United Way of Kern County fights for long-lasting and measurable impacts in the areas of education, health and financial stability.
United Way of Kern County leads a movement to improve community conditions in education, health, and financial stability.
· We deliver programs and services to enhance the lives of Kern County residents.
· We bring donors, volunteers, advocates, and other stakeholders together to build powerful and sustainable coalitions and partnerships.
United Way of Kern County fights for long lasting and measurable impacts in the areas of education, health, and financial stability.
United Way of Kern County is situated in a heavy agricultural and oil industry region of California, and has long sought to hold a position of genuine authority in the community – where we are a trusted leader, where we are seen as having the community’s best interests in mind, and where we have the credibility to mobilize partners to collectively address issues.
UWKC was created in 1963 and began as an organization that raises and distributes funding. Our credibility allowed donors a sense of assurance that their money would be put to good use in the Kern County community. The focus has been on determining ways to step into the leadership vacuum and demonstrate that people and groups can come together, make a difference, and then elevate and shed light on the issues that need real attention.
The UWKC board is now focused on the impact the organization is achieving and not simply on raising more money. Staff roles have been transformed. Engaging the community directly, through programs and services, and using that knowledge to guide decision making, partnership development, and other competencies needed to effectively mobilize resources have become core to the mission of UWKC.