In this week and other upcoming issues of the Bakersfield News Observer, readers will have an opportunity to learn about hard-working Kern County nonprofits that are fundraising through the website GiveBigKern.org, a crowdfunding opportunity hosted by Kern Community Foundation. Give Big Kern is celebrated as Kern’s own official Day of Giving on May 5, but the website is already open for donations and will remain open till May 6.

As you read these agencies’ brief profiles and learn about their needs, please consider donating to them especially now, during the COVID-19 crisis, which has negatively impacted charities in a big way. Just go to GiveBigKern.org, search for an agency by name or cause, find your passion and give. You can also fundraise for a nonprofit you love, and invite your friends, peers and loved ones to donate, too.

If you don’t have money to give but would like to pledge volunteer hours—because nonprofits are going to need a lot of help when the statewide shelter-in-place order is lifted—find the Volunteering page on the drop-down menu of GiveBigKern.org. Use the button at the bottom of the page to submit your volunteer pledge.

Thank you and we hope you will enjoy reading about local charities and how you can support them through Give Big Kern!