Family, Youth, and Community Services

The Energy Program assists income-eligible Kern County residents with utility bill
payment, free weatherization, and energy education, at no cost to the participant. Weatherization services include weather stripping; repair or replacement of windows and doors, heating/cooling appliances, stoves, and refrigerators; and more.

Migrant Childcare Alternative Payment Program (MCAP)
MCAP is a voucher-based child care program that allows parents to choose the best child care option for their situation. The program serves migrant, agriculturally working families through six entry counties: Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Tulare, and Fresno.

2-1-1 Kern County
2-1-1 Kern is a 24/7 helpline that provides residents with comprehensive information and referral services that link local residents to community health and human services at no cost. 2-1-1 Kern has a database of 1,500 social service agencies and also offers this information through the 2-1-1Kern Resource Directory available at

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
VITA offers free tax preparation and e-filing for low- and medium-income individuals and families. VITA also assists eligible clients to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), thereby increasing the amount of their tax return and boosting the local economy. All VITA services are provided through trained IRS-certified volunteers from the community.

Shafter Youth Center
The Shafter Youth Center provides educational and support services to children and adults in Shafter, including parenting classes, summer and after school programs with a focus on nutrition, recreation and healthy living.

Friendship House Community Center
The Friendship House provides a variety of educational and recreational enrichment programs and access to social services for low-income children, families, and individuals who live in southeast Bakersfield.