MANKATO — The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging has awarded 22 organizations a total of $467,597.

These dollars were made available under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, through the Administration for Community Living and the Minnesota Board on Aging. According to a news release announcing the grant awards, the agency focused these dollars on rural areas and areas with the greatest social need, especially older adults facing social isolation.

The CARES grant is designed to allow community-based organizations to provide support services, such as chore services, homemaker, visiting, telephone reassurance and caregiver support services. These funds are designated to address the service needs of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organizations that were awarded CARES Act funding through Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging were:

  • Appleton Area Health, $25,000 to utilize iN2l person-centered technology to provide entertainment for residents at Appleton Area Health.
  • Big Stone Memory Loss Connection,$6,200 to provide technology services to older adults in Big Stone County.
  • Blue Earth County Library System, $4,725 to provide access to educational materials, entertainment, and mental stimulation for older adults.
  • City of Adrian, $24,975 to partner with Rock County Opportunities to provide chore and homemaker services to Adrian older adults.
  • City of Kerkhoven, $25,000 to develop, organize, and implement a telephone calling project to contact older and isolated individuals in Kerkhoven and Murdock’s communities.
  • Countryside Public Health, $25,000 to conduct telephone reassurance to provide outreach to positive COVID-19 cases in isolation or quarantine in its service area including Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties.
  • CREST Caregiver, $13,563 to provide individual and family counseling to caregivers and offer support groups to interested individuals in Martin County.
  • CREST Supportive $14,611 to provide telephone assurance and transportation services to older adults in Martin County.
  • Essential Senior Services, $24,752 to provide homemaking services to older adults in Jackson, Murray, Nobles and Rock counties.
  • Horn of Africa Aid and Rehabilitation Action Network, $21,800 to provide training and education for immigrant families relating to family caregiving.
  • Interfaith Caregivers, $15,740 to expand the personal emergency response system in Faribault County.
  • Kyle’s Small Engine Repair, $19,232 to expand snow removal chore services for older adults in the Dawson area.
  • LQP Computer Commuter, $25,000 to provide technology services to older adults in Lac qui Parle County.
  • Marshall Area Senior Citizens Inc., $25,000 to provide onsite and virtual opportunities to participate in social interactions, education, and recreation to reduce social isolation to the Marshall area older adults.
  • Open Door Health Center, $25,000 to provide outreach to older adults relating to medical, dental and behavioral health care in Blue Earth, Faribault, Nicolet, Brown, Le Sueur, Watonwan, Sibley and Waseca counties.
  • Pipestone County, $25,000 to provide telephone reassurance to older adults in Pipestone County.
  • Prairie Five Community Action Council, $25,000 to provide technology services to older adults in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties.
  • Renville Health Services, $22,850 to provide technology services to older adults living at St. Francis Health Care Services.
  • Southern Minnesota Music Therapy, $24,149 to create a music-at-home project to provide older adults living alone in rural communities in Faribault County.
  • Waseca Area Caregiver Services, $25,000 to provide a group respite program in-home respite for aging adults, caregiver support and community education in Waseca County.
  • Woodland Centers, $25,000 to have a mental health practitioner provide mental health support, education and training to help reduce isolation and loneliness among older adults in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties.