Kern Community Foundation Awards Grant to Community Action Partnership of Kern
Jan 31, 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 Thursday January 31, 2013, Mr. Pickering and Megan Boynton, Manager of Nonprofit Outreach, visited the Community Action Partnership of Kern’s Food Bank to present a $7,000 grant to support an Agency Relations position. This position will help build rural food bank capacity with emphasis in Shafter, Lost Hills, Lamont and Southeast Bakersfield. Executive Director Jeremy Tobias accepted the grant check from Kern Community Foundation and proceeded to give Mr. Pickering and Ms. Boynton a tour of the food bank. Outreach and Resource Development Manager Mark Corum, Director of Health and Nutrition Services Carmen Segovia and Manager of the Food Bank Ian Anderson were also in attendance for the grant presentation, representing Community Action Partnership of Kern.
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.