Kern Community Foundation Awards Grant to Friends of Mercy Foundation
Dec 6, 2012

Kern Community Foundation is awarding more than $70,000 to local nonprofit organizations that serve Kern County by providing direct health services to low income and underserved residents of rural Kern County. 

Grants are being awarded from KernHealth Now!, the Foundation’s grantmaking initiative focused on building and improving the capacity of Kern’s nonprofit sector with grants to improve the operations and sustainability of local nonprofit health organizations and/or programs in Kern County.

“This was a competitive grantmaking initiative process that began in August,” said Jeff Pickering, Kern Community Foundation President and CEO.  “We are thrilled to be able to award grants to these outstanding programs to help ensure needed services are provided throughout Kern County.”

On Thursday December 6, 2012, Mr. Pickering and Megan Boynton, Manager of Nonprofit Outreach, visited the downtown Bakersfield Florence R. Wheeler Cancer Center to present a $15,000 grant to the Friends of Mercy Foundation. This grant will support Empowerment Seminars held to address chronic disease and diabetes self-management in Shafter, Delano, Arvin, Lamont and Greenfield. Stephanie Weber, Executive Director and Vice President of Fund Development; Debbie Hull, Director of Special Needs; and Jan Hefner, Director of Community Wellness, were present to accept the grant from Kern Community Foundation.

Funding for the KernHealth Now! initiative is made possible, in part, by support from The California Wellness Foundation.

Kern Community Foundation is a vibrant nonprofit enterprise created by and for the people of Kern County. Its mission is powerfully simple – the Foundation is growing community and growing philanthropy. Kern Community Foundation is known as a home for Kern community philanthropists, a results-oriented grant maker and a trusted community leader. Since its establishment in 1999, the Foundation has grown to hold more than 100 charitable funds with assets of more than $15 million, and has awarded more than $8 million to improve Kern County’s quality of life.

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