Kern County Rotaract, in collaboration with the Bakersfield Kern Regional Homeless Center, partnered with the Bakersfield East Rotary Club and the Twilight Rotary Club of Bakersfield in raising funds for and acquiring warm clothing to benefit the homeless population.  The service project was titled “Help Warm Those in Need”.    

The donated items were collected by the participating clubs over the course of a month and a half, beginning in mid-November to late December, along with financial contributions from both Rotary clubs. 

Using the funds, Kern County Rotaract was able to purchase undergarments and thermal socks for the men and women who occupy the Brundage Lane Navigation Center in Bakersfield, CA.  On the 20th of December, Rotarians from both East and Twilight and Rotaractors were present to sort through and organize the donated clothes.  They included sweat-tops, sweat-pants, jackets, coats and additional thermal wear.  The following day, they were taken to the navigation center for distribution. 

The Brundage Lane Navigation Center is under the umbrella of Mercy House, an organization “…designed to meet the needs of homeless and at-risk populations in every stage of their struggle.”