Jogging Strollers are Welcome!
– New for 2013 – Certified Course!

Online Registration:

Start and Finish: Cartersville Soccer Complex (behind Cartersville Middle School), 152 Milner Road, Cartersville, GA 30120
Directions: From I-75 take exit 288 and go West on Hwy 113. Follow Hwy 113 for 2.9 miles through Cartersville until you
see McDonald’s on your left at Douthit Ferry Road. Turn Left onto Douthit Ferry. Go 1.1 miles and turn right at the
four-way stop onto Walnut Grove. Follow Walnut Grove for 0.4 miles and turn left onto Pine Grove Road and the next
left into the Soccer Complex parking lot. Please be advised that some online map services will not find this location.

Course: This is a fast course around Cartersville Middle School and Etowah River Walk.
Thanks to Cartersville Middle School and Cartersville Parks and Recreation for allowing us to use this location!

Prizes: All 5k participants will receive a long sleeve T-shirt. The overall male and female winners will receive
trophies. Top finishers in each age group will receive a frozen turkey. Male/Female Age Groups: 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-
24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over. T-Shirt sizes are only guaranteed to early registrants. Race-Day registrants
may get alternate t-shirts.

Entry Fee: $20 before Nov. 1, $25 after Nov. 1 (rain or shine (even if it is cold), non-refundable).
Race Packet and Shirt Pick Up: Pick up your number and shirt starting at 8 am the morning of the race.
Refreshments: Water will be available on the course. Refreshments will be available at the finish line.

Questions?: Contact United Way of Bartow County at (770) 386-1677 or

Reminders and important dates

Bartow Collaborative will meet Friday, September 27th at the Cartersville First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall between 8:30 am – 9:30 am. Coffee/networking begin @ 8:15 am with a short business meeting and strategy team breakouts starting @ 8:30 am.
The Collaborative will host Making Plans Meaningful on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 9-noon at the Goodwill Cartersville Career Center. Adapted from Franklin Covey’s Four Disciplines of Execution, this training will specifically look at steps to take to effectively carry out Bartow County’s Family Connection plan. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact Tina Grubbs @ to rsvp.

The fifth annual Neighborhood Summit will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013. Sponsored by The Neighborhood Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the training is to strengthen nonprofit capacity. All nonprofits are welcome. Registration is $25 which includes lunch. For more information, visit or email

Suicide Support Program
In collaboration with Gordon and Floyd County Family Connection, Bartow Collaborative will be launching theFamily Starfish Project for survivors of suicide. The free six-week class will begin September 12, 2013 at Adairsville Church of God. Survivor families, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, friends, grandparents and others struggling with the loss of a loved one can register by calling Bartow Collaborative @ 678-719-2041 or emailing Tina Grubbs @ Registration forms are brochures are available on the Bartow Collaborative website – – Weekly Updates-August 27th. Additional information is available at
Battle of the Bands will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Stop Taxes Parking Lot in Adairsville. Sponsored by 1Stop Taxes, Refuge of Hope, Day Seven, and Christian Advisories, there will also be special musical guest, Day Seven and Jac Rip. Proceeds from the event will benefit local ministries. For more information or to register, contact for more information or to register. An event flier can be downloaded from the Bartow Collaborative website – – Weekly Update – August 26.

(new) Action Ministries is taking applications for their Transitional Housing program in Bartow County. The program provides housing to homeless families and case management for up to two years with the goal of self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Applicants must be a single mom/dad or a married couple with at least one child under the age of 18. The applicant must be homeless or in immediate danger of becoming homeless. If you would like to refer a family or have any questions about the program please contact Rebecca Hickom at or at 404-862-1821.
(new) Must Ministries has started an outreach project targeting to raise awareness of the hazards related to temporary workers. In partnership ship with OSHA West office and Georgia Tech, Must Ministries is working to schedule training in Marietta in hopes to informing companies of compliance issues related to the employment of temporary workers. In the meantime, if your agency or organization employs temporary workers, a Compliance Assistance Specialist is available free of charge to speak at safety meetings, lunch and learn seminars, and workshops. For more information, contact Beth Ray @ 770-790-3883
(new) Faith Temple Food Pantry will be open on Mondays & Wednesdays by appointment only. The Pantry is located @ 29 Redcomb Drive in Cartersville, GA 30120. Call 678-708-6206 or to make an appointment.
(new) Beginning September 1st, GEORGIA H.O.P.E will be accepting AMERIGROUP for Assessments, Individual and Family Therapy, Skills Building, Parenting and much more. For Adult Services contact @ 706-279-0405. For Child and Adolescent Services call @ 800-906-9766. You can download a referral form, by visiting Bartow Collaborative website – – Weekly Update – August 26.

Court Appointed Special Advocates
Advocates will be training for new CASA Volunteers Today, August 27. If anyone is interested, please contact Ava Lipscomb @ or call 770-386-1060 or 678-431-3210.

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 @

(new) Peer Support Wellness and Respite Center
Georgia Mental Health Consume Network presents Bartow County Recovery Rally September 7, 2013from 11AM – 3PM @ Bartow County’s Agricultural Building, 320 W Cherokee Ave. There will be live music, food and guest speakers from Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, and Highland Rivers Behavioral Health. For more information visit An event flier can be downloaded from the Bartow Collaborative website – – Weekly Update – August 26.

From Community Health Network
Immerse yourself in the history of Cartersville in the Healthy Bartow Historic 5K at Rose Lawn on Friday, Sept. 14th. This 5K begins at Roselawn Museum. Proceeds from this event will benefit Downtown Cartersville’s Historic Wellness Walk as part of our Healthy Bartow Initiative, Roselawn’s Save the Carriage House campaign, and the educational and preservation efforts of the Bartow History Museum. The race will specifically launch the Downtown Cartersville’s Historic Wellness Walk, which will provide several walking routes through the historic district. Registration is $25.00 and is from 6:45am-7:45am at the back of Roselawn Museum under the large tent. Run/Walk begins @ 8:00 am. Register online @ until 9/13. Keyword: Healthy Bartow Historic 5K.

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 An event flier can be downloaded from the Bartow Collaborative website – – Weekly Update – August 26.

(new) Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter
Local events include: A Mid-Day Café is scheduled for Thursday September 26, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm @ Cedartown Library. Family Caregiver Workshop Thursday December 5, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Cartersville Medical Center, Classroom 2. For more information or to register contact 1-800-272-3900. The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease will be held Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm @ Cameron Hall Senior Living Communities, Ellijay, GA. Virtual Dementia Tours following the presentation. To rsvp for lunch contact Jessi Barton at 706-515-4100. A Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be October 19th in Calhoun and November 9th in Rome. For more information contact Rebekah Davis @ 800-272-3900

(new) Area Agency on Aging Northwest Georgia Regional Commission
The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, Area Agency on Aging, invites you to become a Lay Leader for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP). The Living Well, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is an evidence based program created at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center. The program includes six weekly workshops that discuss techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, nutrition, and, how to evaluate new treatments. Workshops are held in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, clinics, and hospitals. The workshops include people with many different health conditions and are led by two trained leaders who may be professionals or peer leaders living with a chronic condition or caretaker of someone with a chronic condition.
Training Dates are Thursday and Friday and the cost of training is FREE. Dates include: October 17, 2013, October 18, 2013, October 24, 2013, and October 25, 2013 The training is located at The Thornton Center at North Floyd Park in Rome, GA (GPS: 75 North Floyd Park Rd. NE; Rome, GA 30165) and will begin promptly at 9:00 am each day. For more information contact Lynne Reeves @ 706-295-6485or You can download fliers and registration information from the Bartow Collaborative website – – Weekly Update – August 26.

Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness, Inc.
Strengthening Homeless Families; Five Protective Factors Training will be a 3-day series held onAugust 27th, September 10th, & September 17, 2013 from 9am-3pm at MUST Ministries/The Foothills, 1407 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta, GA 30062. Registration deadline is August 23, 2013 and class is limited to 25 participants. To register, complete one form per person and mail to Dallas Highway, SW, Suite 610 Marietta, GA 30064, fax 770.575.5786, or email to For more information or contact Evelyn Campbell at the above email address. An event flier can be downloaded from the Bartow Collaborative website – – Weekly Update – August 26.

(new) Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth
The 2nd Annual Joining Hands Across Georgia Suicide Prevention Coalitions Conference will be held Friday, September 20th from 8:30 am – 4:30pm at Georgia Highlands College in Rome. Registration deadline is Sept. 4th. Registration fee is $15 which includes lunch, snacks and conference material. The Conference will be held in the Lakeview Auditorium. For more information contact 706-295-6339 An event flier can be downloaded from the Bartow Collaborative website – – Weekly Update – August 26.

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 theStanford 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.

Ga. Commission on Family Violence
The 7th Annual Domestic Violence Conference will be held Friday, October 25 from 8am-4:15 pm @ Gignilliat Memorial Hall, Dalton State College. The conference provides information and training to professionals, community organizations, faith communities, and families in order to increase understanding, dispel myths, and assist attendees in effectively identifying/responding to domestic violence. The cost is $40 which includes lunch. You can register online @ For more information contact or call 706.272.2258, ext. 2153. An event flier can be downloaded from the Bartow Collaborative website – – Weekly Update – August 26.


The United Way of Bartow County is inviting YOU to be a part of the CHANGE! Join us in Kicking Off this year’s “GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE” 2013 Campaign Friday August 23rd from 8a.m. -10a.m. at the Historic Train Depot Friendship Plaza in Downtown Cartersville. There will be Donuts, Coffee and a special message from this year’s Campaign Chair Fred Kittle,Bartow County United Way President Brenda Morehouse AND we will be LIVE ON AIR with our Gabby Award Winning Local Radio Station WBHF 1450.




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Reminders and Important dates in Bartow County Ga.

This Friday, August 16th will be the monthly Bartow Collaborative Meeting. Andy Barclay with theBarton Child Law and Policy Center @ Emory University will be this month’s guest speaker. Co-sponsored by Bartow County Juvenile Court, the program will focus on Bartow County’s local indicators of child maltreatment, specifically the degree to which gender, ethnicity, relationship to perpetrator, and socio-economic factors significantly predict the incidence of childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse and non- abuse. These variables will then be linked to geographic identifiers using geographic information system (GIS) technology to show a geo-mapping framework for child sexual and physical abuse prevention efforts.

The presentation will be held at the Cartersville First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall from 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Coffee and networking begin @ 8:15 am, followed by the program @ 8:30 am. Guests are encouraged to park at the Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Building behind the church on Cherokee Ave and enter through the back of the church. All are welcome to attend.

(new) Bartow County Department of Family and Children Services
Lynn Green is looking for items to increase the safety in the DFCS front lobby. They are in need ofstanchions – the posts with retractable belts used to help form a line in a waiting area. If you know of anywhere Lynn might can get them donated, please contact her @ 770.387.3936 or email her

(new) Bartow Collaborative
In collaboration with Gordon and Floyd County Family Connection Partnerships, Bartow Collaborative will be launching the Family Starfish Project for survivors of suicide beginning September 12, 2013. The group model has received endorsement from the American Group Psychotherapy Association and is outlined in their public mental health service delivery protocol, “Group Interventions for Disaster Preparedness and Response” (2008, Klein & Phillips, Eds.).

Local Family Starfish Project facilitators Liz Fox (Advocates for Children) and Deb Price (Willowbrooke at Tanner) will be assisting with this free six-week program to be held at Adairsville Church of God. Survivor families, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, friends, grandparents and others struggling with the loss of a loved one can register by calling Bartow Collaborative @ 678-719-2041 or emailing Tina Registration forms and additional information are available at

Bartow Give a Kid a Chance
This year’s event was a huge success! Check out the photos on (under Bartow Give a Kid a Chance) to see the beautiful smiling faces from the event! Thanks to Julie Fowler for donating her time to take these amazing shots! Over 300 volunteers helped in various ways to supply 1,700 + at risk children in our county with much needed back to school supplies, clothing, backpacks, haircuts, vision, dental and hearing checks. Over 300 book bags and school supplies that remained were distributed to the school counselors in both the Bartow County and Cartersville City Systems. These supplies will keep giving throughout the school year. Thanks again to all of the wonderful sponsors and co-directors – Terry Terrell, Carolyn Fairchild and Candace Worsham.

Goodwill of Northwest Georgia – Cartersville
Please visit to view the August calendar for hiring events, mini-job fairs and workshops.

From Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter
Don’t forget your tickets for this weekend’s 17th Annual “Our Hearts, Their Harbor” Silent & LIVE Auction – Saturday, 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