“My favorite charity is Mothers Against Drunk Driving! The money made at local events stays here in Kern County and goes to fund victim advocates, education programs in local schools and court-ordered first-time DUI offender programs. DUI collisions have the capacity to touch each one of our lives. MADD envisions a community where this 100 percent preventable crime ceases and is eradicated, due to individuals making the decision to not drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.”

Brandon Stallings

Wounded Heroes Fund because the women and men that come back after keeping our land safe need our help.

Michelle Etcheverry Hardt

My favorite local charity is League of Dreams. They provide an opportunity for children with special needs to play team sports like baseball, basketball, bowling and more. Seeing the joy on the kids’ and parents’ faces is always heartwarming.

Scott McNutt

My favorite local charity is The ALS Association Golden West Chapter. They hold a fundraising walk in Bakersfield every October and the money raised goes toward providing care services for ALS patients and funding research for a cure. Jessica Massey

My favorite local charity is CASA of Kern County because they exist to change the lives of abused foster children, and they do. Through unique one-on-one advocacy, CASAs speak up for children without a voice, impact their futures and save thousands upon thousands of tax-paying dollars by relentlessly searching for forever families for the foster children they are assigned to.

Amy Raddatz

Junior Achievement of Bakersfield, empowering young people to own their economic success. Think about that. If we give kids the tools they need to be successful – rewarding career, wise money management, critical thinking skills – they will have the resources to help fund all these wonderful nonprofits throughout our community.

Kathleen McNeil

My favorite local nonprofit is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. They serve over 7,000 children on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, at 62 club sites around Kern County. Their team of dedicated staff, led by Zane Smith, do an awesome job empowering children to learn more about science, technology, the arts and sports.

Vanessa Arellano

I love the BMoA, or Bakersfield Museum of Art! From Via Arté to world-class exhibitions to theater in the gallery to outstanding educational programs. It’s the cultural cornerstone of our community!

Amy Smith

My favorite local charity is No Kill Kern. Jackie Cameron, along with other volunteers, spend countless hours saving animal lives. They provide an invaluable service to the county of Kern.

Jane Lou Mina

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