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.

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

Happenings and special dates around Bartow County Ga


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





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



Saturday, October 3 at Terminus Wake Park part of the Lakepoint Sporting Community.  Enjoy activities including Food Trucks, Bounce Houses, Concert, Beer/Wine Tasting from 11am until 4pm.  Duck pluck is at 2pm.  Whoever adopted the first duck plucked will win $10,000 with a chance to win $1 MILLION.  Adopt your duck(s) today at 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 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: 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


Tranquility House 19th Annual Golf Tournament

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



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


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 @ or Jenn Wake, Secretary/Treasurer @  Website is – raising adoption awareness and providing financial assistance to Christian families seeking to adopt. 


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




Bartow College and Career Academy

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




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

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

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


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  You can apply at


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

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 .  All the students or school staff has to do is write the school they work or attend at under the registration area on the left hand side of the form and along with the $25 payment mail it in to P.O. Box 1264, Cartersville Ga, 30120.


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

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

Saturday, October 17th

Festival and Live Entertainment



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


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


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


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


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


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


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