Community comes together to help MGC sparkle

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Approximately 60 volunteers turned out last weekend for a work day at the MGC (Multigenerational Center) in Fortuna. "The building had been vacant for over a year and needed some attention to detail," MCG start-up coordinator Sabrina DeLashmutt said.

The volunteers cleaned the inside of the building from floor to ceiling to prepare the walls for a new paint job, and the outside crew trimmed trees, weeded flower beds, cleared brush, and pulled overgrown vines and bushes.

"This was the first time I have witnessed this particular community in action and honestly, I could not believe how many people showed up and how hard they worked," DeLashmutt said. "If you had seen the building at the beginning of the day, and then at the end of the day, you would not have been able to imagine how they got so much done," she added.

Lunch for the volunteers was donated by Plumb Construction, and Clendenen Cider Works provided apples, cider, and hot coffee. Eel River Resource Recovery donated the green waste bin that was conveniently placed on site. Other businesses and individuals made monetary donations that helped purchase cleaning products and local organizations including Rotary, Kiwanis, the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, and Fortuna Senior Services came out to pitch in.

The MGC will hold another work day on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. "We did so much work last Saturday," DeLashmutt said," but there is still more to do." There is more cleaning needed inside the building, and more yard work outside as well. "I would love to have another crew come in and help with this next round of preparation to open the center," said Chris Cooper, president of the MGC Board of Directors.

In other MGC news, the search is on for an executive director for the center. "We are looking for a qualified and dynamic executive director committed to supervising, directing and promoting the multigenerational concept to residents of the Eel River Valley," DeLashmutt said. Applications are being accepted until Oct. 15 and for more information, send an email to "It will be exciting to hire that person who is going to open up this center and bring this gem into Fortuna,"DeLashmutt said.

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Fortuna resident Jim Seiler was one of the volunteers helping get the MGC in Fortuna spruced up and ready to open