Our Oak Park JCC needs our support and help
- Maybe you played basketball here or maybe your mom took you to mother-toddler classes where you met your best friend.
- Maybe you dropped your kids off for summer camp and they learned to swim here.
- Maybe you’ve heard how important the JPM (Jimmy Prentis Morris) building was and still is to the Jewish community of Oak Park, Huntington Woods, Southfield, and nearby cities.
The Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation have decided to end JCC operations of the JPM facility in Oak Park, due to an annual deficit, on August 31, 2015 unless a solution arises to eliminate the ongoing financial deficit.
Although operations of the Jewish Community Center in Oak Park will end in August, our grassroots community group is seeking to keep the building and services open and available to Jewish and other residents of our community. To that end we are launching a fund raising campaign to take place while the effort is being made to find new management for the Center. This fundraising effort will provide membership scholarships for students and young adults.
Here's how it will all work:
Federation will issue a RFP (Request for Proposal) to find a new management team for the JPM building. Our community group, Save the Oak Park Jewish Community Center, is working with Federation to keep a viable Jewish community center at the JPM. We expect to participate in the selection process and we hope to find a new capable management team for JPM’s future operations.
Why would anyone donate to fund scholarships to a facility about to be closed? That is just the point.
The building is not closing. Federation’s RFP intention is to find an appropriate group to keep the facility functioning. Although we do not know whom the JPM’s next operators will be, we seek to maintain its services and facilities intact through any transition. If our scholarships can add to the current membership base, we will be helping deserving young people, giving new operators a reason to retain the full range of activities, and helping the community. Donations for these young people will be a positive influence on the future of the JPM.
Our neighborhoods are alive and well, and young families are buying homes near JPM. Now we hope to encourage them to become members of JPM and to join us in mirroring the vitality of our community. Some of these young families have financial limitations and might truly benefit from the scholarships we have to offer.
Our fundraising drive will provide one-year membership scholarships to students and young adults between the ages of 18 and 29. Given JPM’s track record of an 85% membership retention rate, these scholarships will help grow membership and income to help ensure the future of JPM.
We are a grass-roots organization of people bound by their love of the Oak Park JCC, observant and non-observant Jews, non-Jews, and people of all backgrounds. Please help to preserve this vibrant community by donating to our fundraising drive for scholarships for young people.
Please join us and donate to this worthy cause.
All donations are tax deductible.
*In the unlikely event that the health and athletic facilities at JPM are no longer operational, or Donor is unable to identify individuals who qualify for scholarships, all remaining funds shall be distributed in three equal shares to: 1.) Yad Ezra, a Michigan non-profit corporation in Berkley, Michigan; 2.) Jewish Family Service, a Michigan non-profit corporation in West Bloomfield, Michigan; and 3.) The Jewish Dental Clinic, a Michigan non-profit corporation in Southfield, Michigan.