"We appreciate people's support because of the longevity of the Service League," she said. "It was founded in 1941 as a service organization so people have really grown up with the Service League. It's just been a part of Cartersville for so long and we appreciate everybody's help.
"Even as the economy changes, people's lifestyle changes but the people of Cartersville are still so kind to come to our dances and to come support our rummage sale and buy poinsettias for the holidays. I'm not sure there's another organization like it in Cartersville that ... was just founded grassroots right here. And it's just continued for so long, after so many years and that's because of the community's help."
The next opportunity for the community to support the Service League is its Fall Rummage Sale, which will kick off Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an early bird sale at the Cartersville Civic Center, 435 W. Main St. The initial offering will be followed by a half-price sale on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a bag sale Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon. Sales will be cash only, with no checks accepted.
"We just have a real wide variety of items that people can pick from. [Along with fall and winter] clothing, we have the baby equipment [and] we have housewares like sheets and towels and glasses and silverware," said Alison Wiedetz, CSL member and rummage assistant. "We also have a section called the boutique, where [Service League] members bring in an item that is almost new or fairly valuable. People like to shop in there. ... The prices are excellent, especially as the days progress. It's full price on the first day and then [the] second day anything that's left is half price and then by the third day we sell bags ... and you can stuff that with anything that's left in there."
The events' proceeds will be combined with money generated through the CSL's Spring Rummage Sale, Poinsettia Sale and Ways and Means Dance and dispersed to local charities next year.
During its last fundraising cycle, the CSL distributed a total of $60,000 among more than 30 organizations. The recipients included Action Ministries Inc., Advocates for Children, Autism in Bartow, Bartow Christmas, Bartow Collaborative, Bartow County/Cartersville Special Olympics, Bartow County 4-H Club, Bartow County Public Library, Bartow County Teacher Grant Program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow County Women's Resource Center Inc., Bartow Give a Kid a Chance, Cartersville School Foundation, Cartersville Special Education, Cartersville School Foundation -- GateKey, Cartersville City Schools -- Backpack Buddies, The Etowah Scholarship Foundation, The Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity, Hands of Christ, Joshua Brown Foundation, Juvenile Court -- Bartow County, Least of These, New Beginnings Food Outreach, Oakland Heights Angel Ministry, Tranquility House, Steps of Faith, Bartow History Museum, Cartersville Little League, Living Tree Memorial Walk and Bartow Health Access.
The CSL currently is comprised of 43 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and volunteer more than 40 hours per year in the community.
Along with tutoring children at the Boys & Girls Club's Cartersville Unit and Hands of Christ programs, some of their volunteer efforts include conducting hearing and vision screenings for kindergarten students in the Bartow County School System; distributing weekend meals to Flowering Branch Children's shelter residents; and volunteering with the Special Olympics Committee in Bartow County. They also provide area children with school supplies, gifts and necessities throughout the year.
For more information about the Service League fundraiser, visit www.cartersvilleserviceleague.com or call Wiedetz at 770-386-9680.