The Lake Family Foundation was pleased to support the local Golden Empire Gleaners in 2013 with the purchase of a Ford F-650 truck. This truck, the largest in the Gleaners’ fleet, is a welcome addition.
According to Executive Director, Pam Fiorini, the truck is being used to pick-up large agricultural loads from donors, and to deliver food for the Gleaners’ Senior Sack program that delivers food to over 23 different sites twice per month. Fiorini said that the new Ford replaced an old truck that was beyond repair, and that the donation helped them to purchase a brand new vehicle that is more efficient and environmentally friendly than the older truck.
The Foundation’s gift will also help with structural repairs to the Gleaners’ facility.
“The Lake Foundation has been great about making a significant gift toward something big for us,” Fiorini said. She said that for many years the Foundation has been helpful in donating funds towards specific projects, including the construction of a new roof, which then encourages other groups to donate as well.
The Lake Family Foundation donated two new vehicles to the American Red Cross Kern Chapter. The new Ford F-150 truck will help haul equipment to those in need, and a new Ford Escape will help transport victims to safety during emergencies.
Amy Smith, Director of Kern Red Cross said that the Kern Chapter is “very grateful for the Lake Family Foundation’s partnership and support of our local Red Cross.” She said, “This grant allows us to be even more prepared to respond to emergencies and to expand our programs”. Smith noted that these vehicles are helpful in assisting response efforts to emergency and disaster situations that occur in Kern County.
So far this year, the Kern Chapter has responded to over 100 home fires and assisted in providing food, clothing, shelter, counseling, and comfort to over 350 individuals. “We could not have purchased these vehicles without their generous support,” Smith said.
Norris Middle School will soon see a new, larger library thanks in part to a donation given by The Lake Family Foundation. The new library will be named for Lake family matriarch, Mary Louise Robinson, who attended Norris School from 1926 to 1935. This project is part of a greater overhaul being done to improve several areas of the campus, including classrooms and eating areas.
The new library is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. The expansive 6,000 square foot space will house an improved technology area, which will have over 30 computers, a professional research area, and a project area that will house materials and supplies for the students to utilize.
Cynthia Lake, President of the Lake Family Foundation, said the library is a fitting tribute to her mother, who is 91 years old. “My mom is a very avid reader who loves books, so we thought it would be a great idea and a great honor,” Lake said.