Kern Community Foundation Awards Grant to the Independent Living Center of Kern
Jan 22, 2013

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 Tuesday December 22, 2012, Mr. Pickering and Megan Boynton, Manager of Nonprofit Outreach, visited the office of Independent Living Center of Kern County to present a $7,000 grant to support their Transitions Program. Joining Executive Director Jimmie Soto to accept the award were Board members Gil Carillo, Toodie Perry and Stacy Sanders. The grant will provide continued support for travel and outreach expenses in assisting and educating individuals with disabilities to safely relocate out of institutions, to live independently in rural communities throughout Kern County.

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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