BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Kern Health Systems Community Grant Program that gives grants to assist local nonprofit organizations that focus on the wellbeing of Kern County's citizens.
Examples of some grants include the purchase of refrigerators by the Bakersfield Homeless Center, which helps their clients get housed and have the capability to store food and a grant to The Blessing Corner that allowed them to feed 4,000 hot meals.
In addition, the California Farmworker Foundation is able to bring health screenings and education to under-served local farm workers.
Along with art classes given to children in Shafter and Bakersfield provided by the Community Action Partnership of Kern at their Friendship House and Shafter Youth Center locations, to name just a few.
A comment by Louis Gill, CEO of the Bakersfield Homeless Center and the Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault, expresses the impact this program is making, “Thank you Kern Family Health Care for your generous contribution! Your contribution, and the refrigerators that we will purchase with it, will enable our Housing Department staff to place additional families in housing. We really appreciate your continued support.”
Doug Hayward, CEO of Kern Health Systems, goes on to say, “This 5-year milestone represents a proud moment for Kern Family Health Care in that we are able to help fund multiple, diverse programs that support organizations that serve the most vulnerable members in our community.”