CAPK Program and Service Updates COVID-19

 Community Action Partnership of Kern is committed to “Helping people…Changing Lives.” In today’s extraordinary environment CAPK will continue to do everything in its power to keep those we serve safe while doing all we can to improve the lives of families in Kern, San Joaquin and San Bernardino Counties. Please review this updated information about CAPK services. Call 2-1-1 to connect immediately with assistance from CAPK and from 1,500 other social service agencies and organizations. To receive up-to-date informational links regarding the Coronavirus, please text KERN COVID to 898-211.

Head Start/Early Head Start/State Child Care facilities:

Community Action Partnership of Kern Head Start and Early Head Start Program sites are open on a summer schedule at this time.

A strict portfolio of safety features are in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission while children are learning with Head Start. Those include staggered arrival and pick up, daily non-contact health screenings for staff, parents and children, limited classroom size, physical distancing procedures, regular hand-washing and use of personal protective equipment.

CAPK Head Start operates 32 Head Start Centers in Kern County and 7 Head Start Centers in San Joaquin counties.

CalWorks Home Visitation:  The CalWorks Home Visitation Program continues to operate at this time.

Friendship House Community Center The Friendship House’s annual summer youth program is in full swing with a reduced size of 15 children.

Daily health screenings are required and facial coverings are worn by staff and participants at all times.

Free breakfast and lunch are provided to program participants, courtesy of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Summer Food Service Program. Daily activities include, STEM, academic enrichment, arts & crafts, mentoring services, and recreational activities, all conducted while practicing social distancing.

Shafter Youth Center:  Shafter Youth Center’s summer program is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. There is a maximum of 18 students in the program, children are separated into groups of 10 or fewer in one room and six-foot social distancing is being maintained to ensure the safety of the families we serve. Additional youths wanting to join the program must be added to the waiting list. The Center will serve Shafter families of essential workers as a priority.

CAPK Food Bank: The Community Action Partnership of Kern Food Bank remains open and is working hard to make sure food is available to families in need during this unprecedented time. Demand is high for Food Bank resources so financial donations are needed. Visit capk.org and click on the Donate Here button to help.

Food will continue to be delivered to our partner food pantries and distribution sites in every corner of  Kern County. Call 2-1-1 to find when and where you can pick up food.

Volunteers are critical to the Food Bank’s ability to deliver more than 1.7 million of pounds of food to the public each month. If you can help in this extraordinary time of need please call 398-4520 and ask for Wendy Andrade or Albert Garza. You can also e-mail them at agarza@capk.org or wandrade@capk.org.

Migrant Childcare:  Our Migrant Childcare Alternative Payment program remains operational. Clients who use this program to find childcare across California are encouraged to call if they have any questions or concerns regarding the program.

East Kern Family Resource Center (Mojave): The East Kern Family Resource Center continues to operate.

CalFresh Healthy Living:  Nutrition and Health education activities and classes serving CalFresh participants have been cancelled.  Staff will be helping the CAPK Food Bank to get nutritious food to families across Kern County.

AmeriCorps:  CAPK’s new AmeriCorps members will be helping the CAPK Food Bank get nutritious food to families across Kern County.

WIC Community Action Partnership of Kern’s Women, Infants and Children program is in full operation using telephones and other communication technologies to provide assistance and education to young families.
Call center hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM

The new WIC card allows staff to connect families with their benefits without meeting in person.

Energy Program: Utility Assistance and Weatherization services provided by CAPK Energy are available to eligible low-income residents. Applications for services should be mailed or dropped off at our CAPK Energy Offices at 300 19th Street, Bakersfield CA 93301. On-site client assistance will be limited to a case-by-case basis to protect the public.

  1. CAPK’s Energy and Weatherization Program is open for appointments Monday -Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  2. Applicants need to make an appointment to be seen by a Technician.
  3. In accordance to California law, masks must be worn when visiting the office.
  4. To maintain social distance requirements, only the applicant may enter the office. Except for disabled applicants, who require assistance.
  5. Applications can be mailed or dropped off at 300 19thStreet, Bakersfield, CA 93301.
  6. To make an appointment or to receive an application, please call 2-1-1.
  7. If someone in the household is receiving EDD benefits due to COVID-19, your household may be eligible to receive utility assistance. You must bring proof to confirm someone in your household is receiving EDD benefits beginning 1/1/2020 (e.g., A Notice of Award letter).

VITA: CAPK’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will continue to operate to provide no-cost assistance to clients during this unique tax season.

Effective 6/1/20 CAPK VITA office hours will be 8 am – 2 pm and clients will be seen by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Clients have the option to choose to drop off or to have a face to face appointment. To make an appointment, call 661-834-1824.

2-1-1 Information and Referral System: CAPK’s 2-1-1 service is in full operation, linking the public with human services assistance from 1,500 agencies at all times of the day and night 365 days a year. Please call 2-1-1 or visit our website at www.211kerncounty.org and talk to our call center staff about your need today.

M Street Navigation Center: The Center is accepting client referrals through Flood Ministries for homeless individuals, both male and female, 18 years and older. During the COVID pandemic, the capacity for overnight residents at M Street is set at 50. Social distancing in all areas on campus and overnight dorms is required. For more information, please call 661-498-7850.