Season of Giving: Community comes together to renovate library at Boys & Girls Club of Kern County

November 22, 2017 | 7:03 am


It’s the season of giving — giving to the less fortunate, giving to our Kern County community, and giving thanks.

At Chain | Cohn | Stiles, philanthropy and giving back is a year-round mission, whether it’s giving out free safety helmets and bicycle lights to bicyclist throughout Kern County, supporting MADD Kern County who assists innocent victims of DUI crashes and fights against DUI crimes, or taking disadvantaged youth back-to-school shopping.

This Thanksgiving season, Chain | Cohn | Stiles would like to highlight a special project at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County administered by Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Bakersfield, a professional development program that enhances leadership skills and introduces participants to diverse sector of Kern County. The law firm’s own marketing director Jorge Barrientos was a part of this project, and Chain | Cohn | Stiles served as a sponsor.

Learn more about the amazing community project below:

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Leadership Bakersfield Team 1 has unveiled a renovated, revitalized and updated library at the east Bakersfield branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County that will provide a safe learning environment for years to come.

The room is used by students to study, read, finish homework, and receive tutoring assistance. It is also used to provide English as a Second Language services for children and adults alike.

The room had not been updated in more than 15 years due to lack of funding from grants and donations to renovate the room. Chairs and desks were run down, the floor was badly stained, book shelves were missing, and cabinets were deteriorating. Valuable counter space was limited, and ceiling tiles were water stained and breaking apart. Windows were covered by student art to prevent pedestrians from looking in and disrupting activities.

Among the renovations and conversion from a library into a multi-purpose room, Leadership Bakersfield Team 1 painted the room, brought in 30 new chairs along with a moving cart and foldable classroom tables for student workspaces, polished and revitalized flooring, installed new ceiling tiles, installed decals on the windows and walls, organized materials, and installed a mural.

“The project will undoubtedly benefit children and adults from Bakersfield needing a safe place to learn,” Leadership Bakersfield Team 1 said in a statement. “We believe the renovations made to this room will help provide a world-class experience, and adhere to the mission and vision of the Boys & Girls Club.”

The local chapter of Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County is the largest in the nation, serving 7,200 kids each day, with its main operating site in Kern County being on Niles Street. The clubs serve children from all walks of life, with most children coming from families of low socioeconomic backgrounds. The club also has a special outreach program for children residing in homeless shelters and foster care. The club’s vision is to provide a world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through their doors. The club does this by offering support, programs and a safe and healthy environment to prosper and thrive.

The project was made possible through donations and support from Kern Federal Credit Union, Bakersfield Association of Realtors, Chain | Cohn | Stiles, Gary & Tanya Carruesco Realtors, Wells Acoustics, HealthSouth, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, Trans-West Security, and Stinson’s, who provided and donated all of the furniture for the room.

Leadership Bakersfield Team 1 participants include Rebecca Aceves, Tamara Baker, Jorge Barrientos, Lori Brackett, Gary Carruesco, Aaron Flores, Kristen Hartsell, Miranda Whitworth, and advisor Patricia Marquez.

The group unveiled the room during an open-house ceremony attended by Leadership Bakersfield group members, Boys & Girls Club representatives, supporters, and local dignitaries.

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MEDIA COVERAGE

Chain | Cohn | Stiles joins first-ever Bakersfield Marathon

November 2, 2016 | 9:02 am


For the first time in the history of Kern County, Bakersfield will be host to its first-ever 26-mile marathon that will run its course throughout the Greater Bakersfield area.

The Bakersfield Marathon — scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13 — will take participants throughout iconic areas of Bakersfield including Stockdale Financial District, Kern County MuseumBakersfield College, and near Chain | Cohn | Stiles in downtown Bakersfield, among other locations. In fact, Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to support the Bakersfield Marathon by sponsoring a water station in downtown Bakersfield.

The marathon will also feature tons of amenities for participants, onlookers and attendees alike. Learn more about the marathon and its features below.

 

MARATHON MUST-KNOW

The marathon will begin at the California State University, Bakersfield campus, with the finish at Kern River Parkway. This USATF-certified full marathon will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

The marathon will give local runners participate in a Boston-qualifying marathon in their hometown, earning an official USA Track & Field certification. Cash and other prizes will be given to marathon, half-marathon and 5K winners, including overall and age category winners.

The full event includes:

  • Full marathon (26.2 miles), beginning at 7 a.m.
  • Half marathon (13.1 miles), beginning at 7:15 a.m.
  • 2-person half-marathon relay (13.1 miles)
  • 5K fun run (3.1 miles), beginning at 7:30 a.m.
  • Children’s quarter-mile and half-mile marathons, beginning at 10 a.m., for children ages 5 to 12 years old, and sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. All participants will receive a medal.
  • Walker friendly course (around CSUB campus)

A festival area at CSU Bakersfield for the general public will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, with food and beer area open shortly after. A health and fitness expo and packet pick-up event will also take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace.

Nearly 1,000 runners from 55 cities, nine states and Canada have pre-registered for the marathon, according to a report from The Bakersfield Californian. Organizers David Milazzo and Charles Brown said they expected between 1,500 and 2,000 registrants by race day. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunner Scholarship Fund.

  • For street closures starting at 5 a.m. on race day in the Bakersfield area, click here. And to see a map of the marathon route, with street closures, click here.
  • To sign up to volunteer for the event, click here.
  • And to donate toward the cause, click here.

 

SPONSOR CHAIN | COHN | STILES

Having been in Bakersfield for more than 80 years, Chain | Cohn | Stiles is one with its community. The law firm year after year donates thousands to local causes, including several races, such as the annual Fog Run and Kern County Cancer Run. For the past three years, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been a key organizer and sponsor of the annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash 5K for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

This year, we’re proud to sponsor and be a part of the inaugural Bakersfield Marathon, and helping keep runner hydrated during the race through a sponsored water station. Also, Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ own marketing director Jorge Barrientos, with wife Carla, were featured on the marathon promotional video, “I’ll Be Running,” which you can see here.

We hope you can join in, too, to make the first Bakersfield Marathon a huge success.

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MEDIA COVERAGE

OTHER RELATED COMMUNITY EVENTS

Chain | Cohn | Stiles takes underprivileged children back-to-school shopping in ‘Childspree’ for second year

August 4, 2015 | 11:11 am


The start of the 2015-16 school year for most students throughout Bakersfield and Kern County is right around the corner.

But for some underprivileged students in the San Joaquin Valley, they are not able to participate in the joys of back-to-school shopping. For those students, they are denied the opportunity to buy new clothes and school supplies at the start of each new school year.

The Bakersfield personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles partnered once again with Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield to sponsor underprivileged children in the annual “Childspree” back-to-school shopping program. The program allows sponsors to ease the mind of more than 200 local students with a morning of shopping at both Kohl’s department stores in Bakersfield, this year held on Aug. 1. Each child is also given a new backpack filled with new school supplies, along with a $100 Kohl’s gift card to buy new clothes.

Ten employees from Chain | Cohn | Stiles volunteered for this year’s Childspree, accompanying children of various ages through Kohl’s to help them choose new shoes and clothes. This was the second year in a row that Chain | Cohn | Stiles took part in the nonprofit program.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles volunteers included injury lawyer Neil Gehlawat and workers’ compensation attorney James Yoro, with his family.

“Many families in Kern County unfortunately don’t have the means to provide new clothes to their children for the new school year,” said Yoro, a partner at Chain | Cohn | Stiles. “If we can ease the burden for at least some local children by providing them with new clothes for school, we’re happy to help. We understand that for many of them, this will be their only new clothes for the year.”

Other groups involved in Childspree include Bakersfield Rotary, CASA of Kern County, Community Connection for Child Care, California Youth Connection Kern County, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County.

Founded in 1928, the Active 20-30 Cub of Bakersfield is part of a national nonprofit group with the main goal of “providing young adults the opportunity for personal growth, friendship and leadership development, while improving the quality of life for the children of Kern County.” Each branch of the club raises funds for underprivileged children in their community. In addition to Childspree, the Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield hosts other community events the Christmas Experience, which provides gifts to underprivileged families throughout Kern County.

For more information on Childspree and other Active 20-30 Club programs, go to www.active2030.org. And to view other community involvement efforts by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, visit the Community page here.

— By Jessica Magee for Chain | Cohn | Stiles

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MEDIA

Annual Cioppino Feed to benefit several Bakersfield nonprofits, causes

March 18, 2015 | 9:53 am


Chain | Cohn | Stiles had a great time at the Bakersfield West Rotary Cioppino Feed, benefiting several Kern County charities. Pictured here on Instagram are attorneys Matt Clark, Beatriz Trejo, Chad Boyles and Neil Gehlawat. 

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Hundreds of Kern County residents will sit together Saturday evening with plastic bibs around their necks and dig into seafood stew — all in the name of several great local causes.

The Cioppino Feed is an annual fundraiser that this year will benefit the Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Bakersfield West Rotary Breast Cancer Fund at San Joaquin Community Hospital, the Bakersfield West Rotary Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County.

The Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to be a sponsor this year for the event.

“The Cioppino Feed is one of Bakersfield’s most successful charity events of the year, which helps support some of our areas greatest causes,” said Matt Clark, senior partner at Chain | Cohn | Stiles. “Our law firm is thrilled to be able to support this event and these local nonprofits.”

The Cioppino Feed, the 23rd annual fundraiser, is hosted by Bakersfield West Rotary from 6 to 10 p.m. on March 21 at Monsignor Leddy Hall at Garces Memorial High School.

Cioppino is an Italian-American fish stew that combines crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and fish in a tomato in a wine sauce, and served with toasted bread. The annual event will also feature live and silent auctions to further benefit the charities.

Here’s a little bit more about each of the befitting local causes:

  • Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking is a grassroots coalition created in 2012 aimed to combat human trafficking in Kern County through prevention, protection and partnerships.
  • Bakersfield West Rotary Breast Cancer Fund at San Joaquin Community Hospital is a perpetual program that helps provide annual mammograms, biopsies, compression garments and other needs for women in Kern County through the new Breast Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital. The center includes state-of-the-art equipment such as Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography and biopsy equipment.
  • Bakersfield West Rotary Foundation, established in 1993, serves the less fortunate youth of Kern County by providing in local education, literacy, health and welfare. Its mission is to provide assistance to those organizations and individuals dedicated to these goals.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County serves some 5,000 local boys and girls throughout our area. The Cioppino Feed funds will help the club continue to inspire and enable these youth to reach their fullest potential as productive, responsive and caring citizens.

If you’d like to support the Cioppino Feed or would like more information, call Howdy Miller at 747-5380. Tickets are $100 each.

To see various media coverage of the event, click the articles here:

And to see other causes and nonprofits supported in recent years by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, visit the “Community” page at Chainlaw.com.

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*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.