Bartow Give a Kid a Chance

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In 2017, hundreds of volunteers from local churches, non-profits, city and county school systems, businesses, and state and local agencies served over 2000 children at the July 27th event. The following day volunteers delivered over 250 backpacks to students who were unable to secure transportation to the event. Another 500 children were provided supplies throughout the school year.

The Allatoona Resource Center in South Bartow also became an affiliate location serving 326 students.  Children at the event(s) receive dental, hearing, vision, and nutrition screenings, haircuts, a  tee shirt, grade level reading books, and a meal in addition to the backpacks filled with school supplies. We value all these items and services at nearly $100 per child - all free thanks to generous community donations and countless volunteer hours. Our goal for 2018 is to serve 2,500 children.  It will be held at two locations this year: Allatoona Resource Center at 6503 Glade Road, Acworth, Georgia 30102 and Bartow College and Career Academ at 738 Grassdale Road, Cartersville, Georgia 30121.  Join us on July 28th!


Like to Sing?  Join the St. Cecilia Choir!

Ages 7 - 17, Unchanged voices

The St. Cecilia Choir rehearsals are fun and musically challenging.  We rehearse each Wednesday from 5:00-5:45 PM beginning on August 15th.  A regular commitment to attend rehearsals is expected.  In addition to preparing anthems, we learn the music of the church through the singing of hymns and liturgy.  There is an intentional focus on serving the church, and ministering to our church family and community through our music.  The director for this group is Angee McKee.  


Assistant Acolyte Master Needed

Dan Baker, Acolyte Master, is seeking woman of congregation to work with him to guide and teach our acolytes.  We are also recruiting for acolytes.  Contact Dan at dtbaker@dtbaker.com or Mother Mary if interested.  


Red Door Food Pantry - Volunteer Opportunities

Ascension’s ministry to low income people in Bartow County has expanded. We serve a woman on the waiting list for a donor heart; a mom with a young daughter whose older husband is disabled, unable to work and requires care; a homeless man who rides his bike to the food pantry to help unload our truck. We serve the working poor, the unemployed, the elderly with limited resources, single moms, families with children some of whom are disabled. But, we need your help in order to help others.

Intake Window - Check In

This volunteer gets to know the patrons well - their names and circumstances.

Job Description: Greet patrons, check that paperwork is correctly completed, tally data (it’s easy; cheat sheet available; basic addition/multiplication)

Volunteer Qualities: Organized, likes dealing with people, flexibility, sense of humor

Commitment: One time a month

One hour 5:30-6:30 - Most of our patrons come in the first hour.

Job Description: We can use someone to help pack bags and at times carry bags to the car for the elderly, infirm, or patrons picking up for other people. (On May 15th we had 87 patrons — about 65 came the first hour. Three adults and two children made this happen.)

Volunteer Qualities: Ability to carry 20 pounds, walk well

Commitment: As much or as little as you want - but will need to let Karen know in advance if you are coming.

Mobile Food Pantry: This is our new ministry which focuses on the Glade Rd area near the Allatoona Resource Center.

Check In:

Job Description: You’ll do everything that the Check In volunteer does at Ascension, but in the back of our truck, and in the Glade Rd area.  Greet patrons, check that paperwork is correctly completed, tally data (it’s easy; cheat sheet available; basic addition/multiplication)

Volunteer Qualities: Organized, like dealing with people, flexibility

Commitment: First and/or third Saturday of the month. You can do one or the other or both

Distributor:

Job Description: Work with the Check In volunteer, distribute food

Volunteer Qualities: Ability to carry 20 pounds, walk well, get in and out of truck, flexibility, sense of humor


***Help Wanted***

Have you been looking for an opportunity to serve Christ as a family or couple in our community? The Outreach Ministry in partnership with the BLESS Coalition is looking for drivers and “co-pilots” for the Red Door Mobile Food Pantry. Drivers must receive a medical clearance. We are currently budgeted to reimburse for the clearances of five volunteers. The “co-pilots” will be responsible for helping with paperwork, distribution, and loading/unloading. The hours may change, but we will be running on the first and third Sundays of the month from 9-3. Our hope is to have a large enough crew that no single volunteer is over-utilized. While we have help from outside the parish, we would love for Ascension to be well-represented in this amazing mission to feed more, serve more, and love more in Bartow County. If interested, please contact Lacy McClung at lebm9377@gmail.com.


Coffee house volunteers needed!

Ascension Coffee House desperately needs workers to set up tables & chairs for our April 13th event. Two of our regular workers (one is ME!) have shoulder injuries which prevent us from lifting chairs and tables. 

Please contact Angee McKee at 770-606-7311 if you can help.