Dear Foundation Friends,
Driving in Wyoming is an adventure. Mobile maps could not identify many of our rural roads, so GPS often showed my location floating above some blank space. When someone gave me directions, the instructions seemed to involve small signs for a turn – an old house, a bend in a river.
Right now, we are on a road with very few indicators. There is no map and no app to tell us where we’re headed but we in Wyoming are attuned to small signs. With your help, we are drawing the new map as we go. We are funding what is needed now, but laying ground for what might show up in three months, six months, a year. Your support creates the map.
All of this points us toward a future together, a map toward a different place, but perhaps a better location in the end. Thank you for your continued encouragement and gifts. We want your input as we map out the coming months. Please reach out with your thoughts and ideas.
- This week, the Community Emergency Response Fund supported Teton County Health Department by providing for a voucher program that will cover COVID-19 active disease testing costs for uninsured or under-insured community members. Everyone with symptoms can get a test through this program.
- The Response Fund also supported the purchase of 30,000 N95 masks and 1,000 thermometers, which are en route to Teton County Health Department. Through your support, we are keeping our health providers safe.
- One22’s COVID-19 Financial Relief Awards are serving an important at-risk sector of our community. Since March 20, they have received more than 2,000 applications for financial aid for critical needs and granted more than $1.5 million dollars in support to individuals in need. But the community-wide need has yet to plateau and the requests keep coming in as unemployment remains at an all-time high. We continue to work closely with One22 to support their efforts to keep local families fed and in their homes.
- Earlier this week, the Community Foundation partnered with Stephanie Thomas, Executive Director of the Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation to offer a free workshop for nonprofits on the topic of Stress Resilience to Increase Productivity and Performance. A recording of this presentation and the rest of our COVID-19 Response workshops are available on our website. Resources such as these are more important than ever as we look to find our grounding during uncertain times.
In good health,
President, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole