Dear Foundation Friends,
Stories flood our emails and phones daily. I bet you are spending more time reading them inside your homes. There is a theme across the conversations, and it centers around care for family, friends, and community. As I settle in to this new routine (admitting that is beyond routine) I see our community ties strengthening and growing.
This week, our new Community Emergency Response Fund hit a milestone – $1.4 million – to invest into our community’s most urgent needs. We have such generosity here. Among the Fund’s grants to nonprofit partners, the Foundation is supporting One22 as they handle over 600 applications from vulnerable individuals and families, for a total need of more than $1 million. If you would like to know more about the Fund’s critical disbursements so far, please reach out to us. If you would like to give to the Response Fund, click here.
This morning, I was thinking about lessons I learned piloting a small plane. Every time I flew, I had to review emergency protocols – a set of procedures to follow in case something went wrong. Here are my emergency protocols at this time:
- Do no harm. Social distancing, including training before you volunteer, so you understand best practices for supporting community needs in this health crisis. Take care of yourself and your people by getting fresh air, checking in frequently on the phone, and acknowledging your own anxiety in whatever way makes you feel better.
We appreciate you. Stay strong.
- Assess the situation. We are fortunate to live in a community of rock stars. We have emergency response teams, medical staff, elected officials, and also a nonprofit community that is forming strong partnerships, assessing challenges, and solving them in real time.
- Land safely. At some point, we will emerge from this, and our community will look different than when we isolated. We will work together to find our landing place and see each other again.
President, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole