Mohawk Community Resource Center searches for sponsors

The Mohawk Community Resource Center is currently running its annual Sponsorship Drive. This is the biggest fundraiser for MCRC each year, raising $5,000 to $8,000 annually toward the center’s operating costs.

From its start in 2005, the Sponsorship Drive has been a key component allowing MCRC to offer a wide variety of activities to the community.

MCRC’s longest serving Advisory Board Member, Judy Porep-Lullo, notes that the Sponsorship Drive is part of a greater, community volunteer-driven fundraising effort to sustain the center’s operations.

“Fundraising events for Cinco de Mayo, the Spaghetti Dinner, and Holiday Art Faire are some of the events through which we earn money to keep our doors open,” Porep-Lullo said.

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Still, the Sponsorship Drive has the biggest impact each year on MCRC’s ability to keep the community space open.

MCRC is the location for weekly Senior Nutrition lunches and provides exercise classes (senior exercise, Pilates), computer classes, access to computers/internet, facility rental for meetings and events, a social gathering space, a lending library, and many annual events to bring the community together.

Much of the activity at MCRC relies on community involvement, particularly volunteers.

Porep-Lullo encourages Mohawk Valley residents to not only give financially during the Sponsorship Drive, but to consider how they might support the center with their time.

“Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends, as this is a warm and friendly place to work and enjoy,” she noted. “Only a couple of hours a week or per month helps, and the schedules are variable. We are always open to community members’ ideas to add to our many activities.”

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MCRC operates in the only space in supervisorial District 5 that is supported by Plumas County. Of the approximately 47 county-owned structures, none are in District 5.

Because this part of the county does not have any of the types of county buildings that are in the other four county districts — such as recreation centers, parks, offices, veteran’s halls, to name a few — the county has supported the rent and utility costs for a space in the Mohawk Valley, and Plumas Rural Services has supported the balance of the operating costs in the space to keep it staffed and offer the many community activities listed above.

The space is also available for any official county business that needs to take place in District 5, such as county meetings or community assessments.

In the past several months, the county has indicated an intention to cease supporting the rent/utility costs at this location.

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At this time, these costs will be covered through June 2020. The MCRC Advisory Board and Mohawk Valley residents will be urging the county board of supervisors to continue supporting these costs in future years in a bid to ensure District 5 receives at least a portion of the county facilities support that other districts receive.

The Sponsorship Drive at MCRC will continue to raise operating funds to support the center through the remainder of its fiscal year and beyond; in the event the county does not continue to fund the rent and utilities for the space, donors will be refunded the appropriate, prorated portion of their donation.

The MCRC is a service of Plumas Rural Services. For more information on MCRC, PRS and the resources and services they offer, visit www.plumasruralservices.org or call MCRC at 836-0446.