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Harbin Clinic Turkey Trot and 5K Wobble Walk to benefit UNITED WAY OF BARTOW COUNTY

Get ready to kick off your Thanksgiving week festivities with the Harbin Clinic Turkey Trot 5K and Health Wobble benefitting the United Way of Bartow County on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The long-running event adds Harbin Clinic as the title sponsor this year but keeps the same great course and the fun, frivolity and fitness local athletes have come to expect.

“We look forward to this race each November, and we are happy to be partnering with Harbin Clinic this year,” Brenda Morehouse, United Way of Bartow County president, says. “I can’t wait to see everyone participating and having fun in this event.”

The certified 5K course is fast and scenic while encircling Sam Smith Park, and it also serves as a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race.

Along with the 5K race, which starts at 9 a.m., the event will have a pre-race costume contest and a two-mile health wobble. The wobble is a two-mile, non-timed walk for those that want to take part but may not want to run 3.1 miles.

As in previous years, age-group winners get to claim frozen turkeys as their prize. The top three finishers in each age group will receive special awards newly made for this year’s event.

“Harbin Clinic is excited to become a part of this Cartersville tradition and be able to help put a focus on health and wellness in Bartow County while also supporting the many great things the Bartow County United Way does in the community,” Harbin Clinic CEO Kenna Stock says.

Wire2Wire running will provide timing and results for the event. Registration for the 5K is $25 and $20 for the health wobble, and people can sign up at active.com. To guarantee t-shirt size, participants need to be registered no later than Sunday, Nov. 11. Race-day registration for the 5K is $35 and $25 for the wobble.

Packet pick up will be on Friday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the lobby of the United Way of Bartow County located at 320 West Cherokee Avenue in Cartersville.

Sign up now at https://www.active.com/…/the-harbin-clinic-turkey-trot-5k-a…

Labor Day – Celebrating and Fighting for all workers

I grew up with Labor. Not lower-case labor, but Labor, the world of unions made up of steel and construction workers.

Back in the 1970s, getting a union card was important. Without it, it was tougher to get consistent, good-paying work in northwest Indiana. In many ways, it was the Midwest depicted in the movie Rudy, where workers in hard-hats toiled in tough conditions.

When my father helped me get a union card to pay for college, it provided me with a good wage and taught me the value of hard work. But I recognized, increasingly so as the years passed, that not everyone received the same opportunities that I did.

After college, I was grateful to be able to return home to work construction, but at the last minute an internship with United Way opened in North Carolina. Just like that, my life changed.

I’ve never forgotten the opportunity that union card provided to me, which is why I shared this story recently at a recent gathering of United Way staff, labor liaisons and Labor leaders.

Labor and United Way have a long and deep relationship. Over the years, we’ve both gone through evolutions, but always worked together to do right by our members and partners. We’ve put people first – something that will be key going forward as societal changes bring more information to individual’s fingertips and demands for accountability.

When I think back to my union card, I recognize that a personal connection helped me get it. I also recognize that not every teenager in my town had that advantage.

That’s why I’m determined that United Way and Labor work together – and with all sectors of society – to fight for greater opportunity for all. Every race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. An inclusive mantra will build our membership and strength, helping us to leverage our scale for more solutions that empower workers and families, such as our recent efforts with businesses to develop apprenticeships that lead to good jobs.

The tradition of Labor Day goes back to the 1800s. It’s a tribute to the contributions made by workers to the prosperity of the United States. Over the decades, the holiday has evolved to celebrate new groups of people, all striving to provide for themselves and their communities.

United Way proudly stands with these hard-working men and women in the United States and all around the world. Hard work and the pursuit of greater opportunity should be recognized and supported no matter who you are or where you grew up.

That’s what we celebrate on Labor Day, and what we fight for every day.

Brian Gallagher – President and CEO United Way Worldwide.

Thanks To Don for doing the United Way of Bartow County 2017 Turkey Trot Photo Show! Please follow link below

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 United Way of Bartow County’s annual 5K Turkey Trot.

Please follow the link to enjoy the photo show. Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you next year.





United Way of Bartow County Staff and Volunteers

2016 Turkey Trot – Results

TurkeyTrot2016 FB banner2We want to thank everyone who came out to participate in our 11th annual Turkey Trot! It was a huge success and we hope you will mark your calendars for next year. Below are the links to the results to the male, female and overall results categories. Each of these are .pdf files and should open/print from any device or operating system.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make sure the morning went off without a hitch and to the City of Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department for the use of the Cartersville Soccer Complex and the Etowah Riverwalk course.

For more information about upcoming events or to learn about the many agencies supported by United Way of Bartow County, visit our website at http://www.bartowliveunited.org/






Ric Mason Memorial Golf Tournament, May 2nd at Barnsley Gardens

Tee up for United Way on the beautiful greens of Barnsley Gardens. All proceeds benefit United Way and 16 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 770-386-1677 or email morehouseb@bartowga.org

Format: 4-player scramble
Scoring: Net score based on 50% of the team’s average handicap
Time: Registration 8:00 am, Tee Time 9:00a.m.


Sponsor packages

Title Sponsor – $2500

4 players, including goody bag, breakfast and beverages. Business showcased in all UW events in 2016

  • Gold Sponsor—$1,000
    • 4 players, including gift, goody bag, lunch, dinner and beverages
    • Signage and booth setup at hole of your choice
    Silver Sponsor—$500
    • 2 players, including gift, goody bag, lunch, dinner and beverages
    • Signage and booth setup at one of the holes
    Bronze Sponsor—$200
    • Signage and booth setup at one of the holes
    Sign-Only Sponsor—$100
  • Individual Players $125, includes breakfast and lunch

Important news and events happening in Bartow County Georgia


Homeless Veterans Count for Bartow County
Next week the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter is the host agency for the Homeless Veterans Count for all of Bartow County.  If you or your agency is serving or working with Veterans who are or may be homeless, please contact Good Neighbor at director@goodneighborshelter.org.  The staff there will bring you surveys to fill out for those Veterans late this week.

Bartow Give a Kid a Chance Meeting
Friday, March 25 after the Collaborative Meeting in the Cornerstone Room at First Presbyterian Cartersville.

“Destination Graduation” 2016 Bartow Teen Maze
Volunteers are needed for our upcoming Teen Maze.  Click HERE to volunteer.   The Teen Maze will be held at Georgia Highlands College on May 11 and 12.  We need lots of help to make this event for 8th graders from schools in both City and County systems successful.

Image & Interview Days at Bartow College & Career Academy
This Thursday and Friday, March 24th and 25, the BCCCA will be hosting Image and Interview day.  We need business and industry partners to conduct a five to ten minute mock interview with a student.  Students will come prepared with resume, application, and cover letter. You can ask your own questions or use the ones we have prepared.  Following the interview, you will provide feedback on your impression and how the student might considering improving.  This is an important step in our preparation for college and workforce development.
If you think you can commit to two or more hours, please send an email to jamila.suber@bartow.k12.ga.us for additional information and to select a specific time.  You can choose from several time blocks, but Friday is the day with the highest need.

Bartow Hispanic Center
BHC Events & Partnered Events:
-Triple P-Positive Parenting Program by Ser Familia at BHC-starting Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 4:30-6:30pm for 9 weeks
-Mother Daughter Dinner at Rollins Child Development Center by NWGA Cancer Coalition-Friday, March 25, 2016 at 6pm at Rollins Child Development Center.
We are always looking to partner and serve the community by providing interpreters, assisting with communication, and developing workshops to better support the Hispanic Community. For more information contact: info@bartowhispaniccenter.org or call 678-744-4192.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes 4th Annual Golf Classic
Bartow/Polk FCA is hosting their 4th Annual Golf Classic on April 11@ Cartersville Country Club.  Registration & Lunch begin at 11am and there will be a shotgun start at Noon.  Sponsor opportunities are still avialable.  Cost to register is $125 per person or $500 for a 4 person team.  For more info email deanna@mcwhortercp.com orsboatfield@fca.org 

5k for Life & Healthy Relationships
On April 16 at Sam Smith Park, Bartow Family Resources will host the 5k for Life.  This 5k, 1 Mile Walk, and Family Fun Day raises money to provide funds for Bartow Family Resources to continue offering FREE life-affirming services to nearly 1000 families in the Cartersville/Bartow County community each year.  Find out more at 5kforlife.org

SPLASH Bartow Projects Needed
SPLASH Bartow is a community wide event for teens to get involved in showing the community love in Jesus name.  During the week of SPLASH (July 12-15) students and adults flood the community doing service projects.  They need your help. If you know of a need in the county that a team of students and adult volunteers can help with, please submit that project to http://www.splashbartow.org/projects/


Darkness to Light class
April 13, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Darkness to Light (www.D2L.org) is a preventative program committed to protecting children through empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse.  1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.  This is a horrifying statistic that our community needs to be more aware of, learn how to recognize the signs of possible abuse, and to prevent it before it starts. Sexual abuse can happen to anyone, friends, family even a child you know and love.
The goal is to have at least 5% of our population trained in this prevention based program to stop sexual abuse from occurring and having the joy of childhood robbed from a child.  The class is being taught by employees of Advocates for Children that are trained Darkness 2 Light facilitators. Anyone can take the class, cost is $10.00 to cover the cost of the booklet. For more information or to register for the class, contact Jennifer Wiggins Matthews, Jennifer@AdvChild.org770.387.1143 or Amanda Tant,Amanda@AdvoChild.org678.605.9023.   Free childcare, newborn-5, will be provided by the church with advance registration.

Leadership for Social Change Workshop in Atlanta
April 20-21, 2016
Did you ever wonder how to move your team from vision to action? Facilitative Leadership for Social Change develops practical collaborative skills and tools for tapping the creativity, experience, and commitment of staff and colleagues.  REGISTER

This two day workshop will:

  • Build your skills to facilitate social change teams
  • Gain insight into your own leadership strengths and areas for growth
  • Connect you with other change makers

Learn more
Be part of the first-ever Facilitative Leadership public workshop in Atlanta, andgain the practical frameworks, tools, and skills that have changed the game for leaders across the USUnleash capacity for social change in yourself and your community.  

Youth Mental Health First Aid
April 28 from 8:30am to 5pm at Bartow Family Resources 200 Leake St. in Cartersville.  Come and learn the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents.  The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents.  This event is brought to you by Willowbrooke at Tanner.  For more information please email Tori Goodling.

Lutheran Services of Georgia’s Heritage Adoption Program partners with DFCS to find Forever Families for children waiting in Georgia’s foster care system. Information Sessions are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:00pm,hosted by our NW Ga Regional Office located at 336 Broad St., Suite 200 Rome, GA. 30161.
For more information, contact Amy Weaver at aweaver@lsga.org or call 706-506-0649.



Job Description: Full Time Position
Completes documentation in compliance with policy and standards. Obtain and maintain average of billable hrs. Participates in Team meetings as part of multi-disciplinary team. Facilitates Substance Abuse group meetings. Assist consumer in Para Pro role when appropriate. Maintain contact with family, community agencies and collateral contacts both formal and informal. Conducts screenings and evaluations. Creates and maintains thorough knowledge of the therapeutic techniques and program policies and procedures. Maintains all case documentation. Creates and maintains a high performance. Environment characterized by positive leadership and strong team orientation. Must be able to travel to Polk, Bartow, Floyd and Paulding areas.
Job Requirements:
Must have a current Certified Substance Abuse Certificate. Must have a high school diploma or Ged. Must be able to pass a criminal background check, drug testing and have a clean 7 year motor vehicle report.
Please email resumes to: Dayna Veit- dveit@healthcare-staffing.comor Fax resumes to: Attn: Dayna Veit- 706-624-8328

Peer Specialist- Gordon County and Floyd County and Bartow County
We have several (3 positions) available in the Calhoun, Rome, Cartersville
Job Description: Full Time Positions
At least 3 years in recovery from substance dependence. Provide assistance and coordination of a recovery plan using motivational interviewing and other skills to support and promote personal goals and objectives. Provide relapse prevention planning to assist in managing and preventing crisis and relapse situations. Provide interventions through all phases of recovery.
Minimum Requirements:
Must have a high school diploma or GED. Must be able to pass a criminal background check, drug testing and have a clean 7 year motor vehicle report. Must have gone through a recovery process and willing to help others through their recovery process.
Please email resumes to: Dayna Veit- dveit@healthcare-staffing.comor Fax resumes to: Attn: Dayna Veit 706-624-8328

Registered Nurse- Bartow OP- Cartersville, Ga
Job Description: Full Time Position
Provides billable direct service to consumers. Completes all necessary paperwork according to policy and procedure. Ensures consumers meet eligibility criteria or refers to appropriate provider in the community. Provides clinical nursing services to consumers. Provides nursing assessments, injections, medication assistance, PAP assistance, sample medications, re-assessments, TB Tests, labs, urine drug screens, HIV testing, vitals. Responsible for all documentation as required. Responsible for keeping all chards in compliance. Provides assistance and support in crisis situations. Provides clinical guidance in regards to labs and medications.
Must have a Current Georgia RN License.  Must be able to pass a criminal background check, drug testing and have a clean 7 year motor vehicle report.
Please email resumes to: dveit@healthcare-staffing.com or fax resumes to: Attn: Dayna Veit 706-624-8328

Positions available at Turning PointNew Directions! Progressive Behavioral Health Care Company seeks candidates for In Home/Community Based Therapist to provide services to at-risk children and their families.   Position will serve Polk, Haralson, and Paulding Counties in Georgia.  General duties include providing therapy; working collaboratively with other community agencies and the court system; and documenting all service activity.  QUALIFICATIONS:  Master’s Degree required in human services field, i.e.: Social Work, Sociology, Counseling Services, etc.  with at least two years work/internship experience in human services field.  License or License-eligible applicants a plus!   Successful applicant must undergo comprehensive background check, drug screening,  and must have valid driver’s license with safe driving record.  Position is initially part time, and will be full time once full caseload is established.   Our Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Our Company is a National Health Service Corporation (NHSC).”  Interested applicants should email Raechel Brown atraechelb@turningpointga.com or Brandy Nicholson atbrandyn@turningpointga.com.

Highland Rivers Health has several openings for Licenced Clinicians in North Georgia.  For more information on these listings contact Jennifer Mayfield at jobs@highlandrivers.org