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Dear Foundation Friends,
 
Did you feel that tug on the rope?
 
While states are starting to make plans for reopening, we feel a tug on the rope because we are roped in together, a community, as we navigate this crisis. We are not headed for a mountain summit, either. Our collective actions will determine the well-being of our community, over the long-term.
 
The Community Emergency Response Fund rose to a new milestone of $2.5 million this week. This is astonishing generosity. Through this funding, the Community Foundation continues to support acute needs – food, shelter, health – but we are also deciding on a course for the next phase of support. This is where things get more complex.
 
It is easier to give in an emergency situation. Everything about an emergency becomes rapidly clear, from needs to solutions. The stark reality is that we are going to experience whole scale change in how we live, transact business, and interact with each other. The next set of grants must address these changes, and provide building blocks for recovery and resilience. I hope we can count on your continued support.
 
The creativity and collaboration of our nonprofits during this time provide vibrant examples of our exceptional community. Our partnerships in the community are growing stronger through this pandemic. We are fortunate to be here with each other.

Earlier this week, the Community Foundation partnered with Teton County Health Department to offer a free online workshop on “Guidance for Volunteers during COVID-19: How to Deliver Essential Goods Safely.” Volunteers are eager to help during this health crisis, and this training provided valuable information to keep volunteers and others healthy. A recording of the workshop will be available on our website for those who weren’t able to attend.
 
When you feel that tug on the rope, I hope you feel the interconnection and support. We will re-build this community together.
 
Stay healthy,

Laurie Andrews
President, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
 
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