A Vibrant Campus, Still
The Jackson community has responded in big ways to the current pandemic. Between daily meals at the high school and senior center, Hole Quarantine deliveries to the hospital, Teddy Bear Hunts, and our own Love Hunt, there is no shortage of creative and caring hands in our small mountain town. The legacy of the Episcopal Church in Jackson began in 1911 and continues to this day. We think this vibrant campus and our partners are essential to this community and beyond.
While we are not meeting for church and daily St. John’s events, the campus is alive thanks to One22 and the Jackson Cupboard. One22 and the Cupboard continue to be shining examples for our community and are displaying that now more than ever.
One22 has spearheaded a new fund, 22Helps, specifically for COVID-19 financial relief. One22 shares on their website: “In our own backyard, where the economy so heavily relies on tourism, our neighbors are struggling. With 22Helps, we will support our neighbors by helping meet critical needs in this time of widespread uncertainty. Donations given and funds received mean the difference between a challenge and a crisis for so many in our community.”
As of April 28th, One22 has provided $1.5 million in assistance for 1,594 households. WOW! They have received more than 1,800 applications, and are processing requests on a weekly basis. But the work is not done. Applications come in daily and many people will continue to need support. Anyone who is interested in donating can visit their website at One22JH and those applying for assistance for the first time can visit the application form page.
Sarah Shea, Development Manager for One22, expresses her gratitude,
“Thank you for the countless ways you are supporting us--we are so lucky to have you!”
We would like to say the same to One22. Thank you for the amazing work and support you are providing for so many of us in this community. You all have showed up for Jackson in the most critical of times!
The Jackson Cupboard, the organization that provides essential, nutritious food for our community members in need, is operating four times per week to serve increasing needs. The Cupboard historically serves an average of 500 individuals per week. The organization, which is run primarily by volunteer help and by food and monetary donations, has served over 4,200 individuals and families since the onset of the pandemic six weeks ago. To keep up with the increased demand, the Jackson Cupboard is now ordering products through food service companies that would normally supply restaurants and is purchasing and distributing supplies from Smith’s, Albertsons, and the Dollar Tree. They also have feminine hygiene products (thanks to the Period Project), diapers, laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, meat, and dog food, all available upon request.
An incredible amount of food has been donated, filling the void left from empty grocery store shelves. One neighborhood, Rafter J, stepped up with a neighborhood food drive and dropped off nearly 1,000 pounds of food.
If you would like to contribute goods to the Cupboard, the list of food requested is on the Jackson Cupboard website. Think shelf stable items like peanut butter, pasta, soup, beans, cereal, etc. Diapers and wipes are always needed.
For additional food resources, Teton County has created one website to congregate all food assistance available to our community members. Visit JHFoodHelp.com for updates on free or discounted food available to your household. Here's another resource we like in English and Spanish from our friends at Coombs Outdoors.
The Period Project is making products available to the Cupboard and local organizations thanks to volunteer deliveries. For the latest from the Tampon Team, check out this article. Enjoy the gallery of images on the website here.
With your support, we continue to open our hearts and hands to the public during this time. Let us know how you (or someone you know) is making an impact by helping others.