To our JCCNS Members and Community:
Once again, I write to you with the sincere hope that this finds you and your loved ones well. I also want to thank all of the medical personnel, first responders, and essential workers who diligently stand on the front lines, while we collectively fight this epidemic. You are heroes and we thank you.
In accordance with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s extension of the state's stay-at-home advisory and order requiring all non-essential businesses to stay closed, the JCCNS will be closed through May 18th or until further notice.
In addition, I want to share a series of significant updates around the JCCNS’s business response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
As you all know, the JCCNS is, first and foremost, a community. We are working diligently to keep that sense of community going as best we can through social media, online opportunities, the sharing of resources, and offers to help those who are in need. Just a few examples of ways we continue to connect: Our Early Childhood Teachers are providing ways for their classes to be together virtually, as well as opportunities for the entire school to gather virtually for events like Shabbat Music with Marcy, Musical Adventures and puppet shows. Our fitness instructors have been providing Online Classes for our members to keep up their own fitness and wellness, and our Facebook Page continues to be a source of information, updates, activities and memories. We hope that you are able to take advantage of these online resources and that they will continue to keep our community together, even when apart. We will continue to add to our online repertoire of offerings, so please check back to JCCNS.ORG or our Facebook Page regularly for updates and schedules.
Unfortunately, with this extended closure, we have been forced to make some extremely tough decisions regarding our ongoing staffing and payroll. The JCCNS is a nonprofit organization, and even with the continued support of many generous members, this has taken a hard toll on our revenue. After April 7th, many of our staff members will incur partial or full furloughs through our extended closure date, and we will do everything we can to help them weather this storm. The US Government has announced and passed the CARES Act Economic Relief Plan that will greatly assist our furloughed employees. Please be assured that these decisions were made so that our employees would be able to benefit most from this new economic plan, and that as furloughed employees (not laid-off), we will continue to support their employment benefits through the JCCNS. It is our intention and greatest hope that we will be able to re-open soon and bring our entire staff community back together, just as we were before this epidemic began. Our entire staff community was invited to a Zoom conference call yesterday when we told them of these updates and difficult decisions.
Recognizing that some families are facing new financial difficulties, if you need to put your membership, dues or tuition payments on a temporary freeze or request a refund, please contact Stephanie Walsh (email@example.com) for Early Childhood Center inquiries, Ashley Vieira (firstname.lastname@example.org) for aquatics inquiries, or Andrew Dalton (email@example.com) for membership or any other inquiries. At the same time, we humbly ask families who can continue to support us during this crisis, to consider not making this request and we will gratefully consider your dues/tuition during our closure to be a tax-deductible donation.
Throughout these challenging weeks, I have been inspired by acts of kindness around us, the dedication of our Board of Directors, staff members who are reaching out to keep connected, and the commitment of our JCCNS family to help each other. For these and so much more, I remain deeply inspired by our community.
If you, or anyone you know are in need at this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are committed to continuing to help and serve our beloved community, especially in the most difficult of times.
With hope and wishes for good health,
Marty Schneer, JCCNS Executive Director