70 Wishes

Kids waiting on their wishes from Strata Credit Union

Tell Us Your Wish

70 wishes for 70 years of service in Kern County

In honor of our 70th Anniversary, Strata CU is committing to fulfilling 70 wishes in our local community. Part of being a credit union is giving back to the community. We invite you to submit a wish on behalf of an individual or an organization that you feel is in need of a little help. We look forward to fulfilling 70 wishes by the end of 2019.

We wanted to do something special in celebration of our 70th anniversary that encompasses the foundational philosophy of the credit union movement. Credit Unions have always been about “people helping people.” With the help of our community, we will grant a total of 70 wishes for individuals or organizations that are in need right here in our community whose wishes will be submitted by someone on their behalf.

— Brandon Ivie, CEO

Easy as 1,2,3

Submit your wish

Our committee will evaluate needs

70 recipients will be chosen by 12/30/2019

70 Wishes Entry

1 Nominee Info
2 Sponsor Info
3 Wish Info
  • Individual or Organization Full Name residing in Kern County
  • Address


  1. Individual or organization must reside in Kern County
  2. Staff and members of their family are not eligible for wishes
  3. Membership at Strata Credit Union not necessary to nominate or receive a wish
  4. Wishes are to be described in detail.
  5. Nominations will be reviewed by the 70 Wishes Committee and recipients will be contacted directly.
  6. Selected wishes will be fulfilled by 12/30/2019

Food Security for CSUB Students

On Saturday 4/20/19, hundreds of community members came out to our Riverlakes Branch for free recycling and document shredding. Many of them also brought in non-perishable food and cash donations to the food pantry and took home edible gardening starter kits. At the end of a long day of planting, collecting donations and educating the community on the benefits of edible gardening, CSUB’s team went home with one last contribution from Strata Credit Union as our 11th Wish recipient.

Group photo giving donation to food pantry

Kern Bridges

Our 10th recipient of Strata’s “70 Wishes,” is Kern Bridges Youth Homes (KBYH). KBYH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe, stable, and consistent environment for children ages 0-21 years old. They offer continuous training, support, and encouragement to their Foster Families to ensure they are equipped to provide short-term, long-term and in some cases adoptive homes to match the various needs of children in their care.

Group Photo with Kern Bridges

Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development

Wish #9! Our ninth recipient of Strata’s “70 Wishes,” is FIELD (Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development). FIELD was founded in 1978 by Cesar Chavez to promote economic and social prosperity in rural communities for Latinos, working people, and their families. FIELD offers English as a Second Language (ESL) and literacy classes to adults over the age of 18 via “EPIC de Cesar Chavez,” which is a fully accredited charter high school for adults. Non-native English speakers are taught the skills needed to improve and integrate their basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. If you’d like to help support the efforts of FIELD, please join us on April 24, 2019 for the 3rd annual breakfast of Cesar Chavez.


A Family Reunited

Local resident Beatrice Bryant (age 91) has been separated for many years and by many miles, from Latesha James, her granddaughter who she raised from birth. Latesha lives in South Carolina. Work, life, and finances have kept them apart. Beatrice’s daughter Robin Hartney (Latesha’s Aunt) submitted a wish to help bring Latesha and her Grandmother together. On Saturday, April 6th, we made this wish come true.

We arranged the airfare, Robin rallied together family, friends, and even a few Strata Credit Union staff to join in a big surprise reunion at Meadows Field Airport. What a special moment it was!


Relay for Life

For our 7th wish we are picking up the baton and jumping back in the race to find a cure, with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Over the years as Kern Federal Credit Union, we made some incredible memories out at the Relay. We laughed as we played silly games, we cried as we reflected lost loved ones, we cheered on those fighting their battles, we stayed up way too late, and we’ve even “dressed up” on occasion. Fulfilling this wish to sponsor the 2019 Relay for Life was like reconnecting with an old friend.

Relay for life

Thank you to all of our current and past employees, friends, and families for supporting this event over the years. We wish the very best to all of the other teams and supporters of Relay for Life 2019.

All Star Bowl

Wish #6! Our 6th recipient of Strata’s “70 Wishes,” is The U.S. Army All Star Bowl. The All Star Bowl is a high school football game that showcases the county’s best football players and cheerleaders one last time! It is the only High School All Star Bowl played in an arena in the United States. Funds raised through sponsorships and ticket sales go directly towards the organizations scholarship program. The wish was to raise more money for the scholarships that will be given this year. This year’s bowl will take place on April 26th, 2019 at Rabobank Arena. Visit the Rabobank Arena Box Office to purchase tickets for this year’s game.

all star bowl

Congratulations to Stephanie Verrell and all of the participants and scholarship recipients at this year’s U.S. Army All Star Bowl!

Children Miracle Network

Wish #5! Our 5th recipient of Strata’s “70 Wishes,” is Children’s Miracle Network. The Lauren Small Children’s Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital cares for 37,000 children every year. Donations made to the Bakersfield Memorial Hospital (BMH) Foundation through the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) program help provide state-of-the art, life-saving equipment and assists with capital improvement projects for the Lauren Small Children’s Center. The BMH Foundation is Kern County’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital partner. 100% of funds raised with this program locally, stays right here in Kern County.

Group picture of children miracle network

Congratulations to Robin Woodward and the whole Children’s Miracle Network team for making Miracles happens in Kern County. Find out how you can “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are” at:

Arvin Color Guard

Wish #4! Our 4th recipient of Strata’s “70 Wishes,” is the Arvin High School Color Guard! Word got back to us tonight that time was running short for this talented group to raise the funds needed to cover their transportation expenses to compete at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH, April 3-6th.

Arvin Color Guard 2019

Congratulations to Arvin High School’s Color Guard! We are proud of you!

Kern County Basque Club’s Basque Dancers

Our 3rd recipient of Strata’s “70 Wishes,” is the Kern County Basque Club’s Basque Dancers. The dance group was formed in the early 1950’s by members of the organization to keep the tradition of folk dancing alive within the Basque community. Volunteers of The Kern County Basque Club have kept the tradition going strong in Bakersfield for over 60 years.

Current teachers Ashleigh Rossi, Elizabeth Othart and Josette McCrary performed in the dance group growing up and now volunteer, teaching children of members a variety of traditional Basque dances for their annual performances at the Kern County Basque Festival.


Basque Club can Dance

Renee Iturriria, a parent of one of the performers, submitted a nomination to upgrade the dancers 15-year old, not-so-portable music device to a more modern Bluetooth stereo for easier use and portability. The system is needed for their weekly practices and for fundraising events throughout Kern County.

Kern County Museum

Wish #2! Our 2nd recipient of Strata’s “70 Wishes,” is Ms. Lori Wear. Lori is the Curator at the Kern County Museum. She was nominated by two individuals who said she’d at times use her own money to fund restoration projects because she was “that passionate about her work in preserving local history.” We were thrilled to read Lori’s nominations and wanted to do what we could to help support her efforts in keeping Bakersfield’s history alive.

Congratulations to Lori and the Kern County Museum! We would also like to invite our community to help support the efforts of the Kern County Museum at:

Kern County Museum

While visiting Lori, we met two wonderful volunteers, Ms. Judy Evans and Ms. Micki Burcher who have also contributed both money and many hours to help Lori with her work preserving some of Bakersfield’s most rare photos among many other items.

BHS Band Gifted Camera

Our first recipient of “70 Wishes,” is the Bakersfield High School Drillers Marching Band led by Randy Bennett. The band’s wish was for an Insta360 ONE X Action Camera that they needed to film their concerts with. They share all of their concerts on YouTube as part of their fundraising efforts. This camera is projected to help raise an additional $2,000 per year for their music program.

BHS Band awarded a new camera to help raise money for their band program

Strata CU Executives presenting BHS Band with their wish of a new camera to be used for fundraising for their program.

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