Service league presents $46K to charities

by:  Marie Nesmith     The Daily Tribune  News
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With the public’s assistance, the  Cartersville Service League recently was able to distribute a total of $46,000  among 21 organizations.
“All of the money is a combination of our Rummage  Sale from last fall, our Poinsettia Sale from last Christmas and the Ways &  Means Dance that was in January,” said Michele Ledbetter, CSL’s Project Search  chairman. “Obviously, we could not have done any of those things without the  community’s involvement and support. They have been wonderful in supporting all  of these things over the years and in the past year especially.”
This  year’s recipients included Advocates for Children, Bartow Christmas, Bartow  County Special Olympics, Bartow County Library System, Bartow County Teacher  Grant program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow Family Resources,  Bartow Give a Kid a Chance, Cartersville Schools Foundation, Cartersville  Schools Foundation — GateKey program, Etowah Scholarship Foundation, The Good  Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Hands of Christ’s Douglas Street site, Bartow County  Juvenile Court, Least of These, New Beginnings Food Outreach, Tranquility House,  Steps of Faith, Bartow History Museum, Cartersville Little League and WinShape  Camps for Communities.
At the Etowah Scholarship Foundation, the  CSL donation will fund student scholarships. Each year, the foundation awards  more than 150 scholarships, valued between $500 and $5,000 apiece.
“All  $8,000 will go right back into students’ hands this spring,” said Daniel  Lochridge, chairman of the board for the Etowah Scholarship Foundation. “[The  scholarships will go] to various students [and] that’s going to help them have a  education. [A scholarship sometimes] makes the difference on whether they get an  education or not. So, obviously, it’s very important.”
Established in  1941, the CSL is comprised of about 40 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, conducting hearing and vision screenings for  kindergarten students in the Bartow County School System, 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.
“One thing that’s different about the Service League versus Junior  Leagues in other communities is we do focus on the service as much as or more  than the fundraising aspect,” Ledbetter said. “One of our new service  commitments this year was we now work at the Bartow County Library. Once a week,  we have two ladies that go and work at the library for a couple of hours and  volunteer in the children’s department.
“We just do whatever they need  for us to do — sometimes it’s cutting out items for upcoming children’s events  that they have going on, sometimes it’s shelving books. … The big focus for  our service is anything to help children in Bartow County. We always try to make  sure that it focuses on the children and that’s why we still go to the Boys & Girls Club once a week and serve dinner once a week at Flowering  Branch.”
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