“This JCC is all about community. We are a social service agency, whose mission is to serve our members and the community-at-large. The government mandate to close our doors is not preventing us from continuing to serve the community. Within one day’s time, our staff created an extensive lineup of virtual programs and resources to connect with individuals of all ages. They are expanding and enhancing these efforts every day. Every department has created impactful programming so we can stay connected. I’m extremely proud of what our JCC is doing.” – Laura Friedman, JCC Executive Director
Although our JCC’s physical doors are closed, we are open VIRTUALLY! it is vital to stay connected as a community. Although we are navigating unchartered waters, we are presented with an opportunity to strengthen our relationships and our connections. Together we will get through this, and together we will become a stronger community.
Here are a few options on how we can help one another and remain a part of a community while physically being apart.
Shop for the Vulnerable – Consider grabbing an extra gallon of milk or an extra loaf of bread for those in our community that are homebound. For many seniors or individuals with pre-existing conditions, going food shopping or getting their pharmacy items now can be a terrifying experience. Please reach out to Lisa Kopman, JCC Adults Director, if you would like to lend a helping hand.
Support a Local Business – Support a local business by purchasing a gift card. You can give it as a gift or treat yourself once that business reopens. Consider taking up the local restaurants up on their new take-out and delivery options to give you a break in the kitchen and support a local business at the same time. Not able to spend any money? A simple and free way to help a local business is to write a review on public sites like Yelp, Google and Facebook. When those business reopen, your reviews will be incredibly important.
Attend a Fitness Class – From the comfort of your home, in your pajamas if you’d like, join in a virtual fitness class. The JCC is offering 41 virtual fitness classes per week, and we have many fitness videos available on demand on our website. Many are offered live, providing an opportunity both for wellness as well as social interaction with other JCC and community members.
Joy McIntyre, JCC Fitness Director, shares this advice, “In times like these, it is so important to keep your body mind and heart healthy. Fitness is the answer to strengthening your body, clearing your mind and creating happiness in your heart.” Make sure to check out the new and improved JCC website for all of our virtual JCC Without Walls offerings. [There are many on line fitness options to explore!]
Flex Your Mind — Binge watching your favorite shows may have worked for week one and two, but now your mind is craving something more. The JCC Adult Department is offering various ways for adults to stay connected including a virtual Book Club as well as “Coffee Chats.” A vast menu of resources and virtual opportunities for adults is available on the JCC website.
Thank Our Frontline Workers – These dedicated people are working very hard to keep us all safe. From the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers, to the frontline retail workers keeping our supermarkets flowing, please say ‘thank you’ and remind them that they are appreciated.
We’d love to hear how you are staying connected during these unprecedented times. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your stories.