Arvin latest city in Kern County to receive Born Learning Trail, promoting literacy, being active

What if children could play, jump, skip, run around and have a fun time all while understanding the importance of literacy? United Way of Kern County is on a mission to make that a reality. Smothermon Park in Arvin is the latest spot in Kern County to receive a Born Learning Trail. The trail opened ... Continue reading...

KGET: Local non-profit food pantry celebrating anniversary with donation drive

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Blessing Box, a food pantry open 24/7, is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The Blessing Box, located at the corner of Real Road and Stockdale Highway, was established when founders Kyle and Carol O’Connor saw a need to support homeless and disadvantaged. During the past year, it has become a meeting place for ... Continue reading...

Make a Difference

Here’s your chance to make a difference in the lives of new readers! Help us distribute books to Kern’s low- and moderate-income families, through our Book of the Month Club, New Parent Kits, and Home Libraries. $10 Provides Four New Books – Your donation will cover the cost of four new books for new readers. ... Continue reading...

Taco Tax Tuesday

On Tuesday, April 18th, from 10am until 8pm, the offices of United Way of Kern County (5405 Stockdale Hwy, Suite 200) will be transformed into a tax return oasis for procrastinators who have waited until the last possible moment to file. Additionally, the first 200 tacos will be given away for free, just like the ... Continue reading...

MyFreeTaxes

Tax Preparation Checklist Visit MyFreeTaxes HERE. Use this list to help you get organized to file your taxes — either online or in person. Note: If you’re getting free help filing your taxes in person (at a VITA site, for example), bring photo identification and a Social Security card for each adult in your household. Step 1: Gather your documents ... Continue reading...

Thank you Pizza Hut!

Raising $25,000+ to help Erskine Fire residents is beyond great. Continue reading...

CalEITC4Me Bus Tour Arrives in Bakersfield!

The CalEITC4Me Bus Tour comes to Bakersfield: Noon – 5:00 pm Sunday in the UWKC parking lot, 5405 Stockdale Highway (and New Stine). Appointments: 834-1820. Get there early for FREE TACOS to go along with FREE TAX PREP! Continue reading...

Kern VITA Partnership

‘For thousands throughout Kern County, gaining access to the right resources during tax season is essential to receiving a full tax refund. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is an IRS-supported tax preparation service through which trained volunteers prepare taxes at no cost for qualifying individuals and families. For the past 10 years, the Kern ... Continue reading...

File Your Taxes for Free Online

California United Ways want to help you and your family build assets and be financially stable. Avoid the wait and prepare your own taxes for free. Start HERE. Continue reading...

Forbes magazine lists United Way #1

Great news: United Way continues to top the annual Forbes list of the largest U.S. charities, and, in a new category created this year by Forbes, United Way is one of five “Forbes Picks: All-Star Charities – Top Rankings for Efficient Groups.” Abe Brown, reporter at Forbes, interviewed Brian Gallagher last month for the “Top-Five” ... Continue reading...