Dear Stamford JCC Community:
For over 100 years it has been a privilege for the Stamford JCC to serve the greater community. Even in these trying times, we will continue to be there for you and your families in every way possible. With each passing day of this closure, we will listen, adapt and deliver to prove worthy of your ongoing patronage and support. To stay up-to-date on everything we are doing during this unprecedented and challenging time, please regularly visit our COVID-19 Update page and J On-Demand for high-quality virtual programming.
In addition to the horrible toll of the coronavirus pandemic on human health, it has also threatened the JCC’s viability and our ability to deliver in-person programs and services. The majority of the revenue the JCC receives from program fees, membership dues and philanthropic support goes directly toward funding and staffing our innovative and diverse programs. A small portion goes into keeping the lights on and the building intact. Because we are a lean, program-driven organization, the revenue declines due to COVID-19 have forced us to make difficult decisions quickly in order to survive as an institution.
On Friday afternoon, the Stamford JCC initiated significant cost reduction measures in the form of salary reductions and layoffs. These were extremely difficult decisions that directly impacted our colleagues who are good people and have strongly believed in and delivered on our mission of creating, serving and engaging community. These were heartbreaking, but necessary decisions.
The road ahead is uncertain for us, as we know it may be for many of you. In order for the Stamford JCC to survive and thrive, we must be committed to doing this together, as a community. Membership dues are vital to sustaining our JCC. We ask that you consider continuing to pay your membership to support the critical work, inclusive mission and the future of the JCC. We will provide you with a tax deduction letter upon request, specifying the amount you have paid for which no services were received. If you prefer to put your membership on hold during our closure, please email Ilene Madwed at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will honor your request.
We will continue to keep you and your families in our thoughts during such a challenging time for all of us. While we may be separated from one another physically, know that you are not alone because you are part of our JCC community. We look forward to opening our doors again soon, and until then we will stay connected virtually.
We will share program specific information in separate communications.
Wishing you and your families good health and safety,
Chief Executive Officer
President, Board of Directors