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"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King

Dear Foundation Friends,
Do you think about what you value – those core beliefs that sit at the heart of who you are? I bet you have, especially over the past two years as the world has changed. I’ve been deep in conversations about values for a couple of weeks now. Personally, I value family, exploration, compassion, curiosity, meaningful work, integrity, and joy, to name a few. At the Community Foundation, we have been exploring professional values – our own and those of the Foundation – so we understand how to work collaboratively and how we can best represent the Foundation.

These conversations are really a starting point. Once we decide what we value, it sets up a basic roadmap for where we want to go and who we want to be. Throughout the pandemic, our community members have shown that we value care for each other. We have seen amazing cooperative support services help community members with food, shelter, childcare, testing, free and low-cost mental and physical health visits, translation, and communication.

The community also values data and information. From this value, the Community Foundation funded a Mental Wellbeing Assessment (Behavioral Health Assessment) and you participated (thank you!) A steering committee of community members including mental and physical health providers (19 organizations) have been working with consultant FSG on the results of this assessment and we now have a
full report. The community came together to understand mental health needs and that means the report is about you and for you. It has startling information in it. I encourage you to read the entire report because it is really a starting point. 

This report informs what happens next. There is a recommendation for a steering committee that will guide the overall vision and help to prioritize shared goals, and the report also suggests dedicated staff – a care coordinator/mobilizer - who supports, guides, and facilitates the efforts of all of our behavioral health work streams. There are also creative solutions for some of our local challenges that already exist in other like-minded, mountain communities. It will be exciting to explore these ideas. 

Community Emergency Response Fund also granted funding to help feed volunteers helping with the three days of kids' COVID vaccination clinics. We are so grateful for your continued support of our community. 

If this slushy weather continues through the weekend, I may value a good book and warm fire over a wet run in the woods. Maybe there will be time for the mud run before the warm fire. I hope your weekend offers you space for some self-care. You are a valued part of this community.


Warm wishes,


Laurie Andrews
President, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

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