What the MVRP Does
Read about what the MVRP does, and has done, since it’s creation in 2013
- Established Moapa Valley Revitalization Project in January of 2013, a 501(c)(3)
- Community clean-up projects – ONGOING
- WELCOME TO OVERTON SIGN: Developed and coordinated a project where community members and organizations would sign up each month to decorate the “Welcome” sign, located as you enter the south-eastern side of Overton. This became a popular attraction with locals and visitors alike.
- Designed a branding concept: “Moapa Valley, Southern Nevada’s Outdoor Playground” to promote the area and increase tourism. This ‘tag line’ is used in our Chamber of Commerce visitor information guide, advertising for the Clark County Fair (fairgrounds are located in the valley) and other marketing materials.
- Created and distributed ‘rack cards’ and circulated in tri-state area to promote tourism. Currently UPDATING rack cards at request of Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority (LVCVA).
MVRP worked with the Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Travel and Nevada Governor’s office where we requested the State freeway signage at freeway exit 93 to include directing tourists tourists through Moapa Valley to the Valley of Fire State Park. This has increased tourism by making southbound traveler’s aware of access to Nevada’s first State Park as well as Lake Mead National Recreation Area through Moapa Valley along a faster and more scenic route.
Organized and produced 3 off-road events over two year period. Food venues and live entertainment was provided.
“Roots to Rising Youth Media Project“, an MVRP sponsored project, is a leadership, arts and media project to help southern Nevada Paiute youth explore their creativity and culture and develop their own voice. Native American youth learn skills in graphics, film, and other media production. The objective is to develop students’ interest in furthering their education and skills in a positive endeavor that could lead to meaningful careers. In 2016 MVRP was invited along with project founder, Debbie Bagley and youth representative Sierra Reel, as presenters to the Nevada Arts Council’s annual ‘Arts at the Heart’ convention. Sierra was also recognized as the 2016 American Indian Youth Ambassador by the Nevada Indian Commission. In 2017 Sierra was asked to perform “Red, White and Blue,” blends the traditional Paiute/Shoshone language with an expression of American patriotism, at a program leading up to the State of the State address by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in Carson City. – ONGOING
Main Street Project where, through grants, volunteer hours and in-kind donations, MVRP installed 10 benches and 6 trash receptacles in downtown Overton. Further improvements are ongoing.
In partnership with the Red Cross, we provided and installed over 850 free 10-Year Smoke Detectors throughout Moapa Valley, available for all residents. This is an ONGOING program.
In conjunction with Just Serve, a non-denominational volunteer organization, we operate ‘Just a Little Help from my Neighbor’ – a program assisting those unable to do particular tasks due to age, physical or financial limitations. ONGOING
MVRP was asked to take on a food bank distribution when the previous organizer moved from the area. Within 3 months we converted to TEFAP (Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program), where we now distribute USDA commodities, nutritious foods where complete meals can be prepared from the items distributed. In 2019 we distributed over 100 tons of USDA/NDA commodities to qualifying families and have increased the client base from just over 200 participants to about 650. ONGOING
In an intermediary role with Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick’s office, we resolve potential county code violations through our affiliation with Just Serve’s volunteer resources, where residents, due to age, physical/financial limitations or extenuating circumstances require help. ONGOING
Our annual Community Resource Fair was established in 2019 to provide valley residents information on available state, county, and local services.
Local community events, such as ‘The Loop at Moapa Valley‘, a bicycle event where residents and visitors tour the valley by bicycle, local community members and businesses operate stops along the way, such as a local farm tour, honey producer, candle makers, open houses, bicycle repair station, and food trucks.
Tourism development projects funded through volunteer hours and grants.
Community Revitalization Projects, cleanups, holiday decorations, 4th of July contests.
MVRP is taking over an abandoned community project to designate Hwy 169 a State scenic by-way coming off Interstate 5 through the valley, along Lake Mead and continuing on to Boulder City and Hoover Dam.
This project is crucial to provide us the space and tools to connect to valley residents and visitors where we will efficiently provide support and offer services that will fully fund our facility costs within 3 years. Our new location will increase our membership, visibility and community support. We can expand services and programs to benefit the community.