Free energy efficiency kits available
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and other champions of sustainability, Oct. 7 was Energy Efficiency Day, which sought to spread the message: “Save money. Cut pollution. Create jobs.”
Lower Valley Energy and Energy Conservation Works is marking the day for the entire month of October by offering free energy-efficiency kits to members of the cooperative utility.
Kits contain 14 LED lightbulbs of varying sizes, an advanced power strip, a thermostatic valve showerhead and two sink aerators, all of which will help households save money, cut pollution and create jobs.
So far, Lower Valley Energy reports, more than 2,900 kits have been shipped, with a total projected energy savings of 1.4 million kWh — enough savings to run 78 Teton County homes for one year.
Mental Health First Aid course returns
Learn to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders with a new round of Mental Health First Air training, offered Thursday, Oct. 22, via Zoom by the Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center.
Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program offered in the form of an interactive eight-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems. It seeks to foster understanding of the impact of conditions such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and addictions, and offers overviews of common treatments.
Those who take the course certify as Mental Health First Aiders and graduate with a five-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help individuals who are in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.
Mental Health First Aid is designed for health, human services and social workers; employers and business leaders; faith community leaders; college and university staff and faculty; law enforcement and public safety officials; veterans and family members; people with mental illness or addictions and their families; and other caring citizens.
Blood drive set for before Halloween
Are you a Blood Hero? Do you want to be? Then sign up to donate your life-saving blood at the next community blood drive, set for 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, and 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church in the Indian Trails Subdivision.
Jolene Moulder, Jackson Community Blood Drive coordinator, said the fall blood drive already has filled many of its appointment slots but invites any and all to visit BloodHero.com, locate Jackson Hole’s upcoming blood drive and make an appointment.
“I expect the inevitable cooldown to occur,” Moulder said, predicting typical fall weather, “so we probably won’t be able to have the registration desk or chairs for waiting outdoors. We ask you to stay in your car until it is your appointment time. You are welcome to enjoy your snacks and socially distance yourself in the sanctuary for 10 minutes after your donation.”
KHOL has the ‘spark’
Wyoming Humanities last week announce that KHOL, Jackson Community Radio, is the recipient of its September Spark Grant for its “Voices of Jackson: A 2020 Oral History Project.”
With “Voices of Jackson,” KHOL seeks to “capture this moment from the perspective of the diverse residents living in Western Wyoming.” The nonprofit community radio station plans to use grant funds to aid in its collection and broadcast of short audio recordings from diverse members of the public in Teton County, showing how the global coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 national election and the country’s reckoning with racial injustice are colliding to make 2020 a year like no other.
Wyoming Humanities Spark Grants of up to $2,000 are approved monthly and help the state’s cultural sector put on events and develop projects that serve their community by sparking creativity. Funding for the grants is provided through an appropriation by the state Legislature, passed through the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.
To learn about Wyoming Humanities and its various granting programs, visit ThinkWy.org.