Community Emergency Response Fund
Support for the Community Foundation of Teton Valley’s Community Emergency Response Fund has continued to pour in, bringing the total raised to $118,500 thanks to charitable donations from our community! Many generous donors are stretching their limited resources, some even sharing stimulus checks, to help those in more dire straits. These dollars are going straight to work through the nonprofits most on the front lines of COVID-19 crisis relief. They are providing necessary resources for many valley residents during a time of so many unknowns. We are incredibly grateful to be able to help as community needs are continually determined.
In Good News
The Community Foundation’s virtual Weekly Nonprofit Check-In’s continue to be well attended by nonprofit leaders. Having a scheduled time to share experiences from the past week, during this otherwise isolating time, gives everyone something to look forward too. From personal wins to professional ones, the Foundation loves to hear how our leaders and their nonprofits are fairing in these challenging times.
- Community Resource Center of Teton Valley – Thanks to a generous Anonymous Donor, Intake Applications are now available online in Spanish, English, and via mobile.
- Downtown Driggs Association – is devoted to finding long-term solutions for arts, culture, and life on Main Street. They are currently working to develop new contests and plans for the summer – #driggsstrong.
- Seniors West of the Tetons – has hit their quarantine stride and wants to ensure that no one will be turned away. They are ready and willing to cook for any senior in need.
- Teton Regional Economic Coalition – in addition to weekly online networking calls for local restaurants, real estate professionals and contractors, they’re also working with Sun Valley and Jackson Hole organizations to brainstorm solutions for our similarly unique locales.
- Teton Valley Aquatics – has partnered with the City of Driggs and is working on a site selection process and summer plans.
- Teton Valley Food Pantry – served more households and individuals in March than during a 6 month period last year. Working in compliance with COVID-19 requirements, they have ready bags for pick-up and have increased their hours to accommodate more patrons. Additionally, they are collaborating with the Community Resource Center, Seniors West of the Tetons, and the Teton School District to address current and upcoming needs.
- Teton Valley Health – Thanks to the Cushman Family Foundation, Teton Valley Health will receive almost 1,000 COVID-19 test kits over the next 3 months. This test can be taken from the comfort of your car, with results in as little as 15-minutes and is available now!
- Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation – is working to connect with valley youth to keep them fit and engaged over the summer. They’ve extended their line to anyone to anyone who wants to connect with scheduled 15-minute calls.
- Teton Valley Wildlife Rehabilitation – happily had their application for a septic system approved and are in the process of pulling a building permit.
- Valley of the Tetons Library – is celebrating National Library Week. They have numerous Boredom Busting resources for kids and adults on their website, are currently offering boxes of sealed genres of books to patrons, and are working to make their Seed Library available for Spring planting.
- Virtual Earth Day Fair – was celebrated live via Facebook on Wednesday through a wonderful collaboration of numerous nonprofits including the Downtown Driggs Association, Friends of the Teton River, Full Circle Education, Teton Valley Community Recycling, Teton County Extension & 4-H, Teton Valley Land Trust, Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation, Valley Advocates for Responsible Development, and Valley of the Tetons Library.
In these unique times, we’re even more impressed with the dedication of local nonprofits. With the support of nonprofit leaders, staff, boards, donors, and volunteers, each organization continues to step up to the challenges presented with creative solutions and dig deep to provide programming for all.
Business Challenger Spotlight:
Garett Chadwick & GPC Architects generously donated their time, effort, and resources into providing Teton Valley Health with ten 3D-printed masks!
This kind of creative act helps fill the gaps for our rural county and we applaud their ingenuity and charitableness. Thank you!
At the Community Foundation
In addition to adhering to state-mandated stay home ordinances issued through April 30th, the Community Foundation of Teton Valley has canceled our Spring Workshops. However, we are currently working to bring some exciting networking and educational opportunities to you virtually. Stay tuned.
In an attempt to continue to reach out to all of our supporters, we recently updated our email list. If you wish to be added to our newsletter, please sign-up on our homepage.
Foundation staff is currently working from home and continues to be available by phone, email, and Zoom! Mail is picked up daily with business continuing, as we prepare for the opening of the 13th Annual Tin Cup Challenge Giving Period on June 1st.