A word from the United Way U.S. President

In recent days, our nation has been gripped by the devastation wrought by unprecedented flooding in Colorado and the tragic loss of life at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.
On behalf of the US network, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to the victims of these terrible tragedies and the family, friends, colleagues and neighbors who grieve for them. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
They are also with our United Way colleagues in these communities who have stepped up to offer their support, care and leadership in this very difficult time.
The strength and character of our network is evident in the many expressions of support and sympathy so many of you have extended to your colleagues. We are so grateful.

As you know, United Way’s role is to support communities during crisis and to help rebuild over the long haul. At United Way Worldwide, we are working to support our colleagues in both communities, offering whatever assistance they may need. In Washington, DC, we will work with UWNCA as they work with local partners on determining and supporting the community’s needs in the days and months ahead.

In Colorado, the Foothills United Way is managing the Foothills Flood Relief Fund. Cash donations are most needed; please do not send clothes, food or other items. For additional information about the Fund, contact Heather Spencer, Director of Communications at 303-895-3419. Or, visit http://www.HelpColoradoNow.org for more information about how you can help.

As more information becomes available, including how you and your community might be able to help, we will be sure to share that with you.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your caring and support, and for proving everyday what it means to Live United.

Thank you!!

Stacey D. Stewart / U.S. President / United Way Worldwide
701 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314, USA/ tel: +1 703.683.7810/fax: +1 703.549.1952 / stacey.stewart@unitedway.org
or Twitter: @sdslivesunited GIVE. | ADVOCATE. | VOLUNTEER. | LIVE UNITED™ http://www.liveunited.org

News, events and special dates around Bartow County, GA

There are quite a few new announcements….please take a moment to review….


Please join us Friday, September 27th for Bartow Collaborative. The meeting will be held at Cartersville First Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall. Coffee/networking begin @ 8:15 am followed by a brief business meeting and strategy breakouts. This month, we will divide into 3 Strategy Teams offering partners the opportunity to meet and greet others with like interest, hear program updates and discuss future projects Our 3 teams are Homeless, Mental Health and Addictive Disease, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Please be sure to review minutes from the August 16th meeting – Download from http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update Sept. 16th.


(new) The next meeting for Bartow Emotional Health Resources will be THIS Wednesday, September 18th from 1:00-3:00 PM @ the REMAX Office on 1124 North Tennessee Street.

(new) The next Family Promise Meeting will be held THIS Thursday, September 19th @ 6:30 pm at Sam Jones Methodist Church.


LAST CHANCE to register for the fifth annual Neighborhood Summit – THIS SATURDAY,September 21, 2013. Sponsored by The Neighborhood Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the training is to strengthen nonprofit capacity. Registration is $25 which includes lunch. For more information, visit NeighborhoodSummit.org or email neighsummit@cfgreateratlanta.org or you can download the flier from http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update Sept. 16th.

(new) Bartow County Department of Family and Children Services is looking for a double stroller and 2 infant car seats for a family in need. If you can help, please contact Susan Ollis @ suollis@dhr.state.ga.us.

(new) Toyo Tire has printers to donate to nonprofits. The following HP’s are available: HP LaserJet M9050 MFP (Black ink only, photocopier, printer with paper sorter), HP LaserJet 9040dn (Black Ink Only, printer), HP LaserJet 9500dn (color ink printer), HP LaserJet 9040dn (black ink only printer), HP LaserJet M9050 MFP (Black ink only, photocopier, printer with paper sorter). For more information contact Kary L. Gilkeson gilkesonk@toyotirena.comor 678-721-7259.

Empty Bowls

The 3nd annual Empty Bowls event will be held in Bartow County, Sunday, Sept. 29th @ Cartersville Civic Center from 12 pm – 3:00 pm. This is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation of $20, guests keep the unique, hand crafted bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Choose from over 300 ceramic handmade, one of a kind bowls to keep. Then fill your bowl to keep with your lunch donated by local area restaurants.100% of the money raised goes to Back Pack Buddies program benefitting Bartow County and Cartersville City School-Aged children. For more information contact Paula Womack @ 770-387-4722 or Kelly Whitmire @ 770-606-5871.

Belk’s Fall Charity Day

Belk Charity Sale is a private, four-hour sale dedicated to supporting local non-profit organizations. Participating charities have the opportunity to raise money for their organization by selling event tickets at $5 each. This year’s Belk Charity Day will be Saturday, November 9th from 6:30 – 10:00 am. For more information, contact Larry Williams or Elizabeth Patterson at 770-382-3770, ext. 220 or 210. An Information Flier can be downloaded from the Bartow Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – September 16th.


Bartow County Department of Family and Children Services

Bartow County needs foster and adoptive parents for OUR children! If you or someone you know are interested, please attend the next Foster and Adoptive Parent Orientation TODAY, September 17th at 6:00pm. You will get a lot of information to help you decide if fostering or adopting is right for your family, and hear about upcoming IMPACT (training) classes. For more information, contact Kelly Waits at kewaits@dhr.state.ga.us or (770) 387-3943.


Battle of the Bandswill be held THIS SATURDAY, Sept. 21st 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. For more information or to register, contact Brittany@1STOPFSS.com.

(new) Greater New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church

Second Annual Run for the Son 5k/1 Mile Walk/Run will be held on September 21st at Dellinger Park in Cartersville @ 8:00 a.m. Funds raised will go to further our ministry efforts while building community awareness of the importance of not only our spiritual health, but also our physical and emotional well-being. Partnering with Soles 4 Souls, the event hopes to receive donations of gently used or new shoes to distribute to victims of abject sufferings. For more information contact Gloria Calhoun @ Gloria.Calhoun@qualitycareforchildren.org.

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 deanna@berrymcwhorter.com or visit http://www.AdvoChild.org.

(new) New Beginning Food Outreach and Modern Woodman of America

Community In Action Daywill be held Saturday, November 2nd. Sponsored by Modern Woodman of America, New Beginnings Food Outreach, Son-Shine Baptist Church and Sufficient Grace Gospel Singers, the event will be held from 10am – 8 pm @ 7034 Glade Rd. in Acworth. The public is invited to enjoy gospel singing and free dinner (BBQ, Hamburgers, Hot dogs). Community Education Programs such as stranger safety and fire safety will be offered throughout the day. Nonprofits are encouraged to set up a booth and provide educational information or an educational presentation during the day. To register for a booth, presentation, or to sponsor, contact stephaniebass81@gmail.com or 404-563-4591. A schedule of events will be provided in October.


Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth

The 2nd Annual Joining Hands Across Georgia Suicide Prevention Coalitions Conference will be held THIS Friday, September 20th from 8:30 am – 4:30pm at Georgia Highlands College in Rome. Registration fee is $15 which includes lunch, snacks and conference material. For more information contact 706-295-6339 carol.willis@comcast.net.

Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter

Local events include: A Mid-Day Café is scheduled for Thursday September 26th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm @ Cedartown Library. 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.

(new) Georgia Dept. of Public Health – Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

Tri-Regional Faith and Community Health Summit will be held October 3-5, 2013 at Saint Philip A.M.E. Church, 240 Candler Road in Atlanta. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this free event will gather hundreds of faith and community partners from the eight southeastern states to Atlanta, GA, for one purpose, “Building Healthier Communities through Education, Empowerment, and Engagement.” For more information or to register, visit http://www.triregionalsummit.org.

(new) Cartersville City Schools

Parent University is a Parent Involvement Program that empowers parents as leaders, teachers, leaners and advocates. A Class/Resource Fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 19th from 8:30-11:30 at Cartersville Elem. School. The program will focus on fitness and health for parents and children. If you’d like to set up a both or have information to share with parents, pleases contact Kathi White @ kwhite@cartersville.k12.ga.us or call 470-315-0520. The Goal of Parent University is to build effective relationships between schools and parents in order to support academic achievement and increase graduation rate.

(new) 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 emlee@dhr.state.ga.us. Visit http://www.livewellagewell.info for more information on this program.

(new) Ga. Commission on Family Violence

The 7th Annual Domestic Violence Conference will be held Friday, October 25th 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 @ http://dvconference2013.eventbrite.com/. For more information contact cfvaconference@gmail.com or call 706.272.2258, ext. 2153.

UPS has auction to benefit United Way Worldwide

United Way and UPS: Partnering for Impact

For over 30 years, UPS and its employees have invested more than $1 billion to improve lives and communities in partnership with United Way. UPS also generously donated items for this auction, including these current listings:

2012 Season Autographed Football by the Pittsburgh Steelers Team
Autographed Hockey Stick by Mario Lemieux
Autographed Basketball by WV Coach Bob Huggins
And more!!!

Google: Ebay/community/unitedwayworld for information on how to bid.

About United Way: United Way is a worldwide network in 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. For more information please visit: http://www.unitedway.org

Beautiful Backroads Century Bike Ride benfits going to Hickory Log Vocational School for Men

Each year our local Anheuser Busch Brewery has the Beautiful Backroads Century bike ride to benefit the amazing men who suffer from mental and physical disabilites that reside at Hickory Log Vocational School for men. Please join us for a great bike ride and an excellent cause!!

To register or to learn more about our event Here is a link to the ride: http://bikebbc.com/

Also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beautiful-Backroads-Century/130500283658438

Here’s some great history about this annual event:

◦The inaugural ride in 2001 ride had 166 riders and raised over $4,500.
◦In 2002, the ride brought out 301 riders to brave the aftermath of Hurricane Hannah.
◦In 2003, 541 riders raised over $12,000.
◦In 2004, Hurricane Ivan arrived a day before the ride but couldn’t deter over 600 dedicated riders.
◦2005 had a new look and record number of riders, over 850!
◦Registrants in 2006 approached 1000 riders.
◦2007 and had a record number of riders, 1,400.
◦2008 was again over 1,400 riders.
◦2009 had over 1000+ riders even though we were all tracking a huge red blob on weather radar all morning. The storms let the ride start on-time and dry, but unleashed some heavy rains an hour later making it an epic rain soaked ride.

Thank you to everyone who has participated over the years and helped to make this ride a huge success! Our charity, Hickory Log Home for Men, appreciates all of your support!

Community in Action Day! October 26, 2013 GET INVOLVED!!

Hello Everyone,

My name is Stephanie Bass, I am a Youth Club Leader for Modern Woodman of America. I am partnering up with Dwight Holcomb and New Beginnings Food Outreach Inc. to have a Community In Action Day. This will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013. We are asking for those within the Community Outreach areas to come be part in this event, come set up a booth and provide information to our community with all of your resources in the community to help and show them we care, we hope to provide stranger safety demonstrations from the Dare Team or local Officers, Fire Safety presentations, along with all others who will come and help us on this day.
We will be having a free Dinner (BBQ, Hamburgers, Hot dogs) sponsored by New Beginnings Food Outreach, Son-Shine Baptist Church and Sufficient Grace Gospel Singers, There will be Gospel Singing throughout the day, everything will be free. There will be lots of free gifts for the Children and the Elderly. We will need sponsors to help with the cost that it will take to do this, but this is a great opportunity to educate our community and children about safety and awareness. Please come be part with us.
This event will Start at 10 am till 8 pm.
If you are interested and would like to be part please respond to this email or to stephaniebass81@gmail.com, please include your name, name of your organization, email and phone number. If you are one who needs to make a presentation for your program please let me know and include how long a simple presentation will take you, when you signup. This is so we can make out a schedule for the various presentation times.
The deadline to sign up is October 1, 2013
Also we will be having Non-Judged exhibits of motorcycles and cars,
so if you or someone you know would like to exhibit their pride-ride I will need the following information:
Name, phone #, Address, number of exhibits and make and model of exhibits.
There is no fee for any exhibit or booth, however if your or your organization would like to make a donation to New Beginnings Food Outreach Inc. it would be appreciated.
I will be sending out a schedule of events to those who signup shortly after the deadline.
If you would like to be a sponsor of this event it would be greatly appreciated, just respond to this email with your information.
Thank you all for your time and you help.
If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 404-563-4591
Stephanie Bass