“We are so fortunate to be a part of such a generous/giving community,” CSL Project Search Chair Christi Breedlove said. “We are pleased with the community’s support of our efforts. We are thankful to be able to give back to the organizations and groups that provide positive services to meet the needs of the children of Bartow County.”
Along with donations, the funds were generated through various CSL benefits, such as the Ways and Means Dance, Rummage Sale and Poinsettia Sale. Receiving grants on April 1 were Advocates for Children, Bartow Collaborative, Bartow County Special Olympics, Bartow Education Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow Family Resources, Cartersville Schools Foundation’s GateKey Scholarship program, Cartersville Schools Foundation, Etowah Scholarship Foundation, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Hands of Christ’s Douglas Street site, Bartow County Juvenile Court, Tranquility House and WinShape Camps for Communities.
For Jessica Mitcham — executive director for the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter — the funds are greatly appreciated.
“The Good Neighbor is really thankful for the efforts of Cartersville Service League and all of the ladies that that represents and all of their hard work to raise funds each year,” Mitcham said. “They specifically give funding to organizations that assist children, so it helps us to provide additional support to our families who have children and to be able to provide for their needs while they’re staying at the shelter.
“The grant funding that we received from the Service League goes into the funds that we use generally to operate the shelter and to serve families. Our budget is about 97 percent private funding, which represents individuals who give and churches and businesses, but it also represents several civic organizations that help make our work possible and Cartersville Service League has been one of those for several years.”
The CSL is comprised of 43 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and perform at least 60 hours per year of community service.
Some of their outreach efforts include tutoring children weekly at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Cartersville Unit, volunteering at the Cartersville Public Library and the Special Olympics, and providing a weekly meal to Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter residents. They also equip area children with school supplies, gifts and necessities throughout the year.
“CSL was founded in 1941 by a group of local women who wanted to help with the war effort by knitting sweaters and rolling bandages,” CSL President Sonya Noble said. “Our purpose is to foster among its members interest in the social, economic, educational, cultural and civic conditions of Bartow County and to make efficient their volunteer service.
“... This past year we spent over 2,228 hours in planning and service to the Bartow County Library [System], Flowery Branch Children’s Shelter, Boys & Girls Club and Special Olympics. Every week our members touch over 160 children in our community.”
For more information about the CSL, visit www.cartersvilleserviceleague.com.