Community Center Revamps Programs to Safely Offer Services

By Haley Sawyer
The Outlook

Photo courtesy Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge
Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge Executive Director Ethan Stern has helped implement coronavirus safety measures to continue providing services.

Service-oriented nonprofit organizations are known for their high-energy schedules, but leading one like the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge during a global pandemic has proved to be an adventure of its own for recently named Executive Director Ethan Stern.
Soon after beginning his duties in March, Stern was required — under a statewide directive from Gov. Gavin Newsom — to close the Community Center’s doors due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
He sent an email to nearly 6,000 people who had been enrolled at the center, explaining the closure and offering refunds of payments for classes.
“We were issuing so many refunds,” Stern said. “When you’re a director and you’re watching that revenue go back out there, it’s scary. It’s disheartening. You know that your programs give so much to the community and people value them.”
The center also offered the option of donating program tuition instead of receiving a refund. Happily, he said, the CCLCF ended up receiving the same amount of money in donations as it refunded.

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