Shalom CSS Community,
In a normal year, I write our annual appeal to tout our recent successes and let you know how much your gift will make a difference in the lives of Jewish children all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. And, while this year has been an extraordinary time of great successes and impactful gift giving from our community, I thought I’d take a different approach to our annual appeal. Following our summer program’s cancelation — the first time in Schechter’s sixty-eight year history! — our staff called every camp family to check in on our campers. The outpouring of support that our Camp team received throughout that period, both financial and emotional, quite literally, moved us to tears. So, this year, rather than telling you directly how much your gift will impact our community, I’d like to share a letter I received from a camp grandmother.
The letter not only lifted our spirits during a difficult time, but it was a powerful reminder that there has never been a more critical moment to support Camp. The loss of last summer’s income has meant deep cuts to our staffing and programming budgets, and, most notably, it means less money available for financial assistance. Many families in our community are hurting right now, and the need for financial aid is greater than ever. After a year without Camp, we don’t want to have a single camper miss another summer due to affordability. We know that Jewish summers lead to Jewish futures and with your help, we can ensure that every Jewish child can afford to come to camp in 2021! Please invest in our children and make a year-end donation to support CSS. Every gift makes a difference, whether it’s $36, $180, or $360 today; $18 a month; or more.
Donate today by clicking here or on Venmo at @Camp-Schechter.
Camp Solomon Schechter