JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole announced a new milestone in its Community Emergency Response Fund fundraising today.\r\n\r\nThe Community Emergency Response Fund has raised $2.5 million dollars, which will fund grants to local nonprofits providing immediate support to people affected by COVID-19. The Fund was established by the Foundation last month to support essential services in Jackson.\r\n\r\nTo date, more than 200 donors have made gifts to the Fund.\r\n\r\nAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold in Teton County, the Community Foundation will continue to ensure that the Emergency Response Fund\u2019s resources increase in tandem with our community\u2019s rapidly evolving needs. Last week, Jon and Deborah Dawson committed a lead gift to the Emergency Response Fund.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt is the bad times that reveal the good qualities of a community,\u201d Jon Dawson said. \u201cOurs has responded so positively to the challenges presented by the current pandemic. Never have the needs of so many been so enormous and compelling. We feel privileged to play a small part in supporting the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and the Emergency Response Fund to spearhead the effort to help in this difficult time.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Community Emergency Response Fund is addressing community needs in coordination with local frontline agencies. Since launching in mid-March, the Emergency Response Fund has granted a total of more than $1 million dollars across 16 local organizations. Relief funds are being disbursed daily to nonprofits, as the Community Foundation receives requests for assistance. Since many Teton County residents are seeking help for the first time, the Community Foundation is anticipating that the need will continue to grow as the pandemic runs its course.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Community Foundation has been in constant communication with local nonprofits as well as Town and County leaders to keep our finger on the pulse of the critical needs within our community,\u201d said Laurie Andrews, president of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. \u201cWe are deploying grants quickly and thoughtfully to the agencies serving our most at-risk community members. From lost wages and food assistance to food delivery for seniors and additional nurses to support Teton County Health Department\u2019s contact tracing efforts \u2013 the needs are extensive.\u201d\r\n\r\nMore information about accessing the Community Emergency Response Fund and providing donations is available online.