get better if we are not helping them through struggles in their bodies and minds.”
Mayo Clinic Health System is a large employer with a 135-year history in Southwestern Wisconsin. They are committed to maintaining the region as a great place to live, work, learn and raise families.
“Mayo Clinic Health System has helped fund The Salvation Army of La Crosse County’s psychiatric and mental health services in the past, but we wanted to do more,” says Dr. Paul Mueller, Regional Vice President for Mayo Clinic Health System. “Sponsoring a match day is a great opportunity to do that – in fact, if community contributions on December 22 equal or exceed our contribution, together we will fund mental health services at the shelter for an entire year.”
Mayo Clinic Health System Match Day falls on the final Saturday of the bell ringing season, which ends on Monday, December 24th. To volunteer, visit www.SAlacrosse.org.
The Red Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s largest fundraiser throughout the year and accounts for approximately one-third of the annual budget. Campaign contributions help fund various day-to-day services provided by The Salvation Army including the Emergency Shelter and Meal Program. Red Kettle Campaign dollars are raised through bell ringing, non-bell ringing donations, and mail appeal.