Bartow Give a Kid a Chance

Free School Supplies, Backpacks, T-Shirts, Haircuts!
Free Hearing, Vision, and Dental Screenings for “children in need”

Saturday, August 3, 2013

MUST register ONLINE by July 20th

This is a change from 2012 – No separate registration day.
Please register online early. Registration is limited.
Event will be held at ONE LOCATION ONLY
Cartersville Civic Center – 435 W. Main Street – Cartersville
Students and guardians must BOTH attend the event to receive services.
If you do not have internet access at your home, you may register online at the following locations:
Career Center Goodwill of North Georgia 929 Joe Frank Pkwy, Cartersville Phone: 770-276-7036 Hours: 9am-5pm, Mon – Wed; 9am-7pm, Thu; 9am-4pm, Fri; 10am-2pm Sat
NorthPointe Church Food Pantry
Impact Building-Joe Frank Harris Pkwy
and Hwy 41, Adairsville
Phone: 770-334-8435
Hours: 10am Tues and Fri; 6pm Thu
Bartow County Public Library System
429 West Main St., Cartersville
Phone: 770-382-4203
Hours: 9am – 6pm. Mon; 9am – 8pm, Tue –
Thu; 9am – 5pm, Fri & Sat
Additional Library Branches: Adairsville Phone: 770-769-9200
202 North Main St., Adairsville
Euharlee Phone: 770-382-2057
116 Covered Bridge Rd., SW, Euharlee

News, events and meeting reminders happening around Bartow County

Bartow Give a Kid a Chance will meet Monday, June 17 @ 1:00 pm @ First Presbyterian Church. For more information contact Terry Terrell @

Behavioral and Emotional Health Resources of Bartow County will meet Tuesday, June 18 from 9:30-11:30 @ Bartow County Courthouse Human Resources Conference Room. For more information contact Molly Schultz @

Family Promise will meet Thursday, June 20 @ 6:30 pm @ First Presbyterian Church. For more information contact Eric Lee @ 770-331-9770 or email @

From The Bridge and NW GA. Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging
There will be an informational session for Seniors and Those Caring for Seniors on Wed May 29 @ 6:00 pm @ The Bridge. Kerry Defoe will be speaking about programs and services available for seniors in this area. For more information contact Kerry Defoe @ kerry or Eric Lee @

From Must Ministries
New Georgia laws regarding expungement will go into effect July 1, 2013.The Georgia Justice Project is sponsoring The Real Effects of A Criminal Record in Georgia Training May 29th to learn more about these laws. If you are a service provider or know someone who has a criminal record that is stopping them from getting a job, you are encouraged to attend. The Training will be a MUST Ministries in Marietta from 10:00am – 12:00pm. Space is Limited. For more information contact Renee Snead, Director of Public Policy Advocacy at (404) 601.3147 or You may also link to the Event flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website-Week of May 16.

From Bartow Health Access
Ten beautiful, privately-owned gardens will be on showcase Sat, June 1 for the 2013 Pond & Garden Tour. Tour hours are from 9AM – 4PM. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online @ or at various locations around Cartersville. Between Bartow’s Hedges: A Garden Party with Master Gardener Vince Dooley will be held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center @ 6:00 on June 1st. Tickets are $60 which includes a complimentary Pond & Garden Tour ticket. All proceeds go to benefit Bartow Health Access, a charitable care medical clinic in Cartersville.

(new) From Footprints of the Heart
A 5K Run/Walk will be held at Frankie Harris Park in Euharlee Sat. June 1 to raise awareness and funds to support pregnancy and infant loss. There will be a memorial balloon release @ 9:30 followed by the race. Registration begins @ 8:00 am and the fee is $30. For more information contact visit or email

(new) From Bartow Give a Kid a Chance
The annual school supply distribution will be Saturday, Aug. 3 @ Cartersville Civic Center. Parents must pre-register their child (ren) online ONLY @ Registration deadline is July 20, 2013. If parents do not have access to a computer at home, they may register @ any branch of the Bartow County Library, Cartersville Career Center, and NorthPoint Church Food Pantry. For more information, contact BGAKAC voicemail @ 678-719-2165 or email
You may also link to the Event flyer on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website-Week of May 27.

(new) There are 3 opportunities for you to support Bartow Give a Kid a Chance on June 10th. Eat breakfast at Chick-fil-A, eat lunch at Chick-fil-A, eat dinner at Chick-fil-A. BGAKAC Spirit Day will be Monday, June 10 all day the Cartersville location. A portion of sales the entire day will be donated to the county-wide school supply distribution program.

From the Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s Training Institute (ATI) is a professional training dedicated to helping the staff of long-term care facilities improve their knowledge and skills in caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. There is a fee schedule for following trainings: Provider Intensive Training (prerequisite) – Thursday July 18, 9:00 – 4:00; Understanding Wandering – Thursday August 8, 10:00-12:00; Reducing Pain – Thursday August 8, 1:00-3:00. All classes are held at the North GA Regional Office of the Alzheimer’s Association, located at 922 East Morris Street, Dalton. For more information contact Rebekah Davis @

(new) From the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter
Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter is looking for referrals for its new Transitional Housing Program called “The Next Steps.” There are minimum program expectations—participants must be working at least 20 hours per week and taking classes for 9 hours per week. Contact Jessica Mitcham @ with questions or to make referrals. You may link to the Program Expectations flier on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website-Week of May 27.

(new) From Community Health Network
Cartersville Famers Market will be open June 1-Sept 28. The market is located in downtown Cartersville at 10 N. Public Square at Founders Oak Park between the fountains and City Hall. Please stop by and support our local farmers! Contact 770-607-3480 for more information. You may link to the Cartersville Farmers Market flier on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website –Week of May 27.

(new) From The Atlanta Prosperity Campaign
The Community Food Bank and Feeding American have begun the Hunger in America Survey. This survey is very important in getting an accurate picture of hunger in our communities. We need volunteers to help with this huge project! This project goes on until the end of August all across northwest Georgia so there are many opportunities to participate. You may link to a detailed flier on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website-Week of May 27. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, you can contact the ACFB at 404-832-4965,, or

(new) From MUST Ministries
MUST Ministries is helping clients in Bartow in need of rapid rehousing. Potential clients must be working and have some form of income. Referrals can be made to Kendra Moore at You may link to the Referral Form on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website-Week of May 27.

From Coalition to Prevent the Misuse of Alcohol
The Coalition would like you to visit their website or follow them on Facebook to Take the Pledge to Rethink the Drink. For more information Scott Sherwin @ or 678-721-5922.
(new) From NW Georgia Public Health
The Rollins School of Public Health is sponsoring two free training locally @ the Clarence Brown Conference Center. Health Literacy/Cultural Competency Training will be held June 3. The training will focus on enhancing communication skills by teaching strategies to incorporate key principles of health literacy and cultural competency into existing programs. Analyzing Health Behaviors: Practical Skills for the Public Health Professional will be held June 4. The training will provide practical information on analyzing health behaviors to develop effective interventions. You must register online for both trainings @ For more information contact Tara Redd @
or 404-712-2606.

(new) Fathers and male family members play an important role in the lives of their children, families, and Head Start and Early Head Start communities. To support program efforts to improve partnerships with fathers and the significant men in children’s lives, the Office of Head Start (OHS) will release new fatherhood resources during Father Engagement Week (June 3 – June 7, 2013). A new resource will be issued each day at 12 noon on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center Please be sure to register for the webinar on Tuesday, June 4, at 3 p.m. EDT.

(new) Quality Care for Children has developed a website specifically for parents who are searching just for the right summer camp. Visit to search for camps by type, location and cost. Great resource and it’s free!

Georgia Power is sponsoring “Mentoring a Girl in Construction” Summer Camps in Bartow County. This is a free, one-week, day camp designed to introduce high school girls to exciting careers in construction. Girls will gain marketable skills and experience the exhilaration of successfully performing difficult tasks which builds self-confidence and boosts self-image. For more information or to register contact Janet Queen @

WinShape will host a four-daylong camp for 1st-6th graders June 24-28, 2013 @ Excel Christian Academy. Students will have the opportunity to engage in Bible study, worship, recreation and a skill class. For more information contact Lisa Bandy at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 770-382-1977 or visit

BlazeCamp will be held from May 28-June 1, 2013 for youth 8-18 with physical disabilities, 5 day/4 night residential camp in Warm Springs, GA. For more information contact or email

Camp Bartow hosted by Bartow County Recreation Department will begin in June. Camp hours are Monday-Friday 8-5 for $75 per week. Camp includes Field Trip Fridays. For more information call 770-387-5149 or visit and click on the Parks and Recreation Tab.

Cartersville City will be hosting football, aquatics, gymnastics, tennis, football and football cheer camps beginning in June. For more information call 770-387-5626 or visit Fees vary according to the camp.

United Ways and FamilyWize Have Helped 5 Million People

United Way of Bartow County and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, the nation’s leading provider of free prescription drug discount cards, along with 1,000 other local United Ways today announced the milestone achievement of having helped more than 5 million people get medicine they otherwise would not have been able to afford. Locally, 981 people have been directly helped by this program.

“Saving people money on necessary prescriptions is vital to the health and well-being of our families and our community,” said Brenda Morehouse, President, United Way of Bartow County. “Too often, not taking medicine you need because you can’t afford it begins a series of consequences that could start with disease progression and end with large medical bills or even bankruptcy.”

“United Way is focusing on creating opportunity for all by improving health, education and financial stability,” said Stacey Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide. “Our partnership with FamilyWize helps us advance that cause, and 1,000 United Ways across America are helping people be healthier and more productive.”

Since 2005, FamilyWize, United Ways and pharmacies around the country have helped people stay healthy and productive in more than 95 percent of all U.S. counties. The partnership has provided free prescription discount cards that help people get the medicine they need, accounting for more than $500 million in direct savings on prescriptions. Patients in our area have saved $87,431 since the program began.

Dan Barnes, president and CEO of FamilyWize, noted the significance of reaching the $500 million milestone, explaining that, “We set an ambitious goal for our partnership – to help families save $1 billion on the cost of medicines by the end of 2015. Now we’re halfway there.”

Studies show the partnership addresses a critical need. According to Consumer Reports, Americans who are financially strapped tend to skip medicine or lower their dosages. A New England Journal of Medicine article reported that the cost of medicine not taken exceeds $100 billion each year on avoidable hospitalizations and $177 billion on additional healthcare costs. And a Harvard University/CVS Caremark study shows that taking medicine as prescribed can save as much as $7,800 per patient annually, money that otherwise would be spent on emergency rooms, hospitalizations, tests and other procedures. Financial complications that often arise when necessary medicine isn’t taken as prescribed include absenteeism, job losses, mortgage forfeitures and bankruptcies.
“The United Way – FamilyWize partnership demonstrates how a grassroots initiative can help individuals and communities avoid such consequences,” Morehouse added. We provide these free prescription discount cards to local social service agencies, faith-based organizations, schools, community centers, local government and healthcare providers so everyone can get the medicine they need.
Many local pharmacists and physicians also assist by providing cards or making their patients aware of how to get a card, either through United Way of Bartow County, the site or even via text by sending the word “family” to 700700 to receive a Rx discount card via text.
Savings are often as high as 75% off the price charged without the card, which can be used for any FDA approved medicine at most pharmacies. With average savings of about $20 per prescription, the FamilyWize card often means families can avoid an unpleasant choice between getting medicine or buying food.
“People’s need for such assistance will not diminish with the Affordable Care Act and Healthcare Reform,” Barnes said, adding that “the Congressional Budget Office’s recent report on the “Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage” estimate anywhere from 29-44 million will remain without insurance over the next ten years.”

For more information about the free prescription cards, call United Way of Bartow County at (770) 386-1677. To compare discounted prices of prescriptions at nearby pharmacies or for more about the program, visit

Good Neighbor Shelter May needs list

Mailing Address:
PO Box 664,
Cartersville, GA, 30120
Location: 110 Porter Street
Phone: 770.607.0610

May Needs List

Pledges!! Pledges help us better plan our income & expenses for the year.
However, occasional giving is always welcome!!

Basic Pantry:
Tea Bags
Ranch salad dressing
Peanut butter & Jelly
Macaroni & cheese

Household Items:
Dish soap, Pine-sol
Laundry Detergent
Plastic utensils
Disinfectant Spray/Wipes
Styrofoam plates & cups
Zip-loc bags (large & small)
Garbage bags (13 & 33gal.)
Aluminum foil
Dryer sheets
Plastic drinking cups

Personal Items:
Large bottles of Shampoo
Large bottles of Conditioner
Men’s tennis shoes (size 10-13)
Men’s flip flops
Women’s underwear
Men’s boxers
Men’s & Women’s socks
Open Meal Dates: Friday, May 24th and Thursday, May 30th

We ask that all food be in-date and unopened. Gift cards to local grocery stores, WalMart, Target, or Staples are ALWAYS welcomed!!

Make a new year’s resolution to give? Join the 200 Campaign to help support the Shelter. Go to, click Donate, and then “Click Here to Make an Online Donation.” We have set a goal to have 200 people become monthly donors at $25/month to help make our work possible! Join in today

Individual Players needed for Ric Mason Memorial Golf Tournament on May 13th. 18 holes of golf and lunch at Barnsley Gardens for just $125!! Sign up now!!!

Help us get more player for this year’s Ric Mason Memorial Golf Tournament by signing up as an individual player! Lunch and 18 holes of golf at Barnsley Gardens for just $125!!

MAY 13th!!!

Tee up for United Way on the beautiful greens of Barnsley Gardens.
All proceeds benefit United Way and 14 local non-profit
organizations, such as Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and
The Good Neighbor Shelter.
Contact United Way of Bartow County for more details at
Format: 4-player scramble
Scoring: Net score based on 50% of the team’s average handicap
Time: Registration 8 a.m., Tee Time 9 a.m.

Get Corporate incentives if you get 4 single players!
Single Player Special $125
18 hole Scramble at Barnsley Gardens
Breakfast & Lunch included, cash bar
Player Name____________________________ Office Phone_______________
Mailing Address____________________________________________________
E-mail Address_____________________________________________________
Name Handicap
Player 1: ____________________________ ______
Player 2: ____________________________ ______
Player 3: ____________________________ ______
Player 4: ____________________________ ______
what matters.™
Fax form to 770-386-1677

Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Bartow County and the Lowe’s National Women’s Build!

Lowe’s National Women’s Build Week will be May 4-12th.
We need you Ladies!
Come out and support your local Habitat for Humanity.

Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity
What: Women’s Build
When: May 9, 2013
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: 22 and 24 MLK JR DR

Gifts for All Ladies


Robin Hooker
Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity
14 Eagle’s Court
P.O. Box 3392
Cartersville, GA 30120
Office: 770-382-6293 Ext. 1
Cell: 770-851-9958
ReSale Store: 770-383-9054
Fax: 770-382-5310

Important News, Dates and Events for Bartow County Ga.

(new) Bartow Give a Kid a Chance will meet Mon May 6th @ 1:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church 3rd Floor Café area. This is an open meeting…please feel free to join us! If you have any questions, contact Terry Terrell @


From the Goodwill Career Center
(new) On May 8th, the Goodwill Career Center will host Kim Carbia, author of Faith and Unemployment. The program will be from 10:00am -12:00pm and is free. For more information contact Phyllis Bunch @ 770-276-7036 or

From United Way of Bartow County
The Rick Mason Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament will be held May 13, 2013 @ Barnsely Gardens. Tee up for 16 local non-profit organizations in a 4-player scramble. Registration 8:00 am, Tee Time 9:00a.m. Sponsorships are available. For more information or to register contact United Way of Bartow County for more details at 770-386-1677. You may also link to the Registration Form on our WEEKLY UPDATE page of the website – April 22

From Georgia Department of Vocational 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 or (404) 232-1820 voice or Gene Washington, Project Coordinator or (404) 232-1783.

From Advocates
Advocates will sponsor the Annual Duck Dash and Duck Derby Sat May 18th at Riverside Park. Race begins @ 8:00 am with a 10K, 5K, and a one-mile race. To register, visit The Festival will begin @ 10:00 am, followed by the VID Race @ 1:00 pm. At 2:30 pm, over 20,000 rubber ducks float down the Etowah River to win dozens of prizes, including a 2013 Honda Fit from Honda Carland North. Concerts, performers, a pirate scavenger hunt, Quacky Duck, crafts, food, inflatables, corn hole, petting zoo, rock wall, bungee jump and more. Ducks in the race are $5 each. More at or 770-387-1143.


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

The Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium Statewide Meeting will be held Tue May 7th @ Kennesaw State University from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Registration begins @ 9:30am. Register at: Registration Fee is $10 and lunch is included. For more information contact Susanna Miller at or 404-413-1013

The Georgia Department of Education and the Bryan College Center for International Development present Human Trafficking: Not Just a Global Problem, at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 13-14, 2013. This important conference will train and support educators, anti-human trafficking organizations, social services agencies and law enforcement officials on combating human trafficking. Registration information is on the website.

(new) Strengthening Families Georgia, a national initiative of the Center for the Study of Social Policy, will be offered a Training of Trainers workshop May15-16 OR June 5-6 @ Mercer University in McDonough. Upon successful completion of this program, trainers will be approved by SFG to provide trainings on all Five Protective Factors and the SFG Overview (6 trainings total). For more information or questions, contact Shonnie Roberson, SFG, Georgia Association on Young Children at

Thanks to Tina Grubbs at Bartow Collaborative we have a new Resource Directory!

You may download the 2013-2014 Bartow County Resource Directory straight from the Collaborative website! Go to and click the Bartow County Resource Directory tab on the left side. Since we will have a limited number of printed copies, we will provide a CD of the Directory at the May Collaborative Meeting. The document will also be accessible through a number of partner websites. Hopefully, in a few months, we will also have a smaller version “RESOURCE GUIDE” for the general public listing local agencies and their contact numbers.