Bartow County Georgia’s Children need your help. Sign up today to be a CASA volunteer

Bartow’s Children Need Your Help!
CASA Training to Start January 22nd
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“Helping an abused or neglected child can be one of the most rewarding forms of volunteerism,” according to new Advocates for Children President Rachel Castillo. “Our Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provide a source of support for children in foster care and are a vital part of the process to move these children to a safe and permanent home.”
Beginning Jan. 22, a series of training sessions will prepare new volunteers to evaluate a child’s situation by talking to anyone who knows the child and reporting recommendations in the best interest of the child to a judge. CASA’s are vital to the outcome of children in the foster care system, according to Castillo.
The number of foster children is growing in our area, so we are looking for people with “strong communication skills, compassion for children and ability to be objective,” she said. Typically, the Division of Family and Children’s Services caseworkers have such an extensive caseload that their time with each child is limited. CASA volunteers can invest time in investigating, interviewing and researching what and who will best serve the children.
“CASA volunteers are the support and the voice for the children we serve,” Castillo explained. Abused or neglected children can have multiple DFCS case managers and even multiple foster family placements.  The one constant and stable presence in their lives is their CASA volunteers. “It’s a priceless relationship.”
The qualifications are simple. In addition to a deep compassion for children, volunteers must be 21 or older and undergo a background check. In addition, a 40-hour training program prepares prospects for a wide array of situations and guides them in managing the process.
Each day, Georgia has an average of 33 confirmed cases of child abuse. That devastating figure is indicative of a broad-spectrum problem that stems from drug and alcohol abuse, anger, a family history of abuse and other issues. CASA volunteers can help children navigate the foster system to find safe, stable and permanent homes.
The training will equip volunteers to help transform the lives of children who need trusted adults. “Becoming a volunteer will definitely change the life of a child,” Castillo said, “but it also changes the life of the volunteer. It’s a wonderful way to enhance your purpose in life.”
For details on the training program, call Ava Lipscomb at 770-386-1060 or email ava@advochild.org.

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. 

Final Results of the Harbin Clinic Turkey Trot to benefit United Way of Bartow County

Thank you to those who participated in the Harbin Clinic Turkey Trot to benefit United Way of Bartow County. Please follow the link below to view the final results.

https://www.wire2wirerunning.com/111718-turkey-trot-5k/

Our Impact at United Way

Problems. The ones most people don’t have the stomach for. The ones nobody talks about at cocktail parties. The ones that can’t be solved. We go looking for them.  We have one life. To live better, we must Live United.

 

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.

Ric Mason Memorial Golf Tournament, May 22nd 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 visit our website at http://www.bartowliveunited.org for the registration/flier.

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.

SIGN UP TODAY!!! SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE, information below.

Sponsor packages
Gold Sponsor—$750
• 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

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.

SIGN UP TODAY!!! SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE, information below.

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

News, important dates and Happenings around Bartow County Georgia

Reminders…

We value your feedback! If you are a collaborative member and you did NOT fill out a paper survey at our last meeting, please take a few minutes and complete our Vitality Survey online by clicking HERE.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/BartowCollaborative

PARTNER EVENTS…

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.

HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS – SIGN UP

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

WORKSHOPS/CLASSES…

JOB OPPORTUNITIES…

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

UNITED WAY PRESENTS IT’S 10TH ANNUAL TURKEY TROT 5K WALK/RUN

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

LOCATION AND RACE DETAILS:
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.

 

Important dates and happenings around Bartow County Georgia

Reminders…

Collaborative Meeting THIS Friday, October 23 at First Presbyterian Church Cartersville Fellowship Hall 8:30am—Help for the Holidays – Come learn about the various programs available to help families during the holidays.  If your organization is offering assistance to families during the holidays please contact Doug Belisle at bartowcollaborative@gmail.com or call 678-719-2041.

 

PARTNER EVENTS…

 

HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS – SIGN UP

On October 20, 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.

 

STEER YOUR FUTURE CAREER EXPO

On October 22 from 2pm – 6pm Chattahoochee Technical College will host a job fair.  The expo is open to all job seekers.  Resume help will be offered between 12pm and 3pm.  The expo will be held at the North Metro Campus, Building D, 5198 Ross Road, Acworth, GA  30102.  For more information visit the website http://www.chattahoocheetech.edu/services/career-services/career-fairsand-upcoming-events/ or email Career.Services@chattahoocheetech.edu

 

Tranquility House Events

19th Annual Golf Tournament October 23rd at Woodland Hills, Registration is at 8:00am, tee time-9:00am, $400 per team, $100 per person. Not too late for additional players. For more information, call 770-386-8093 or email Zanett atcommunityrc@tranquilityhouse.cbeyond.com  

30th Anniversary Celebration on October 24, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6pm-10pm. Tickets are $80.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tranquility-house.org or call 770-386-8093. Celebrating 30 years of service to victims of Domestic Violence and their children.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

 

WORKSHOPS/CLASSES…

 

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES…

 

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

 

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.

 

Happenings and special dates around Bartow County Ga

Reminders…

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

 

PARTNER EVENTS…

 

DUCKS AND DOGS

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.

 

2015 ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN DUCK DERBY & DUCK DASH

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.

 

SOUL SISTAS RUNAVERSARY 5K

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.

 

WORKSHOPS/CLASSES…

 

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.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES…

 

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

10am-5pm

 

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. 

 

COVERED BRIDGE ZOMBIE RUN , OCTOBER 17th discounted price for students and staff of any school who wants to participate!! $25 if registered by October 1st!!

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 1st!!!

 

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

10am-5pm

 

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. 

 

 

 

Important dates and new for Bartow County Georgia!

In partnership with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Bartow Collaborative
presents Diagnosing Your Business on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00
pm at the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce AB Community Room, 122 W Main
St, Cartersville, GA 30120. The registration link is currently being developed by the Georgia
Center and as soon as it is open, an email will be sent out.

Registration will be $10 for staff, board members, and volunteers of local nonprofits, social
services, churches, government agencies and businesses in Bartow County and $25 for
those serving outside Bartow County. The registration fee includes lunch. At the end of this
course participants will be able to:
-Identify key parts of your organization that can accelerate or hinder your growth.
-Evaluate current operations and create a roadmap for maximizing organizational operations
performance.
-Diagnose business challenges and areas for development. Participants will evaluate current operations
and create a roadmap for maximizing organizational operations performance.

Diagnosing Your Business is sponsored by the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce,
the Nonprofit Executive Roundtable, Cartersville-Bartow Community Foundation (an affiliate of
the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia) and the Cartersville Service League.

Visit the Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org to review minutes from the May
23rd
Collaborative Meeting.

(all new) MEETINGS…..
Bartow Family Promise will meet this THURSDAY July 17, 2014 @ 6:30 pm at
Northpointe Church in Adairsville. Fundraising Tem will meet prior to the full team. For more
information, contact Pat Eberlein @ pat_eberlein@huntsman.com.

Mentor Bartow Team will meet next Thursday, July 24th, 2014 @ 9:00 am at The Teen
Center, 140 Douglas Street. For more information, contact Alaina Price @
APrice@rollinschilddevelopmentcenter.com.

Faith Community Alliance Meeting- You are invited to join Department of Human
Services Commissioner Keith Horton, and his Leadership team for this important
gathering on Thusday, July 31st
from 10am-noon at First Baptist Church in Cartersville.
The Alliance is an interfaith nondenominational group that meets with the faith community to
share in the responsibility for Georgia’s most vulnerable children and families. For more
information, contact Lynn Green @ Lynn Lynn Green @ ltgreen@dhr.state.ga.us or
770.387.3936

Bartow Teen Maze Team will meet Thursday, August 18th
@ 2:00pm at Teen Center
(140 Douglas Street). For more information, contact Tina Grubbs @
bartowcollaborative@gmail.com.

THINGS TO KNOW…
(new) FAMILY PROMISE LIVE 72-HOUR ONLINE AUCTION!
ONLY 10 HOURS ARE LEFT!!!! Visit the Bartow Family Promise website
http://www.familypromisebartow.com to bid on wonderful items. All proceeds are going to help the
homeless children and families of Bartow County through Family Promise.

(new) “Look Again” is DECAL’s (Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning)
campaign calling for parents and caregivers of children to have heightened awareness this
summer of the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles. The basic message of
the campaign: When exiting a vehicle, look again in and under every seat in the vehicle to
ensure that you don’t overlook. To check out the video, visit

Bartow Give a Kid a Chance is a one day event when Bartow County children in need can
receive a new backpack, school supplies, a T-shirt, haircut, and health screenings – all free
of charge, thanks to our generous sponsors and community, This year’s event will be held
Saturday, July 26th
at the Bartow County College And Career Academy-738 Grassdale
Road in Cartersville. Deadline for student registration is Saturday, July 19 @
http://www.bartowgiveakidachance.com. We are in DESPERATE NEED of volunteers! You can
sign up online as well!!!

PARTNER EVENTS…
Soul Sista’s
A Different World College Fair/ Career day is a free community event that we will hold for
all youth ages 10-19 (boys and girls) held on THIS SATURDAY July 19th from 9am-
2pm. The youth must be dressed in business attire as we have a full training day on
interviewing for jobs, the college experience, how to apply for financial aid, we will have HR
managers on site to inform them of what they are looking for, help them with building a
resume when there is no job experience and also have different college representatives on
site to help with any questions, concerns, etc., also members of the armed services on site
as well so offer their after high school views. We hope to enlighten those that aren’t sure
these are your options, those that are ready insight on your 1st year experience, and those
that are seeking employment here are your options and how to nail the job. For more
information, contact Pamela Whitfield @ whitfieldpamela@gmail.com.

(new) NWGA Center for Independent Living
The Center for Independent Living will host a free July Lunch and Learns on Wednesday,
July 16th
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m @ The Goodwill Career Center, 154 Hicks Drive, Rome, GA
30161. We will be talking about how the lives of people, with and without disabilities, have
changed in the past 24 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. We will
focus on the history, changes in attitude, people with disabilities as participants in society,
aging in place and universal design, and we will wrap it up with silly things that have
happened to us relating to our disabilities.Topics to be covered include Defining
relationships, healthy boundaries, safe cyber-dating, taking responsibility, love vs. lust, and
myths about sexuality and people with disabilities. It doesn’t matter whether you have a
disability or not; we all have questions about the complexities of relationships in today’s
society. The staff will share their knowledge and will use an “Ask-it Basket” where you may
put your written questions and remain anonymous. Bring munchies, sides, sweets, and/or
sodas to share; main dish and bottled water will be served. R.S.V.P to info@nwgacil.org, or
call 706.314.0008. Goodwill Career Center
To access the registration form and July’s Career Center calendar, visit the Collaborative
website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – July 14th
or visit http://www.goodwillng.org.
For more information, contact James Benham @ (770) 276-7036 or jbenham@ging.org.

Must Ministries
Back to Work class (4-hour class required for the ServSafe class) are available in
Marietta – Monday or Thursday from 10:00-2:00, Canton -Wednesday or Friday from 10:00-
2:00, Smyrna – Tuesday or Thursday from 10:00-2:00, CAY – Dallas call for days and
times 770.445.9303.

On July 22 and 23 Must Ministries will sponsor a ServeSafe class from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
at Must Ministries in Canton. This 2 day class helps to prepare works to work in a restaurant
kitchen or in a catering environment. Restaurants are required to have a ServSafe certified
worker on site for each shift they are open. Participants who attend both days and score a
70 or above also receive free, non-skid footwear required to work in a restaurant. The rate
of workers returning to work after this class is over 70%! To register, Beth Ray @
bray@mustministries.org or 770-790-3883. You can also download the registration form at
http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update July 7th.

(new) Bartow Family Resources
Please join Bartow Family Resources for light refreshments and a tour of the facility as they
celebrate all that God is doing in Bartow County. The Open House will be July 24th
from
5pm-7pm at 20 Douglas Street (between Tabernacle Church and the Booth Museum. For
more information, contact 770-382-7224.

Cartersville Downtown Development
Held the First Friday of each month, First Friday Downtown allows patrons an additional
opportunity to shop, dine and play. In addition to more than a dozen downtown eateries,
various retail shops and service providers remain open until 8 PM providing even more to
see and do on Friday night in downtown Cartersville. On November 7th
, the Downtown
Development Authority would like to spotlight nonprofits. At no charge, interested nonprofits
may set up a table in Friendship Plaza and highlight their services, as well as sale/promote
any items, activities or needs. This is a great opportunity to for agencies in need of specific
items the opportunity to help get the word out, and even encourages donations. The event
will be held from 5-8 PM with possible kids’ activities and musical entertainment. For more
information, contact Tara Currier @ 770-607-3480 or tcurrier@downtowncartersville.org.

WORKSHOPS/TRAININGS…
Partnerships for Healthy Communities Child Abuse Intervention & Prevention will
sponsor a course for pre-hospital providers and law enforcement. Designed to educate first
on how to recognize signs of child abuse, document their findings, report suspicions, and
prevent child abuse, the course will be offered July 23rd
@ 2:00pm at Cartersville Fire
Department. The training is open to 911 dispatch, fire, law enforcement, EMS, and child
welfare. Continuing education offered for law enforcement and EMS, To register, contact
Brian Irish at irish977@gmail.com or 678-758-1461.

Better Brains for Babies, sponsored by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families, is
now accepting applications for the next BBB 2-day Community Outreach Educator training workshop, to be held September 4 – 5, 2014 at the Sheltering Arms Model Teaching
Center in Atlanta. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m.
The qualifications for being a BBB educator include a bachelor’s degree or higher and
documented experience in educating others about early childhood development. Trainees
must make a commitment to share brain development information at least once per year
and to report all uses of BBB information in the online reporting system. If you know of
someone who might be a good BBB educator, send him/her to the BBB home page
(http://www.bbbgeorgia.org), where we have a link to the online application. For more
information, contact Diane Bales @ dbales@UGA.EDU

Important News, Dates and Events for Bartow County Georgia

You are invited…
2014 Georgia Family Connection Conference Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – Friday,
October 24, 2014 at Marriott Augusta at the Convention Center. The Conference is packed
with workshops and guest speakers including Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob “Waldo” Waldman, The
Wingman Foundation, David Nelson, Master Instructor for VitalSmarts (an innovator in
corporate training and leadership development), and Bill Bolling, Founder and Executive
Director, Atlanta Community Food Bank. In keeping with Georgia Family Connection
Partnership’s commitment to the collaborative development and responding to Collaborative
requests, Bartow County has been awarded $600 in scholarship funds to community
partners interested in attending. Early Registration is $300.00 until July 15th, From July 16 –
Sept. 9, registration will be $350.00, and late Registration will be $400.00. For more
information, visit http://www.possibilities.gafcp.org. Please let Tina know if you are interested at
bartowcollaborative@gmail.com.
THINGS TO KNOW…
AID Alliance of Northwest Georgia
Effective at the close of business on June 30, 2014, AIDS Alliance of Northwest Georgia will
close permanently. HIV and AIDS related services in Northwest Georgia will be available as
follows: Medical Care for low-income individuals – Northwest Georgia Specialty Care in
Rome (706) 295-6701 or 1-877-531-2273. Housing for individuals and families who are
Disabled, Homeless and HIV-Positive – Highland Rivers Residential Support Services in
Rome (706) 233-9023 x2039. Free HIV Testing- Bartow County Health Department, 100
Zena Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120 and AIDS Resource Council in Rome. Support
Services and Referrals – AIDS Resource Council in Rome, Ga 30165, (706) 290-9098
Bartow Give a Kid a Chance is a one day event when Bartow County children in need can
receive a new backpack, school supplies, a T-shirt, haircut, and health screenings – all free
of charge, thanks to our generous sponsors and community, This year’s event will be held
Saturday, July 26th at the Bartow County College And Career Academy-738 Grassdale
Road in Cartersville. Registration is now open @ http://www.bartowgiveakidachance.com.
Deadline for student registration is Saturday, July 12.
Family Promise of Bartow County is accepting donations for their first fundraiser. An Online Action will begin July 13th and run through July 16th. The team is seeking donated services such as landscaping, music lessons, car repair, and items of all kinds! If you would like to support this wonderful new community project, contact Daryl Gessner @ gessners@mindspring.com.
PARTNER EVENTS…
Goodwill Career Center
The July Multi-Employer job fair will be this Thursday, July 10th from 10am-12:30pm This is open to both employers and community resource. Some of the employers include, Wells Fargo, Apollo Staffing, and 2Work Staffing. A representative of the Supported Services for Veteran Families program of HOPE Atlanta will also be present to provide information and assistance to Veterans. Many positions will be available ranging from Bank Tellers to Landscapers. Agencies will need to complete a registration form and return to the Career Center as soon as possible. To access the registration form and July’s Career Center calendar, visit the Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – July 7th or visit http://www.goodwillng.org. For more information, contact James Benham @ (770) 276-7036 or jbenham@ging.org.
Must Ministries Back to Work class (4-hour class required for the ServSafe class) are available in Marietta – Monday or Thursday from 10:00-2:00, Canton -Wednesday or Friday from 10:00-2:00, Smyrna – Tuesday or Thursday from 10:00-2:00, CAY – Dallas call for days and times 770.445.9303. On July 22 and 23 Must Ministries will sponsor a ServeSafe class from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at Must Ministries in Canton. This 2 day class helps to prepare works to work in a restaurant kitchen or in a catering environment. Restaurants are required to have a ServSafe certified worker on site for each shift they are open. Participants who attend both days and score a 70 or above also receive free, non-skid footwear required to work in a restaurant. The rate of workers returning to work after this class is over 70%! To register, Beth Ray @ bray@mustministries.org or 770-790-3883. You can also download the registration form at http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update July 7th.
Soul Sista’s
A Different World College Fair/ Career day is a free community event that we will hold for all youth ages 10-19 (boys and girls) held on July 19th from 9am-2pm. The youth must be dressed in business attire as we have a full training day on interviewing for jobs, the college experience, how to apply for financial aid, we will have HR managers on site to inform them of what they are looking for, help them with building a resume when there is no job experience and also have different college representatives on site to help with any questions, concerns, etc., also members of the armed services on site as well so offer their after high school views. We hope to enlighten those that aren’t sure these are your options, those that are ready insight on your 1st year experience, and those that are seeking employment here are your options and how to nail the job. For more information, contact Pamela Whitfield @ whitfieldpamela@gmail.com.
(New) Bartow Family Resources
Please join Bartow Family Resources for light refreshments and a tour of the facility as they celebrate all that God is doing in Bartow County. The Open House will be July 24th from 5pm-7pm at 20 Douglas Street (between Tabernacle Church and the Booth Museum. For more information, contact 770-382-7224. Cartersville Downtown Development Held the First Friday of each month, First Friday Downtown allows patrons an additional opportunity to shop, dine and play. In addition to more than a dozen downtown eateries, various retail shops and service providers remain open until 8 PM providing even more to see and do on Friday night in downtown Cartersville. On November 7th, the Downtown Development Authority would like to spotlight nonprofits. At no charge, interested nonprofits may set up a table in Friendship Plaza and highlight their services, as well as sale/promote any items, activities or needs. This is a great opportunity to for agencies in need of specific items the opportunity to help get the word out, and even encourages donations. The event will be held from 5-8 PM with possible kids’ activities and musical entertainment. For more information, contact Tara Currier @ 770-607-3480 or tcurrier@downtowncartersville.org.
WORKSHOPS/TRAININGS…
(new) Partnerships for Healthy Communities Child Abuse Intervention & Prevention will sponsor a course for pre-hospital providers and law enforcement. Designed to educate first on how to recognize signs of child abuse, document their findings, report suspicions, and prevent child abuse, the course will be offered July 23rd @ 2:00pm at Cartersville Fire Department. The training is open to 911 dispatch, fire, law enforcement, EMS, and child welfare. Continuing education offered for law enforcement and EMS, To register, contact Brian Irish at irish977@gmail.com or 678-758-1461.
(New) Better Brains for Babies, sponsored by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families, is now accepting applications for the next BBB 2-day Community Outreach Educator training workshop, to be held September 4 – 5, 2014 at the Sheltering Arms Model Teaching Center in Atlanta. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m. The qualifications for being a BBB educator include a bachelor’s degree or higher and documented experience in educating others about early childhood development. Trainees must make a commitment to share brain development information at least once per year and to report all uses of BBB information in the online reporting system. If you know of someone who might be a good BBB educator, send him/her to the BBB home page (http://www.bbbgeorgia.org), where we have a link to the online application. For more information, contact Diane Bales @ dbales@UGA.EDU

Special Events, news and important dates for Bartow County Ga

REMINDER…
Bartow Collaborative will meet THIS FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 @ First Presbyterian Church in Cartersville. This is the last day of school for both City and County Systems but we will still meet to share updates, concerns and ideas about Homelessness, Mental Health and Addictive Disease, and Teen Pregnancy. Meeting begins at 8:30 with strategic breakout sessions to follow. Minutes from the April 24th meeting have been posted online @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org and can be reviewed prior to the meeting.
Last chance to complete the BARTOW FOR HEALTHY MINDS (BHM)* survey to gather information to aid in planning for improving behavioral, mental and emotional health in Bartow County. It is very brief and can be completed in less than 5 minutes. The link will be active until May 22nd.
Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BartowforHealthyMinds
MEETINGS to enhance our STRATEGIES….
Cartersville-Bartow Mentoring Team will meet next Wednesday, May 21st @ noon at the Cartersville City Board of Education. Bring your own lunch.
Give a Kid a Chance will meet this Thursday, May 22nd at the First Presbyterian Church in the Cornerstone Room @ 10 am. For more information, contact Carolyn Fairchild @ csfairchild@mindspring.com
PARTNER EVENTS…
Northwest Georgia Center for Independent Living
The Center for Independent Living will host a free May Lunch and Learn: FROM TABOO TO TMI: 21st Century Relationships THIS Wednesday, May 21st from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ The Goodwill Career Center 154 Hicks Drive, Rome, GA 30161. Topics to be covered include defining relationships, healthy boundaries, safe cyber-dating, taking responsibility, love vs. lust, and myths about sexuality and people with disabilities. It doesn’t matter whether you have a disability or not; we all have questions about the complexities of relationships in today’s society. The staff will share their knowledge and will use an “Ask-it Basket” where you may put your written questions and remain anonymous. Bring munchies, sides, sweets, and/or sodas to share; main dish and bottled water will be served. R.S.V.P by contacting info@nwgacil.org, or call 706.314.0008.
Northwest Georgia Public Health Last opportunity to sign up for Mother-Daughter Banquet to be held May 22nd from 6-8pm at North Pointe Church in Adairsville. The banquet will focus on talking about puberty and cancer prevention, particularly HPV. For more information, contact Angie Robinson @ 706-802-5828
North West Georgia Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging
The Bartow Triad is hosting a “Sock Hop” on THIS Friday May 23rd the Bartow Senior Center, Beavers Drive in Cartersville. Profits and Non-Profits are invited to exhibit at the 50’s themed event. Download the registration form from http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly
Update April 28. Deadline May 16th. Fax the form to 706.802.5508 OR email to
kdefoe@nwgrc.orgerry.
Willowbrooke at Tanner
Willowbrooke will be hosting another free workshop at Georgia Highlands College on May
28th from 8:30am-4:000pm. Professional Burnout and Compassion Fatigue will help to
define compassion fatigue and identify symptoms, causes and ways to address in a
professional setting. This seminar is free to attend; however, seating is limited. Registration
is required and is first come, first served. To register online, call 770.214.CARE or visit
http://www.WillowbrookeAtTanner.org. Willowbrooke at Tanner has been approved for 6 hours of
continuing education units (CEUs) Continuing Education Credit for licensed professional
counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapists.
Footprints of the Heart
Footprints of the Heart will be hosting a 5K/1 Mile Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial
Balloon Release on Saturday, May 31st in Euharlee. Additional information can be found
http://www.facebook.com/footprintsontheheart.ga, email info@footprintsontheheart.org, or call
Khristie Staines at 770-547-4333.
Woodland Wrestling
The 6th Annual Wildcat Open Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 2nd @ 256
Summit Ridge Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120. Sponsorships are available for $200, Single
Registration is $100 and 4 Man Team Registration is $400. Registration begins at 8a.m.
Shotgun Starts at 9a.m. All proceeds will benefit the 2014 State Duals Runner up Woodland
H.S. Wrestling Team. For more information, contact Adrian Tramutola @ 678-773-3373 or
Adrian.tramutola@bartow.k12.ga.us or Heidi Sims 678-773-2432 or heidisims@aol.com
Family Starfish Informational and Refresher Course for Suicide Support
Last fall, Family Connection Partnerships from Floyd, Gordon and Bartow County hosted a
6-week support group – Family Starfish Program for Survivors of Suicide. This group
reaches out to survivor families, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, friends, grandparents and
others struggling with the loss of a loved one. In partnership with GA DBHDD Suicide
Prevention, the tri-county group will be offering a second FREE 6-WEEK SERIES beginning
fall of 2014. On Tuesday, June 3rd, Maureen Underwood, author of the Starfish and
G.O.A.L.s programs will conduct a Family Starfiish Informational and Refresher Course
for those already trained and for new trainers interested in committing to this community
work with families and other survivors of suicide; CEU’s will be provided. The new Georgia
version of the Starfish curriculum will also be presented. The Training will be held at the
GOODWILL Career Center in Cartersville from 9:00 – 4:00 pm. For more information,
contact Tina G. Grubbs @ bartowcollaborative@gmail.com.
Georgia Highlands College
In partnership with the Blue Ridge Area Health Center, GHC will be holding a Heath Care
Day Camp focusing on the exploration of careers in healthcare. This camp is for rising 9th-
12th graders and costs are all-inclusive (lunch, t-shirt, take-aways, and
instruction). Students must have transportation to the Floyd campus. Registration will begin
at 8:30 a.m. each day and will run from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 2nd-5th. For more
information, visit the camp website at http://www.blueridgeahec.org or contact Barbara Naymick
706-235-0776 ext 210.
(new) Goodwill Career Center For the month of June, the Goodwill Staff are available to travel and facilitate training classes related to job searching. If you have an event coming up or a group of clients that could benefit, please contact James Benham @ (770) 276-7036 or jbenham@ging.org. The next Multi-Employer Job Fair is scheduled for Thursday, June 12 at 10:00am – 12:30pm. The registration form is attached and the invitation is extended to all of our employers and community partners. Check out NEW JUNE CALENDAR by visiting Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – May 19.
Always Best Care Senior Services
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is offering a six session educational program designed to help caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Classes will be held from Thursday, June 12 – July 17, 2014 at Always Best Care Senior Services on
319 E. Cherokee Ave in Cartersville. The FREE class will be from 3:00 pm -4:30 pm, however donations are accepted to cover the cost of class materials. To register, contact Lindsay Wilson @ 706-295-6485 or 1-800-759-2963 or Frederick Gray @ 470-315-4811
Atlanta Community Food Bank
The Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty in Rome, GA is a free 3-day service experience for rising 9th – 12th graders. The students will spend June 18-20 gaining knowledge about hunger and poverty issues, volunteering in the community, and developing a Hunger Fighting Action step they will take back to impact their community. For more information and to access the application, visit http://www.acfb.org/rome-youth-summit or call Chris Ferguson @ 404-832-4972 or Chris.ferguson@acfb.org.
Bartow Give a Kid a Chance
Bartow Give a Kid a Chance is a one day event when Bartow County children in need can receive a new backpack, school supplies, a t-shirt, haircut, and health screenings – all free of charge, thanks to our generous sponsors and community, This year’s event will be held Saturday, July 26th at the Bartow County College And Career Academy-738 Grassdale Road in Cartersville. Registration is now open @ http://www.bartowgiveakidachanc.com. Deadline for student registration is Saturday, July 12. Space is limited. A flier can be downloaded from the Collaborative website – Weekly Update May 19.

Ric Mason Memorial Golf Tournament, May 5th 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.

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.

SIGN UP TODAY!!! SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE, information below.

Sponsor packages
Gold Sponsor—$750
• 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

2013 TURKEY TROT PHOTO SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

For a full photo show of Saturday’s 8th annual Turkey Trot visit http://www.photoshow.com/watch/iX6nY9nD?language=enu?source=em_ps_show_recipient

Thank you DON and SCOTT McCLELLAN for taking pictures!!!