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Updated: Jan 9

The Community Foundation of Teton Valley’s Youth Philanthropy Program, in partnership with two Dual Enrollment Government classes at Teton High School, announced this year’s Youth Philanthropy grant winners at an Awards Assembly at Teton High School. Now in its 12th season, this year’s awards mark a total of $58,000 in granting and 460 students engaged via this multifaceted program.

Youth Philanthropy provides an excellent opportunity to introduce the concept of philanthropy to the next generation while helping students better understand the significant and impactful roles that nonprofits play in their own community. According to one Senior, “It gave us a hands-on experience of how philanthropy works. It’s a great project that engages students and provokes critical thinking.” Another student commented how much they enjoyed the “freedom [they] were awarded” during the decision-making process. This program allows young adults “a chance to feel what it’s like being a part of and helping the community.”

The Youth Philanthropy Program is made possible through the generosity of Tin Cup Challengers and other private donors who partner with the Community Foundation of Teton Valley to elevate lives through the power of generosity. Challenger Richard Grundler charitably augmented students’ traditional granting capacity with an additional gift, giving them a total of $7,000 in awards to distribute during the grant cycle. Participating students were rewarded for their efforts with a pizza party sponsored by RAD Curbside following the school assembly.

This year’s seniors worked through 17 grant applications with a total funding ask of $14,809. After thorough discussion over three class periods, they awarded five projects full funding and four projects partial grant awards with the available funds.

2022 Youth Philanthropy Grant Awards

Updated: Jan 9

The Teton Valley Food Pantry Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of

Sue Heffron to the position of Executive Director of the pantry. Sue has served as the Director of Operations since March 2021 and, during that time, has improved both the face of the food pantry by facilitating the move to our central Driggs location and its operations by ensuring availability of nutrient dense foods for our clients. Sue, her staff, and volunteers work tirelessly to keep the pantry open daily for client distributions and serve upwards of 100 families each week. Additionally, the pantry crew collects, stocks, and distributes tens of thousands of pounds of community-donated pantry items yearly.

Sue has expanded the pantry’s reach within the community by implementing food pantries in the schools, providing take-away “meals in a bag” for our ABC families, bringing in fresh produce through donations from local gardeners, providing supplemental commodities to seniors, senior food delivery through SWOT, and facilitating access to weekend food for children via the Backpack program. Sue will continue to oversee pantry operations while continuing to develop relationships for funding and partnering as our new Executive Director. If you see Sue around town please congratulate her on her new position!

Great opportunity to serve the Teton Valley community. The Food Pantry is looking to fill a part time (15-20 hr/wk; $15-$18/hr) pantry assistant position in Driggs, ID. The job involves responsibility for running food distributions; interacting with clients and volunteers three days a week. This position has growth potential as our valley grows and our community needs expand. Please submit short resume indicating interest in our mission to

Full job description can be found at

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