Emergency Response Fund reaches $1.4 million

JACKSON, Wyo. — Donations from the community have already totaled $1.4 million toward the Community Emergency Response Funds.

The 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.

Hansjörg 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’s size, and 100% of the Board contributed to the Response Fund.

“This is the time for decisive action and investment in our community,” said Wyss, philanthropist and Teton County resident. “We must support each other in this unsteady climate so that our community has the opportunity to thrive again.”

The 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.

Teton County’s 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’s 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.

“We 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,” said Bill Hoglund, Community Foundation Board Chair.

“We are at the beginning of this uncertain journey,” said Laurie Andrews, President of the Community Foundation, “but everyone is raising their hand to help, and through the generosity of our community, we can address today’s needs and create resilience for the long road ahead.”

The 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.

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