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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.

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 (http://www.tallatoonacap.org/) 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 bailey@bashatlanta.com 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 atdamon.kirkpatrick@friendsofgastateparks.org.

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 kristy.mitchell@bartow.k12.ga.us 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: GraspGroup@aol.com or tojwake73013@aol.com 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 athttps://secure.processdonation.org/Thenewfrontierinc/Donation.aspx. 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 jobs@highlandrivers.org

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 jobs@highlandrivers.org

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: Active.com http://www.active.com/cartersville-ga/running/distance-running-races/united-way-of-bartow-turkey-trot-5k-2015

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 morehouseb@bartowga.org
or http://www.bartowliveunited.org

How can any business, small or large, help meet the community needs?? DO A UNITED WAY WORK PLACE PAYROLL DEDUCTION CAMPAIGN!!

Why Participate in Our Workplace Campaigns

Giving at the workplace brings us together, and makes us feel good about ourselves and the companies we work for.

The United Way of Bartow County’s annual workplace giving campaign creates that good feeling of knowing that you have done the right thing and made someone else’s life better.

UWBC workplace campaigns also bring much needed funds to our community. In the past five years United Way of Bartow County raised 3,855,000 to advance the common good in the Bartow County area.


Why Launch a United Way of Bartow County Workplace Campaign?

There are multiple reasons. Here are a few:


Community Building at the Workplace

A healthy community attracts new business, leads to a stronger labor pool, and improves the quality of life for everyone. Joining together to help through United Way of Bartow County can:

  • Meet your company’s philanthropic goals through a trusted brand in workplace giving.
  • Build trust and increase goodwill among customers and employees by giving back to the community.
  • Energize your employees by focusing your organization toward a common goal which builds morale and teamwork.
  • Offer a simple, convenient, and efficient way for your employees to support the community and causes they believe in.
  • Connect employees to their community because United Way of Bartow County matches employee volunteer teams with great opportunities to help our community.
  • Provide information about services enabling employees to use them for themselves, friends and families.
  • Raise funds to meet our area’s greatest needs by investing your company’s time in a United Way campaign. Working with us is a worthwhile and a solid investment. We have researched what our community needs and are channeling volunteers and funds to address it.

We Help Every Step of the Way

  • We work closely with you: United Way of Bartow County can help you develop a customized fundraising campaign that aligns with the values and interests of your organization and your employees. We also offer training and support in building your fundraising team and running a great campaign. Check out our workplace campaign section to view some of the great resources and tools available to you to help you run a successful campaign.
  • Easy methods for donation: We offer convenience and affordability in giving options such as payroll contribution and electronic pledging.
  • We promote your involvement: When you give through United Way, you become part of a network with several thousand businesses, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and community groups involved. We help bring year-round, community-wide recognition to you and your employees.
  • Your employees choose who they help: When your employees donate to United Way , their gift will be invested to help those in need in the Bartow County area. They also have a wide-variety of options to choose how they would like their investment directed.
  • We keep you updated: United Way offers resources to help your employees stay informed on pressing issues all year long.

If you would like to introduce a workplace campaign to your company, or need assistance with your campaign, please contact Brenda Morehouse by calling 770-386-1677 or e-mail to:  morehouseb@bartowga.org.


Happenings and special dates around Bartow County Ga


Collaborative Meeting 8:30am THIS Friday, September 25 @ First Presbyterian Cartersville – Networking meeting (bring business cards and information) – Light breakfast provided by Crosspoint City Church





Tuesday, September 22 from 10am – 7pm at Friendship Plaza in Downtown Cartersville.  Come get a Free Hot Dog with Duck purchase tomorrow!  Proceeds help Advocates for Children.



Saturday, October 3 at Terminus Wake Park part of the Lakepoint Sporting Community.  Enjoy activities including Food Trucks, Bounce Houses, Concert, Beer/Wine Tasting from 11am until 4pm.  Duck pluck is at 2pm.  Whoever adopted the first duck plucked will win $10,000 with a chance to win $1 MILLION.  Adopt your duck(s) today at www.duckderbycartersville.com or Text ‘AdvoChild’ to 243725. Also taking place on the morning of Saturday, October 3 runners will take off at the Cartersville Primary School for the 11th annual Duck Dash 5k and Fun Run.  Onsite registration begins at 7am with the start of the race at 8am.  Runners are encouraged to preregister at AdvoChild.org to ensure receiving a T-shirt.


Empty Bowls Project to help Backpack Buddies

On Sunday, September 27 from noon until 2:30pm at the Cartersville Civic Center enjoy food from 10 of the area’s best restaurants as well as great entertainment all to benefit a great cause.  $20 (cash or check payable to Bartow Collaborative) gains you entry into the event as well as a handmade ceramic bowl.  Tickets are available at the Rose Lawn Arts Festival, Spring Place Pottery, Cartersville Schools Central Office or your local school counselor’s office.  For more information email: jayme.laney@bartow.k12.ga.us or call Maria Hoffman at 770-387-4723.


Starting this Sunday, September 27, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Rome is hosting FAMILY-TO-FAMILY , a free, 11-week course for adults who have a family member who struggles with Mental Illness.  The class meets 2-4:30 PM at 1 Woodbine Ave., Rome 30165.  Interested?  Call Bonnie at 706-506-8314 for more information and registration.


Empower & Lead: Family, Schools & Community Engagement Conference will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015  at Georgia Highlands Campus in Cartersville from 9am-3pm. This conference will involve all families from Pre-K up to high school in the county of Bartow. If your organization would like to present, share information, or sponsor please contact Annabel Rodriguez-Romero at 770-387-4732 or email arodriguez@cartersville.k12.ga.us.


Tranquility House 19th Annual Golf Tournament

On October 2, 2015 @ Woodland Hills Golf Club.  Registration is at 8am, Tee off at 9am.  Sponsorships are still available.  Call 770-386-8093 for more information.



On October 10 at Sam Smith Park, Soul Sistas Run will host a 5K run/walk.  Registration begins at 7am and the run/walk starts at 8am.  Race fee is $25 and includes a commemorative t-shirt.  Register online at www.soulsistasrun.org


DFCS is hosting a series of Town Hall meetings around the state. The next meeting in our region on October 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Floyd County Health Department – 16 East 12th Street Rome Ga 30161. Mark your calendars. More information to come.


SMALL BRIDGES Adventure Trek 

October 24, 2015 starting at Louie’s Cafe – 1:30pm to approximately 6:00pm.  Questions please contact Denise Hutchinson, President @ denise@smallbridges.org or Jenn Wake, Secretary/Treasurer @ jwake73013@aol.com.  Website is smallbridges.org – raising adoption awareness and providing financial assistance to Christian families seeking to adopt. 


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.




Bartow College and Career Academy

A Welding Class will be offered at the Bartow County College and Career Academy this fall on Tuesday nights. The deadline to apply is October 2nd.  Please contact Leigh Foster 770-529-2331 or leigh.foster@chattahoocheetech.edu for more information.




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   jobs@highlandrivers.org


The Atlanta Community Food Bank is hiring for a Mobile Benefits Screener!  This person will be based out of Northwest Georgia (Polk, Paulding, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, and Cobb Counties) doing direct client outreach.  For more information contact Jolene Glenn jolene.glenn@acfb.org.=  You can apply at http://acfb.org/careers.


Highland Rivers is seeking a  Supported Employment & Community Integration Manager

Self-motivated, energetic person to manage pre-vocational, supported employment, and community access services for individuals who have an Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD). Person must be creative, able to network, and able to create curriculum to teach daily and employment skills. Will be responsible for developing and overseeing job coaching duties. Must be willing to look for the best in individuals and figure out what their employment abilities are. Will be responsible for integrating individuals with IDD into the community through work opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and personal engagements.  Submit resume and cover letter by email or FAX:  706-270-5129   jobs@highlandrivers.org

United Way of Bartow County has 1st annual Covered Bridge Zombie Run October 17th!! Discount for students and faculty through October 5th

The United Way of Bartow County is having its first annual Covered Bridge ZOMBIE RUN on Saturday October 17th.  In hopes to get lots of students and faculty involved, and to increase participation while raising money for a great cause, we are offering a registration fee of $25 to all students and faculty!!! That means anyone of any age that is enrolled in any school or works for any school can get the discounted price if registered by October 5th!!!


Please make announcements and share this notice to let students and faculty know that they can print the form out from our website at www.bartowliveunited.org .  All the students or school staff has to do is write the school they work or attend at under the registration area on the left hand side of the form and along with the $25 payment mail it in to P.O. Box 1264, Cartersville Ga, 30120.


The race is the same day as the “Covered Bridge Fall Festival” ( details of festival below) The first heat of the race starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Woodland Middle School in Historic Ehuarlee Georgia. This is a 5K so they will start at the Woodland Middle school football field and run a course around the churches cemeteries, baseball field,  across the historic bridge, through the woods and end up back at the football field all while being chased by blood thirsty Zombies.

Here are the details of the Covered Bridge Fall Festival and we hope you come out for both events!!!

Saturday, October 17th

Festival and Live Entertainment



The City of Euharlee hosts the annual Covered Bridge Fall Festival at Frankie Harris Park. This festival is a well-known, well attended event in Bartow County.


The festival weekend includes a Friday night concert, 60+ arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, free kids’ activities, live entertainment throughout the day, and prizes.


Sixes Tavern will be sponsoring the beer garden for this year’s festival and Taylor Farm Supply will be providing hayrides.


Sponsorships for the festival go towards supporting the three tenets of the city; historic preservation, recreation and conservation.  The fall festival encourages all three of the tenets.


  1. Historic Preservation: Encourages people to visit the city’s historic properies.  


  1. Recreation: The Covered Bridge Fall Festival provides good, old-fashioned family fun while showcasing some of Euharlee’s tourist attractions, natural resources (such as Euharlee Creek and the Etowah River), and beautiful parks.


  1. Conservation:  Coincides with A.  Most of the settlements that have happened here over the last few hundred years have been because of the access to the natural water resources that surround the city.  The Covered Bridge Fall Festival helps regional tourists experience and appreciate the natural and historic setting of the city.