NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — From June 6 through June 30, employees representing more than 22 departments and clinics of Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague collected donations for the Peace Center. Items gathered and donated included 670 pounds of personal goods, cleaning supplies and food, as well as $125 in cash.
“We did this to support the Peace Center at a time of year when donations are down,” says Heather Tietz, Mayo Clinic Health System community relations officer. “We focused on personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, coffee and sunscreen, which are all typically more expensive items and not always available at food distribution centers.”
The Peace Center opened in 1983, serving as a food distribution center for those in need. Since its inaugural year, volunteers from the Auxiliary and Volunteer Services at Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague have provided staffing for the facility.
“Our support of the Peace Center has been rewarding in many ways,” says Mary Klimp, Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague administrator. “Volunteers, our community members and Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague employees are generous champions of the Peace Center. Their generosity ensures residents of the New Prague community always have access to healthy foods, personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies for themselves and their family.”
In 2015, the Peace Center served 1,293 households and 4,362 individuals, distributing 151,401 pounds of food, clothing and other essentials. Volunteers amassed 3,794 hours.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.