Thank Congress For Supporting SNAP

On December 12, 2018, Congress crossed the finish line on a final bipartisan Farm Bill, with the House voting in support of the bill 369-47 on the heels of the Senate’s passage, 87-13.  The final bill largely resembles the bipartisan SNAP provisions in the original Senate bill that the United Way network strongly championed throughout 2018. The Farm Bill conference report preserves access to nutritious food for those who need it most by keeping the current SNAP eligibility requirements and work provisions and maintaining state flexibility. It also makes incremental changes that support work by strengthening the SNAP E&T program and its connection to employers and existing workforce infrastructure, and improving program integrity by modernizing verification systems and instituting checks to prevent duplicate receipt of benefits across states. ‘

We celebrate this victory as a bipartisan win that helps children, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and working Americans keep food on the table andthank our entire network for your strong advocacy efforts. You came together and fought for SNAP through hundreds of legislative meetings, powerful stories, strategic op-eds, informative digital campaigns, and engagement with hundreds of partners and volunteers.

We also want to thank our legislators for voting in support of SNAP.

How Can We Make Mental Health A Priority in the Workplace – author – Darlene Slaughter

Have you ever known someone who worked non-stop? They’re the office go-getter, always available to support the team and take on extra work. But what do you do when their enthusiasm seems out of balance?

Passion for work is common. Using passion for work to mask a mental health issue is common, too. Even people we think we know well can put on a public face to protect themselves from its associated stigmas. Mental illness is one of those equalizers that doesn’t care who you are.

Today, 1 in 5 people in the workplace have some form of mental illness – from drug and alcohol addiction to depression and bipolar disorder. But we don’t talk about it openly and honestly enough. For managers, it can be difficult to strike a balance between noticing warning signs of someone in need and getting past the trust issues they have about disclosing that need. For some employees, it’s terrifying to disclose their diagnosis because they’re afraid of the potential judgement and repercussions that may follow.

The bar for frank conversations about diversity and inclusion is already difficult to reach. And judgments around race, gender and orientation are exacerbated by mental health stigmas. America’s corporate culture hasn’t done enough to make the 16 percent of Hispanics, 18 percent of African-Americans, 13 percent of Asians and 28 percent of American Indians with mental illness — and the LGBTQ community who are at least twice as likely to be living with it — feel secure in just showing up.

So how do we protect colleagues who have been hurt and isolated by previous encounters with racism, sexism and homophobia from feeling even more hurt and isolated? I don’t think there’s a one-size-corrects-all solution. But I know the effort starts when leaders make themselves available to hear the concerns of their employees. Many managers aren’t aware of the resources available to help employees navigate these issues.

As leaders, we increase the productivity and responsiveness of our teams when we show compassion, concern and empathy for them. When we humanize mental illness, we introduce the tools and language to talk about it and save lives, particularly for people of color and LGBTQ people who are already less likely to receive treatment and confront insensitivity if they do. We make people a priority. Just as important, we give our colleagues permission to let their masks slip so we can help them when they need it.

About the author: Darlene Slaughter, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer of the United Way US Network, is a recognized leader in diversity and inclusion. She recently authored a chapter for a book promoting women’s leadership advancement, offering honest insight and advice into how she gained confidence in the workplace, opening the door to more leadership opportunities and helping her better understand how to use her strengths to support others’ growth. Mastering Your Inner Critic … and Seven Other High Hurdles to Advancement” hits newsstands Dec. 3, 2018. 

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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 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…/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.

News, important dates and Happenings around Bartow County Georgia


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Tallatoona CAP Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program has been delayed 1 month. The program will begin December 1 for senior adults 65 and up and homebound residents. The program will open for the general public starting January 1, 2016. If you wish to apply for energy assistance please watch for the book now button to appear on Tallatoona’s website ( or call the appointment line at (770) 817-4666 or toll free at (770) 773-7730 for 706 area codes.


On October 26, 29 and November 2 Crosspoint City Church will continue to have live sign up for Hope For Christmas – a one day event that will be held on December 12, 2015 for Bartow County Residents. Fun activities are planned for the entire family. Parents select two age appropriate gifts for all of the children in their family and are given a complete Christmas meal with all of the trimmings. There is even a Secret Santa shop where kids can select and have a gift wrapped to give to parents on Christmas morning. Registration is from 10am – 2pm at Crosspoint City Church, 245 S. Tennessee St. in Cartersville. ID and copy of utility bill for proof of residence is required at registration. For questions contact Bailey Beaver at or 678-887-8608.

Toys for Tots & Salvation Army Angel Tree

  • Sign-ups will be held on 10/27 10/28 from 9am-1pm at the Salvation Army (agencies partner together)
  • Families pick-up gifts on 12/19/2015 – each child receives 3 toys and stocking stuffer — Need to know if the child has special needs
  • Qualifications: live in Bartow, and have social security card/birth certificate, or shot records – Organization does not require proof of income

Salvation Army Angel Tree – requires proof of income and social security card or birth certificate, or shot records

  • Families need to know clothing size and 2 wishes (under 40 dollars)

Bartow Christmas Coalition

  • Sign-ups on 11/14/2015 Church at Liberty Square 9am-7pm
  • Provides presents for children and food for senior citizens
  • Requirements: Government issued ID, social security cards for children, proof of income, proof of residency (tax papers or DFCS papers with child’s social security number will suffice)

Kids to Nature – Help create a group program for underserved youth in Bartow County

The Friends of Red Top Mountain State Park are currently seeking partners to help create an outdoor education program for groups of underserved kids in our community. We have a group of volunteers from Americorps that just needs a little of your time to help consult and create this fantastic program. For more information, please email Damon Kirkpatrick

Project SEARCH (a job training program for students with special needs)

LUNCH AND LEARN: Special Ed. At A Glance
Wednesday, 10/28/15 at Cartersville Medical Center, Classroom 1. Drop in between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm to learn more about special education and the IEP process for school-aged students, job training and employment opportunities, and resources available in our area for all ages. Representatives from the Bartow County Schools, Parent 2 Parent, Project SEARCH, and Vocational Rehabilitation will be on hand to answer your questions about the special education process and the paperwork that goes along with it. Also, see the benefits of hiring people with special needs and the skills these people bring to our community. For more information please email or call 770-324-9834.

Bartow Recreation Department Fall Festival at Hamilton Crossing Park on October 31st. We invite all churches, businesses, and non-profits that would like to come and set up a booth to hand out candy or set up games for the children. This is all free of charge to the participants as well as no cost to set up a booth. We have had a very large turn-out the last few years. Contact Eddie Chastain for more information at 770-387-5149.

GRASP Groups at the Goodwill Training Center

Thursday, November 5, from 5:30 – 7:00 at the Goodwill Training Center, a GRASP chapter will begin. GRASP stands for grief recovery adult substance passing. The group will meet every Thursday unless there is a holiday conflict. Kindly pre- register by email to: or by sending your name and phone number. You will receive a call from Jenn and of course your information will be proprietary. Facilitated by Jenn Wake and Don Carson.

New Frontier Feed the Community Dinner

New Frontier of Bartow County is proud to announce that our 15th Annual Feed the Community Dinner will take place onSaturday, November 21st. It will be held at the Cartersville Civic Center located at 435 West Main Street, Cartersville, GA 30120. The dinner will be held from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm featuring a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to a Thanksgiving serving, other services will be available including blood pressure checks, free clothing and toys, and free haircuts. The dinner is open to everyone in the community including our senior citizens, shelter residents, poverty-stricken families, veterans, or those just wishing to fellowship with their neighbor.

Companies and individuals wishing to donate can make a contribution online at Donations can also be sent via mail to New Frontier of Bartow County at P.O. Box 1891, Cartersville, GA 30120. Donations of clothing, books, and toys are also greatly appreciated. Drop off times for clothing, books, and toys are Monday, November 9th and Tuesday, November 10th (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm) and Saturday, November 14th (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) at the Summer Hill Complex located at 129 Aubrey Street, Cartersville, GA.

If you or your organization would like to volunteer please contact William Solomon at (404) 625-3880. Volunteer opportunities include serving of the food, helping with the clothing closet, parking lot attendants, and clean up. This is a great opportunity for high school students in need of volunteer service hours.

Free transportation is being provided by Bartow Transit to and from the event. To schedule a pickup call (770) 387-5165

before the day of the event.

Toyo Tire Christmas Luncheon

  • Christmas Lunch on 12/12/2015 from 11-2pm at Cartersville Civic Center (by library)
  • Bartow Transit will provide transportation for free – need 24 hour notice
  • Will have a coat room where guests can receive a coat



Highland Rivers is seeking a Lead Licenced Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) for their Floyd Outpatient program. Minimum training & experience: LCSW or LPC with experience in the outpatient mental health setting.

Submit resume and cover letter by email or FAX: 706-270-5129

Highland Rivers is seeking a C&A Program Manager. Minimum Training & Experience:

Georgia Licensed LPC, LCSW or LMFT AND Three years of experience in the provision of therapeutic services with at least one year in supervisory role. Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with C&A Services, budget management skills, and strong communication skills. Submit resume and cover letter by email or FAX: 706-270-5129

United Way Presents it’s 10th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run Saturday November 21, 2015


Jogging Strollers are Welcome!
–November 21, 2015 – 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: $25 before Nov. 1, $30 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