(new)April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! In 2011, 880 reports were made to the Bartow County DFCS Child Protection Services. Of these reports, 316 were actually investigated… only 1/3 of the reports made. These are the young faces in your community. Prevention means understanding the conditions that make children vulnerable and taking the action necessary to improve those conditions. Preventing child abuse means strengthening the ability of parents and communities to care for their children’s health and well-being. Prevention is only a phone call away.
Advocates for Children proudly serves as the official community-based Chartered Council for Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Georgia. Network members have provided leadership for the prevention of child maltreatment in Georgia for more than 25 years, and we share the core principles of valuing children, strengthening families, and engaging communities. Advocates for Children sponsors community events and activities to build and strengthen awareness of child abuse and neglect issues. The effort to break the cycle continues all year, every year…don’t wait for April to raise awareness!! There is no excuse for child abuse. If you have questions about child abuse prevention or would like to be involved, contact Advocates @ 770-387-1143. If you ever suspect child abuse or neglect, please call 911 or Bartow County DFCS at 770.387.3710.
(new)Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential is launching a statewide essay contest in May as a part of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Six winning essays will be awarded monetary prizes and the students will be recognized at GCAPP’s events. Winners will be announced the week of May 13. Essays must not exceed 500 words or one page and must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before April 30. Entries may also be mailed to 1718 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 465, Atlanta, GA 30309. All mailed entries must be postmarked by April 24. Visit http://www.gcapp.org for a registration form.
(new)Georgia Hope is currently providing Adult Services in Bartow County. If you know someone who is struggling with emotional or substance abuse issues, has a history of severe & persistent mental illness, multiple ER visits or hospitalizations, history of imprisonment, or chronic homelessness, please call 706.279.0405. Georgia Hope accepts MEDICAID or WELLCARE.
WellStar Paulding Physicians Center will host FREE Health Checks and Information on April 13th from 9:00 am – noon. The Center is located @ 148 Bill Carruth Parkway Hiram, GA 30141. For more information call 770-786-9527 or visit wellstar.org. You may also link to the event flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website.
(new)From Foster Care Ministry
Bartow County needs foster homes and we believe the church is the solution to this problem. Foster Care Ministry will host an orientation on Thursday, April 11th @ A Better Way Child Advocacy Center, 113 Douglas Street in Cartersville. The meeting will be from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Donnis Steele @ FaithBridge Foster Care
From the Bartow Navigator Team
The Bartow County Navigator Teamwill meet April 11th at Oakland Heights Baptist Church 6:30-8:30pm. There will be a presentation by Canine Assistants with Susan Hopkins. Rising Hope will host a Two-gether marriage retreat for couples raising children with special needs on Saturday, April 27 -Sunday, April 28 in Chattanooga, TN. For more information contact Rising Above Ministries 931-526-7473 http://www.risingaboveministries.org.
From Sam Jones United Methodist Church
Sam Jones UMC will hold “Making Decisions Now for Later” during the month of April. All seminars are free and start at 6:00 pm. For more information contact Mary Parker email@example.com or Laura Herr firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Keep Bartow Beautiful
Keep Bartow Beautiful will be celebrating the Great American Cleanup during the month of April. To volunteer, call 770-387-5167 or email email@example.com.
From Cartersville Planning and Development
The ATCO Clean-up & Neighborhood Day will be Saturday, April 20, 2013 @ 11:00 am. This event is a part of national Great American Clean-up and Earth Day and will be the 3rd year ATCO Community is participating. Locally, the City of Cartersville and Keep Bartow Beautiful is sponsoring the first Neighborhood Day, which will include food, festivities and community resources. If your organization or agency is interested in setting up a table to provide educational information or interactive activities or you would like to volunteer, please contact Richard Osborne, Cartersville City Planner @ 770-387-5614 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also link to the ATCO flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website – week of April 1.
From Bartow Resource Center
The 1st Annual 5K for Life and Healthy Relationships will be held Sat. April 27th @ Sam Smith Park. For detailed information, visit the event website at http://www.5kforlife.org. You may also link to the event flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website – week of April 1.
(new) From Red Cross
Red Cross is offering a free CPR training at Excel Christian Academy on April 27th. The class will be 30 minutes long and will begin @ 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm. You must register with a coupon code CPRSATNWGA0513. To register, contact Training Support Center at 800REDCROSS or call 706-291-6648 for more details. You may also link to the event flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE this week.
From Georgia Department of Vocation Rehabilitation
A Veterans Jobs and Resources Fair will be held May 16th from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Vendors, Employers, Federal, State & Municipal Agencies, Community Rehabilitation Partners & Private Providers are invited to register and participate. The Fair will be at the Sonoraville Recreation Complex 7494 Fairmount Highway, Calhoun GA 30701.To register as an employer, participant or provider contact: Carl H. McRae @email@example.com or (404) 232-1820 voice or Gene Washington, Project Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 232-1783. You may also link to the Veteran’s Fair flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website -week of April 1
(new)The 1st Annual Northwest Georgia Management Conference will be held on April 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @ the Student Center on the Cartersville Campus of Georgia Highlands College. Co-Sponsored by the Employer/HR Committees of Bartow, Cobb/Cherokee, Floyd/Gordon Counties, Allatoona SHRM, Greater Rome SHRM, and Georgia Highlands College, Continuing Education. The program is packed with speakers, breakout sessions and a panel discussion. For more information contact Deborah Sexton at (678) 640 – 2692 or email:email@example.com. You may also link to the registration information on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website.
The 9th Georgia Charitable Care Network Annual Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2013 at the Clarence Brown Conference Center. Thursday’s activities will include the Awards Luncheon, a keynote presentation by Georgia’s Attorney General Sam Olens, lots of timely workshops, and a reception hosted at Bartow Health Access’ new facility. Registration fee is $179. To register or for more information contact
Donna E. Looper @ 678.553.4939 or visits http://www.gfcn.org
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