Keepers of the Kern Selected as 2020 Non-Profit of the Year for Assembly District 26

Justin Turner
Chief of Staff

Assemblyman Devon Mathis honors Kernville-based Keepers of the Kern as the 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year for Assembly District 26. “For years I have seen the amazing change the Keepers of the Kern and their “trash warriors” make on the Kern River. They decided to take an unfortunate situation and become part of a solution. Their leadership and concern for the beautiful area in Assembly District 26 that they live in is inspiring. We are proud of CalNonprofits to honor them with this award.

Their work blesses not only the residents of Kernville but the many visitors that travel to the area.” “This super great news could not have come at a better time for all of us. Since we are all “in the pits” over what is taking place this season with the increase in visitors, extreme amounts of trash, garbage and human waste and, of course, the Covid19 situation.

We are humbled by this recognition and want to thank Mr. Mathis and the CalNonprofits for considering Keepers for this prestigious award.” Barbara Hinkey Co-Founder/ Exec. Director This is the fifth year of the California Nonprofit of the Year initiative, and with nonprofits doing more than ever to help their communities weather this COVID-19 crisis, their work should rightfully be celebrated.

“Nonprofits are often hidden in plain sight,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “With one in every 14 California jobs being at a nonprofit, honoring a California Nonprofit of the Year shows that elected officials recognize and celebrate the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts. We urge everyone to appreciate the collective impact of nonprofits in our communities.