Covenant Coffee gets $20,000 charitable grant for job placement, skill building

Chevron awarded the grant

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An Oildale business is getting a financial boost this holiday season from Chevron as a part of $345,000 community grant.

Anthony Fiorentino is learning to develop social skills as he prepares to plan for his future.

“I am a barista. I have hands on with the espresso machine a lot,” he said.

Fiorentino works at Covenant Coffee, training behind the counter and helping customers enjoy this holiday season.

“A lot of people like coffee,” he said.

Through a new $20,000 community grant from Chevron he’s able to work more and sharpen his skills.

“We’ll use the funds from chevron to enlist the community to come and do some training to help kids get vocational skills, educational skills and mentoring that will help get them job placement here in Kern County,” said Randy Martin, CEO of Covenant Community Services.

Covenant coffee provides hope and love to abuse and neglected children every year.  It trains former foster youth in the art of coffee roasting and business.

“It has helped me so much because now I look at life different, I actually have a chance at a future, with that I’ll be started college in January,” said Erikah Torres, who works at Covenant Coffee.

Covenant Coffee is one of forty programs being funded through Chevron.  It gives $345,000 back to the community every year.

READ | Chevron to contribute $345k to 40 local programs: http://bit.ly/19dEm11

“These types of organizations, of course we know with the economic times, they really do look for help and you really see a good program you do want to help and its very important for chevron that we go in our communities and help where we can,” said Robin Fleming, policy government and public affairs representative for Chevron.

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