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Dear Riders, Donors and Sponsors,

Last year, we came together as a community to ride for children's mental health during our annual Cycle of Support. Our usual DAY of riding became several weeks of riding together virtually. The event took on new meaning and purpose as we rode individually and watched as our online community grew. We kept each other safe through social distancing, while also joining together to help children profoundly impacted by COVID-19.

Please join me for another year of riding for Cycle of Support! We’ll start off with our Virtual Ride Kickoff on Wednesday, September 1, and we’ll ride with friends and family as we did this past year. The virtual ride will lead to a In Person Ride Day on Sunday, September 12, when you will be invited to ride with us together, safely and as a community, for children's mental health. We will finish the month of riding with a Virtual Celebration!

The choice is yours: Whether you ride with us virtually, in person, or opt to ride both ways, your support will continue to be crucial to children throughout New York City.  The pandemic's impact on children's mental health continues to be devastating. Increases in domestic violence, childhood depression, and youth suicide make our work more essential than ever before. Your work during the Cycle of Support raises much-needed funding which DIRECTLY supports residential, day treatment, and remote services for those children in greatest need.

Your donations will:
  • Support our One Call Center, a toll-free service where New Yorkers can learn more about Jewish Board services and make appointments with licensed counselors. The Center’s calls have sharply increased since the start of the pandemic, with more than half of our recent calls related to children under age 19.
  • Ensure that over 700 vulnerable children will connect with therapists every month, both in-person and remotely, enabling them to manage anxiety, depression, and other issues exacerbated by the pandemic.
  • Help to provide the vital supplies staff need at children’s residential communities to assist kids with remote learning, keep youth occupied with after school activities, and encourage social distancing at all times.

Children’s mental health impacts all of us. The continued strength of our communities and families must begin with the health and safety of our young people. Thank you for being part of the solution, and I look forward to you joining me as we once again join together to raise awareness about – and directly support – children’s mental health needs.

Stay tuned for more information about 2021 Cycle of Support’s Virtual and In Person Ride, and how we can continue to make a difference in the lives of New York’s most vulnerable children.

Tony Mann
Founder, Cycle of Support
Chair of the Board, The Jewish Board