United Way of Kern County- Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Program

United Way of Kern County (UWKC) has partnered with No Kid Hungry, State Farm, Community Action Partnership of Kern and Capital Dental to bring another installment of “Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies” to the students and families at Zephyr Elementary. Continue reading...
United Way leaves city's southwest for new downtown home in Historic Bakersfield Californian Building

United Way leaves city’s southwest for new downtown home in Historic Bakersfield Californian Building

After 22 years, United Way of Kern County has found a new home at the Historic Bakersfield Californian building. Visit the new building at 1707 Eye Street, Bakersfield CA 93301. Continue reading...

Laptops donated to Stay Focused

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — For this Kern’s Kindness, we’re learning about a recent donation the United Way of Kern County made to support local students. Last Thursday, they partnered with the tech company Schlumberger to donate fifteen laptops to Stay Focused Ministries. The goal was to help students, from elementary to high school, focus on their ... Continue reading...

Helping residents in Taft prepare their taxes

TAFT, Calif. (KERO) — The deadline to file your taxes is sneaking up. People have until April 18th. But as we know this process can get complicated. That’s why the United Way of Kern hosted an outreach event in Taft for local residents to get help with taxes at the La Preciosa Market. “We want to give ... Continue reading...

Providing books to children across Kern County

Reading is more than a pastime, stories can shape, and even change, the lives of people who read them, especially children. In honor of Read Across America Day, an initiative is making sure Kern County kids have books at home and ones that make them feel seen. United Way of Kern County read books, sang ... Continue reading...

United Way Community Air Festival and Born Learning Trail

By: Mike Hart, 23ABC LAMONT, Calif. (KERO) — A Kern County town is getting a new addition to their community this weekend. Alongside a free clean air festival, the city of Lamont is welcoming residents for the grand opening of the Born Learning Trail. Gabriel Adame from United Way of Kern tells 23ABC about the benefits ... Continue reading...

United Way helps low-income students during the holiday season

By: Breanna Polk, 23ABC , Muska Olumi, 23ABC BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Christmas break is approaching, and many low-income students and families are in need of resources. United Way of Kern County has partnered with various community organizations for their fourth installment of healthy minds healthy bodies. The event aims to lend a hand to students who ... Continue reading...

United Way lends a hand to last-minute tax filers

LOCAL NEWS by: Moses Small Posted: May 17, 2021 / 06:02 PM PDT / Updated: May 17, 2021 / 06:02 PM PDT BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — While today is the deadline to file your taxes, you don’t have to scramble to finish the paperwork on your own. There are resources available to help you hit the deadline, but you have ... Continue reading...

United Way of Kern County offering free tax preparation assistance to low-income families

United Way of Kern County offering free tax preparation assistance to low-income families Posted: May 12, 2021 / 10:38 AM PDT / Updated: May 12, 2021 / 06:16 PM PDT BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — In advance of Monday’s tax filing deadline, United Way of Kern County is offering free tax preparation assistance for low-income families. RELATED CONTENT United Way ... Continue reading...

Mari Perez-Dowling named Woman of the Year for Assembly District 32

She is the first Latina to serve in her role. Mari Perez-Dowling is officially the Woman of the Year for Assembly District 32. Bakersfield Assembly member Rudy Salas recognized Perez-Dowling who is the president and CEO of the United Way of Kern County. By: Ashley Valenzuela, 23ABC Posted at 7:42 PM, Mar 15, 2021 and last updated 7:42 ... Continue reading...
Circle of Friends Celebration put on by the United Way of Kern County

Circle of Friends Celebration put on by the United Way of Kern County

Sydney Cullen, marketing and campaign assistant with United Way of Kern County talked with 23ABC about the program. Photo by: United Way of Kern County/Facebook By: Anthony Wright, 23ABC Posted at 12:33 PM, Feb 19, 2021   and last updated 12:33 PM, Feb 19, 2021 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The United Way of Kern County‘s Circle of Friends is ... Continue reading...
No game, no problem, Condors to hold Teddy Bear Toss drive-thru style

No game, no problem, Condors to hold Teddy Bear Toss drive-thru style

by Eyewitness News staff Wednesday, November 11th 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif., (KBAK/KBFX) — Despite the uncertainty of having a 2020-2021 season due to the coronavirus, the Bakersfield Condors are still looking to keep old traditions alive. The team is still planning on holding their 22nd annual Teddy Bear Toss this season with a few tweaks to it this ... Continue reading...
Bakersfield Condors holding drive-thru Teddy Bear Toss this year

Bakersfield Condors holding drive-thru Teddy Bear Toss this year

By: Veronica Morley Posted at 11:25 AM, Nov 12, 2020 and last updated 11:25 AM, Nov 12, 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Annual Condors Teddy Bear Toss will still be taking place this year, only now, you’ll throw your bear from your car! The Bakersfield Condors announced Thursday that the tradition of Teddy Bear Toss will continue on ... Continue reading...
Weedpatch receives hot Thanksgiving dinners: 'The need is great, and the impact is great'

Weedpatch receives hot Thanksgiving dinners: ‘The need is great, and the impact is great’

By EMMA GALLEGOS egallegos@bakersfield.com The biggest Thanksgiving dinner event in south Kern was a drive-thru event at Sunset Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. Everyone in attendance was given a traditional turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, a dinner roll and dessert. People from Arvin, Lamont and Weedpatch were lining up in their cars by ... Continue reading...
United Way, Vineland School District bring socially distant Thanksgiving to South Kern

United Way, Vineland School District bring socially distant Thanksgiving to South Kern

By: Ashley Valenzuela Posted at 9:01 PM, Nov 18, 2020 and last updated 9:01 PM, Nov 18, 2020 KERN COUNTY, Calif. — On Nov. 24, United Way of Kern County will be partnering with Vineland School District to serve 2,000 hot meals to the Lamont, Weedpatch, and Arvin communities for Thanksgiving, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and will be ... Continue reading...
United Way, Vineland School District to serve thousands of Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 24

United Way, Vineland School District to serve thousands of Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 24

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The United Way of Kern County and the Vineland School District are bringing a socially distant Thanksgiving to southern Kern County. The groups will serve 2,000 hot Thanksgiving meals to residents in Lamont, Weedpatch and Arvin. The meals will be served on Nov. 24 starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Sunset ... Continue reading...
Thanksgiving meals will be distributed 'drive-thru style' for South Kern families Tuesday

Thanksgiving meals will be distributed ‘drive-thru style’ for South Kern families Tuesday

The Bakersfield Californian | Nov 18, 2020 The United Way of Kern County will distribute hot Thanksgiving meals in families in the Sunset Middle School parking lot on Tuesday. There will be 2,000 hot meals served to families drive-thru style. Each meal includes Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, dinner roll and dessert. Meal distribution ... Continue reading...
United Way hosts Halloween literacy drive-thru event

United Way hosts Halloween literacy drive-thru event

by Eyewitness News Staff Saturday, October 31st 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — On Saturday morning, United Way hosted a Halloween-themed Family Fall Festival to promote early child literacy in Kern County. “We wanted to do something for the community to go to and be safe, ” said Sydney Cullen, United Way of Kern County marketing assistant. United ... Continue reading...

United Way of Kern County hosts first Family Fall Fest

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The United Way of Kern County was able to celebrate Halloween with local children at its first Family Fall Fest. The group handed out a thousand bags filled with books to local kids. The bags also included crayons, activity books, hacky sacks, and of course, some candy. Children came dressed in ... Continue reading...

United Way of Kern County and The Blessing Corner team up for school supply drive happening Wednesday

by: Marisel Maldonado Posted: Jul 20, 2020 / 02:38 PM PDT / Updated: Jul 20, 2020 / 02:39 PM PDT BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — United Way of Kern County and The Blessing Corner have teamed up to provide 3,000 backpacks with school supplies for children in need. The local non-profit is asking for your help to make sure they have ... Continue reading...

23ABC, United Way of Kern County team up for back to school drive

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — While some school districts are still deciding how they will proceed with social distanced learning, students are still in need of supplies. 23ABC is sponsoring the United Way of Kern County’s back to school drive, a way for students to get the supplies they need to be successful in school 23ABC’s Bayne Froney ... Continue reading...

Feeding essential workers and families

With a goal of distributing 60,000 meals in 30 days, United Way of Kern County in collaboration with the Bakersfield Marriott distributed meals Wednesday evening. The ready-to-eat meals went to essential workers, individuals and families during a drive-through in the back parking lot of the hotel on Truxtun Avenue. The effort, which began May 19, ... Continue reading...

United Way of Kern County distributing 60,000 meals throughout the month of June

by Tyrah Majors, Eyewitness News | Wednesday, May 20th 2020 Watch the story here. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The United Way of Kern County is kicking off a food distribution this week to help the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be distributing 60,000 meals in 30 days to people affected by COVID-19 including essential workers. ... Continue reading...

United Way of Kern County to start month-long meal distribution project

By: Ashley Valenzuela Posted at 3:27 PM, May 14, 2020   and last updated 3:27 PM, May 14, 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — United Way of Kern County recently announced it will start a month-long project with the goal to distribute 60,000 meals within 30 days to COVID-19 victims and front-line health care workers. Meal distribution will start May ... Continue reading...

United Way of Kern County gets $1.3M to help people impacted by COVID-19

United Way of Kern County gets $1.3M to help people impacted by COVID-19   Continue reading...

Volunteers needed for upcoming tax season

United Way of Kern County is seeking volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Continue reading...
United Way of Kern County's 29th Annual Professional Development Conference for Nonprofits - Photos

United Way of Kern County’s 29th Annual Professional Development Conference for Nonprofits – Photos

Thank you everyone who helped with the success of this year’s Conference for Nonprofits. View Photos Here.   Continue reading...

A Chocolate Affair- After event Photos

A Chocolate Event was another great hit this year which took place on March 2, 2019.  View post event photos Here Continue reading...

New Interim President and CEO

United Way of Kern County Announces New Interim President and CEO  BAKERSFIELD, CA (April 24, 2018) –United Way of Kern County’s board of directors has appointed Mari Pérez-Dowling as the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Pérez-Dowling is currently the Director of Marketing and Development for United Way. Effective April 24, she will ... Continue reading...