RELEASE - Salas Recognizes KCHCC Foundation for Vital Work during Pandemic

AT&T & community partners awards $3,000 for expanding COVID-19 help to seniors, farmworkers & local businesses


BAKERSFIELD, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined Bakersfield City Councilmember Eric Arias and Chris Parlier, as well as AT&T and Jay Tamsi, President and CEO of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (KCHCC), to award a $3,000 check to expand COVID-19 outreach, education, vaccinations, and to support local farmworkers and frontline workers. This investment, which was secured for the KCHCC Business Education Foundation, will support the organizations’ Latino COVID-19 Task Force and their Project Abuelita, which helps elderly, disabled or non-English speaking residents through the testing and vaccination process.


“I am pleased to have partnered with AT&T in recognizing our community partners that have been instrumental in getting information and vaccines out to our communities,” said Assemblymember Salas. “KCHCC Business Education Foundation mobilized during the pandemic when we needed them most. With increased support, we will be able to reach more of our seniors, farmworkers, and frontline workers to get them the help they need to stay healthy and safe.”


Assemblymember Salas and AT&T awarded KCHCC Business Education Foundation with this investment at Planz Park for the annual Trunk or Treat event. This investment was secured to support the incredible work of the KCHCC Business Education Foundation and their efforts creating the Latino COVID-19 Task Force, which was instrumental in reaching out to the Latino community and educating hard-to-reach groups about vaccinations, testing, PPE equipment and small business support.


“On behalf of the KCHCC Business Education Foundation, it is an honor to receive this $3,000 check from Assemblymember Salas and AT&T,” said Jay Tamsi, President and CEO of KCHCC. “This investment will support our COVID-19 vaccination outreach, and bolster Project Abuelita and our mental help-line for our community.”


The Task Force had over 100 locations, tested over 20,000 residents, and vaccinated over 25,000, including 3,000 farmworkers in all of Kern County, including rural areas like Lamont and Arvin.