March 1, the JCC begins its third annual March Mitzvah Madness Campaign, our take on the NCAA College Basketball blitz. During the month March, we will be hosting events, raising money and raising awareness for local, National and International organizations. We believe strongly, that as our community supports our programs and initiatives such as donating to help send a child to summer camp or volunteering with our Special Olympics Swim team, it is just as important for us to give back to other organizations who are working tirelessly for a cure, for a better life and a better world. This year, our charities are the Lone Solider Center in Memory of Michael Levin, Visions and Pathways, the Special Olympics of Somerset County, Team Liberty of the NJ Sharing Network, and the Usher 1F Collaborative. Each of these organizations represent causes, which are near to our hearts, having affected someone at our center. Imagine being diagnosed with Usher 1F, a genetic disorder which robs you of both your vision and your hearing, leaving you in darkness. Living each day of your life knowing the sun you see and the sounds you hear will one day go dark and silent. The Usher 1F Collaborative is a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to fund medical research to find an effective treatment to save or restore the vision of those with Usher Syndrome type 1F. Usher syndrome is the most common condition that affects both hearing and vision. Think of a family member whose only hope for survival is an organ transplant. A child, brother, sister or parent who you get to spend an extra month or year with because someone chose to donate their organs. Team Liberty and the NJ Sharing Network are responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for the over 4,000 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation. They are also part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the more than 120,000 people on waiting lists. These are just two of the organizations which we are supporting this year. You can read about the other three on our website at www.ssbjcc.org/marchmitzvah17. Our events and initiatives during the month include a Designer Handbag Bingo on March 2, a Pasta Dinner on March 19, ongoing collections and educating our preschool children the importance of giving back to the community. Visit our website at www.ssbjcc.org/marchmitzvah17 to see everything we are doing this year, and learn how you can support our March Mitzvah Madness Campaign. Hear from the Elle Foundation, granting second final wishes for children fighting a recurrence of cancer, one of our 2016 charities.