Monday, December 11 , 2017
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The Glades Initiative

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~~~ This Week ~~~  
Mon, Dec 11     5:00 pm  Healthier Glades Steering Committee Meeting, First United Methodist, Pahokee
Tue, Dec 12      3:00 pm  LORE Meeting, Careersource, Belle Glade
Tue, Dec 12      6:00 pm   WTEC National Honor Induction, West Technical Education Center, Belle Glade  
Tue, Dec 12     10:00 am  Glades Career Readiness Roundtable, West Technical Education Center, Belle Glade 
Wed, Dec 13     7:30 am    Belle Glade Chamber Breakfast, Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade  
Wed, Dec 13     10:30 am  CAPER Public Meeting, Belle Glade Civic Center 
Wed, Dec 13     3:00 pm    Glades STAR Partners Meeting, Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade 
Wed, Dec 13     5:30 pm    Toastmasters, Palm Beach State College, Belle Glade  
Fri, Dec 15       12:00 pm    Holiday Potluck at The Glades Initiative , Belle Glade
Fri, Dec 15        6:00 pm    Evening of Celebration with Young Mens' Club, Tanner Park, South Bay  
Sat, Dec 16       9:00 am    Community Action Advisory Board Retreat, Belle Glade Civic Center 
Glades Area ________________________
PotluckHoliday Potluck at The Glades Initiative

Join The Glades Initiative for their Holiday Potluck and bring your favorite dish. Come mingle and have fun! Following our tradition, we'll be having a gift exchange. If you would like to participate, please bring a $10 value gift suitable for a male or female. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. 

WHEN: Friday, December 15, 2017    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430

To RSVP, contact Sandy at 561-996-3310, or at

Click here for more information
HealthierGladesHealthier Glades Steering Committee Meeting

Residents and community leaders are invited to guide our priorities for our Healthier Glades Community. 

WHEN: Monday, December 11, 2017    5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: First United Methodist Church 491 E Main St, Pahokee, FL 33476

For more information contact Cylenthia at or Lety at

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LORELake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance Meeting

The Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach county, Inc. (LORE) meeting will be held at CareerSource. 

WHEN: Tuesday, December 12, 2017    3:00 p.m.
WHERE: CareerSource, 1085 S. Main St., Belle Glade, FL 33430
HonorInductionWTEC's National Adult Education Honor Society Inaugural Induction Ceremony

West Technical Education Center will induct 17 students into the National Adult Education Honor Society. Students chosen for this prestigious recognition are working towards their GED® and/or learning English as a second language. The inductees have demonstrated a cooperative attitude, dependable attendance, and outstanding work ethic.  

WHEN: Tuesday, December 12, 2017    6:00 p.m.
WHERE: West Technical Education Center (school atrium), 2625 NW 16th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information regarding this event, please contact Ms. Cosha Jackson, Assistant Principal at 561-829-4620.

Click here to learn more
ReadinessGlades Career Readiness Roundtable Meeting

The next meeting of the Glades Career Readiness Roundtable will be held at the West Technical Education Center in Belle Glade. 

WHEN: Tuesday, December 12, 2017  10:00 a.m.
WHERE: West Technical Education Center - Building 1, 2625 NW 16th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
ChamberBreakfastBelle Glade Chamber Breakfast

Please join us for the Belle Glade Chamber Breakfast this Wednesday at Lakeside Medical Center. Our breakfast speaker will be Darcy Davis, CEO of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 2017    7:30 a.m.
WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy., Belle Glade, FL 33430
CAPERPBC Public Notice - FY 2016-2017 CAPER Public Meetings

Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability (HES) will host two public meetings to discuss the draft FY 2016-2017 Palm Beach County Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). This document reports on progress the County has made realizing the goals and objectives outlined in the Consolidated Plan (FY 2015-2020) and Action Plan (FY 2016-2017), with respect to the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant, and HOME Investments Partnership Program, as well as other Federal and State funded programs.

Western Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 2017    10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Civic Center, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Eastern Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, December 14, 2017    10:00 a.m.
WHERE:  Airport Center I,  100 Australian Avenue, Suite 1-470,  West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Click here to learn more
STARGlades STAR Partners: Community Partners Meeting in December

Attention Glades STAR partners: the next Glades STAR Community Partners meeting will be held at Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade. 

WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 2017    3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy., Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for the agenda
ToastmastersToastmasters Program in the Glades

The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback-and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 2017    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade , FL 33430

For more information and how to join, call 561-261-5043.
MensClubAn Evening of Celebration with The Young Mens' Club

The Federation of Families and the city of South Bay are requesting your presence at an evening of elegance, dining and entertainment as "We Celebrate Our Young Men."

WHEN: Friday, December 15, 2017    6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tanner Park 105 Palm Beach Road, South Bay, FL 33493
COST: $10

Call 561-644-4400 or 561-763-6510 for more information. 

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CommActionBoardRetreatCommunity Action Advisory Board Annual Retreat

The Palm Beach County Community Action Agency's (CAA) mission is to collaborate with other organizations to remove barriers and create opportunities for low income individuals and families that will enable them to become more self-sufficient. Please be advised of the following upcoming meeting:

Community Action Advisory Board Annual Retreat
WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 2017    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Civic Center, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information, please contact Grant Compliance Specialist, Doris Davis at or (561) 355-4706.

Click here to learn more
City of Belle Glade Christmas Extravaganza

The city of Belle Glade is throwing a Christmas party at the Louis D. Lewis/Mary O. Evans Resource Center in downtown Belle Glade. 

WHEN: Tuesday, December 19, 2017    4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Louis D. Lewis/Mary O. Evans Resource Center, 1224 SW Ave E Place, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here to learn more
Community Connections for Life Update

CCFL will have a Winter Break Psychosocial Skills Retreat for kids ages 7-17 starting December 26, 2017- January 5, 2017. Topics discussed will strengthen youth on becoming Socially Empowered.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - January 5, 2018    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
WHERE: Community Connections for Life, 1100 N Main Street, Suite C, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information regarding this event, please contact Ms. Tabatha Bailey, Program Director at 786-702-7688.
The Modern Gentlemen are Coming to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center

For the last decade, these four amazing vocalists and dancers have provided all the background vocals and choreography for rock 'n' roll icon Frankie Valli and they are coming to the Dolly Hand! The Modern Gentlemen's own signature style blends modern voices in four-part harmonic perfection with tight, high-energy dance moves to create a thrilling performance of the classic hits of Motown, Pop, Rock, DooWop and of course, The Four Seasons!

WHEN: Monday, January 8, 2018    7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center - Palm Beach State College's Belle Glade Campus, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit

Click here to learn more
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade Extravaganza

Come celebrate and march for the dream with the city of Pahokee. Parade participants are encouraged to submit an application to the city.

Martin Luther King Jr Day Parade
WHEN: Saturday, January 13, 2018    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Lineup at 7 a.m.)

Application Dates
WHEN: Friday, December 15, 2017 (early entry deadline)
WHEN: Friday, December 22, 2017 (late entry deadline)
WHEN: Friday, January 5, 2018 (parade entry closed)

For parade and volunteer info call 561-924-5534, ext. 2005, or email

Click here to learn more
December GTAC Meeting Cancelled

From Audley G. Reid Jr. PhD, Senior Planner with the Office of Community Revitalization: "The scheduled December 14th meeting of the Glades Technical Advisory Committee has been cancelled. The next meeting of GTAC will take place in the new year on Thursday, January 25th at the Belle Glade City Hall. As customary, the Office of Community Revitalization will forward specific information on subject and speaker 1 to 2 weeks prior to our meeting date. Thank you all for your interest and attendance throughout this year and see you in 2018."
Glades PATCH Meeting - No Meeting in December

There will be no PATCH Meeting during the month of December. The next meeting will be in January. The Glades PATCH (Planned Approach To Community Health) is a program designed to help the community evaluate, plan and implement health education and disease prevention and intervention programs. PATCH helps promote the health of the community to include social, emotional and physical well-being of its citizens. PATCH is a partnership of concerned citizens and organizations. This partnership provides a forum for identifying health problems affecting the community and mobilizing the community to plan, conduct and evaluate intervention services. The meeting is open to all who wish to join.

Next Meeting:
WHEN: Tuesday, January 16, 2017    9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
WHERE:  The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
3rd Annual Glades Family Fun Fest, Attention Vendors

The 3rd Annual Glades Family Fun Fest returns to Glades Pioneer Park in February. Vendors are encouraged to submit an application to participate in the event.

WHEN: Saturday, February 24, 2018    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Glades Pioneer Park, 866 SR 715, Belle Glade, Florida 33430

Click here to learn more
Click here for vendor application
PBC Housing Authority Opens Waiting Lists

The Palm Beach County Housing Authority will open its waiting lists for New South Bay Villas, Covenant Villas and Quiet Waters, in accordance with Palm Beach County Housing Authority (PBCHA) policy. Applications will be accepted ONLINE ONLY at (Other sites listed below.)

Applications will be accepted beginning:
WHEN: Wednesday, December 27, 2017    8:30 a.m.

Click here to learn more (Glades - New South Bay Villas, Quiet Waters, Covenant Villas)
Click here to learn more information (Dyson Circle Apartments)
Click here to learn more (Schall Landings Apartments)
Job Opportunities

In the Glades
The Sun
Indeed Jobs

  • Journeyman Welder
  • Forklift Operator
  • Utility Worker
  • Tractor Driver I
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • PMO Serviceman - CDL Driver
  • Journeyman Diesel Mechanic
  • Apprentice Equipment Operator Area 3
  • Diesel Mechanic - PMT
  • Electrical & Instrumentation Technician
  • Pay Loader Operator
Other Areas________________________
Learning Lab: Excel Basics, Presented by Nonprofits First

Learn to let Excel do your number crunching for you in worksheets and manage data in lists. Use rows and columns of numbers and text to store information in a logical fashion. Add the ability to perform basic calculations, sort and filter the data automatically. Make editing easier; copy, move and delete, insert or replace anything in your worksheets. Give your worksheets a visual punch with formatting cells and text, conditional formatting or creating charts and graphs.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 2017    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Nonprofits First, 1818 S Australian Avenue, #450, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409
COST: $75 (members), $85 (non-members)

For more information contact Shari Hanglan,, 561-214-7435.

Click here to learn more
Mental Health Association: PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives)

Have you been feeling down or blue? Have you lost interest in doing things? If you are 50 years or older there may be something we can do to help you! Call us and ask about our Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives (PEARLS). PEARLS is a NO cost in-home program! Call us for more information: 561-832-3755.
Click here to learn more
CSC: Monday Morning Update, Dec. 11, 2017

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 
Previous Postings - The Glades Area ___
Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends Dec. 15

Marketplace Open Enrollment for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2018 starts November 1, 2017, and ends December 15, 2017. Licensed Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CAC) are located throughout the county to help you, including a site in Belle Glade. They can help you find and explain the right plan that fits your needs. 

Open Enrollment Navigators in the Glades: 

C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics -  Belle Glade 
941 SE 1st Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430  
Phone: 561-642-1014
Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mondays - Fridays (1st Thursday of each month all clinics are closed at noon)
Contact:  561-582-5559
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Creole
For appointments, visit

For more information, or to make an appointment, call 1-888-880-8242, or visit
2nd Annual Community Health and Wellness Fair, Vendor Opportunity

Triple H presents the 2nd Annual Community Health and Wellness Fair in February. The free event will feature food, live entertainment, health and wellness checks, prizes and more. Vendor opportunity available. 

WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2018    11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: 500 SW Avenue C Place,  Belle Glade, Florida 33430

Click here for more information
Round up of Glades Library Events for Month of December

Glades area libraries are chock-full of great events and happenings for the month of December. Make sure to mark your calendars with events you plan to attend! 

Glades area branches
Click here to see month's full schedule
Lawrence E. Will Museum Resumes Regular Hours

Please note that the Lawrence E. Will Museum (LEWM) has resumed regular hours after several weeks of being on an abbreviated schedule. 

LEWM's regular hours of operation are:
Wednesday - Thursday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fridays - Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the museum at 561-853-4443.
To Agriculture Families: "Enroll Your Children in East Coast Migrant Head Start Programs"

East Coast Migrant Head Start: "To families that work in agriculture: do you have an infant, toddler or preschooler? East Coast Migrant Head Start Project provides Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start services. Our programs can help prepare your child for school success. We also support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to kindergarten. Contact your local center today."

Click here for more information (in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole)

From the Florida Department of Children and Families: SCAM ALERT -- There is misinformation being spread online regarding unspent FEMA money and doubling your EBT balance. This did not come from DCF and the information is false.

Click here to learn more
SailFuture Seeks to Partner With Local Nonprofits

SailFuture is a specialized sailing programs for teenage foster youth in Florida. Boys in the program spend three months living on a 65' sailboat and tour the state participating in volunteer projects, educational programming, and business tours. We'll be traveling to West Palm Beach from Dec. 6th - 11th. We are looking to coordinate with nonprofits and other organizations to organize a multi-day project our boys can help lead. We have four boys, accompanied by 2-3 staff.

Feel free to learn more about us here:

Or see the type of work we've been doing here:

Contact Hunter Thompson at 941-685-0958 to learn more. 
West County Senior Times, December Edition

Read this month's West County Senior Times!

Click here to learn more
Job Opportunities

In the Glades
The Sun
Indeed Jobs

  • Diesel Mechanic - PMT
  • Foreman - Railroad - Maintenance of Way
  • Electrical & Instrumentation Technician
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator
  • Pay Loader Operator
  • Journeyman Welder
  • Forklift Operator - PMW
  • Electrical Engineer
Previous Postings - Other Areas
TEA with the TOP

Talk, Empower, and Accelerate Your Business - Conversations with Top Business Women. Bring your desire to expand the road map for your business and development relationships with business owners while sharing potential opportunities.

WHEN: Thursday, December 14, 2017  2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Florida Women's Business Center, 401 West Atlantic Avenue, Suite 09, Delray Beach, FL 33444
COST: $25 (Free for FWBC clients)

Click here to learn more
7th Annual Youth Empowerment Luncheon

The 7th Annual Youth Empowerment Luncheon, presented by the Urban League of Palm Beach County, will feature Eric Kelly, Quantum Foundation President, as its keynote speaker. The event will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. 

WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2017    
WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center,  650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

For more information, please contact the Urban League at 561-833-1461.

Click here for more information
CSC: Monday Morning Update, Dec. 4, 2017

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 
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
If you would like to submit your volunteer opportunities on our site below, please email us at

Check the Glades Community Calendar 
for additional activities scheduled in
the Glades area
Check out Volunteer Opportunities at the Glades Initiative or opportunities with our Partners in the Glades
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