DOWNTOWN 2001 Oak Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 (661) 328-3600
AUTOMALL 5300 Gasoline Alley Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93313 (661) 837-6400
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Our corporate and employee involvement have a long history in Kern County. As a focus, we try to work on long-term approaches to support health care and education. These are areas requiring a great deal of commitment of our time and resources... with our goal to help improve the quality of life in our community.
In December of 1994, over 200 Ford Dimension Alumni from across the country gathered to honor Jim Burke and thank him for the contributions he made to better the educational experiences of young people through the Ford Dimension program. As a tribute to him, they announced the founding of the Jim Burke Education Foundation. The Foundation’s purpose is to continue the spirit of Jim Burke’s generosity by contributing to the educational support of others.
Through our annual Ghost Party fund raiser the Foundation is able to distributes each year over $12,000 to teachers, students and community organizations in the form of scholarships, mini grants and awards. Learn more about the Jim Burke Education by clicking the newsletter to the right.
These 32 achieving high school juniors will be part of our youth leadership programs during their senior year. Together they will continue the legacy of Jim Burke’s generosity and civic spirit by developing and implementing four significant community service projects. Welcome to our Ford Family!
John Abrams, Garces
Sophia Caputo, BHS
Jackson Carroll, Liberty
Gabriela Chumpitaz, Frontier
Ryan Crowley, BHS
Ishani Desai, Centennial
Spencer Glazer, Independence
Luisa Guzman-Gomez, East
Carlos Hernandez, Golden Valley
Samantha Jimenez, Mira Monte
Raja Kumar, Ridgeview
Raguvir Kunani, Stockdale
Artemis Mansur, Liberty
Grace Martinez, West
Clayton Nalesnik, Stockdale
Sean Nguyen, Frontier
Zach Parham, Frontier
Caleb Pollema, BCHS
Karen Quezada, East
Carlos Ramirez, South
Laura Randolph, Highland
Krystal Raynes, Independence
Emma Reynolds, Liberty
Kathryn Rodriguez, Centennial
Kyra Sales, Garces
Edgar Sanchez Jr., North
Shikha Srinivas, Stockdale
Tyler Sweaney, BCHS
Tommy Toretta, Garces
Daniel Tweedy, Highland
Andrea Uribe, Ridgeview
Victoria Von Flue, BHS
The program began in 1975 with a pilot group of 4 seniors from West High School. It was originally designed to be a “youth connection” panel for the dealership that provided off-campus orientation and education about the free enterprise system and the business community. It has evolved since then into a 10 member board that continues to foster business-youth communication but with an
emphasis on volunteerism, career development, and business ethics.
Representatives from both Ford Dimension and Dream Builders attend monthly meetings together with a focus on leadership development, character, communication and career building skills. Since there is a business component to the Ford Dimension program, the representatives are provided the opportunity to “shadow” individuals involved in careers they would like to pursue. Luncheon meetings are also scheduled with elected government officials, corporate Ford executives, and Rotary members. Additionally, the students have the opportunity to serve as youth mentors and participate in unique activities with Special Olympics.
We now have over 490 Ford Dimension Alumni whose careers range from Catholic priest, Director of the New York Stock Exchange, International VP of Coors, Commander of the Kingfisher (nuclear minesweeper), pro football and baseball players to authors, actors, musicians, doctors, lawyers and terrific moms and dads. In 1995 the Ford Dimension Alumni honored Jim Burke with the establishment of an Education Foundation in his name. Each spring The Jim Burke Education Foundation distributes over $18,000 to teachers, students and community organizations in the form of scholarships, mini grants and awards. It also oversees and directs Dream Builders, a student leadership program.
42nd Class of
The Ford Dimension
Left to Right:
Sophia Caputo BHS
Raguvir Kunani Stockdale
Kyra Sales Garces
Shikha Srinivas Stockdale
Caleb Pollema BCHS
Ryan Crowley BHS
Samantha Jimenez Mira Monte
Zach Parham Frontier
Artemis Mansur Liberty
Tyler Sweaney BCHS
In 2003, Ford Dimension Alumni along with the Jim Burke Education Foundation created a new leadership program, Dream Builders, for achieving high school seniors with a focus on civic responsibility, life skills, and leadership development.
Its purpose is to share the value of civic responsibility as a lifetime commitment with students who have demonstrated a desire to make a difference in their community. Approximately 22 students are teamed with corporate sponsors and charged with developing a community service project. Additionally, the students will have the opportunity to serve as youth mentors as well as participate in unique activities with Habitat for Humanity, Bakersfield Homeless Shelter, and Special Olympics. Ford Dimension and Dream Builder representatives also attend monthly meetings together that focus on leadership development, character, communication and career building skills.
Corporate team sponsors have included Aera Energy, American General Media, Castle & Cooke, Wells Fargo Bank, Bright House Networks, Rabobank, Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield and Kern Schools Credit Union. With their help these exceptional students have proven that given the opportunity and support they can create big dreams, and achieve them as well.
From Left to Right: Spencer Glazer Independence, Gabriela Chumpitaz Frontier, John Abrams Garces,
Laura Randolph Highland, Carlos Hernandez Golden Valley, Victoria Von Flue BHS, Daniel Tweedy Highland,
Jackson Carroll Liberty, Karen Quezada East, Andrea Uribe Ridgeview, Sean Nguyen Frontier, Grace Martinez West, Tommy Toretta Garces, Kathryn Rodriguez Centennial, Carlos Ramirez South, Luisa Guzman-Gomez East,
Emma Reynolds Liberty, Clayton Nalesnik Stockdale, Raja Kumar Ridgeview, Ishani Desai Centennial,
Krystal Raynes Independence, Edgar Sanchez North
Boys & Girls Club Kid’s Fair: Health, education, community support groups represented
Esteem Team: Program for elementary school children focusing on self-esteem
Bakersfield Homeless Shelter: “Spring Fling” dinner, dancing, carnival for the clients
Sweets for seniors: Connecting young hearts with the forgotten elderly through valentines
Dreams Still Come True: 1940’s USO musical variety show for the “greatest generation”
Boys & Girls Club: Trash can painting contest turned into an environmental art mural
Jamison Center: “Extreme Makeover, Garden Edition” provided a new play courtyard
Get Up, Get Out, Get Movin, Get Fit: Elementary school program on obesity & fitness
Madera Children’s Hospital: “Kids Reaching Kids” gave get well cards/signs to sick kids
Bright Futures Recycling: Educating elementary students about recycling & B.A.R.C.
Senior Fit Club-Fall Proof Project: Students designed & taught a senior fitness class
Family Free Day: A day at the Bakersfield Museum of Art dedicated to families and art
S.O.S.–Support Our Soldiers: Over 3,000 student cards were sent to soldiers overseas.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S: Vignettes for students with autism
Anti-G’s: Anti Gang and Graffiti awareness and art
One Team, One Dream: Every Fifteen Minutes Drinking & Driving Project
Operation Home Front: Students provided videos & support for troops and families
Fit & Fun 4 Everyone: An after school program to combat obesity and improve health
Dear Hero: A school assembly highlighting Veterans and their junior high pen-pals
Coloring Our Community: Children at the homeless shelter cut, color and paint with artists
H.E.R.O.E.S.: An interactive puppet show teaches children to stand up to bullies
Share Your Sole: Homeless shelter children received new shoes, mentoring and self esteem lessons
Music For the Ages: A series of musical performances for the elderly at retirement homes
P.L.A.Y.: A new outdoor play area for children with autism at the Lori Brock Learning Center
S.T.A.M.P.: Creating music from recycled for a school performance with a jungle theme
Healthy Choice Informants: Children learned about healthy living and exercise by building a garden
Art for Special Kids: Deaf students learned to express themselves through art and music
Junior Einstein Mad Scientists: Hands on science projects helped spark interests in science careers.
McDream Builders: Raised awareness for the Ronald McDonald House throughout local hospitals.
Gleaners Outreach Operatives: Students express gratitude for snacks donated by Gleaners
Becoming Active Mentors: Workshops encourage Garden Pathways students to follow their passions
Heart Beat Elite: “Healthy Super-Heroes” taught kids to be healthy with exercise and nutritional games
Students with Awesome Goals: Taught kids about science and healthy eating by building a garden
H.O.P. (Helping Others Play): Refurbished the playground at the Lori Brock Children’s Center
Get Fit: Created a cookbook and cooking lessons with the Mercy Learning Center Students
Pedalpalooza: Raised bike awareness through a community bike parade with Bike Bakersfield
A Community Act: Exposed Garden Pathways students to the fine arts with professional workshops
Running for Ronald: Educated and inspired children to support the Ronald McDonald House
heART Therapy: Provided art workshop for Autistic students then displayed their finished artwork
Fuel the Future: Motivated children to stay in school to achieve their future dreams with presentations
Got the Dot?: Film festival where participants described the importance of organ and tissue donation
Water Warriors: Created a video, “Do the Water”, to educate on water conservation
Hearts for Home: A special Valentine’s Day event at Champ Camp for the homeless
Undercover Agents: Collected and donated thousands of needed undergarments
Smiles Across the Generations: Valentine’s Day social for the elderly at Glenwood Gardens
The Need to Read: Literacy awareness via personal book publishing and story-telling
Kind Is the New Cool: Created a “Kindness Curriculum” to be used throughout Kern County
Block ON!: Skin Cancer Awareness and free preventative Health Screening initiative
You’re Worth More: Awareness and tools to help end cyber-bullying in Kern County
Making a Difference! Opportunities to serve our community
Our new student leaders spent a little free time this summer finding ways to serve the Bakersfield community and in the process discovered that the months of June and July can be filled with life changing experiences.
Throughout the city there is an abundance of organizations focused on helping those in need and most of them always welcome the assistance of additional volunteers. Once they began looking, our students were amazed at how many opportunities exist to serve others.
They enjoyed serving dinner to the needy at St. Frances Church, making root beer floats for the homeless at the St. Vincent DePaul Center, dishing out supper for clients at the Bakersfield Homeless Center, and mentoring young children at the Police Activities League. Our students were inspired and motivated by their summer experiences and look forward to continuing to serve the community in various ways.
Bakersfield Homeless Shelter
Bakersfield Art Museum
Bakersfield Police Activity League - PAL
Boy’s & Girls Club
Ronald McDonald House
M.A.R.E. (On line Application)
C.A.L.M. (On line Application)
Golden Empire Gleaners
Honor Flight Kern County: (On line Application)
St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter
Jim Burke Ford Lincoln is a proud participant in the Community Reading Project, a joint project of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, The Bakersfield Californian and The United Way of Kern County. The reading program is a community effort to improve the reading skills of the children in Kern County. Jim Burke Ford Lincoln is happy to have been involved since the inception of the program.
We have a team of employees who volunteer to assist second-grade students with reading difficulties at Franklin Elementary School. These volunteers are known as “reading coaches” and commit one hour, one day a week during the school year.
During each visit, four students are coached individually for 15 minutes each. A different volunteer is in the classroom every day, assuring daily guided practice for the selected students. Results are measured at the end of each semester for each student. A one-hour commitment can improve those results dramatically.
Employees who have participated in this program in the past have commented on what a rewarding program this is, not only for the students, but also for the employee.
We are proud of our employees volunteering their time for this very worthwhile community project.
Jim Burke Ford Lincoln employees nominate and vote on a charity of their choice as a way of giving back to our community. The 2016 employee charity is Honor Flight Kern County. We have a variety of fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for the charity such as denim day, preferred parking, burrito and bake sales, furniture and equipment sales, BBQ’s and of course we encourage payroll deductions. Our goal is to raise over $10,000 for the selected charity. Our employees also volunteer their time to the charity for specific events, which is priceless!
Honor Flight Kern County (HFKC) is an all-volunteer non-profit created to honor veterans of Kern County and surrounding areas. There are approximately 46,000 veterans in Kern County with over 8,000 of them World War II and Korean Veterans. Our mission is to honor and send America’s veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in THEIR honor for their service to our country - at no cost to the veteran. Every veteran accepted by HFKC for this honor travels at no cost to him/her due to the generosity of tax deductible donations from our community. The trips include all air and ground transportation, meals, overnight accommodations, and guided tours. With your donations, these American Heroes receive a hero’s send-off in Bakersfield and a hero’s welcome in Washington, D.C.
Learn more about the Honor Flight Kern County by visiting honorflightkerncounty.org.
The Drive One 4UR Class program supports teachers by allowing their own discretionary spending of dollars for their classroom needs. Many teachers commonly use their own money for basic classroom supplies and other creative materials to engage students. The Drive One 4UR Class program allows Jim Burke Ford Lincoln to help support student learning from solely the teacher’s perspective.
Jim Burke Ford Lincoln randomly selects teachers to support. The funds are provided in $500 increments for each teacher at the high school, junior high or elementary school levels. The teacher is provided a vehicle for a two-day test drive, takes a short survey about their driving experience and describes how they plan to use the money for their classroom.
Dear Mikie Hay,
I wanted to let you know that with the 500 hundred dollars I was able to buy subscriptions to Flocabulary and Brainpop. These are two educational websites. The websites have been very useful to engage students in the daily lessons. It also makes learning exciting for my students since most of them do not have the funds to purchase these subscriptions on their own. Without the additional funds there would have been no way I could have been able to get one much less two subscriptions. With the remaining funds I will be purchasing books for our classroom library. Without the help of generous businesses like yours, this would not have been possible.
VP of Community Affairs
Jim Burke Ford
P.O. Box 2686
Bakersfield, CA 93303
Email Mikie Hay
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Thank you for visiting Jim Burke Ford Lincoln, with two convenient locations, Downtown and the Bakersfield Automall. Founded in 1913, we have a long history of serving the transportation needs for generations of customers in Kern County. With a remarkable line-up of new Ford and Lincoln vehicles, used cars and trucks, low interest financing, paint and auto body repairs, retail and wholesale parts, short and long term rentals, authorized factory warranty and customer repairs, and quick maintenance to keep your vehicle performing well and safe.
Located in Bakersfield, CA, we offer the best customer service and great new car prices to our neighbors in Arvin, Rosedale, Shafter, Delano, Taft, Lamont, Oildale, McFarland, Lancaster, Valencia, Santa Clarita, Walnut Creek, Tehachapi, Pine Mountain Club and beyond. Whether you are looking for a new or used Ford or Lincoln, know we also service all makes and models. That includes Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Honda, Kia, Chevrolet, GMC, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen and more.
Come visit our showroom at the Auto Mall in Southwest Bakersfield or our main showroom downtown on Oak Street to see this year’s Ford cars such as the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford Fusion, Ford Mustang, Ford C-MAX, Ford Taurus. Ford has an impressive line-up of Crossovers like the Ford Transit, Ford Edge, Ford Flex. Ford is a leader in Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) with their economic Ford Escape, popular Ford Explorer and local favorite, the Ford Expedition. For the environmental or fiscally conscious individual, Ford offers a variety of Hybrids and EVs (Electric Vehicles): Ford C-Max Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion Energi and the Ford Focus Electric. Of course, Ford has an award winning and popular line-up of trucks like the Ford Transit Connect, Ford F-150, Ford Transit Van and the Ford Super Duty. For our commercial vehicles clients looking for fleet vehicles: the Ford Transit Connect, Ford Transit Van, Ford Transit Cutaway, Ford E-Series Cutaway, Ford Super Duty Pickup, Ford Chassis Cab, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, on the lot or ordered to meet your needs. We also offer luxury through our Lincoln line-up. Enjoy driving the Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln MKS, and the Lincoln Navigator.
Maintain your vehicle at one of our two convenient Bakersfield locations. Jim Burke Ford Lincoln is the factory authorized parts & service dealer. We inventory over one million dollars in parts, and can usually provide parts the same or next day, and our maintenance and warranty repair shops offer factory trained techs and Ford certified master mechanics.
We also do same day service with no appointment necessary to ALL makes and ALL models at our Quick Lane. You don’t have to drive a Ford or Lincoln to service at Quick Lane. Enjoy the waiting room while we perform your oil change or update your tires, even if you drive a Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Honda, Kia, Chevy, GMC, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Infiniti — we can deliver same-day service!
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