Kern County Aging & Adult Services

Outreach Program: Volunteer Senior Outreach (VSOP)

This outreach program provides socialization and stimulation to 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.

View additional information about Kern County outreach program (VSOP)  (PDF)

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:
    Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Crisis Hotline:   (800) 991-5272
  • Or:
    To receive services through VSOP, contact
    Melissa Gibson-Enciso, VSOP Coordinator
    Phone: (661) 868-1000
    Toll Free: (800) 510-2020
    FAX: (661) 868-0991
    Email: vsopinfo@kerncounty.com
    Address: Kern County Aging and Adult Services
    5357 Truxtun Ave. (just east of Mohawk)
    Bakersfield, CA 93309
    Get Map  (opens new window)
    To receive services in Kern River Valley, call
    Phone: (760) 379-3412 and ask for Cindy Brown
    To receive services in Tehachapi, call
    Phone: (661) 822-8223
    To receive services in Wasco/Shafter, call
    Phone: (661) 758-7332
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, apply below or contact
Melissa Gibson-Enciso, VSOP Coordinator
Phone: (661) 868-1058
Toll Free: (800) 510-2020
FAX: (661) 868-0991
Email: vsopinfo@kerncounty.com
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 VSOP in Kern River Valley, apply below or call
Phone: (760) 379-3412 and ask for Cindy Brown
To volunteer for VSOP in Tehachapi, apply below or call
Phone: (661) 822-8223
To volunteer for VSOP in Wasco/Shafter, apply below or call
Phone: (661) 758-7332
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