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HANFORD — The Kings Community Action Organization (KCAO) is getting some recognition June 22 in Sacramento.

KCAO will join about 70 other nonprofits across the state to be honored as a Nonprofits of the Year at the inaugural California Nonprofits Day event hosted by the California Association of Nonprofits. California legislators selected a nonprofit from their home district to be honored and KCAO was nominated by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield. KCAO is representing the 32nd Assembly District. 

“It’s a really good feeling to receive that award,” said KCAO Executive Director Jeff Garner. “We are just extremely happy and delighted that we are able to get recognized in this way.”

At the event, award recipients will visit the Assembly floor and attend a luncheon at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. 

Garner said his entire staff was surprised when they were notified of winning the award.

“We had no idea that the award was available or that it existed,” he said.

Garner said KCAO does not work hard just to be recognized. He said their main focus is to serve people in Kings County, which is the reason why he thinks the organization was nominated.

“We have programs and services that focus on really helping individuals and families trying to build a foundation of self-sufficiency,” he said. “All of this is done with the amazing staff and volunteers that come to our agency. They are dedicated, passionate and committed.”

KCAO has been serving the area since 1965 and helps more than 11,000 people each year through its Head Start preschool, child care assistance, home energy reduction, youth services, hunger prevention, nutrition education and domestic violence and sexual assault programs.

“We have 250 staff members and 500 volunteers who just have this belief that they can make a difference in their community and have a possible impact on one individual or a thousand individuals,” Garner said. “That’s what I am most proud of – the belief and spirit to serve our community.”

Garner said he is looking forward to going to Sacramento with his staff and board members.

“It’s really a time to be up there as a team and a chance to reflect on the good work that we have done,” he said.

This reporter can be reached at csandoval@hanfordsentinel.com or 583-2422. 

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