The #MLKcommUNITY Initiative was founded by Arleana Waller, founder of ShePower, The Frink Firm & Circle of Life. It is a Rebound Coalition comprised of multiple community collaborative partners and volunteers. The purpose of the Initiative is to bring all hands on deck with all egos checked to support the Southeast area of Bakersfield in its Rebound revitalization movement.
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OUR COMMUNITY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
FOOD INSECURITY PROGRAM
Gave away over 200,000+ pounds of food.
Helped over 1650+ families and individuals.
Tracked over 550+ volunteer hours.
Collected over 1000+ signatures to submit to City Council.
PARKS & REC
Advised on 1st African American Woman Commissioner in Kern County history.
BELLE TERRACE PARK
Advised on 1 million+ park rehab budget
GENERAL PLAN 2040
1st African American woman in Kern County history to serve as advisor on General Plan.
Advised on first African American Woman to work as Supervisor Field Staffer in Kern County history.
Advised on first African American Woman to work as Supervisor Field Staffer in Kern County history. Staffed by Supervisor Perez
Accepted a Proclamation acknowledging February as Black History Month in Kern County. First in County history, given by Board of Supervisors
Advised on 20 Congress Recognitions, given by Congressman TJ Cox
Secured over 50+ jobs at the County low barrior shelter, Census and Core Covid Testing Site.
2020 Census Spokesperson and community partner to help get the African American HTC community counted.
Partnered with Bank Kern Initiative Talent + Entrepreneur (KITE) & Startitup to give $25,000 value scholarship to 50 startup businesses in Southeast area.
Secured City Property for Community Garden.
Secured Building for The Island- a Southeast Business hub.
First organization in Kern County to do a drivetThrough food distribution, giving away over 22,000 pounds of food to over 550+ families
ASSEMBLYMAN RUDY SALAS
Partnered with Rudy Salas & Home Depot for an emergency roof support for a senior citizen in the Southeast area.
CONGRESSMAN TJ COX
Selected to host a Black Leaders Roundtable in the Southeast area with Majority Whip Leader James Clyburn.
SECRETARY OF STATE ALEX PADILLA
Selected to speak on the stage with Alex Padilla to promote 2020 Census at the MLK Center.
Selected to co-host Governor Newsome Legislative Secretary Anthony Williams, with Supervisor Perez, to tour and talk in regards to the rebound of the Southeast area.
STATE TREASURE FIONA MA
Selected to do a drive tour of the Southeast area with State Treasure Fiona Ma with Supervisor Perez.