By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Bakersfield Homeless Center's food pantry is critically low and in need of donations, according to a news release from the center.
Demand is high, according to the news release. Since the start of the year, the center has given out food baskets to 825 people, an average of 92 per month. To cover that demand, the center needs more than 3,000 items donated per month, according to the news release.
The center seeks the following donations: pasta, beans, rice, canned vegetables, canned meats, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, cereal and coffee.
Donations can be made from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center, 1600 E. Truxtun Ave. For more information, call Barbara Paulson at 322-9199.
High school students can connect with other students and learn more about various youth groups at Bakersfield Christian High School's semiannual Youth Unity Movement on Saturday.
Starting at 7 p.m., youth groups will have information booths set up on the school's football field. The idea behind the event is to unify Bakersfield's high school students through worship and Christian values, according to a news release from the high school. High school students from throughout the city are invited to attend.
New outdoor fitness equipment will be available at Kern River Parkway starting Monday, according to a news release from Bakersfield's Department of Recreation and Parks.
The new equipment is replacing the original equipment that was donated to the city more than 20 years ago. The money for the new equipment, more than $12,600, was donated by Gary Chambers, president of Ace Hydraulic Sales and Services, Inc.
At 3 p.m. Monday, an opening ceremony led by local fitness instructor Aaron Gillies will show how to properly use the equipment and the best order in which to use the items for maximum results.
Beale Memorial Library will take part in a yearlong pilot program to help veterans find resources and benefits available to them.
The program, called the Veterans Resource Center, will provide trained volunteers to assist the veterans, according to a news release from the California State Library. It is a joint venture by the California Department of Veterans Affairs and the state library.
Bakersfield is one of the three libraries participating in the pilot. The other two are the Redding Library and Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library in San Diego.
Veterans Affairs will train the volunteers in available benefits and services, referral techniques, veteran reintegration challenges and listening and problem-solving skills. To apply to volunteer, visit http://californialibraries.volunteermatch.org. Volunteers must make a one-year commitment and be able to work a minimum of one two-hour shift per week.
A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employee from Bakersfield has chosen the Friendship House Community Center to receive a $5,000 grant, part of an award the employee earned in honor of her service to community.
Enjoli Black won PG&E's annual Frederick W. Mielke Jr. Award for Outstanding Community Service, according to a news release from PG&E. The award recognizes employees who demonstrate a strong commitment to the well-being of the communities in which they live and work. Part of the award is the $5,000 grant, which goes to a nonprofit of the winner's choice.
Black is a customer outreach specialist for PG&E. She worked with Friendship House, which helps low-income families in Bakersfield, while it prepared to reopen after closing in 2006. She was there for its reopening in 2011, according to the news release.