Reaching out to the public, Cartersville resident Chastity Maney is seeking nominations for the Frontline Heroes contest. The competition will highlight individuals going above and beyond to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At the very beginning of the Bartow County coronavirus outbreak, I knew this was going to be hard on our community,” said Maney, founder of Frontline Heroes and an insurance agent at Country Financial. “I was fortunate to be considered an essential business but some of my friends, small business owners, were not. Even through their struggles, I saw many of them, and others, stepping up to help.
“The way our town pulled together left me awestruck. There were people being completely selfless and doing whatever it takes to support others. This is when I knew I wanted to do something to honor them. That is when Frontline Heroes was created.”
Through this contest, Maney hopes to highlight a wide range of service efforts.
“There has been a ton of emphasis on ‘frontline workers’ — nurses, doctors, medical staff,” she said. “While that is great, I wanted to spotlight the people that weren't necessarily in those positions — the people that are feeding the homeless, providing meals to families who are suddenly out of work, paying someone’s rent, buying groceries, delivering toiletries/PPE, providing childcare, etc.”
Started May 13, the contest’s nomination process will end Monday at midnight. Along with providing the nominee’s name, the nominator must provide a brief statement about why they want to recognize this person.
“After the contest ends, the results will be tallied and the Top 10 heroes selected,” Maney said. “If there happens to be a tie, a random drawing will be the tiebreaker. Once we have our winners, they — their families — will receive a ‘porch quarantine’ photoshoot and custom framing of that photo from Wall to Wall Frames.
“We will present the frames to the winners at the Depot with a social distancing celebration on June 13. We hope the community will join us in a drive-by parade.”
To nominate a Frontline Hero, people can text 470-300-5492, message Maney at "Chastity Maney — Country Financial" on Facebook or deliver the nomination to Wall to Wall Frames, 14 S. Wall St. in downtown Cartersville.
“When Chastity brought me this idea, I was all in,” said Valli Millsaps, owner of Wall to Wall Frames. “I immediately thought of so many people that should be recognized.
“Our community really knows how to step up in time of need. I am proud to call Bartow home because of the quality of the community. It’s important to let them know that they are the reason our community is so special. They are the reason I want to live and own a shop here.”