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Charitable Giving

A respected community member

Being a “respected community member” is part of our vision. We are committed to volunteering our energy and making charitable contributions—it’s a part of what Aera was founded upon—it’s in our DNA.

At Aera, supporting and strengthening the communities in which we operate is inherent to culture. And it’s more than just handing out checks:  it’s about people coming together, listening to understand where there is need, and taking action to help our communities thrive.

Giving highlights

In addition to volunteer and mentoring efforts, Aera provides targeted financial support to more than 100 community organizations each year. Some of our most visible community investments include:

  • The Aera Clinic at the San Joaquin Hospital’s Grossman Burn Center in Bakersfield
  • Aera Park—a 22-acre City of Bakersfield youth baseball complex
  • Aera Energy Concentration in Occupational Safety and Health Management at CSU Bakersfield
  • Aera Energy Gymnasium at the Westside Recreation and Park District
  • Ready to Start—a school readiness program for pre-kindergartners developed with education and business partners

Organizations we support

Education

  • Bakersfield City School District
  • Bakersfield College
  • Belridge School District
  • Bradley Union High School
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Channel Islands
  • Coalinga High School
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Keep Foundation (past)
  • Kern County Science Foundation
  • Kern County Superintendent of Schools
  • Kern High School District Educational Foundation 
  • Lemoore High School
  • Maricopa Unified School District
  • Montana Tech of the University of Montana
  • Partners in Education
  • Paso Robles High School
  • Roosevelt Elementary School
  • San Ardo School
  • Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
  • Science Bowl
  • South High School
  • Taft City School District
  • Taft College Foundation
  • Taft Union High School
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Ventura Education Partnership
  • West Hills Community College
  • Westmont College

Health & Human Services

  • American Cancer Society
  • Bakersfield Homeless Center (past)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Kern County
  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County
  • Boys and Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley
  • Boys & Girls Club of Ventura County
  • California Narcotic Officers Association
  • CASA at the Vineyard
  • CASA of Kern County
  • Foodbank Coalition of San Luis Obispo
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
  • Friends of Mercy Foundation (past)
  • Garden Pathways
  • INROADS
  • Kern Adult Literacy Council
  • Kern Community Foundation
  • Kern County Sheriff’s Activities League (past)
  • Links for Life
  • NatureTrack Foundation
  • Ready to Start
  • RISE – North County Women’s Shelter
  • R.M. Pyles Boys Camp
  • Salvation Army – Ventura
  • San Ardo Fire Protection
  • San Joaquin Community Hospital – Grossman Burn Center (past)
  • Santa Barbara County Firefighters
  • Santa Barbara Foundation
  • Santa Maria Valley YMCA
  • Society for Disabled Children
  • Stop the Violence
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • United Way of Fresno County
  • United Way of Kern County
  • United Way of Monterey County
  • United Way of San Luis Obispo County
  • United Way of Santa Barbara County (North)
  • United Way of Santa Barbara County (South)
  • United Way of Ventura County
  • Valley Achievement Center (past)
  • Valley Fever America’s Foundation (past)
  • Volunteer Center of Kern County
  • West Kern Petroleum Summit
Arts & Culture

  • Assistance League of Bakersfield
  • Bakersfield Black Gold Production
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art
  • Bakersfield Sports Foundation (past)
  • Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
  • Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference
  • Buena Vista Museum of Natural History
  • California Living Museum (CALM)
  • California Oil Museum
  • Children’s Museum of Santa Barbara
  • Coalinga Huron Library District
  • Community Partnership of Kern
  • Girl Scouts of Central California
  • Pacific Coast Business Times
  • Paso Robles Library Foundation
  • R.C. Baker Museum
  • Taft Oildarado
  • Valley Public Radio

Environmental

  • Adopt-A-Highway (Belridge)
  • Adopt-A-Highway (Taft)
  • Kern Green (Don’t Trash Me)
  • Ride Your Bike to Work Week
  • San Joaquin Valley Air (past)
  • The Wildlands Conservancy

Economic Development

  • Bakersfield Rotary Foundation
  • Camarillo Chamber of Commerce
  • Chamber of Commerce Alliance of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
  • City of Coalinga
  • Coalinga Chamber of Commerce
  • Coalition of Labor Agriculture and Business (COLAB)
  • EconAlliance
  • Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Goleta Chamber of Commerce
  • Kern County Board of Trade
  • Kern County Farm Bureau
  • Kern County Taxpayers Association
  • Kern Economic Development Corporation
  • Kern Economic Development Foundation
  • Kern Energy Festival
  • Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
  • Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau
  • Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Santa Barbara Taxpayers Association
  • Santa Barbara Technology and Industry Association
  • Santa Maria Rotary Foundation
  • Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Taft District Chamber of Commerce
  • Ventura Chamber of Commerce
  • Ventura Community Partners Foundation
  • Ventura County
  • Ventura County Economic Development Association
  • Ventura County Superintendent of Schools
  • Ventura Police Activities League