About a week since the application went live, One22’s COVID-19 relief fund has doled out close to $297,000 to people in the community affected by the virus.
“We know this is the beginning of a long and unfamiliar journey, and that everyone is feeling the strain of this crisis,” Executive Director Sharel Lund said in a press release. “Especially in this difficult time, it’s heartening to witness the way our community has stepped forward to support this program.”
The awards, totaling $296,839, were spread out among 306 community members. The average award was around $1,000, though grants ranged from $200 to $2,500.
As of Wednesday, One22 had received more than 900 applications. In a typical year, the nonprofit fields about 140 applications for financial assistance.
The requests for COVID-19 relief have all come in since March 20, and the nonprofit is currently helping five times as many people as it did in the past year.
To deal with the influx, it has made some operational changes, including hiring three additional staff members.
“I think we’ve got that pretty well figured out,” Lund said in a phone interview with the Jackson Hole Daily. “It feels good to get the first batch of awards out the door.”
The One22 program does not make cash awards. Funds are targeted at “urgent personal or household expenses” — rent, medical bills, health insurance premiums and the like — and distributions will be made directly to the entity that needs to be paid.
Individuals who receive awards, however, can choose where the money goes. Up to $200 can be requested in grocery store or gas gift cards.
One22 is trying to call applicants back within three days and to process all grants within a week. It is possible to expedite the review process for certain reasons. So far, those have included covering safety-related travel expenses, “the unique needs of pregnancy and early childhood,” and homelessness.
Relief funds are available for all people who have lost work and who live or worked in Teton County before losing their jobs.
Funds are also limited and need-based, so those without other financial resources — unemployment benefits, access to savings, family support, etc. — and those with large household sizes will be prioritized.
About a week ago, Lund told the Jackson Hole News&Guide that One22 is working with about $500,000 for the fund, which is supported in part by grants from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.
To date, the community’s nonprofit mothership has provided $350,000 to the One22 fund through separate $100,000 and $250,000 grants.
One22 is also fundraising to further expand resources.
“We have a host of other donations and pledges coming in,” Lund said. She added that the nonprofit is “working on some need projections and building a campaign that I’m sure we’ll meet.”
For information about the One22 fund and to begin an application online, visit One22JH.org. Applications can also be picked up and dropped off in a secure drop box at the nonprofit’s office, 170 N. Glenwood St., as well as completed by phone at 739-4500.