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What a year it has been for the Eel River Valley Multi-Generational Center (MGC). “Since we opened our doors last April, we have seen people of all ages and stages participate in our community activities,” said Trina Pockett, MGC executive director. “It has been life changing for many,” she added, “myself included.”

A variety of activities and events are held at the MGC. Some are free, and some have a fee associated with them. Activities include youth art, Pilates, book club, ukulele, writing, cooking classes, gardening, and family activities such as movie night and bingo.

”The MGC seeks to engage all ages from all walks of life,” Pockett said. Success is measured by the connections that are made when the community comes together.

”We are seeing many who attend the activities, forming friendships that grow and flourish outside the MGC,” she said.

Pockett shared some feedback the MGC has received during its first year of operation.

”Words cannot express the depth to which I appreciate all that the MGC has done for me and my family. What a difference this one hour a week makes in my life,” Jenn W. said, referring to one of the activities at the MGC.

One of the more popular programs offered is Project Kindness, which meets once a month and creates projects which give back to the community.


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Sarah Reback developed the program and at the gatherings, the group had created blankets for the Ronald McDonald House, valentines for residents at St. Luke Manor, planted seeds in the community garden, and made Easter treats.

”I've seen the MGC have a powerful and positive influence in people's lives,” Pockett said, “and that is only possible through community participation and support.”

Pockett said it's been an exciting first year and the plan is to continue offering classes, workshops, and events for the community. The community is invited to be part of the MGC through participation in the activities offered, as well as contributing financial support through the Help Us Grow (HUG) campaign.

”100 percent of the money contributed to the MGC stays local,” said Pockett. She also noted the success of the MGC's Color Run Humboldt fundraiser in November. The second annual Color Run Humboldt fundraiser will take place this year on Sept. 13.

Photos by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

1. Art classes for all ages are just one of many activities available at the MGC. The instructor pictured here is Heather Rust.

2. MGC Executive Director Trina Pockett has been at the helm since the Center opened in April of last year.