Important information and dates for Bartow County

Remember, there will not be a July Collaborative Meeting. The August meeting has been changed to Friday, August 16th. You won’t want to miss the special geo-mapping program presented in partnership with the Bartow County Juvenile Court. Location and time provided next week.

(new) Georgia Highlands College
Georgia Highlands is looking for 10-15 agencies that our Communications courses can work with this Fall. The students will complete a class project in which they must research a local non-profit and recruit student volunteers on behalf of that non-profit during our volunteer fair in October. For more information, contact Juliana Breithaupt @
706.368.7756 or email @

From Bartow Give a Kid a Chance
Bartow Give a Kid a Chance will be Saturday, Aug. 3rd @ Cartersville Civic Center. Registration is now closed. If you have families that were not able to make the deadline, they may drop by the Cartersville Civic Center from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. If there are supplies remaining we will distribute those at that time.

Contractors Connection Golf Tournament
Bartow Business and Contractors Connection is sponsoring a Golf Tournament benefitting Pettit Preserve on August 5th. There’s room for 12 more golfers…for more information contact Jessica Fleetwood 770-547-2157, Nicole Hughes 404-391-6335, James Hall 770-866-2528, or Parnick Jennings 678-767-7169

(new )National Alliance for Mental Illness
NAMI Rome is sponsoring a FREE educational event – Choices in Recovery – in an effort to make more people aware of mental illness and offer hope as well as practical information about coping with the illnesses. The Training will be Monday, August 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Gaston Community Center, 214 Fredrick Street, Dalton, GA 30721. You must register by August 5th. For more information contact Jim at 706-232-4607

From Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter
Tickets are on sale for the 17th Annual “Our Hearts, Their Harbor” Silent & LIVE Auction event on August 17th at the Booth Western Art Museum. VIP tickets are $100 and Standard tickets are $75. For more information contact Jessica Mitcham @ or call 770.607.0610.

Bartow’s Amazing Race
The first ever Bartow’s Amazin’ Race will be a two day event consisting of multiple challenges each day, an overnight stay somewhere, and an exciting race to the finish line at Pettit Creek Farms. On Friday August 23rd and Saturday, August 24, 12 teams with 2 competitors from each team will complete in 12 challenges while raising critically needed fund for Kim Cowart, a community advocate recently diagnosed with kidney. Sponsorships are needed – deadline is August 1st. Volunteers are needed over the course of the two days so whether you can come for 2 hours or both days. For more information contact 678-646-7440 or visit

Advocates for Bartow’s Children
Advocates FORE! Children Inaugural Golf Tournament will be held September 23rd at the Woodland Hills Golf Club. For more information, contact or visit You may also visit for a registration form.
From Action Ministries
Join 2,000 of your Georgia neighbors on Labor Day – Sept. 2 – for the second annual Action Dash 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run race to beat the cycle of poverty. The nearest location is in Rome. Together, we will run and walk to support Action Ministries in its mission to mobilize communities to address the challenges of poverty by focusing on hunger relief, housing and education. Register now @

From Action Ministries
Action Ministries is still taking applications for Veterans who are homeless and/or at risk of being homeless. Applicants must meet the following requirements: 1) You must have at least one day of active service in the armed forces, 2) You must not have been dishonorably discharged, 3) You must be homeless, meaning you are staying in your car, staying at a homeless shelter, staying in a hotel or motel paid for by a government program or a charitable organization, or staying in another housing program for people who are homeless. OR at the risk of Eviction or foreclosure, and 4). And you must be low income, based on family size and county.

To apply for the program, each veteran must complete an application. Applications can be found on our website Completed applications and accompanying documentation may be submitted by email to, or by fax to 404-881-1902, attention SSVF. If you are working with a veteran who would like to speak with an intake coordinator, the intake line will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm-4pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm. The toll free number is 1-888-206-7372 or 404-881-1991, extension 5608. For more information contact Shon Brown @

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
2nd Annual Prevent Child Abuse Georgia One-Day Conference will be held on Wednesday September 4, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Atlanta Marriott Century Center. Confirmed workshop topics include: Safe Sleep, Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment, Teen Dating Violence Prevention, Evidence-Based Prevention Programs, Home-Visiting Services, Organizational Capacity Building, and Statewide Efforts to Prevent Child Abuse. PCA Georgia is pleased to offer conference attendees a reduced hotel rate of $119 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center on September 3rd and 4th. For more information call 1-800-228-9290. Register for the conference @
Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta
On Saturday, September 21, 2013, the Neighborhood Fund, an initiative of the Community Foundation, will host the fifth annual Neighborhood Summit. This is an incredible event that links neighbors from across the region to new tools, information and resources for building smarter and healthier communities. Registration is $25 which includes lunch. To register or for more information visit

Georgia Dept. of Public Health – Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
The Southern Crescent Area Agency on Aging training to become a certified workshop
leader for the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self–Management Program (CDSMP) will be held October 16 & 17 and October 23 & 24 at Coweta County Fairgrounds in Newnan. For more information contact Erika Lee @ 404.657-0939 or Visit for more information on this program.

17th Annual “Our Hearts, Their Harbor” Silent and Live Auction benefits going to the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter

Ticket sales have kicked off for the 17th Annual “Our Hearts, Their Harbor” Silent & LIVE Auction event on August 17th at the Booth Western Art Museum.

Want tickets? VIP tickets are $100, Standard tickets are $75.

Email us back or give us a call at 770.607.0610 to get your tickets today!

Thanks for helping support the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter,

Help United Way with Non Perishable Food Donations and School Supplies. Donate to their CHRISTMAS IN JULY PROGRAM

July 1 – July 29
Non-Perishable Food Items and School Supplies

Food contributions will aid these local United Way Agencies:
The Salvation Army
North Bartow Community Services
New Beginnings Food Outreach

School supplies will be distributed to needy children in the Bartow County and Cartersville City School Systems.

School Supplies Non Perishable Food Items

Color Pencils – 8 ct. box Canned Meat
#2 Pencils Canned Vegetables
Erasers Cereal
12” Ruler w/centimeters Mac n Cheese
Book Bags Tuna Fish
Glue Sticks Peanut Butter
Hand Sanitizer Baby Food/Formula
Safety Scissors Canned Fruit
Crayons – 24 ct. box Soups

Collection sites at 140 Douglas Street, WBHF Radio downtown and the Daily Tribune News.

For more information call United Way at 770-386-1677



When: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Cartersville Civic Center
Please help American Red Cross make sure they have an adequate blood supply this summer – DONATE BLOOD! All presenting donors will receive a t-shirt and your name will be entered into the drawing to win a $1,000 gift card.

Reminders, special dates and important information for Bartow County


From Bartow Give a Kid a Chance

Bartow Give a Kid a Chancewill be Saturday, Aug. 3 @ Cartersville Civic Center. Parents must pre-register at by July 20. Volunteers are STILL NEEDED for afternoon shifts. Visit to register.

(new) Career Center, Cartersville Goodwill Center

There will be a Job Fair hosted by Alorica call center, Walgreens, and 2Work Staffing this Thursday, July 11th from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Safe Link which helps provide free cell phones for those un-employed and Job Corp for age 16 – 24 seeking employment will also be on site. For more information, contact Phyllis Bunch @ 770-276-7036.

(new) Peer Support, Wellness & Respite Center of Bartow County
Peer Support, Wellness and Respite Center will celebrate their 2nd Anniversary on July 12th from 11am-2pm. The Center is at 201 N. Erwin Street in Cartersville. For more information, contact Colleen Stephens @ 770-276-2024.

(new) Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce

ShawHankins will be hosting a Health Care Reform Seminar on Monday, July 22nd from 11:30 – 1:00 at AB Room of the Chamber This is a great opportunity to hear the latest on employer and individual coverage mandates, exchanges, tax credits and more. Topics will include which employers are exempt from the employer mandate, how full-time employees are defined, independent contractors, temporary workers and seasonal workers, and how to determine the 50-employee threshold. For more information and to register, contact LaDonna Jordan at 770-382-1466×102.

(new)Bartow County Juvenile Court

Youth Explosion Ministries of Bartow County is hosting “Summer Blast” a community event at the Summer Hill Complex on Aubrey Street on Saturday, July 20th. Registration is at 9:00 am and sessions will start at 10:10. Classes will be offered for grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, and grade 10-college, as well as adults. Classes include Arts & Crafts, Fire Safety, Basic Life Skills, Cooking, College 101 & Financial Aid, Music, Social Networking, Cyber-bullying and money management. After the sessions there will be a concert and entertainment. The event is free with breakfast and lunch provided free also. Additional food will be available during the concert and entertainment.

On Sunday, July 21stMt Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Jones Street will have Rev. Paul Little from Savannah, Ga. to wrap up the events. Refreshments will be provided at 2:00 and the program will start at 3:00. For more information contact Carolyn R. Johnson @ (770)607-6302.

From Community Health Network

Community Health Networkis proud to announce the opening of our very own Health-Y Clinic! The state of the art facility offers Primary Care, Urgent, Care, Preventive Care, and Weight Loss Programs. Patients requiring Sports Physicals, X-Rays, Diagnostic Testing or Drug Screening should contact the clinic in order to make an appointment. For more information contact 678-605-9111 or email

We need your help! If your a non-profit please take time to read the information below. Help preserve the CFC !

Your Member of Congress and U.S. Senators will be home in your communities this coming week for the July 4th recess. Read below about what needs to be done to preserve the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Please pass this alert on to your local charities that benefit from the CFC.
Why the CFC is at Risk:
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has proposed dramatic changes to the CFC. While some of the changes are minor and may even have positive results, some of the changes would severely undermine the CFC. Specifically, instead of local control and decision-making, the CFCs would be managed remotely by regional authorities. Charities would be required to pay a fee to participate. And electronic donations would be mandated, eliminating all paper forms of giving.
As part of the formal rule-making process, OPM was required to allow for public feedback on the proposed rules. United Way, an ad hoc coalition of PCFOs and Federations, and other leading nonprofit organizations each submitted formal comments opposing many of the changes to OPM before the mid-June deadline.
Now the nonprofit sector’s advocacy work to protect the CFC moves to Congress.
Congressional Oversight in the Works:
Fortunately, the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee is already looking into the impact of the proposed regulations. The Oversight Committee, Federal Workforce subcommittee, is holding a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. (A United Way CEO will be testifying at the hearing.) Please weigh-in with your federal representatives now, before this critical hearing!
You can use the Congressional July 4 recess to personally discuss this issue with your Member of Congress. Most Members return to their districts for July 4th events and celebrations. This is a great time to interact with your Washington representatives while they are home. You can attend a town hall, contact your representative’s local office to ask for a meeting, or just strike up the conversation at the 4th of July parade. Tell them about the CFC and ask them to send the Office of Personnel Management back to the drawing board. Use this call to action to guide your discussion: Preserve the CFC
If your Member of Congress is a Member of the House Oversight Committee(Oversight Committee Members) (and especially if he or she is a Member of the Federal Workforce subcommittee), it is critical that they hear from their local nonprofits right away.
Contact Congress:
Whether or not you can speak to your representatives this week, please email your federal representatives by way of this electronic call to action: Preserve the CFC
Please forward this call to action to other local nonprofits that benefit from the CFC.
It is critical that U.S. Senators and Representatives hear from as many people and organizations as possible about the damage that could be done by the proposed regulations. Act now to Preserve the CFC.
Spread the Word:
This call to action can be forwarded to anyone who supports the good the CFC does in local communities: Preserve the CFC
Thanks for supporting the CFC!

2nd Annual Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Sponsored by Bartow County Bar Association and GACDL |

2nd Annual Public Reading of the Declaration of

July 3, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
Old Courthouse
(Erwin Street side)

Local attorneys will read the Declaration of Independence aloud to honor the origins of our great country. Please join us as we remember the birth of our country and our legal system.

Visit our event page on Facebook : 2nd Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence.