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 Programs closed in mid-March in order to prioritize the safety and health of our young students. It is our sincere belief that this measure is imperative in order to minimize the risk presented to our children and their families by the COVID-19 virus.

Our Head Start staff are still working to make sure students remain connected to opportunities to learn and parents and guardians have resources to encourage fun, education and school readiness during this period. Those resources include parent conferences, online weekly meetings with students, the Ready Rosie at-home online learning platform, activity calendars for Head Start families and a Pinterest Board.

CAPK Head Start operates 32 Head Start Centers in Kern County and 7 Head Start Centers in San Joaquin counties. Head Start Centers in Kern County and San Joaquin County will remain closed until May 22.

CalWorks Home Visitation:  The CalWorks Home Visitation Program continues to operate at this time. Staff are working directly with clients through telephone and email systems.

Friendship House Community Center Friendship House has closed its doors to the public at this time but assistance to the community does not stop. Friendship House staff continue to connect with program youth and families by phone to assess needs and to provide appropriate resources and information to the community.

Shafter Youth Center:  Shafter Youth Center’s afterschool program remains open from 1-5 p.m. There are a maximum of 35 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.

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. The Play & Learn classroom will be closed. Case management services will be conducted through phone or video conferencing.

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

Energy Program: Utility Assistance services provided by CAPK Energy will continue to be 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.

PG&E and Southern California Edison have issued notices that they will suspend utility shutoffs in the current circumstances.

The CAPK Energy in-home weatherization program, in the interest of protecting our clients, will not operate at this time.

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 25. Social distancing in all areas on campus and overnight dorms is required. For more information, please call 661-498-7850.