Sarah Cavallaro

Sarah Cavallaro is the director of Teton Youth and Family Services.

A pair of Jackson’s social services nonprofits are teaming up.

This week, Community Safety Network and Teton Youth and Family Services announced a new fundraising campaign, Growing Stronger Together, to “support families in crisis,” a press release stated. The collaborative fundraiser is designed to cover funding gaps created by increased demand and declining revenue.

“We saw an opportunity to raise a conversation that could be about a community issue, not just about our organizations,” said Sarah Cavallaro, executive director at Teton Youth and Family Services.

Cavallaro’s organization helps families and children through a variety of programs, from residential treatment to family support. Community Safety Network assists victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, including operating shelters and providing violence prevention education.

Though the organizations serve different populations and purposes, their missions often overlap, something the Growing Stronger Together campaign is meant to highlight.

“I think it gives us the opportunity to show that it’s a continuum of services that are not overlapping but supporting each other,” Cavallaro said.

The coronavirus pandemic exacerbated many existing problems in society, including putting more strain on chronically underfunded social services organizations.

“In 2020 alone, we served 268 individuals in the community, 35 of which were children,” Community Safety Network Executive Director Andy Cavallaro said in a press release. “CSN provided a total of 6,275 nights of shelter during the year.”

With the two organizations already facing a huge need for philanthropic giving, to the tune of $1.6 million annually combined, they needed a way to reach the new crop of Jackson donors, Sarah Cavallaro said. Recent research from Yale University sociologist Justin Farrell has shown that newer donors in Jackson Hole give less to social services than to environmental and cultural causes.

To encourage those newer donors, Ted and Noa Staryk are offering a $50,000 contribution to match gifts from those who have not donated to the nonprofits before.

The organizations hope that an outreach campaign like this one, which will feature videos from community members each week on topics related to their missions, will help bring in new donors. Growing Stronger Together also has some heavy-hitting Jackson donors behind it, including the Hughes Family Foundation, which gave $100,000. It has also received $25,000 in gifts from the board of directors at each nonprofit; Margot Snowdon and Yves Desgouttes; the Newton Foundation; Bank of Jackson Hole; and Singleton Financial.

Growing Stronger Together has a goal of wrapping up fundraising by June 15. Information on donating and educational materials about the nonprofits can be found at StrongerJH.org.

“In 2020 alone, we served
268 individuals in the community, 35 of which
were children. CSN provided
a total of 6,275 nights of shelter during the year.” – Community Safety Network
Executive Director Andy Cavallaro

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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