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JCC Coronavirus Watch
Update 3/27/20

The JCC suspended regular operations of all programs and services and all of our buildings have been closed. In keeping with guidance and directives of our local and state health and elected officials, current plans are for the JCC to remain closed until further notice.

Update as of 3/23/20

Dear JCC Members and Friends,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we all are doing our best to navigate uncharted waters. We at the JCC – your JCC – are working hard to respond quickly so that we can continue to provide the community with life sustaining services and you with virtual content to stay engaged.

  • Nine Blood Drives are scheduled at the JCC: In keeping with our mission to focus on human services and community need, we are making our facilities available for public health need. We are proud to announce that the JCC with Vitalant (formerly Central Blood Bank) is hosting nine drives for desperately needed blood donations in our Squirrel Hill and South Hills facilities in controlled and sanitary environments beginning this Wednesday and Friday. View Information
  •  #JCCPGHVirtual launched to keep you connected: The #JCCPGHVirtual initiative on our digital platforms includes opportunities for classes, meet-ups and activities for all ages.
  • Resources for up-to-date information: During this time when we all are scrambling to stay informed, here are public health resources for up-to-date information:
    Allegheny County Health Department Updates
    Centers for Disease Control
  • For clients of the JAA’s [email protected] clinic at the JCC in Squirrel Hill:  JAA continues to schedule and see clients at its outpatient rehabilitation center on JAA’s campus just off Browns Hill Road at 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA  15217. For more information, to schedule or to reschedule an appointment, call 412-421-7400.

For us to continue supporting your community and providing necessary resources, and to ensure the future of the JCC, we need your help.

The JCC is incurring significant expenses while our buildings are closed. Membership dues have been frozen since March 15, and the JCC will not take April payments until there is a plan to reopen.

Here’s how you can support the JCC:

  • Opt-in to donate your membership fees as a charitable contribution. Please fill out this FORM.
    OR
  • To make a one-time or recurring donation to the JCC, click donate.jccpgh.org/donate

Our need is critical. Please support us so that we can continue supporting you and our community now and for the years to come.

And as always, take care of yourself and your loved ones, and be well. We look forward to seeing you at the JCC soon.

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO

William S. Goodman, Board Chair
Update as of 3/20/20

March 20, 2020
Dear JCC Members and Families,

As we watch the week unfold, we are settling into an uncomfortable and difficult reality as we continue to heed the guidance and directives of our local and state health and elected officials.

Our primary mission is staying focused on public health, human services and community need while working to keep you virtually connected on our website and emerging social media platforms.

While plans are not finalized, we are in contact with Vitalant (formerly known as Central Blood Bank) to host desperately needed blood donations next week in our Squirrel Hill and South Hills in a controlled and sanitary environment.   We will let you know when dates are scheduled as we have heard from so many people who want to be helpful at this time.

We have also reached out to both the UPMC and Allegheny Health Networks to make our facilities available should a more severe public health need arise to necessitate alternative sites for medical services.   We were created 125 years ago to respond to the health needs of the immigrant community at the turn of the century and will continue to stretch ourselves to provide to support our community at this great time of public need.

Good news!  We received permission to adapt our senior meal program as follows: 

AgeWell at the JCC is pleased to offer Lunch Meals to Go for participants who are already registered in our Senior Center program.

  • Meals will be freshly prepared and kosher.
  • Meal pickups will be drive-through only, between 11 am and 2 pm Mondays and Wednesdays at the Darlington entrance of the JCC Kaufmann Building, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill, beginning Monday, March 23.
  • On Mondays, we will be providing one hot and one cold meal – covering two days. On Wednesdays, we will be providing one hot and two cold meals – covering three days.
  • Those who are picking up are not to get out of their vehicles
  • Participants may pick up for a registered spouse but not for friends. If a senior is unable to pick up meals, please contact Home Delivered Meals at 412-350-5460 or Senior Line 412-350-5460 or 1-800-344-4319
  • Participants must call into our lunch line at 412-567-1715 by 8 pm the night before the Monday or Wednesday pickup to reserve each week. Please leave your name (and spouse if picking up for them), and if you will be picking up Monday and/or Wednesday.
  • If you have questions, please leave a message on the on the lunch reservation line, 412-567-1715, and we will call you back.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate walk-ins or register new clients at this time. However, registration for the Senior Center can be made through the Senior Line at 412-350-5460 or 1-800-344-4319 (Toll-free)

We know this is an unusual and uneasy time for everyone, which is why we want to stay connected to you and provide as many services as possible. We are fortunate that through our digital platforms, we can offer you many ways to connect.

Some highlights of #JCCPGHVirtual on our website: https://jccpgh.org/jccpghvirtual-beyond-our-walls/ 

  • Group Ex classes, both live streamed and on video
  • Demos from our personal trainers
  • Information from our health and wellness experts
  • Meet-ups for teens
  • Live events and activities designed to connect and engage all ages, including our early childhood, afterschool and camp communities

We also acknowledge that some of our members have contacted us with questions about membership and program fees.   We have adopted a strategy that many other businesses and sister JCCs have put into place at this time:

  • We are freezing all memberships as of March 15, so there is no need to contact us until we resume services
  • We are not taking April payments until we have a plan to reopen, though we will be offering an opt-in opportunity for you to donate your membership fees as a charitable contribution as we continue to incur significant expenses for personnel and facilities while we are closed
  • We will provide automatic JCC credit for fees already paid for programs and classes while our buildings remain closed

We have set up a dedicated email inbox for your inquiries at [email protected].  Please continue to bear with us as we transition our workforce to work remotely and support our membership and business operations. Continue to follow our website at https://jccpgh.org for additional information and updates.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones and be well.    We look forward to seeing you at the JCC soon.

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO

William S. Goodman, Board Chair

Update as of 3/17/20

Dear JCC Members,

We continue to follow the COVID-19 situation closely and monitor guidance and directives from state and local government officials as well as the Allegheny County Health Department.

Allegheny County officials are calling on all nonessential businesses in the county to close for at least 14 days beginning Monday, March 16, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

With this information in hand, the JCC is continuing its SUSPENSION of regular operations of all programs and services and all of our buildings have been closed for a minimum of 14 days until at least March 30.

We want to stay connected to all of you while our facilities are closed and are working towards continuing activities virtually.  We will be sending this information to our community via our social channels and emails.

Additionally, we are finalizing plans with the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging to resume our critical meal program in a TO GO format as well as other AgeWell at the JCC resources later this week.

We have set up a dedicated email inbox for your inquiries at [email protected]. Please continue to bear with us as we prepare our workforce to support our membership and business operations remotely.

Please continue to follow our website for additional information and updates.

As this quick moving situation continues to unfold, the JCC will continue to work closely with our local health authorities and government leaders to support our community through this public health crisis as we have proudly done for 125 years.

We are hopeful that you will continue to support the JCC as we work through this and we will do what we can to meet the needs of everyone to serve the entire community for years to come.

Take care of yourself and be well. We look forward to seeing you at the JCC soon.

We thank you for your support and patience at this unprecedented time.

Brian Schreiber, President & CEO

William S. Goodman, Board Chair

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