Everyone deserves…a JCC experience
Everyone deserves a shot, an adventure, a community celebration, a Jewish education.
Everyone deserves to find balance, feel proud, be included, become part of a team.
Everyone deserves to feel the kindness of a helping hand.
Yet, while everyone deserves, not everyone receives.
Similar to hundreds of JCC members, our donors have stories of personal connection and inspiration. Sometimes, these experiences are the very reason they feel compelled to give.
Look no further than Ron Prosserman and his answers to why his family gives so generously to the JCC:
What is your first memory at the JCC?
“One of my first memories of the JCC was when I was a child living in Montreal. I remember playing basketball at the JCC, it was a welcoming place, a home away from home.
There were many lessons I learned during this time in my life. This is where I discovered how important it is to have a sense of belonging. To know you belong to a group of friends, that you are part of a team, and that life is better when you are embraced by community.”
Was there a specific moment when you decided to donate to the JCC for the first time?
“When I became a teenager, I soon discovered that life could be unfair. Some people, through no fault of their own, need a helping hand. My father shared with me that the JCC, once called the YMHA, helped him become the man he is today. Life was challenging for my father when he was a child, his family had significant financial challenges. But, once he achieved success as an adult, he embraced his responsibility as a community leader and stood at the front of the line when it came to helping others going through hardship. Donating to the JCC has become part of my personal fabric, I believe in the mission, the vision and the people. Giving to the J has a direct and meaningful impact on improving lives today and for future generations.”
What is the one experience, you believe, everyone deserves to have at the JCC?
“Everyone deserve to experience the power of the JCC and the feeling of belonging that wraps around you when you join a fitness class, a sports team, camp, an art class or one of many Hebrew educational programs. With so many varied activities for children, youth, adults and seniors, there are many options to strengthen the mind, body and soul. However, the common thread that weaves it all together are the friendships made and relationships built. The people in your life, are ultimately what matters most. This is the real magic of the J.”
Donors help ensure no one is left behind. Gifts can be directed to the Access and Inclusion Fund that helps families facing financial hardship, children with special needs, and newly immigrated families at a critical time; the Growth and Innovation Fund that invests in new equipment and technology as well as the development new programs to inspire social change; or the Legacy Fund dedicated to ensuring long-term sustainability for our JCCs in the future.
Thank you to the Prosserman Family, and all our other donors, for turning #MyJCCStory into #OurJCCStory because truly – everyone deserves.