Because the poor and homeless need your help.
According to the Bakersfield-Kern County Regional Homelessness Collaborative,
- In Kern County, an estimated 1330 people were homeless in 2019. This was a 50% increase from 2018.
- Countywide, families with children accounted for 16 percent of the homeless population. Children constituted almost 11 percent of homeless people counted.
- Veterans account for 10 percent and youths 18 to 24 represent 8 percent of the homeless population in Kern County.
- There was a 108 percent jump in the number of unsheltered homeless people from 2018 to 2019.
The Bakersfield Society of St. Vincent de Paul is part of the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul which was founded in 1833 in France and whose members serve the needy and homeless, regardless of faith, in 150 countries. They also belong to the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul which was established in St. Louis, Missouri at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France in 1845.
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society branch serves Kern County and is mainly comprised of volunteers.
You can make a significant difference in the lives of the poor and needy by joining the volunteers currently participating in the charitable activities of the Bakersfield St. Vincent de Paul Society:
- Feed the homeless at the St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center
- Stock and organize merchandise at the Bakersfield St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
- Sort mail
- Distribute clothing and hygiene kits
- Conduct a food, clothing, blanket or toy drive for those in need
- Plan service opportunities for youth group members
- Help individuals with social service paperwork
If you would like to volunteer, please fill in the form, and we will get back to you.
What Special Skills do You Have?
If you would like to volunteer, please fill in the form below or download the pdf volunteer form and bring it into our office, or mail it to St. Vincent de Paul Center, P.O. Box 3255, Bakersfield, CA 93305.