Mayo Clinic community outreach activities in Rochester, Minn., include a wide spectrum of efforts to improve health and wellness, education, inclusiveness, financial security, business development and civic infrastructure for Rochester and regional communities. In 2010, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota supported more than 100 projects with financial and in-kind resources totaling more than $2.3 million. See list of organizations supported.
Mayo Clinic supports the Salvation Army Good Samaritan Health Clinic, which provides free and reduced-cost health care to community members without health insurance or who cannot otherwise afford care. In 2010, the Good Samaritan Health Clinic served more than 2,200 people.
Mayo supports a number of educational programs with public schools and partnering organizations to advance student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as diversity awareness and appreciation for the arts.
In 2010, Mayo Clinic partnered with the Rochester Public Library and more than 53 community organizations and businesses to bring the exhibit "RACE: Are we so Different?" to Rochester. The 12-week exhibit, offered free, received more than 37,000 visitors, including 8,500 students representing 40 schools and 26 regional communities.
Mayo Clinic continuously strives to improve environmentally friendly operations to minimize its impact on the environment and contribute to the long-term health and wellness of Rochester and regional communities. In 2010, Mayo Clinic installed more than 500 solar panels on top of the Damon Parking Ramp in downtown Rochester. The project is exploring the benefits of generating more of Mayo's power needs from renewable resources. Mayo has also supported student-led solar energy installation projects at Rochester's three public high schools.