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Kern Community Foundation's COVID-19 Relief Fund Gets $100,000 From Kern Health Systems


by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three
 Kern Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund gets an additional $100,000 from Kern Health Systems, which enabled the Foundation to award grants to nine nonprofits responding to basic needs. This Fund launched in late March to help meet the extraordinary needs of local nonprofits dealing with ongoing health and financial crises caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

“Over the past 8 weeks, Kern Community Foundation has received 140 applications requesting $1.8 million from local nonprofits that are experiencing negative financial impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the demand for many of their services increasing significantly,” says Foundation President and CEO Kristen Beall Watson. “We are always proud of how our community comes together to meet the essential needs of neighbors during challenging times like these, and we applaud Kern Health Systems for their generous gift to recharge our fund so that our grant-making work can continue. 

Grant recipients in the latest funding round include: Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, Bakersfield-Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative, Bakersfield Senior Center, Bakersfield Homeless Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County, California Farmworker Foundation, Community Action Partnership of Kern Food Bank, The Mission at Kern County, and Wounded Heroes Fund. 

Further support from the community is welcome. To contribute a secure, tax-deductible donation to the Fund, please visit www.kernfoundation.org or call 661-325-5436.

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