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125 W 7th St
Hanford, CA, 93230
United States

(559) 584-1536

Kings United Way is focused on building partnership with local stakeholders to develop the best community possible.

We advance this mission by empowering our citizens to donate their time, talents and money to work with the best possible partners to make sure services for people in need are available.

Whether it is addressing chronic homelessness, child health and wellness, or advocacy for seniors, our goal is to develop a community of healthy children, thriving students, responsive adults, and active seniors.

News

Current Events and News in the Kings County non-profit community. 

Agency Spotlight: Kings SPCA Rescue

Payton Wescoat

Kings SPCA was founded in 1960, and has been serving Kings County for over 50 years by providing care to displaced or stray animals, and finding their "fur-ever" homes. I got the chance to stop by last weekend and talk with their staff about what they do and why they’re making such an impact.

“There is no condition that can’t be fixed, no problem too big.” That was a sentence that was brought up several times in our conversation. The staff at Kings SPCA works tirelessly to rehabilitate the animals placed in their care to ensure that they find a loving home. During my short visit at Kings SPCA I encountered several dogs and each had a unique story, from a brother and sister that had been rescued from another shelter, to a puppy that had swimmer syndrome and had to be taught how to walk. Every animal there has a background, and every animal is given the individual attention, love and care that they deserve. Kings SPCA puts in all of the work necessary to fix what needs to be fixed to find these animals their loving fur-ever homes.

We encourage you to check out Woofstock on October 1st at the Lemoore Raceway. This is going to be a fun afternoon of live music, games, food and much more, and you won't want to miss out! If you’re looking to volunteer, they are still looking for lots of help to set up and run the event! To sign up to be a volunteer, simply fill out the volunteer application on their website below, or at the rescue.

http://www.kingsspca.org

Agency Spotlight: Champions Recovery Alternative Programs

Payton

A well established figure in the community for many years, Champions Recovery Alternative Programs has been there helping people by “Putting Into Order Disordered Lives.” We got a chance to talk to their director this week about some of the programs they offer and community events they have coming up.

Services

Champions Recovery Alternatives was founded in 2001 and was originally focused on addressing teen substance use, but in the 15 years that have followed they have grown larger and more mature, focused on their mission statement to “Put Into Order Disordered Lives.” This motto is put into practice every time they take on a new client, as they take the time to assess the individual, find their strengths and use those strengths to build up the pieces of a healthier individual with a better life. Over the last 15 years they have expanded and added a wide variety of behavioral, social, and emotional treatment programs which include: residential treatment programs, day reporting centers, outpatient substance use programs, interpersonal violence programs, as well as programs that focus on healthy parent and family relationships.

Recent successes

Recently they had an individual graduate from the residential treatment program who went on to complete his undergraduate degree at a local college. He graduated near the top of the class with one of the highest GPA’s and was invited to speak at the graduation ceremony. He is now furthering his education, attending college to receive his bachelor’s degree in accounting, and he has been reunited with his children.

Up Coming Events

On September 17th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Champions will be hosting Recovery Fest at Lacey Park. Revamped for 2016, Recovery Fest is now an all-inclusive event for all types of recovery like homelessness, mental illness, trauma, abuse, violence, and substance use. The event will host volleyball and basketball tournaments, a Kids Zone, vendors, enrollment and information booths, art exhibits, music, dancers, stories, and testimonials. The event will kick off at 8 am with the “Love is a Million Colors” color run. For more information, you can visit the link below or call (559) 772-8144

www.championsrecoveryprograms.org

Meet Our New Intern!

Benjamin Fernandez

Kings United Way has a new intern, and we're very excited for you to meet him. This is Payton Wescoat of Hanford. A member of our staff had the opportunity to sit down and talk to this budding young prodigy and really get to know him.

Payton Wescoat

Payton Wescoat

Let’s see what he had to say:

So Payton, what are you currently studying?

“I’m studying computer information systems at West Hills College Lemoore, though I am looking to get my degree in business marketing.”

What do you hope to learn at Kings United Way during your internship?

“The way Kings United Way does marketing, what an office environment is like, community outreach. I’ve been interested in seeing how all of the preparation and behind the scenes work comes together to do successful community outreach.”

Do you have any future goals or aspirations?

“I’m just going with the flow. I don’t have a 5 or 10 year plan, but I have a general direction that I’m following. I’d like to work within the nonprofit community because I like the small office/personal feel that many of these agencies have.”

When you have spare time, what do you like to do?

“I have no spare time! All joking aside, I really enjoy spending time with my friends and playing video games. I also co-own a board and card game making company with some of my friends. We are called Hex-d Gaming and so far we have launched one game with more on the way.”

Can you talk about the game at all?

“It’s called Welcome to Darling: Adorable Outbreak. Without giving too much away, it’s about zombies coming in and taking over the town of Darling.”

That sounds great, now can you tell us about the nicest place you’ve ever been?

“Big Sur, California. Going there was an experience! It’s a very serene place, and we were at this beach that has a portal to the sun. A friend and I watched the ocean, and we’re big fanatics of the oceans.”

We’re very lucky to have Payton as part of our team, and we’re thankful for the help and personality he’s brought to our office. We know you’re going to make an impact wherever you go, but for now we are proud to call you part of the Kings United Way family.