Jackson Hole Gives Back

07 Dec 2018

Words from the Editor

Winter 2018/2019

Written By: Kristen Pope | Images: Madison Webb

This issue of JHStyle focuses on local residents who make it their mission to give back to the community, whether that means bringing meals to seniors, helping people who are lost or injured in the backcountry, or encouraging kids to be their best—on and off the slopes.

Reading these pages, it’s easy to see why this community is so special. Deidre Ashley, executive director of the Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center, spends her days helping people get the mental health care they need. Betsy Hawkins connects Teton Valley, Idaho, residents with a wide array of resources, from help with housing and employment to health care and food. A number of local residents spend time raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the nonprofit’s annual Jackson fundraiser, Moonlight on the Mountains. Generous donations allow families to focus on helping their kids survive and thrive while they fight cancer and other serious diseases. Carolyn Worth, program director at Community Entry Services, helps people with a wide array of abilities succeed. She works to help her clients be involved in the community, from attaining meaningful employment to exercising their right to vote. Her passion for her work is evident when she chats with clients, encouraging them to practice their skills, set goals, and overcome obstacles such as learning how to swim. This passion is what inspires people to give back, and sometimes this unbridled enthusiasm is intertwined with #JHDreaming. The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club is celebrating its 80th year of giving back this winter. The club has helped generations of local athletes achieve their dreams, whether their goals are competing in the Olympics or learning to carve a perfect turn. Joe Stevens, head coach for the Evolution Freeride team at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, spends his winters teaching kids how to be their best. He encourages them to develop lifelong skills that will help them both on and off the slopes. All of these people contribute to make this community so special, and this issue of JHStyle celebrates their giving nature and the generous spirit of Jackson Hole.
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