Our Vision for the Mattole Valley
We envision the Mattole Valley as a healthy, resilient and fully integrated community where everyone is part of a supportive network.
Our Mission at MVRC
The Mattole Valley Resource Center provides a coordination of services that builds, supports, enriches and sustains resilient individuals, strong families, and a healthy community.
Our Purpose at MVRC
The specific purpose of the Mattole Valley Resource Center is to provide a wide range of services and programs to promote, support, enrich and sustain resilient individuals, strong families, and a healthy community. Services may include but not be limited to: connecting community members to resources; providing health, wellness, and educational programs, activities, and support groups; and creating opportunities to enhance and sustain community life.
Our Team at MVRC
Our staff are not just here to serve the Mattole Valley; we are also members of the Mattole community.
Megan has been the Community Support Specialist for the Mattole Valley Resource Center since May, 2020. They coordinate the Food Pantry Program, Art Classes for Kids, and Dental Van Mobile Clinic. Megan also works individually with clients to assist them in signing up for government benefit programs and finding free mental health counseling. Megan acquired their Bachelor’s Degree in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University and is in pursuit of gaining their Master’s in Social Work. Megan has lived in Petrolia since May 2019, and grew up in the Adirondacks in New York. They enjoy reading novels, drinking tea and going on walks with their dog, Clover.
LaNita Littleton has worked for the MVRC since the fall of 2015 as a Community Liaison. Her focus is on the Senior Services, Holiday Programs, special events and is currently the lead teacher of Playgroup. She also works with individual clients at the Resource Center’s office and through the home visiting program. LaNita has pursued many courses in Early Childhood Education and works with preschool age children. She is a mother of two boys who keep her busy. She enjoys the wild beauty of the Mattole Valley where she has worked and lived for the last decade.
As MVRC Assistant Director, Emily’s efforts include increasing the capacity of existing services as well as supporting the development of new programs. She earned her B.A. in Government and Sociology on the east coast, taught preschool in various locations, is a board member of the Mattole Valley Preschool and is busy raising two school aged children.
Julie Simpson, LCSW, PPSC
Julie Simpson, LCSW, PPSC is the Executive Director of the MVRC. She has worked as a Social Worker in various capacities in Humboldt County, including as a School Social Worker, an Adoptions Specialist, and as a Family Resource Center Director for Orick, Arcata, and the MVRC. She has lived in Petrolia off and on since 1990 and has two grown children. The amazing community in Petrolia has instilled in Julie the importance of community support and collaboration, which led her to help found the MVRC.