“The Bartow Collaborative was vital to the formation of Backpack Buddies. It brought together people from the faith community, business community and the non-profit sector to work together on one issue. We no longer focus on denominational differences but work together to make sure that hungry children have adequate food. Because of the collaborative efforts of all segments, we get to see the church be the church”.
Andy Postell – Pastor @ The Well United Methodist Church
“It’s easier to help others from the various resources as a collaborative. We always receive a wealth of knowledge from each meeting to share with others, especially when time is of essence to those in need”.
Deborah Sexton – Sexton Administrative Services
“Bartow Collaborative is a tool in helping to identify the problems that face our community. It gives United Way the driving power to know exactly which direction to take in guiding the community towards resources that can help them help us achieve our goals”.
Brenda Morehouse – President, United Way of Bartow County
“With Bartow Collaborative support, the Bartow County Family Drug Treatment Court has been able to accept donations to help families in need. By serving as the fiscal agent, we have been able to raise funds for the “extras”. This funding and items donated are used to help families to become and remain drug/alcohol free, to seek, find and keep gainful employment, to maintain a stable and safe home, reunite with their children. Through Bartow Collaborative, we have been able to reach the ultimate goal of keeping families together in a safe environment and promoting healthy and stable living in your community”.
Ramona M. Duncan – Coordinator, Bartow Co. Family Drug Treatment Court