‘Christmas Magic’ Comes Alive at FIELD’s 2nd Annual Toys 4 Tots Giveaway

Over 500 Families Get Toys & Clothing at Holiday Event By Runa Lemminn You could see the excitement on the faces of hundreds of children as they waited impatiently with their families for the 2nd annual FIELD Toy & Clothing Giveaway to begin. The line at FIELD headquarters on Union Ave. started early, with families…
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You’re Invited: Holiday Toy and Clothing Giveaway

It’s the Season for Giving Back.  We hope you can join FIELD and our community partners for our second annual Holiday Toy & Clothing Giveaway on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 3-6 pm.  Santa and his elves will be on hand to distribute toys to the children and community members can select new and gently used coats, socks…
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Good News Ahead for FIELD Community in 2024

Dear friends of FIELD, We have a lot of good news to report this month about all the goings on at FIELD. We’re busy planning for 2024 and beyond and how we can make an even bigger impact for the community we serve. First, we’re delighted to announce that we’ve been approved to receive up…
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Meet Steve Watkins: Fire Program Manager Dedicated to Empowering FIELD’S Corpsmembers

By Kelly Hartog Steven Watkins comes to FIELD’s Fire Program following a 33-year career as a Battalion Chief for the Bureau of Land Management and as an Interagency Incident commander. After retiring from BLM, he joined FIELD in January 2023 as the Fire Program Manager and Acting Natural Resources Manager. Watkins was instrumental in helping…
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Good News for Fall – Grants, Honors, Back to School

As summer comes to an end, our schools are now back in session, offering our students a new season full of opportunity and hope.   We’ve been busy at FIELD the past few months planning the coming year and we have a lot of good news to share.  Our classroom capacity is expanding. Because transportation is such a barrier to our students…
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FIELD’S EPIC Charter High Schools Receive Healthy Meals Incentives Grant

BAKERSFIELD, CA: FIELD is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a $150,000 Healthy Meals Incentives grant from Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), to support its efforts to create kitchen facilities at its Union Avenue property, which will allow students at its EPIC de Cesar Chavez charter high schools for adults to receive healthy,…
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EPIC Schools Receive $100,000 Kitchen Equipment Grant for Union Avenue Site 

By Kelly Hartog   FIELD’s Epic High School for adults operates at over 22 sites in California with little to no kitchen equipment to feed its students or support its nutrition classes.   But now, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the California Department of Education, FIELD will be able to build out a fully equipped kitchen…
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Graduations, Inspiration, Triumphs and More!

We’re off to a busy summer at FIELD starting with 150 graduates taking the stage last month in Bakersfield and some of our surrounding campuses. It’s always so inspiring to hear the stories of resilience and hope that our graduates and their families share at these celebrations. One graduate who spoke talked about her seven…
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Meet Dave Weaver: The Chavez Environmental Corps’ Director is Committed to Reclaiming the Environment

Meet Dave Weaver: The Chavez Environmental Corps’ Director is Committed to Reclaiming the Environment

David Weaver brings years of experience in the California Conservation Corps to his job as Director of FIELD’s Environmental Corps job training program. He discusses his department’s mandate to train corpsmembers into restoring the natural environment, especially after wildfires, floods,…