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Hope and support blossom: A community partnership between the JCC and RPS

(LEFT) Nannette Bailey of Richmond Public Schools with (right) Weinstein JCC COO Allison Snyder and three Richmond Pubic Schools children at first day of camp at the JCC.

In a heartening display of unity and dedication, the Weinstein JCC has forged a powerful partnership with Richmond Public Schools (RPS), creating a beacon of hope and support for local students. This collaboration has proven to be a lifeline for those in need, making a significant impact on their lives.

Allison Snyder, Chief Operating Officer at the Weinstein JCC, played a pivotal role in this community partnership, serving on the Interfaith Advisory Council of RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras during the 2022-23 school year.

Immersed in the council’s work, Snyder witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by communities, teachers, and staff, compelling her to act and empower students.

Over the past year, the Weinstein JCC has extended a helping hand by donating books, sports equipment, and gift cards to support schools and families in need. These resources have been a crucial lifeline during evictions and crises, providing essential assistance when it’s needed most.

The impact of their generosity was recently magnified when six deserving children were chosen to attend the Weinstein JCC’s Camp Hilbert for two weeks, completely free of charge. In addition to covering the camp fees, the JCC also supplied essential supplies and meals, ensuring that these young participants could fully immerse themselves in a transformative experience.

“We are thrilled to support these deserving students through our partnership with Richmond Public Schools,” exclaimed Allison Snyder, COO of the Weinstein JCC. Recognizing the critical importance of access to summer camp programs, Britt Sain, Director of Camp Hilbert, emphasized that “every child deserves transformative experiences.”

The powerful alliance between the Weinstein JCC and Richmond Public Schools serves as a shining example of the value of community engagement and educational support. Together, they strive to empower students, nurture resilience, and sow the seeds of a brighter future.

In a world often plagued by division, this alliance between the Weinstein JCC and Richmond Public Schools stands as a testament to the power of unity and the profound impact that can be achieved when communities join forces. Through their unwavering commitment, hope and support are nurtured, shining a light on the path to a brighter future for the youth of Richmond.