Kern Community Foundation Awards Grant to CSUB Foundation
Feb 1, 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 Friday February 1, 2013, Mr. Pickering and Megan Boynton, Manager of Nonprofit Outreach, visited California State University Bakersfield to present a $3,955 grant to support the Creating Healthy Smiles for Kern Kids (CHSKK) program. The grant will support the volunteer student/alumni program which educates K-2 students, including special needs students, about oral hygiene. Emphasis is anticipated on five schools located in Delano, McFarland, Arvin, Taft, Shafter, Wasco, Maricopa and Buttonwillow. Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Wallace, pre-dental students and CHSKK presenters Sheela Lewis and Julissa Guerra, and Founder and President of CHSKK Sasan Jahanian accepted the check from Kern Community Foundation. CSUB Professor Chandrasekhar Commuri, who is also a Director at Kern Community Foundation, was in attendance as well.

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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