Monday, April 6, 2020
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SPECIAL NOTE: In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), many events and meetings have been cancelled. For those events still listed, please contact the venue directly to confirm if it will still happen. (No need to call The Glades Initiative, as we have noted the cancellations that we currently know about.)

~~~  This Week ~~~  
Mon, March 30 11:00 am    FLIPANY Feeding Sites Open, Read post below for location closest to you
Mon, April 6, 8 & 10 11:00 am School Feeding Sites Open, Read post below for location closest to you 
Wed, April 8 10:00 am        Food Distribution, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade 
Glades Area
Lakeside Medical Center Urges #StayHomeGlades

From Lakeside Medical Center: Lakeside Medical Center and the Health Care District of Palm Beach County are going the extra mile to keep the Glades healthy. Please Stay Home and Stay Safe.

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Food: The Glades Initiative Offers Food DistributionDISTRIBUTION

The Glades Initiative offers food distribution to anyone in need - Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10 AM.  Those coming in cars are asked to line up beside the office for drive-through pick-up on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 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.

Food for anyone needing food
WHEN: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 10:00 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
Food: School Feeding Sites OpenCLOSUREFOOD

School Food Service will continue serving meals to students throughout the school closure. Nutritionally-balanced 'Grab and Go' meals will be offered at school locations around the District. The meals will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are FREE to anyone under 18 years of age (under 22 for ESE students), regardless of financial need. The USDA has provided a waiver to allow parents/guardians to pick up meals without the child being present. The parent needs to provide confirmation of the number of children (student ID, passport, student library card, birth certificate, etc.) Two days' worth of meals provided each day.

WHEN: Monday, April 6, 8 & 10, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Gove Elementary, 1000 SE Ave G, Belle Glade, FL 33430
  • Pahokee Elementary, 560 E Main Pl, Pahokee, FL 33476
  • Rosenwald Elementary, 1321 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, South Bay, FL 33493
Click here for a list of school sites distributing food in Palm Beach County
Click here for more info
Food: FLIPANY Grab 'n Go SitesFLIPANY

Attached are the following lists of locations for Grab 'n Go Feeding Sites for the week starting March 30, 2020. Access this link for more information about site locations:

WHEN: Monday through Friday beginning, March 30, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Grace Fellowship Center, 233 W Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430
  • Fremd Village, 38937 Shirley Dr, Pahokee, FL 33476
  • Padgett Island, 899 Padgett Cir, Pahokee, FL 33476
  • New South Bay Villas, 845 West Palm Beach Road, South Bay, FL 33493
  • Student Aces, 915 S Main St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
  • Okeechobee Center, 101 Everglades St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
  • Osceola Center, 1204 NW Avenue L, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here for more info
The Glades Initiative Providing Services; Office Services Are Appointment Only

The Glades Initiative is providing services over the phone to residents who need assistance with online applications in our office located at 141 SE Ave C, Belle Glade, FL 33430. We provide services in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.  

Please call the office at 561-996-3310 if you have questions or need our assistance. And with things changing so quickly, watch our Facebook page for the most current information. 
The Glades Initiative is Here to Help You With Census

Need assistance with completing the Census 2020 questionnaire? The Glades Initiative will be here and available to assist you with your Census 2020 application over the phone.

It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. Why do Census? Your participation is important because it helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.

CONTACT: 561-996-3310 (Services available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole)

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Food Distribution Available to Local Seniors

Seniors who are in need of food should contact the Elder Helpline at 866-684-5885. The PBC Senior Centers are still being used as distribution sites and Palm Tran continues to deliver food to the homes of seniors. 

CONTACT:  Seniors can call 2-1-1 for more information.

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Child Care Scholarships for Emergency Personnel

From the Early Learning Coalition of PBC: We launched a new program offering scholarships for child care for parents working as first responders, emergency personnel, and other essential employees during this response effort. 

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Interactive Video Session: Conversations on COVID

From the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County: This will be an opportunity to learn first-hand how the Corona virus is affecting our local community, what's up with testing, what we can expect in the weeks to come, and what we need to do to increase the odds that we will survive in one piece. The focus will be on both the physical and emotional components of this pandemic.

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Rep Tina Polsky's COVID-19 Resource Guide

From Representative Tina Polsky: The Governor, Department of Emergency Management, Department of Health, Local Leaders, and I are working diligently to respond to COVID-19. In an effort to keep you all safe and informed I have put together this COVID-19 Resource Guide. I am hopeful that this will provide you with the information that we receive from all government levels into one easy to digest place.

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Coronavirus Update from Palm Beach County

Click for updates from Palm Beach County regarding measures and services relating to COVID-19.

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Catholic Charities Continues Providing Assistance

From Catholic Charities: Due to the COVID-19 (corona virus) our food pantry & clothing are currently temporarily unavailable for clients. We are still available to assist clients with benefits enrollments (food stamps & Medicaid applications), rental, and utility assistance via phone.

CONTACT: 561-924-5677

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Early Head Start Program Receiving Applications

The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County is receiving applications for childcare services for children six weeks to three years old. 

CONTACT: 561-412-2203

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Webinar: Promoting Emotional Regulation in Children

Palm Beach County Youth Services Department's Education & Training Center present "Promoting Emotional Regulation in Children: Evidence-Based Practices. 

WHEN: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
CONTACT: To RSVP please register at the following link:

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COVID Toolkit from the Office of the Speaker

Click for a resource overview of the federal benefits to individuals, families, Veterans and businesses.

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GTAC Meetings Canceled Due to COVID-19

From the Office of Community Revitalization: In the midst of the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) has taken every precaution to limit residents' exposure to the virus by canceling the Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) meetings until it is safe to attend.

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Mental Health America of PBC Provides Services

From Mental Health America of Palm Beach County: In response to the COVID-19, the MHAPBC office will be closed, with all employees working remotely. During this time, the following services will be available: 
  • MHA Helpline phone support and navigation (561) 801-4357 
  • Support calls to MHA Phoenix Club and Peer Place members 
  • Group and individual support via Zoom video meetings 
  • Access to online support through the MyStrength app 
  • Messaging and posts for Phoenix Club and Peer Place members via private Facebook group 
  • Free telehealth counseling with our clinical psychologist for uninsured individuals
Click here to learn more
Per Household LIHEAP Benefit Assistance Increased

From Palm Beach County Community Services Department: The Community Action Program has great news! Effective today, 4/1/2020, the LIHEAP benefit limits per household have increased. The benefit amount will depend on total household income, household composition, and if there are any elderly, disabled or children under age 6 in the household.

Click here to learn more and to apply for assistance
The Parent Connection Newsletter

The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County addresses literacy at home in the latest edition of its Parent Connection Newsletter. 

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501c News: News from Nonprofits First

Nonprofits First spotlights the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium's virtual tours in their latest edition of 501c News. 

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McKinlay Memo: News from PBC District 6

Read an update from District 6 Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay focusing on COVID-19 updates and resources. 

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, April 6, 2020

Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update.

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
Other Areas
FLIPANY Grab 'n Go Sites

Attached are the following lists of locations for Grab 'n Go Feeding Sites for the week of March 30, 2020. Access this link for more information about site locations:

WHEN: Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Click here for more info
Webinar: COVID-19 Financial Resources & Funding Opportunities

Venn There Grants Consulting is partnering with Nonprofits First to bring you the latest information about grant funding and other types of financial support from government, foundations and corporations.

WHEN:  Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
CONTACT: Shari J. Hanglan, 561-214-7435

Click here to learn more
Previous Postings - The Glades Area
If You Lost or Did Not Receive Census Invitation - Respond to Census 2020 Online or by Phone

Residents who have not received their Census 2020 invitation in the mail are encouraged to respond online and be counted. Residents can go online at  on their home computer, the library, use their cell phone to go online or they can call a toll free number and someone will answer their call and ask the questions at 1-844-330-2020.

The current response rate for the Glades is as follows: Right now the City of Pahokee's response rate is 14.6%, South Bay's is 18.5% and Belle Glade's is 14.7%.

CONTACT: Angela Johnson, Partnership Specialist, US Department of Commerce/Census Bureau - email:
Earned $66,000 or Less Last Year, File Taxes for Free!

From the United Way of Palm Beach County: Was your 2019 household income $66,000 or less? You can receive free tax preparation assistance at one of our several VITA locations throughout the county! Our VITA Program gives you three choices to electronically file your tax return. All options are confidential, safe and free.

VITA Site at Community Partners Prosperity Center
WHEN:  Tuesdays and Thursdays until April 14, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (English/Spanish)
WHERE: Community Partners Prosperity Center (located within Bridges at Belle Glade), 33 West Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430

VITA Site at West County Senior Center
WHEN:  Mondays and Saturdays until April 13, 2020  | Monday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: West County Senior Center, 2916 State Road 15, Belle Glade, FL 33430

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List of BG Businesses That are Operating

From the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce: "In an effort to keep everyone informed as much as possible during this very difficult time, the Chamber of Commerce has compiled this list of local businesses that are open and operational as of 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020. Please note that this is subject to change and this list will be updated as information is provided to us here at the Chamber of Commerce. If anyone has an update, or would like to be added or removed from the list, please email us at"

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Catholic Charities Counseling Help With Fear & Anxiety From COVID-19

From Catholic Charities: "If you are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, and fear due to the COVID-19 pandemic, call our toll free hotline. Follow up video sessions are available in lieu of face-to-face meetings with our highly trained therapists. Logging into a call is as simple as clicking on a link that will be sent to you. Fees may apply to follow-up video sessions (not the initial call), depending on our income-based sliding fee scale. Several insurance carriers accepted."

CONTACT: Toll Free Hotline 1-844-848-6777,

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COVID-19 Resource Guide for Nonprofits

Read the following resource guide from Nonprofits First for information related to COVID-19, how it affects labor laws, resources that are available, and much more. 

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COVID-19 Employer Preparedness Toolkit

Navigate the challenges you and your workforce are facing with the ADP Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employer Preparedness Toolkit. This toolkit, with insights and best practices for protecting and managing your workforce, will be updated regularly. 

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Nonprofit Immediate Needs Survey-COVID-19 Assistance

From Nonprofits First: Our business and foundation partners want to know what resources nonprofit organizations need right now as your teams respond to COVID-19. Please share your immediate needs with us so we may share with those who are asking.

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CareerSource PBC Closed to Public; Services Available Online, by Email, and Phone

From CareerSource Palm Beach County: In light of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and recommendations from state and local officials, CareerSource Palm Beach County is closing its offices to the public effective noon today until further notice. The organization will continue to provide virtual services online and by email and phone to serve job seekers and employers at this critical time.

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Community Partners is Open and Serving Families

From Community Partners: "Community Partners of South Florida is committed to Changing The Odds for Palm Beach County's children and families.Due to the strength and infrastructure of our organization, we were able to mobilize our entire organization (over 250 staff) and ensure they had full capacity for working remotely in 72 hours. We are open for business and ready to serve you with your health, housing and community needs."

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Elder Affairs Partnerships Support Meals to the Elderly

From the Florida Department of Elder Affairs: the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) announced a partnership with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) that allows the needs of the business community and workers in the restaurant business to be matched with the needs of the elderly and meal delivery services.

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Ideas for Staying Occupied from Pahokee Library

Ellen Kentner at Pahokee Library has some great suggestions for how to combat "cabin fever" for residents of the Glades practicing social distancing. 

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Count-e-News: News from Palm Beach County

Find information on Palm Beach County Coronavirus updates by reading the latest edition of Count-e-News. 

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Virtual Learning Resources for Students and Parents

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, Governor DeSantis has ordered that Florida's students remain at home until April 15, 2020, in an attempt to help stop the spread of the virus. During this time, we wanted to provide virtual resources to help keep their kids educationally and socially stimulated and engaged in civics, history, arts, culture and science.

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EveryParent: Keep Your Kids Learning

From EveryParent: With Palm Beach County schools closed through April 15, parents must work harder than ever to keep their children's minds engaged. While this can seem daunting, don't fret! EveryParent is here for you to keep your kids occupied with educational activities and learning tips.

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
Previous Postings - Other Areas
Posting Information: eBlast and Volunteers
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. Advertise

*If you want to submit a posting please email us at
or (561) 996-3310
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the Glades area
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