With the public’s assistance, Cartersville Service League distributed $43,415 this spring to over 25 organizations.
CSL President Leslie Mauldin shared the league’s members “were very pleased” to award grants to Advocates for Children, Bartow Christmas Coalition, Bartow Education Foundation, Bartow Family Resources, Bartow History Museum, Bartow County Juvenile Court, Bartow County Library System, Bartow Literacy Council, BLESS Coalition, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Building Bridges Across Bartow County, Cartersville Medical Center Project SEARCH, Etowah Scholarship Foundation, Hands of Christ’s Douglas Street UMC and First Presbyterian Church locations, Guardian Angels Program — St. Francis of Assisi, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, REACH Georgia Bartow County, Bartow County Shop With a Hero, Steps of Faith Dance Company scholarships, The Bookmobile, Tranquility House, Cartersville Schools Foundation’s Mentor Canes, Footprints on the Heart, Hickory Log Vocational School, Special Olympics, Recovery Bartow and The Hope Center Foundation.
Established in 1941, the CSL is comprised of 36 Bartow County women, who serve six-year terms and annually volunteer for a minimum of 60 hours. The members also organize various fundraisers throughout the year, which generate money to support local nonprofits.
“Normally, we distribute these checks in person in the spring at our final meeting of the year,” Mauldin said. “Because of COVID-19, our treasurer, Courtney Pirozzi, mailed these checks to each organization right away to best benefit the organizations during this difficult time.
“Our league has continued to meet each month remotely through the Zoom meeting platform, where we are able to brainstorm how we can serve our community, stay connected and continue to build this organization we are so proud of. Many of our members are volunteering by donating items, delivering food and serving their time to local nonprofits. We also use our social media pages to share any specific needs in our community.”
For the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, the Cartersville Service League continues to be one of its strongest partners.
“Before our inception in 1990, the CSL has been and remains among our staunchest supporters," said Gordon Gilley, chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County. "They have been so supportive in so many capacities — over the years providing operational and capital financial support, ongoing project leadership and volunteerism, and collective and individual advocacy.”
Prior to temporarily closing its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County served about 235 children a day ages 6 to 18 with its after-school program at its Adairsville facility and Cartersville Unit.
“Our organization and members have enjoyed and benefited greatly from our relationship with the CSL,” Gilley said, providing examples, like the annual Fun Day and providing food and programs for Cartersville Unit’s CSL Mondays. “Their support provides us credibility and stability.
“They have always ‘been there’ when we needed them the most — now for instance. Their weekly visits during our program have become one of the highlights of our organization.”
While the Boys & Girls Clubs’ current programming is vastly different than normal due to the COVID-19 crisis, the nonprofit continues to serve its members.
“We operate a ‘virtual club’ with distance learning and fun activities, food and essential item distribution, and guidance,” Gilley said, adding the nonprofit distributes food to families and members who drive up to each unit. “We are currently exploring reopening options of when and how that will look like. Then based on societal norms and when we feel comfortable in providing a safe environment for our members, we will reopen.”
For more information about the CSL, visit the organization’s website, www.cartersvilleserviceleague.org.