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.

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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

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. 

 

Events and Special announcements around Bartow County Georgia

PARTNER EVENTS…

 

Donut Dash 5K Benefitting Shop with a Hero

Saturday, September 12 at 8am at Adairsville Elementary School the Adairsville Police Department is sponsoring a challenging 5k run through Historic Adairsville.  Pre-registration is $30/Race day registration is $35.  Every runner will receive a t-shirt on race day from Eagle Sportz.  Register online at http://www.active.com/adairsville-ga/running/distance-running-races/donut-dash-5k-2015 or at the Adairsville Police Department.

 

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 or your local school counselor’s office.  For more information email: jayme.laney@bartow.k12.ga.us

 

Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta

The Neighborhood Summit, held on Sept. 26th, provides opportunities for nonprofits, civic organizations and community partners to meet, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration. Participants attend workshops, enjoy exhibits, and network with community leaders. Early Bird Registration by or before August 31, 2015, General Admission is $20.00/person*, Students and Seniors (55+) is $15.00/person*, and Groups (5 or more individuals) is $10.00/person. Register at http://www.neighborhoodsummit.org/. For more information, contact Amanda Tant @ 678-605-9023.

 

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 emailarodriguez@cartersville.k12.ga.us.

 

Bartow Hispanic Center will be having two fundraising events:

1) Soccer Tournament at Legends Sports Complex (next to Cracker Barrel)  on Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th at 9am

2) Latin Health and Resource Fair at Carterville Civic Center (next to Bartow Public Library) on Sunday, September 20 from 10am-4pm.

If you would like to participate, share information, or sponsor please contact Joel Romero at info@bartowhispaniccenter.org or call 678-744-4192. You can also visit our website at www.bartowhispaniccenter.org for more details about center and events.

 

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 Carla Smith at 770-606-5800 ext. 3015; or carla.smith@chattahoocheetech.edu for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY…

 

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy is hiring a Regional Coordinator who will work in partnership with local agencies to promote child sexual abuse prevention training throughout an 14-county region, consisting of Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield Counties.Candidates must currently reside in and be familiar with at least one of the listed counties and be able to travel to others.  Position not available to start until October 1, 2015.  For more information contact Tiffany Sawyer at tiffanys@gacfca.org

 

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia is looking to hire a full time Health Benefits Navigator to outreach, education and enrollment assistance.  Detailed job description is attached.  If you are interested please contact Roger Humphrey at roger.humphrey@hmhbga.org

 

News, important dates and events around Bartow County Georgia

A FEW SPOTS ARE LEFT….
Don’t wait until a crisis erupts to address areas that need attention. The Georgia Center for
Nonprofits, Nonprofit University will offer Accounting For Your Mission Friday,
November 7th 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. Registration is
$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. Registration will be processed through Eventbrite. In order not to incur fees,
all registration will be paid at the door. You may register by visiting http://www.bartow.gafcp.org
and click on the Cartersville-Ga. Center for Nonprofit Training tap or copy and paste
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/accounting-your-mission-tickets-13758878175 to your browser.
Download a flier from http://www.bartow.gafcp.org.
PARTNER EVENTS…
Alzheimer’s Association
A variety of support groups are offered in Northwest Georgia. A Family Caregiver
Workshop will be offered in Rome on Thursday, November 6th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
@ Redmond Regional Medical Center, Classroom A. For more information, contact
Rebekah Davis 800-272-3900 or rdavis@alz.org.
Cartersville Downtown Development
First Friday Downtown will be THIS FRIDAY, 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. The event will be held from 5-8. For more information, contact Tara
Currier @ 770-607-3480 or tcurrier@downtowncartersville.org.
NW Georgia Public Health
You’re invited to Let’s Talk, a Mother-Daughter Dinner set for November 13th from 6-
8pm at Rollins Child Development Center. This is a special event to both celebrate and
educate mothers or other female caregivers and daughters (grades 6th – 8th) about taking
care of their health. The Harbin Clinic Women’s Center/Etowah Valley OB-GYN staff will
provide information about preventing cervical cancers and breast health. The presentation
was developed by the American Cancer Society. Puberty topics will be covered as well, and
there will be time for questions and answers. Dinner will be served following the
presentation to celebrate the new knowledge and communication and goody bags will be
distributed. Registration deadline is Nov. 5th. To register, contact Angie Robinson @ 706-
802-5828 or angela.robinson@dph.ga.go. Download a flier from http://www.bartow.gafcp.org.
MEETINGS…
The Bartow Teen Maze Team will meet Monday, January 26th @ 2:00pm at Teen Center
(140 Douglas Street). For more information, contact Tina Grubbs
@ bartowcollaborative@gmail.com.
Family Promise of Bartow will meet Thursday, Nov. 20th at 6:30 pm at Georgia Highlands
College-Student Center Room 102. For more information, contact Pat Eberlein
@ pat_eberlein@huntsman.com.
Tallatoona CAP, Inc.LIHEAP Heating Assistance is available for Senior Households, 65 & Older
r beginning
Nov. 1st. Individuals can schedule a heating assistance appointment online at
http://www.tallatoonacap or by calling the appointment line @ 770-817-4666 beginning November
3, 2014. The General Public can schedule an appointment via the website or by calling the
appointment line beginning Dec. 1st
. An appointment for heating assistance does not
guarantee processing or payment. .Approvals and payments are made when and if funding
is received
Holiday Assistance
-Salvation Angel Tree (sign ups passed, but additional date may be announced). Contact 770-
386-6256 for more information. Donors needed.
-Toys for Tots Ric Goodson (sign ups passed). Contact 404-593-3547 or email
ricgoodson@yahoo.com. Unwrapped toys needed.
-Bartow Christmas Coalition (sign up is Thursday, November 6th). For more information,
contact 770-386-3399, 770-773-3812, or email nbcs@bellsouth.net. Donations needed.
-Bartow County Resource Office – new bicycle’s. Contact Susan Barfield @ 770-387-3708.
-Shop with a Hero. For more information Stan Bradly @ 770-386-6696 or email
shopwithahero.net. Donors needed.
Holiday Meals
Pine Log United Methodist Church will be providing free Thanksgiving meals on
Thursday, November 27th. Meals can be delivered or picked up between 9:30 am and
11:30 am. For more information, contact 770-548-5682 or email
plumcthanksgivinglunch@gmail.com by Friday, Nov. 21st
. Download flier from
http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update Nov 3rd
.
The 6
th Annual Toyo Tire Bartow Community Christmas Luncheon will be held
Saturday, Dec. 20th from 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Cartersville Civic Center, 435 W Main
St in Cartersville. Volunteers are needed to serve the day of the event as well as to provide
homemade fresh desserts, brownies, cakes, pies, cookies, or breads. If you are interested
in volunteering, donating, or have questions, contact Tina Jennings at 678-899-9525 or
tina@panamacitycondovacations.com. Download flier from http://www.bartow.gafcp.org
Weekly Update Nov.3