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We are  a small group of people from  distinct backgrounds who came  together with a passionate vision, whose common denominator was a "heart" for Community wellness and Generational advancement. We are committed to  having a feel for the pulse of and an ear to hear the heartbeat of the Southside Oroville community in which we live.


Each of us are members of various Community and Church affiliated organizations. Our sole purpose is to improve the quality of life in Southside Oroville through a balance between Information and Action.



We began to see a need for a community based platform. A local venue where community leaders, guest speakers and the residents of all ethnicity in Southside Oroville could come together and address concerns and issues that impact the community such as: Environment, Education from cradle to career, Employment, Health and Safety, Youth, Housing, Recreation and Parks...  



Our goal is to strengthen and empower our community in order to compete in this 21st Century world of technology, to enhance community productivity, promote cultural interaction and to unlock the potential of the community through a balance between Information and Action.

Our Team

    Doris Ristine


  • Co-Founder and Treasurer, Southside Vanguard

  • Co-Chaiman of the
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Steering Committee

  • Founder of Wynnter Closet Ministry

  • Adopt-A-Park Committee

  • South Oroville African American Historical Society

  • Retired, Butte County of Education

  • Member, Wynn Memorial C.O.G.I.C.

  • AAFCC, Community Advisory Team

  David Goodson 


  • Co-Chairman of Southside Vanguard

  • Assistant Director of TRIO, Butte College

  • Co-Chairman of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Steering Committe

  • Adopt-A-Park Committee

  • Southside Oroville Community Center Advisory Committee  

  • Butte County Mental Health Services Act Advisory Committee

  • African American Family Cultural Center, Community Advisory Committee

  • NAACP Member

  • Pastor, Henry Memorial C.M.E. Church in Redding, CA

Janet Goodson


  • Co-Founder and Secretary, Southside Vanguard 

  • Secretary, Community/Police Meet & Greet Committee

  • Secretary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Steering Committee

  • Secretary, Adopt-A-Park Committee

  • Secretary, Oroville Area Democratic Committee

  • Friends of Southside Committee

  • Youth 4 Change, Behavioral Health Counselor

  • NAACP Member

  • Secretary, Northern California Region C.M.E. Churches

  • Musician, Henry Memorial C.M.E. Church in Redding





 Kevin Thompson


  • Co-Chairman of Southside Vanguard

  • President, Beyond the Walls Ministry

  • Northern District Superintendent of C.O.G.I.C.

  • Commercial & Residential Carpet Cleaning Business

  • On-Site Property Management, Southside Oroville Community Center

  • Friends of Southside Committee

  • Captain, Adopt-A-Park Committee

  • NAACP Member

  • Pastor, No. 1 C.O.G.I.C.


Email Us:


Call Us: Secretary,

 Janet Goodson

(530) 693-8892

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