JCC holding “Save our Center” campaign

The Jewish Community Center is holding a “Save our Center” campaign due to challenges caused by the coronavirus. In order to follow the guidelines required by New York state, the JCC has temporarily shut down all its programming, except for the Early Childhood Center and Kids Connection daycare programs, which are taking children on a limited basis. 
Anyone who would like to take part in the campaign can donate by visiting www. binghamtonjcc.org/donate, call the JCC at 724-2417 between 9 am-4 pm weekdays or send a check made out to the JCC to 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal, NY 13850. The JCC is also asking members who feel financially comfortable paying for their membership dues to continue to do so. Any dues paid during its closure will be considered a tax-deductible contribution to the JCC. 
“As a nonprofit, we rely on program fees for the bulk of our revenue,” said Sheryl Brumer, executive director of the JCC. “As a result, our revenue has declined significantly. Sadly, we have had to furlough over 85 percent of our staff to date (90 employees), keeping only a skeletal crew as we continue to provide daycare to families in need and work toward securing the future of our Center. They were very understanding and remain dedicated to the JCC and our community. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, and we are anxiously awaiting the time when we will be welcoming them back.” 
The JCC had been working on a financial plan with the goal of ensuring its sustainability for the future and to continue to pay the remaining staff for as long as possible. Anyone who paid for services or classes that did not take place, or were interrupted due to the closure, will have those funds remain on their accounts as the programs are being rescheduled to resume at a later date. 
“We are so grateful to everyone who has donated to date. We will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available,” Brumer said. 
“Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you find you are in need of any kind of assistance, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at jccoffice@binghamtonjcc. org and we will do our best to direct you toward people and resources who may be able to help,” Brumer added.