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FDIC Offers Online Resources for Unbanked and Underbanked Consumers

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC, fdic.gov) is an independent agency created by the U.S. Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system, including by insuring deposits made to banks. Its website boasts that “Since 1933, no depositor has lost a penny of FDIC-insured funds.”

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the FDIC has been working to develop resources that will make it easier for consumers without a bank account to find a bank where they can open an account online from a computer or mobile device without having to go to into a branch. They developed a new, easy-to-remember web page, fdic.gov/coronavirus, that was launched last week (available only in English at this time), dedicated to helping unbanked or underbanked consumers access the information they need to receive an economic impact payment (stimulus check) electronically.

Unbanked/underbanked consumers can do the following:

  1. Follow the link above or click on the FDIC logo at right to watch a short video on how to open a bank account online.
  2. Click on this link to access the Bank On Coalition’s list of banks that offer remote account opening with a $0 balance in anticipation of the Treasury deposit. The FDIC Coronavirus web page also links to the American Bankers Association’s list of banks that offer remote account opening all across the country (developed in response to the COVID-19 situation), along with additional resources for consumers. Changes to this page and information contained therein might change as the current crisis evolves.
  3. Once someone opens their account, they can then provide the information to the Internal Revenue Service to receive payments electronically through the IRS portal.
  4. The FDIC website has information available in Spanish, but it appears to be general in nature, not necessarily focused on COVID-19. Click here to view. The IRS portal has some information in Spanish about COVID-19 economic impact payments and the link to the English-language fdic/gov/coronavirus page. Click here to view.

The Bakersfield News Observer’s In-Kind Contribution to Give Big Kern is B-i-i-i-g!

Local Bakersfield weekly newspaper The Bakersfield News Observer is a returning sponsor of Give Big Kern this year. They really went all out for us again with a fantastic story series highlighting three different agencies in each of the three issues leading up to Give Big Kern Day.

Click on this link or the image at left to read and download the entire series in PDF format.

Want to know how the value of the Observer’s in-kind contribution, which includes layout, printing, posting online, linking through social media, and insertion of the Observer Interactive App capability that adds another layer of web linkage and visibility to each story on the printed page? Nothing short of $11,000! This is a huge to Kern Community Foundation and the Give Big Kern nonprofits, especially during these difficult COVID-19 times.

Thanks, Bakersfield News Observer, for your wonderful support of local charities!

Final Installment in Three-Part Series on Give Big Kern Nonprofits in El Popular

El Popular News, Kern County’s Spanish-language weekly, has been a steady Give Big Kern Sponsor over the years, but this year they really stepped up B-i-i-i-g by supporting our nonprofits with three full-page packages highlighting a total of nine charities and Kern Community Foundation. These were all contributed articles that the agencies wrote themselves and El Popular published for us. What would it have cost us to run three full-page ads? $5,340! That is the value of El Popular’s generous in-kind support this year. Thank you, Amigos!

This week’s installment of El Popular’s Nonprofit Showcase Series includes California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), Aspiranet, and Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County (ADAKC). As you read about these agencies, consider donating to any one of them or the more than 130 other agencies you find on GiveBigKern.org.

Click on this link or the image at left to access the current issue of El Popular. You will find Give Big Kern participants’ stories on Page 3.

El Popular’s Series Showcasing Three More Give Big Kern Charities ‘En Español’ Continues

Spanish-language weekly El Popular News, a steady Give Big Kern sponsor over the years, continues its three-part series today (April 24) featuring three more agencies that are fundraising through Give Big Kern: Girl Scouts of Central California South, Kern Bridges Youth Homes and PathPoint.

El Popular has devoted a full page to highlighting these stories, thereby helping Kern Community Foundation and our partners to “Grow Philanthropy” among Kern’s Spanish-speaking community.

Click on this link or on the image to access the current issue of El Popular. You will find Give Big Kern participants’ stories on Page 3. Read B-i-i-i-g! Give B-i-i-i-g!

Give Big Kern Participating Nonprofits Featured B-i-i-i-g En Español in El Popular News

Spanish-language weekly El Popular News, a steady Give Big Kern sponsor over the years, has kicked off a three-part series today (April 17) featuring three agencies that are fundraising through Give Big Kern: Valley Center for the Blind, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County and Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation.

El Popular has proven itself once again as a generous sponsor by devoting a full page to highlighting these stories, thereby helping Kern Community Foundation and our partners to “Grow Philanthropy” among Kern’s Spanish-speaking community.

Frank Ramirez, Executive Director of Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation expressed his gratitude for this opportunity in an e-mail to both El Popular and the Foundation:

“Many of our scholarship winners and applicants come from a household where Spanish is their primary language. I’m sure they will be pleased to see this article in Spanish. We are also trying to connect with more donors from the Spanish speaking community since one of our largest donors for our 2020-21 scholarship program is the Consulate of Mexico (Fresno Office). They will be pleased to see this article.

“In addition,” he continued, “I would also like to thank you for working with Kern Community Foundation on informing the Spanish-speaking community about Give Big Kern. Kern Community Foundation is helping so many nonprofits like us expand their fundraising efforts. They are a great organization that is helping nonprofits in Kern County grow.”

Click on this link or on the image to access the current issue of El Popular. You will find Give Big Kern participants’ stories on Page 3. Read B-i-i-i-g! Give B-i-i-i-g!

Support “Food for the Frontline Kern County”!

Food for the Frontline Kern County is a community effort to raise funds to support local restaurants and emergency room staff impacted by COVID-19.

Working with Kern Community Foundation, Food for the Frontline will provide meals prepared by local restaurants for Kern County emergency room staff. The meals will be purchased and delivered with the support of community donations. Every dollar raised will feed brave medical personnel who are on the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus, while providing assistance to small businesses and their employees impacted by the statewide quarantine.

Our goal is to provide as many meals as possible to staff members at county hospitals. Each meal will cost $20.00. All donations will go to the purchase of food and materials from local restaurants. These meals will be given directly to Kern County frontline medical staff. This will be an ongoing effort and we plan to make our first delivery on Friday, April 10th.

The entire month of April will be difficult for communities large and small as they struggle to combat COVID-19. You can social distance and join the fight by using this link to donate toward the purchase of a meal or more for our hard-working first responders. Whether you purchase one meal or ten, your effort will help us give back to the men and women on the frontline.

If you represent a local restaurant or catering company and want to participate, please email us at frontlinekern@gmail.com. Together, we can make a difference!

Give Big Kern Is Still On!

We at Kern Community Foundation know that our Nonprofit Community needs funding support now more than ever.
That’s why we’re STAYING THE ONLINE COURSE WITH REGARD TO GIVE BIG KERN!
Our B-i-i-i-g Giving Day is still going to happen on May 5, with the givebigkern.org platform going live to receive donations a month out, on April 5, and staying open till May 6.
Click here to read how close to 130 participating nonprofits are being encouraged to make Give Big Kern their online day of giving at a time when they can showcase their most dire needs to Kern’s giving community — because collectively, we can and will get through this crisis.
Please plan to support Kern’s nonprofits through Give Big Kern!

Community Events

  1. Autism on Run- 2k/5k Event

    November 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. The League of Dreams Gala

    Jan 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm