Educational Institutions

South Fork School & Community Foundation

  • Weldon, CA
  • www.southforkfoundation.com

Mission Statement

The Foundation’s mission is to provide programs and facilities to fosterenriched opportunities for educational, cultural, recreational, and community-based inter-generational activities in a rural area.

Main Programs

  1. KVAP/KVBP/Angel Fund

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Service Areas

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California

The Kern River Valley includes the small communities of:  Weldon, Onyx, Southlake, Mt. Mesa, Lake Isabella, Bodfish, Havilah, Caliente, Wofford Heights and Kernville.  All of the communities have been involved in our programs.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Ms. Ruth Carroll

Keywords

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youth, seniors, education, social services, community services, community capacity, disaster preparedness

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Also Known As

Kern Valley Aquatics Program (KVAP)

EIN

77-0509303

 Number

7161087053

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (M19)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Over the last five years we have increased our awareness of our role in carrying out support of the school district and community.  Redefining our goals and objectives has caused us to see a substantial increase in the participation of students and adults in swimming instruction, bettering the health of adults, and an increase in water safety for children and adults. We have also continued our awareness of the importance of culture and the effect it has on each member of our society.   We have an awareness of our environment and the role we play in our world.  We inform and encourage involvement in all of the arts, cultural and environmental festivals for children and adults throughout the community.

 

Living in a community with a high poverty rate has always made us aware of the needs of our members, and thus the growth of the Angel Fund.  Over the last fifteen years, we have not only grown in our awareness of the needs of our families in the South Fork area, but have also been able to help provide assistance at the holidays.  We provide families with a bag that includes:  hygiene items, a game that they can play as a family.  Also included in the bag, is an art kit and a shirt or sweater, socks, underwear, a jacket if needed and shoes to those who are in need.  Clothing is provided all year when needed.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

KVAP/KVBP/Angel Fund

Kern Valley Aquatics Program:  includes water safety and swim instruction for young and old (infants - seniors).  Water exercise for seniors or other adults who are in need of better movement.  Junior life guard:  more swim instruction, teamwork, training and future job opportunities.  Swim team competition, which began in 2012.

 

Kern Valley Bike Park:  provides a venue for fun and safe bike area for the entire family.  In addition to the area that is open for family exercise, there is also the opportunity for local and sponsored BMX competitions for all ages.

 

Angel Fund:  family bags are provided for needy families at Christmas.  Clothing:  t-shirts, sweatshirt, socks, underwear/ hygiene items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, shower gel/ Activity:  art kit, playdough, and a family game.  Clothes, shoes, backpacks with supplies, jackets are provided during the holiday and throughout the year to help support our children.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

The Kern River Valley includes the small communities of:  Weldon, Onyx, Southlake, Mt. Mesa, Lake Isabella, Bodfish, Havilah, Caliente, Wofford Heights and Kernville.  All of the communities have been involved in our programs.

Funding Needs

Our top four most pressing needs include: Support for educational needs of South Fork School; Scholarships for kids to receive swimming lessons(KVAP); Support for our "Angels" in the areas  of hygiene items, clothing, art materials or projects to promote creativity, games (thinking, brain and competitive games); Jackets and shoes are always needed. The state of State and Federal budgets have also caused us great concern for we are a small foundation.  Our role in the School District may soon be changing, for the District is able to provide less and less, because of the lack of funds.  Membership and fundraising are beginning to take on an urgency that has not previously been present.  We are making concerted efforts to increase our membership and have established several fundraisers to begin to build up our financial reserves.   As we pick up our local newspapers we come across friends or family members who have passed away, and at the bottom of the anouncements we read:  "No flowers.  Give to a charity of your choice, in the memory of the person who has passed away."  We would encourage you to choose, .  When completing your will, consider our Foundation to help carry on your memory.

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Operations

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South Fork School & Community Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Ruth Carroll

BIO

My experience does not come in the corporate or business world.  My experience does come from the area of education.  I retired after 41 years in education.  I was a classroom teacher for 29 years and a vice principal/ principal for 12 years.  It takes leadership and organization skills to be successful in a classroom.  The South Fork School & Community Foundation deals with kids and the community, so I am in the right job.  I am all about opportunities for kids and community.  I have been involved off and on since 1999 and still think it is a great investment.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"South Fork has always been known as a "Family".  Over the 27 years that I have been involved with South Fork, we have always had a feeling of belonging to a community that sincerely cared about its members.  Once a "South Fork family member, always a Southforkian".  It is a unique place to work or live and that is a feeling that is missing in today's world.  I am very happy to say that I am part of that family, and will work as hard as I can to foster that same "family feeling" that appears to have been there from the beginning of existence."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Ruth Carroll

Community Volunteer-retired teacher/principal

Term: Mar 2012 - Mar 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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