Turner Park was built for the children staying at the Jamison
Center. It is a four acre park and includes a playground area and
volleyball court, covered area for picnics/parties, and lots of
grass for the kids to run and play. The park was built as a Kiwa
nis Division 33 project, and Westchester Kiwanis, Charter
member, Jim “Pop” Turner was instrumental in the actual
building of the park along with ensuring that Westchester
Kiwanis would provide equipment and ongoing maintenance of
the park since 1986. Every two weeks the Club mows, edges,
weed-whacks, and cuts the grass keeping the area looking good
for those deserving kids. In 2001, the park was named in Jim
Turner’s honor by the County Board of Supervisors, just two
years before his passing.
For over 40 years the Westchester Kiwanis Club of Bakersfield
have provided a Christmas Shopping Spree including breakfast
for approximately 60 underprivileged children in our
community. Many times these are the only Christmas gifts and
celebration the children will receive. The Club provides $150 for
each child to purchase gifts for their family and themselves.
Westchester Kiwanis Club supports Ronald McDonald House by
providing volunteers to assist with needed duties associated with
raising monies. Ronald McDonald House has many needs to help
provide services for families of hospitalized children as well as to
raise funds to remodel and enlarge existing facilities.