Monday, April 12, 2021
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~~~ This Week ~~~
 
Tue, Apr 13, 10:00 am - Countywide Community Revitalization Team Virtual Meeting
Tue, Apr 13, 5:30 pm - Take Stock in Children Mentor Training Session: Zoom
Wed, Apr 14, 8:30 am - Food Distribution, (For all), The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade (every Wed)
Wed, Apr 14, 10:00 am - Networking & Engagement in a Competitive Environment, by JLBC
Tue, Apr 20, 6:00 pm - Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop, by LOHRN: Online
Glades Area
Open to All: Food Distribution Every Wednesday at The Glades Initiative

The Glades Initiative offers weekly food distribution to anyone in need. Those coming in cars are asked to line up beside the office for drive-through pick-up on Wednesdays from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM. Both drivers and walkers will receive food bags on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Our staff and volunteers will wear personal protective gear as we handle and distribute the food bags. We ask that drivers and their passengers remain in their vehicles and practice social distancing measures to keep everyone safe.

WHEN: Every Wednesday | 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL
CONTACT: For questions, call us at 561-996-3310

Click here to learn more
Countywide Community Revitalization Team Virtual Meeting, by the Office of Community Revitalization PBC

OCR will be hosting the Countywide Community Revitalization Team (CCRT) Virtual Meeting Tuesday, April 13th, at 10 a.m. via Webex.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 13, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
CONTACT: If you have any questions, please contact OCR Director Houston L. Tate, at 233-5303, htate@pbcgov.org

Click here to learn more (meeting agenda)
Mentors Needed to Help Students in Glades Schools, Mentor Training Session by Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children needs at least 30 new mentors in the Glades and Pahokee area to mentor students that are part of our Take Stock in Children Program. Our mentors meet with their students once a week at least three times a month via Zoom, Google Meets, or using our Mentor App. We need community members to support their students at Glades Central, Lake Shore Middle, Glades Academy, and Pahokee Middle and High School. Our mentors are the most important component of our program and through mentoring our students receive a two-year full-tuition scholarship to attend college.

Mentor Training Sessions
WHEN: Tuesday, April 13 & 21, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. (April 7), 12:00 p.m. (April 13), 5:30 p.m. (April 21)
WHERE: Zoom
CONTACT: If you are interested, please contact, Kimberly Briard, Mentor Coordinator at kbriard@takestockpalmbeach.org Visit our website www.takestockpalmbeach.org to complete a mentor application.
Networking & Engagement in a Competitive Environment, Presented by the Junior League of Boca Raton

Engage in a highly interactive session focused on connecting more powerfully to create results! Learn how to be deliberate about turning your everyday contacts into connections to empower your organization, business and life.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 14, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Click here to learn more
Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop (6-Week Series), by Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network

For adults living with a chronic condition such as heart disease, arthritis, asthma, COPD, emphysema, anxiety, depression, or any other physical or mental condition(s).

WHEN: Tuesdays, April 20, 27 & May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
CONTACT: REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3fsF6YE

Click here to learn more
PBC Medical Society Presents "Opioid Series for Physicians and Healthcare Providers"

Peter Grinspoon, M.D. is a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and a certified Health and Wellness Coach. He spent two years as an Associate Director of the Massachusetts Physician Health Service helping physicians with addiction and mental health issues. He is the author of the memoir ‘Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction.’ Hear more about his story in this podcast, facilitated by Palm Beach County Medical Society.

WHEN: Friday, April 23, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more
Your Health Matters - A Health Literacy Workshop (3-Week Series), by Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network

Attend a free virtual workshop, Your Health Matters: A Health Literacy Workshop Series. The program is for adults and consist of three weekly sessions.

WHEN: Wednesdays, May 5, 12 & 19, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
CONTACT: REGISTER: https://bit.ly/3rGfk5z

Click here to learn more
Food Distributions in the Glades

The Glades Initiative Food Distribution Every Wednesday (Open to Everyone)

For the past year and a half, and continuing into the future, The Glades Initiative offers weekly food distribution to anyone in need. Those coming in cars are asked to line up beside the office for drive-through pick-up on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM. Both drivers and walkers will receive food bags on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Our staff and volunteers will wear personal protective gear as we handle and distribute the food bags. We ask that drivers and their passengers remain in their vehicles and practice social distancing measures to keep everyone safe.

WHEN: Every Wednesday | 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: For questions, call us at 561-996-3310

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Palm Beach County Food Finder Map

An interactive tool using Google Maps to help people easily locate free food and hot meals in Palm Beach County. This online tool was created to connect individuals seeking food resources to sites near them. Information is English, Spanish, and Creole. United Way updates the information listed on this map weekly. However, locations and hours of distribution may change. Please consider calling the site prior to visiting to verify the information listed. Please note that sites may have specific requirements such as ID.

CONTACT:  To access the United Way of Palm Beach County's Food Finder map, click here
Glades Seniors: Are you 55 or Older and Interested in Going Back to Work?

The AARP Foundation can help you get back to work if you are at least 55 years old, unemployed, and live in Palm Beach County.

CONTACT: Please call 561-471-9828

Click here to learn more
PBC Library System Celebrates Haitian Heritage Month

From the Palm Beach County Library System: The Palm Beach County Library System is proud to honor Haitian culture, history, and language during Haitian Heritage Month in May, a month that includes the important holiday of Haitian Flag Day on May 18. This year although we are not able to offer the events in person, we invite you to enjoy a wide variety of events accessible online through the Zoom portal. Register and join us for the live events, or view the recordings on our digital activities page.

Click here to learn more
2021-22 School Year Update from PBC Sup't Fennoy

From the Superintendent of Palm Beach County Schools, Dr. Fennoy: "I hope this email finds you and your family doing well, as we approach the final weeks of the 2020-2021 school year. Together, we have conquered challenges and created opportunities since our campuses initially closed on March 13, 2020, and our educators shifted to distance learning ..."

Click here to read more
Operation Green Light Helps Hundreds Settle Debts

From the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller of PBC: During our spring 2021 Operation Green Light event, our ClerkPBC team helped nearly 600 drivers reinstate their driver licenses, and more than 2,000 people save thousands of dollars on collection agency fees.

Click here to learn more
Securing Our Future Initiative's Poverty Essay/Video Competition

The Securing Our Future Initiative has published its first Poverty Essay/Video competition.
The competition is designed for 6th-12th grade students to creatively demonstrate how they
would decrease poverty in Palm Beach County. The written and video content is due May 2nd at midnight.

Click here to learn more
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Applications Accepted Now

From FEMA: "Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020."

Click here to learn more
PBC Animal Care & Control Waives Adoption Fees

Palm Beach County’s Public Safety Department Divisions of Animal Care and Control and Victim Services has partnered together and will be offering free pet adoptions throughout the month of April. This promotion is to raise awareness about sexual assault, the many services available to victims, and the link between animal abuse and intimate partner violence.

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Community Connect: News from the Office of Community Revitalization of Palm Beach County

The Office of Community Revitalization’ Community Connect is an e-mail communication intended to provide Palm Beach County residents and all interested parties with information regarding grant opportunities, relevant community events, and tools or information that can be used to assist in community revitalization efforts.

Click here to learn more
Chamber Chatter - News from BG Chamber of Commerce

Find out what the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce has been up to by reading their April 2021 newsletter.

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501c News - News from Nonprofits First, April 9, 2021

Read the latest edition of 501c News from Nonprofits First.

Click here to learn more
The Skidmore Scoop: News from House District 81, April 9, 2021

Get the latest update from Florida House of Representative for District 81 Kelly Skidmore.

Click here to learn more
CSC: Monday Morning Update, April 12, 2021

Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: CSC Statement and COVID-19 Resources.

Click here to learn more
Other Areas
Dress for Success 2021 Pop-Up Sale

For one weekend only, get popular brand-name clothing at low prices. Nothing over $25. Shop to support the mission of empowering women to achieve economic independence.

WHEN: Thursday, April 15-18, 2020
WHERE: 2459 S Congress Ave, Suite 204, Palm Springs, FL 33406

Click here to learn more
Previous Postings - Glades Area
In Need of Masks? Contact The Glades Initiative, Inc.

If you or people you know need masks, The Glades Initiative has masks and will share them with anyone in the Glades who needs them. These are the white two-ply reusable washable masks given by the health department. Call or come by to pick them up as long as supplies last. 

If you are with a group of vulnerable people and need more than 20, call us first and we will do our best to help you get what you need.

WHERE: The Glades Initiative, Inc., 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: 561-996-3310
Accessing Census Bureau Data for Rural Communities, U.S. Census Data Summit Series

Designed for the novice data user, the 2021 Data Summit Series will present a high-level overview of several data products and demonstrate how they can be used to assist organizations and businesses identify data-driven solutions to challenges. This summit on "Accessing Census Bureau Data for Rural Communities" is free.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Online

Click here to learn more
Boys Town Offers Common Sense Parenting: Virtual

Common Sense Parenting (CSP)® Café’s offer one-hour trainings to parents and caregivers who want to build on their existing skills or learn new ways of dealing with their children’s behaviors. A professional parent trainer presents on the topic. This training topic is: Teaching Your Child Self-Discipline.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Online

Click here to learn more
Virtual Minority & Small Business Boot Camp

An 11-session webinar series designed to educate minority and small businesses regarding information integral to growth and success.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 7 - Aug 25, 2021 (every other Wednesday) | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Online
CONTACT: For more information contact Veronica Valdez at 407-752-2488 or vvaldez@enterpriseflorida.com

Click here to learn more
Reopening: ERA Assistance for Rent/Utility and Relocation

The U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program will be reopening on April 1, 2021. Eligible Palm Beach County residents must be a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meets all of the following criteria, including but not limited to:
• qualifies for unemployment or experienced a reduction of household income;
• incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardships due to COVID-19;
• demonstrates a risk of homelessness or housing instability; and
• has a household income at or below 80% of the area median.

Click here to learn more (English)
Click here to learn more (Spanish)
PBC Youth Services Extends Summer Camp Scholarship Application Deadline

The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department has extended the parent application period for summer camp scholarships through April 16. The Summer Camp Scholarship Program offers eligible children, ages 5-14 and special populations up to age 17, a full scholarship to day camp for the entire summer. It allows parents to work with the knowledge
that their children are safe. It gives children educational and recreational opportunities for growth.

Click here to learn more
20th Anniversary Grants Encourage Brighter Futures for Nonprofits

From the Jim Moran Foundation: "At the end of 2020, The Jim Moran Foundation highlighted more than $10 million in special grants through our annual publication, Giving Back, to commemorate two decades of meeting the ever-changing needs in our communities. It’s a milestone that I know my husband would want his foundation to mark by doing even more to embrace and inspire everyone to reach their full potential. With that in mind, I am so happy to share additional 20th Anniversary grants below that commit close to $3 million in funding for our extraordinary nonprofit partners."

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Healthier Glades Needs Your Input on Mental Health Challenges in the Glades Community

Healthier Glades is planning a 4 part series discussing mental health challenges that is affecting the Glades community. Please click on this link and share your top 3 choices by 4/7/2021. This is part of Healthier Glades Get Your Green On Campaign.

Click here to learn more
HS Students can Apply to the 2nd Annual Alyssa Sangeeta Jacobson Scholarship

This scholarship is dedicated to those who need a little extra assistance in achieving goals. Students do not have to be honor students or students that have never experienced bumps in the road motivation to achieve is all that is required. Students who have been in foster care, homeless or involved with the juvenile courts are encouraged to apply.

Click here to learn more
Mandel Public Library: Online Computer Classes

Click on link below to learn all about this month's library events, presented by the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach online.

Click here to learn more
Palm Beach County Recognizes April as Second Chance Month

Palm Beach County recognizes April as Second Chance Month to raise awareness about
reentry services offered to people returning from incarceration into the community by creating
opportunities for a successful transition.

Click here to learn more
Healthcare.gov Enrollment Extended Until Aug 15

President Biden announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is
extending access to the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) until August 15 – giving
consumers additional time to take advantage of new savings through the American Rescue
Plan. New and current enrollees will have an additional three months to enroll or re-evaluate
their coverage needs with increased tax credits available to reduce premiums.

Click here to learn more
Need Help Enrolling in Obamacare? Epilepsy Florida Provides Enrollment Assistance

Epilepsy Florida is the only federally authorized ACA Navigation organization in South Florida. Please see the attached flyers for information on the current Special Enrollment Period (SEP) and free insurance enrollment assistance. For further assistance visit www.epilepsyfl.com or call (877) 553-7453.

Click here to learn more (in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole)
Prime Time Post: Win a Gift Card During Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week

Prime Time wants to know what the children and youth in Palm Beach County love about their afterschool practitioners. Have the children and youth at your program fill out the form linked below for your chance to win a $25 gift card and an opportunity to be featured on our social media during Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week: April 19 – 24, 2021.

Click here to learn more
25,000 Students to be Served by the WiFI Initiative through the PBC School District

The School District and County are partnering with 13 cities, including those in the Glades, to provide free wifi to qualified students.

CONTACT: Contact for more information: studentwifi@palmbeachschools.org

Click here to learn more
Take Action: Human Infrastructure is Critical to Ending Hunger

The next COVID-19 recovery bill will focus on human infrastructure. Please urge your Members of Congress to weigh in with the Biden administration to ensure the package includes: Healthy School Meals for All so that all students are hunger-free and ready to learn; Long-term investments in SNAP benefits and infrastructure; Permanent Child Tax Credit improvements to cut child poverty in half.

Click here to learn more
'Building Family Resilience in Troubled Times,' Center for Child Counseling

Family bonds are fraying under the pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic and all its associated stresses. Anxiety, isolation, fear, political polarization, and financial hardship have all taken a toll on everyday Americans -- and children are feeling the brunt of the fallout. Our new blog outlines seven ways you can help your child build resilience and make your family unit tough enough to face even the most challenging of times.

Click here to learn more
The Skidmore Scoop: News from House District 81, April 2, 2021

Get the latest update from Florida House of Representative for District 81 Kelly Skidmore.

Click here to learn more
The United Way Beat - News from United Way of PBC

Catch up on the latest news and information from the United Way of Palm Beach County.

Click here to learn more
501c News - News from Nonprofits First, April 5, 2021

Read the latest edition of 501c News from Nonprofits First.

Click here to learn more
Homeward Bound Newsletter - News from the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County

Read the February 2021 edition of Homeward Bound, a newsletter from the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County.

Click here to learn more
CSC: Monday Morning Update, April 5, 2021

Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: CSC Statement and COVID-19 Resources.

Click here to learn more
Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • Front Desk Assistant

  • Family Engagement Specialist

  • Office Clerk
  • Maintenance Mechanic

Posting Information
Anyone wishing to add their local announcements or events is welcome to submit their information by Friday to be posted the following week. Please include a brief summary of the information to be posted with your contact name, phone number, and/or flyer. 

*If you want to submit a posting please email us at updates@gladesinitiative.org
or (561) 996-3310.*
 
If you would like to submit your volunteer opportunities on our site below, please email us at volunteer@gladesinitiative.org