Mohawk Community Resource Center Coordinator Holly Johnson outside the front door of the facility next to the corner barn in Blairsden. Photo by John Lullo

Mohawk resource center trying to make a comeback

By John Lullo

Special to Plumas News

The Mohawk Community Resource Center (MCRC) in Blairsden is trying to make a comeback after taking some pandemic body blows. This is the facility next to the corner barn, at the intersection of Highways 89 and 70.

Back in 2004, then supervisor Don Clark, convinced Plumas County that the area needed a resource center and that they should financially support it as they had for the other four districts.  In the summer of 2020 that support was cut back to only rent and utilities.  All other expenses like, salaries, internet, insurances and supplies, must come from other sources.  The MCRC board of directors is currently negotiating with the Graeagle Community Service District (GCSD) for additional financial support.  The GCSD and the MCRC are close to finalizing their agreement.

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The mission statement of the Center reads as follows:

The Mohawk Community Resource Center serves to enrich the lives of residents and visitors of the surrounding communities in a friendly atmosphere.

 Before the pandemic the MCRC helped to support itself with fundraisers such as teas, spaghetti feeds, fashion shows, open houses, auctions, special speakers, rentals, art classes, craft fairs and Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The pandemic changed all that and since March of 2020 activities have had to be curtailed. The doors could only be kept open three, partial days, a week.  That meant that access to the meeting room, kitchen, lending library, computer and printing and faxing, was also limited.

Senior lunches were well attended each Wednesday until the pandemic hit and then a warm meal was only available for takeout. The charge was, and still is, only $2.50.  What was missed was the personal interactions of the many seniors taking part. Lunches are now available for both takeout or in house seating.

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The Mohawk Community Art Faire was held each year on the two days after Thanksgiving.  It was canceled in 2020 but will return this year at the Graeagle Fire Hall. Flyers are going up all over the County.  The MCRC is counting on great community support for the return of this traditional holiday event.

The MCRC wants to fully restore these kinds of services to the community but lacks the resources to do it.  Volunteers are needed to keep the facility open five days a week and help with upcoming planned activities like the Art Faire in November and in creating holiday baskets for bidding.

Community members who can provide this kind of volunteer help are welcomed.  Call Holly Johnson, Coordinator, at 530-293-7172 for more information and to help the MCRC fulfill its mission statement.  This is a critical time for non-profits all over Plumas County.