Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association - Bakersfield Chapter Overview
Target demographics: There are 107,719 youth between the ages of 5 and 18 years of age in Bakersfield based upon the 2010 census. We do not have the number of youth of this age group involved in athletics.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Each year we host two fundraisers, a BBQ and Gala. Volunteers are needed to help with donations, raffle, ticket sales and set upVolunteers are greatly needed to help promote and work on these events. Volunteers are needed to help find donors/sponsors to help with our fundraisers. We need community involvement to continue to pursue available resources of grant funding from organizations with like missions. We need volunteers/members dedicated to promoting solutions to prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest.When you volunteer your time, you become part of a growing movement of volunteers across the country, working to realize our mission and vision. This is an exciting opportunity for involvement, for community building and for personal growth.Your voice and presence are needed to make an impact!
Geographic areas served: Bakersfield - Kern County
Programs: SCAA, Bakersfield Chapter has joined forces with Start A Heart Bakersfield, a coalition of our local healthcare organizations, to educate and train school personnel and coaches with CPR/AED training. We are dedicated to increasing the survival rate from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. We are working together to help our community implement comprehensive, long-term, public access defibrillator programs.
The Kern High School District board of trustees voted unanimously to place Automated External Defibrillators known as AEDs on all its campuses. Fundraisers will be held to help purchase and place AEDs in our schools.
Following this tragic loss, we started a grassroots campaign to raise awareness among schools and youth organizations about the importance of having Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
Educating ourselves and others on the issues, obstacles, and benefits of SCA prevention, resuscitation, and treatment. We want to contribute meaningful service to our community. While diverse backgrounds and talents will lend to the success of programming set forth, it is important to establish the specific aims of the local chapter, based on its greatest needs, be it peer support for SCA survivors, awareness of the need for defibrillators in all of our schools, public places, and focusing on SCA prevention.
The main outcomes of this support will be: 1) Continued expansion of our work in the community for the prevention of unexpected death among youth and young adults; 2) To provide and encourage increased numbers of screenings to eliminate any parent from having to lose a child to SCA; 3) To promote for training classes of CPR and AEDs; 4) To purchase AEDs The main outcomes of this support will be: 1) Continued expansion of our work in the community for the prevention of unexpected death among youth and young adults; 2) To provide and encourage increased numbers of screenings to eliminate any parent from having to lose a child to SCA; 3) To promote for training classes of CPR and AEDs; 4) To purchase AEDs for placement in the community and launch the Public Access Defibrillator program on a wider scale throughout the community, and 5) Lives saved.
Fundraisers will be held to help purchase and place AEDs in our high schools.
Having AEDs deployed at easily accessible locations can allow on-site trained individuals to deliver potentially life-saving defibrillation therapy quickly and effectively. On average, it takes EMS teams in the U.S. 6 to 12 minutes to arrive on the scene. 90-95 percent of all SCA victims die. Most deaths from SCA can be prevented with rapid response and treatment. By placing AEDs on school grounds, not only are students safer, but so are teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and visitors.
The Bakersfield-Kern County High School District is the largest in California. This is a huge accomplishment.
Defibrillators Approved for Local High Schools