BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — United Way of Kern County has announced it has received a $1.3 million gift from an anonymous donor as part of a $6.6 million gift earmarked for United Way chapters in the Central Valley.

The money is specifically intended to assist nonprofits doing relief work and provide immediate relief to vulnerable residents who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a difficult time to live in, our communities are struggling to get ahead and we have to step up and do what’s right.  Our families need food and financial assistance more than ever,” said Mari Perez-Dowling, president & CEO of UWKC. “This is a generous gift and we are grateful for it, but it’s definitely not enough to cover the essentials. We invite our community partners and businesses to contribute to this cause and collaborate with our projects to ensure our vulnerable communities get assisted.”

Businesses, organizations and community leaders are encouraged to make contributions to help assist with projects that United Way of Kern County is developing with current funds. To donate to the UWKC Relief Fund, visit helpkern.org