JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 Donations from the community have already totaled $1.4 million toward the Community Emergency Response Funds.\r\n\r\nThe Community Foundation of Jackson Hole announced the landmark total yesterday. The Response Fund was activated to support local nonprofits helping those directly impacted by COVID-19. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, the Community Foundation is striving to ensure that the Response Fund's resources increase in tandem with the community's rapidly evolving needs.\r\n\r\nHansj\u00f6rg Wyss committed a lead gift of $750,000 to the Response Fund, helping to seed the efforts put forward by the Community Foundation. Foundation Board members and donors nearly doubled the Fund\u2019s size, and 100% of the Board contributed to the Response Fund.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis is the time for decisive action and investment in our community,\u201d said Wyss, philanthropist and Teton County resident. \u201cWe must support each other in this unsteady climate so that our community has the opportunity to thrive again.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Foundation has already begun using the gifts to help vulnerable members of the community through grants to local nonprofit partners. Funds will also support local nonprofits whose fundamental ability to operate is critically impaired by issues related to COVID-19.\r\n\r\nTeton County\u2019s nonprofit organizations are poised to assist individuals and groups that provide essential health care services and directly serve at-risk populations. The Emergency Response relief funds are currently supporting the preparation and delivery of food for youth, families, and seniors, including free meals over spring break, through Hole Food Rescue and the Good Samaritan Mission; One22\u2019s financial assistance program for lost wages and its processing of the numerous requests for aid; broad dissemination of COVID-19 public healthcare information; and internet access for 100 Teton County students to ensure equitable access to online education for all. Additional human and health care programs to address the impact of COVID-19 in Jackson Hole are in process.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe knew that the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole needed to act quickly, to provide assistance and reassurance to those experiencing hardship now, and these immediate actions to help protect our community's future,\u201d said Bill Hoglund, Community Foundation Board Chair.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are at the beginning of this uncertain journey,\u201d said Laurie Andrews, President of the Community Foundation, \u201cbut everyone is raising their hand to help, and through the generosity of our community, we can address today\u2019s needs and create resilience for the long road ahead.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Community Emergency Response Fund is addressing community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Relief funds are being disbursed daily, as the Community Foundation receives requests for assistance.