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

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

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

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



United Way of Bartow County Staff and Volunteers

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 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.


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

Early Registration is getting close. REGISTER TODAY for UW’s Annual Turkey Trot Saturday November 19th

Turkey Trot 5K
Saturday November 19, 2016 at 9 am
Walkers are Welcome!
Jogging Strollers are Welcome!
Certified Course!
Come help us celebrate our twelfth year!
Online Registration:
Mail in Registration: Send this completed form to: United Way of Bartow County, PO Box 1264, Cartersville, GA 30120
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.
Presented by:
Turkey Trot 2016 Entry Fees:
$25 before Nov. 1
$30 after Nov. 1
Make checks payable to:
United Way of Bartow County
Mail entry form and check to:
PO Box 1264
Cartersville, GA 30120
Questions? Call 770-386-1677
Ext: 1 or 2
November 19, 2016
Entry Fee: $25 postmarked before Nov. 1, $30 after Nov. 1(rain or shine (even if it is cold),
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 or

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

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


Sponsor packages

Title Sponsor – $2500

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

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

Important news and events happening in Bartow County Georgia


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

This two day workshop will:

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

News, important dates and Happenings around Bartow County Georgia


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


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

Toys for Tots & Salvation Army Angel Tree

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

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

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

Bartow Christmas Coalition

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRASP Groups at the Goodwill Training Center

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

New Frontier Feed the Community Dinner

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

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

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

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

before the day of the event.

Toyo Tire Christmas Luncheon

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



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

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

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

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

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