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County of Kern
Aging and Adult Services
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Volunteer Senior Outreach
Description/Services Provided
The purpose is to provide socialization and stimulation to the individuals that are isolated and alone. The program utilizes community volunteers to make regular contact with this specific population and act as advocates on their behalf.
As of 2012, these same services are available in the Bakersfield area, under the name SAGE (Seniors Active, Giving and Engaged). In the remote areas of Kern County the program is still referred to as VSOP (Volunteer Senior Outreach Program.)
View additional information about Bakersfield outreach program (SAGE) View additional information about Kern County outreach program (VSOP)
Information on Receiving Services through VSOP/SAGE
Who Should be Referred
Persons 60 years or older who are
  • Homebound or isolated
  • In a fragile physical and/or mental state
  • In need of social support
  • Experiencing loss of loved ones and/or grief
  • Suicidal or depressed
  • Having issues controlling alcohol and/or substance use
  • Would benefit from a mental health screening or socialization with peers
If any of these sound like someone you know, see How to Receive Services below.
How to Receive Services
  • If you need immediate assistance, call this number:
    Mental Health Crisis Hotline:   (800) 991-5272
  • Or:
    To receive services through VSOP, contact
    Mac McBratney, VSOP Coordinator
    Phone: (661) 868-1021
    Email: vsopinfo@co.kern.ca.us
    Address: Kern County Aging and Adult Services
    5357 Truxtun Ave. (just east of Mohawk)
    Bakersfield, CA 93309
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    To receive services through SAGE, call
    Phone: 661-868-5050
    661-868-5031
    To receive services through VSOP or SAGE in Kern River Valley, call
    Phone: (760) 379-3412 and ask for Cindy Brown
    To receive services for VSOP or SAGE in Tehachapi, call
    Phone: (661) 822-8223 and ask for Leslie Rick
    To receive services for VSOP or SAGE Wasco/Shafter, call
    Phone: (661) 758-7332 and ask for Melanie Davies-Haynes
Information on Volunteering for VSOP/SAGE
Characteristics of Volunteers
  • Compassion for Older Adults
  • Willingness to Serve
  • Available to Make the Commitment
  • Active Listener
  • Ability to Express Empathy
  • Willingness to Learn New Skills
How to Volunteer
To volunteer for VSOP in Bakersfield, contact
Mac McBratney, VSOP Coordinator
Phone: (661) 868-1021
Email: vsopinfo@co.kern.ca.us
Address: Kern County Aging and Adult Services
5357 Truxtun Ave. (just east of Mohawk)
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Get Map  (opens new window)
To volunteer for SAGE in Bakersfield, call
Phone: 661-868-5050
661-868-5031
To volunteer for VSOP or SAGE in Kern River Valley, call
Phone: (760) 379-3412 and ask for Cindy Brown
To volunteer for VSOP or SAGE in Tehachapi, call
Phone: (661) 822-8223 and ask for Leslie Rick
To volunteer for VSOP or SAGE Wasco/Shafter, call
Phone: (661) 758-7332 and ask for Melanie Davies-Haynes

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