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Letter from the Executive Director, March 8, 2021
Dear JCC Community,
Since “restarting” last August, our Board of Directors and senior staff have worked to safely bring back as many offerings and services as possible so the JCC Mid-Westchester can continue to serve as an important resource for families and seniors to navigate life during the pandemic. We’ve looked for ways in which we can share our resources in additional, creative ways, such as virtual fitness classes, offering our parking lot to provide a safe space for local community events and for the delivery of kosher meals. We have also partnered with other JCCs locally and across the country, to share resources and provide an assortment of virtual programs: book talks, movies, virtual camps, holiday celebrations, and curated art and culture programs.
The JCC’s mission has long been grounded in enriching our community. That mission has taken on a much deeper and even more vital meaning during these extraordinary times; the sounds of children laughing and pool water splashing have sounded extra sweet. As we’ve resumed our programming, we’ve also used this time to reflect, to think about the future of the JCC and explore how we can refine our strategic plans to best advance our mission, broaden and deepen our impact, expand our offerings and resources, and ensure long-term sustainability amid a shifting landscape. While this will be an ongoing and evolving process, we thought it was important to provide you with a preview of the
aspirations at the forefront of our minds and share some additional developments.
The JCC historically has defined itself as a vibrant “hub”. Moving forward, we see enormous potential to increase our reach by building and strengthening our “hub and spoke” network – with the JCC at the center, while strategically adding new partnerships. The opportunity that exists to collaborate with other organizations to enhance our offerings – both locally and beyond – has become increasingly evident over the last several months. Such partnerships will enable us to offer meaningful programs in satellite locations and to curate a wider variety of offerings. We recognize that by opening outwards, we can welcome even more people into our community.
Along those lines, we have initiated conversations with potential partners to support increased capacity for our early childhood programs to meet the growing needs of families. With our after-school license secured, we look forward to welcoming children from multiple school districts to access our offerings directly from school. We also want to be better positioned to serve children and young adults with special needs. We are looking for opportunities to safely serve our active senior members through additional collaborative programming and by reopening our fitness center. It’s an ambitious agenda and will take several years to implement. But we are confident it’s the right model to leverage our roots and chart a course into the future built on vitality and innovation.