The Topanga Community Center (TCC) is seeking donations to compensate for a shortfall of $65,000 this year due to COVID-19 closures and needing to cancel Topanga Days.
The TCC with its surrounding 11 acres has served Topanga for generations. Pre-pandemic, we had regular events like the ever-popular Food Truck Fridays, Square Dances, Disco Nights, and Bingo. Monthly Canyon Sageâ€™s dinners and classes in our senior classroom, as well as Topanga Youth Services classes and musicals were constant activities, along with Tae Kwon Do, Cub Scout meetings and activities, dance classes for kids, soccer on the ballfield, and the fabulous playground.
The TCC is longing to bring back all of those things, as well as our beloved Swap Meet and Chili Cook-off and Fiddle & Griddle. The pandemic, however, has brought unforeseen closures and cancellations of nearly everything, includingÂ Topanga Days,Â the annual fundraiser that we depend on to help run the property for the year to come.Â
The TCC also served as a Red Cross blood drive center and since August, has hosted monthly drive-in movie nights for members.Â Â As well, the TCC was a polling location in the election, and this summer, with the help of a County Grant, gave out mobile meals from local restaurants to those severely impacted by Covid-19. Visit topangacommunitycenter.orgÂ to see what we are up to.
Until we can go back to serving Topanga with all of these great programs, weâ€™ve been reaching out with morale-boosting distanced events since April. Do you remember the mobile Easter Bunny coming to your neighborhood, and the Mariachi band? That was your Community Center!
While the TCC, a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization, has been managing its books carefully, we are now dipping into our rainy day funds for the basic costs of maintaining the TCC, which means we need your support until we see sunny skies again.Â Even if you have never stepped foot on TCC property yet, we are asking that everyone in the 90290 zip code take ownership and chip in to support our community center, as we do not receive any regular government funding or property tax dollars to run it.
We have a shortfall of nearly $65,000 for 2020 and a goal of raising as much as possible before December 31. Please donate what you can to help us get there, as together, we can move mountains! (topangacommunitycenter.org/donate)