The keynote speaker for the October meeting of the American Association of University Women was Kathline Moessner, community development specialist for Community Action Partnership of Kern. Established in 1965, CAPK administers close to a dozen programs including Head Start, Central Kitchen, WIC, Food Bank, Migrant Childcare and Income Tax Assistance. Many of them are available here in Tehachapi.
Last year, CAPK distributed more than 12 million tons of food (through a network of several distribution sites), served more than 900,000 meals to Head Start and Summer Meals Program children, provided utility assistance for 9,400 families, and answered more than 101,000 calls for human and social services referrals.
After her talk, Moessner fielded questions from several AAUW members. One of the programs that many people are not aware of is 2-1-1 Kern County (accessed by dialing 211 from your telephone). It is a 24/7 information and referral service that provides Kern County residents with resource information, and links to community health and human services at no cost. The database can also be accessed online at 211kerncounty.org.
The focus of CAPK is on empowering clients with the skills and support necessary to enable them to transition out of poverty and become self-sufficient providers for themselves and their families. For more information, please check out their website capk.org.
Linda Flores is a member of the Tehachapi Mountain Branch of the American Association of University Women.