Monday, December 16, 2019
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Happy Holidays from The Glades Initiative!
From all of us at The Glades Initiative, we wish you peace and joy this Holiday Season! Our office will be closed all week, Monday through Friday, December 23-27, 2019 and on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  There will not be a Glades Community Updates edition next week.  Our next edition will be published on December 30, 2019. 
~~~ This Week ~~~  
Tue, Dec 17  9:00 am        Glades PATCH Meeting, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Tue, Dec 17  6:00 pm        Artist Innovation Workshop, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Belle Glade
Wed, Dec 18  11:00 am     English Exchange, Pahokee Library
Wed, Dec 18  1:30 pm       Donate Blood Event, Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade
Wed, Dec 18  5:30 am       Pahokee Toy Give-Away, Pahokee Parks & Rec Cafeteria
Thu, Dec 19  9:30 am        GTAC Meeting, Belle Glade Civic Center
Fri, Dec 20  11:00 am        Civics Study Group, Pahokee Library
Sat, Dec 21  10:00 am       Diabetes Risk Assessment Event, Bridges at Belle Glade
Sat, Dec 21  10:00 am       Festive Family Fun Day, Belle Glade Library
Sat, Dec 21-22  8:00 am    Pray for the Glades Walk/Vigil, Loading Ramp, Belle Glade
Glades Area
In the spirit of the Holidays, please consider giving so that The Glades Initiative can continue helping Glades residents in need.  

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Glades PATCH Meeting - All are Welcome PATCH
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 the 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.

WHEN:  Tuesday, December 17, 2019  | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Ave C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Artist Innovation Fellowship Workshop at Dolly Hand ARTISTINNOVATION
The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is launching a new funding program for artists across all disciplines designed to honor and support the creative individuals who comprise Palm Beach County's cultural sector. Through a generous grant from the Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation, the Cultural Council will award five (5) $7,500 Artist Innovation Fellowships. Attend a workshop at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center to learn more. 

WHEN:  Tuesday, December 17, 2019  | 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 SW College Dr, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here to learn more
English Exchange at Glades Area Libraries ENGLISHEXCHANGE

Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. (2 hr.) 

WHEN: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Loula V York Library, 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee, FL 33476

WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

CONTACT: Brenda Gonzalez 561-996-3453
Donate Blood at Lakeside Medical Center DONATEBLOOD

Donate blood at Lakeside Medical Center and receive gifts for your donation. 

WHEN: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 33430, FL 33476

Click here to learn more
Pahokee Christmas Toy Give-a-Way PAHOKEETOY

The City of Pahokee presents a Christmas Toy Give-a-Way at the Parks and Rec cafeteria. Toys are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis despite pre-registration. 

WHEN: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: City of Pahokee Parks and Rec Cafeteria, 360 E Main St, Pahokee, FL 33476
CONTACT: Sign up to be eligible to participate at:

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GTAC Meets at Belle Glade Civic Center GTAC
The December Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) meeting will be held at the Belle Glade Civic Center, located at 725 NW 4th St, in Belle Glade.  The guest speaker for this meeting will be Ann Marie Sorrel, President and CEO of the Mosaic Group. The presentation will focus on the Palm Tran Go Glades Transit Initiative.

WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Civic Center, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: If you have any questions, please contact Houston L. Tate, OCR Director, at 233-5303 or or Audley Reid, OCR Senior Planner, at 233-5567 or

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Civics Study Group at Pahokee Library CIVICS
Join an informal study group to learn about the naturalization process and the civics test with flashcards, games and other study materials. (90 min.)

WHEN: Friday, December 20, 2019 | 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Loula V York Library, 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee, FL 33476
CONTACT: Brenda Gonzalez, 561-681-4074
Free Diabetes Risk Assessment Screening Event DIABETES
Bridges at Belle Glade invites the community to "know your numbers" and take part in a free diabetes risk assessment screening event. 

WHEN: Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bridges at Belle Glade, 33 W Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Amalia Garcia, 561-598-5674

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Festive Family Day at Belle Glade Library FESTIVEFAMILY
Enjoy a family-friendly event to celebrate the season with holiday crafts and refreshments. Bring your mittens to play in a field of snow. Enjoy performances and take photos with Santa. Refreshments provided.

WHEN: Saturday, December 21, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here to learn more
Pray for the Glades, 24-hour Prayer Walk/Vigil PRAY
The community is invited to join in a 24-hour Prayer Walk/Vigil in Belle Glade. 

WHEN: Saturday, December 21-22, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: Loading Ramp, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: 561-302-5471

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Birth to 22: Continuing the Community Conversation
Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures wants to ensure that all of its young people have the chance to thrive as children and succeed as adults.  The voices of children and youth, and adults who care about them, are vital to implementing the Youth Master Plan and ensuring that a difference is made in our community. Now is your chance to help shape the future of youth in Palm Beach County by joining this upcoming Community Conversation. 

WHEN: Thursday, January 16, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 SW College Dr, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: To RSVP or for more information, contact LaShonda Stevens-Lacey or Geeta Loach-Jacobson by phone 561-242-5713 or email

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Enhancing Government Relationships Meeting
Leondrae D. Camel, city manager of the city of South Bay, invites you to attend "Enhancing Governmental Relationships" at the city chambers in January. 

WHEN: Thursday, January 23, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: South Bay City Chambers, 335 SW 2nd Ave, South Bay, FL 33493
CONTACT: RSVP by January 3, 2020, 561-996-6751

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Grant Opportunity: 2020 Tau Grant

From Allegany Franciscan Ministries: The second cycle of Tau Grants will support outreach for the 2020 Census and/or Voter Registration for organizations, programs, or initiatives working in targeted communities that have historically low rates of participation in the Census and voter turnout. Requests up to $10,000 will be considered. Organizations must have an annual operating budget of $2 million or less to be eligible for a Tau Grant. Please see our website for more information about eligibility and limitations.

WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 12:00 p.m.

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Tina Polsky's Pulse in Tallahassee Newsletter

Florida State Representative Tina Polsky, District 81, provides an update to constituents.

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, December 16, 2019

Get the latest information from the Children's Services Council. Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: Birth to 22: Continuing the Community Conversation, and more!

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 

Other Areas

  • Anti Human Trafficking Victim Advocate (English/Spanish)
Other Areas
Community Foundation Grant Seeker Workshop
This workshop is for prospective grant applicants to learn about Community Foundation's upcoming grant cycle, eligibility, and application process. Pre-registration is mandatory. 

WHEN: Monday, December 16, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Click here to learn more and to see other dates this workshop is offered
How to Keep Fundraising Going After Giving Tuesday
This one-hour webinar shares tips for keeping your fundraising and relationship-building going strong after the energy of Giving Tuesday has waned, as well as how to integrate Giving Tuesday into your complete end-of-year fundraising efforts.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Webinar
CONTACT: Shari J. Hanglan,, 561-214-7435

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Hot Topic Luncheon: 2020 Matters
Attend the January Hot Topic Luncheon with featured speaker Cecile Scoon, Esq., Pinnacle Award Winner and League State Board Member.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd, Atlantis, FL 33462
CONTACT: Register online at, or call Estelle Friedman at 561-968-4123

Click here to learn more 
2020 Changes for Florida KidCare and Health Care District
From Health Council of Southeast Florida: Join us to learn more about upcoming changes in 2020, which will enhance your ability to assist the clients you serve. The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation recently approved contracts for three health insurance companies to provide subsidized Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and full-pay health insurance coverage through the Healthy Kids plan. The Health Care District (HCD) has announced a change that will optimize care coordination for patients of C.L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics.

WHEN: Thursday, January 16, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Quantum Foundation Community Room, 2701 N Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Click here to learn more 
Transgender Dynamics in the Workplace
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has partnered with the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity to have Gina Duncan from Equality Florida lead a discussion titled "Transgender Dynamics in the Workplace." This is a free 2-hour event that is open to the public.

WHEN: Friday, January 17, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach County Library (Main Branch), 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
CONTACT: Elaine McArthur, EEOC Miami District Outreach & Education Coordinator,

Click here to learn more and to register
The Power of Women - a Palm Beach SCORE Event
Join a dynamic group of Palm Beach County's professional women CEOs and organizations to learn about resources available to women entrepreneurs, and networking time to build strong, high value alliances with other professionals.

WHEN: Friday, February 21, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Manatee Lagoon, 6000 N Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Click here to learn more
Previous Postings - The Glades Area
The Ultimate List of Scholarships for Women and Girls

If you have a girl getting ready to head to college, here is the ultimate list of scholarships for women and girls.

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Scholarship: The Apple and TMCF HBCU Initiative

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Apple is proud to present the Apple HBCU Scholars Program to outstanding students attending a Historically Black College or University. Eligible students should be currently working towards a degree in an undergraduate, Masters, Law or Ph.D. program. Selected Scholars will receive a $15,000 merit-based scholarship and participate in a 12-week internship during the summer of 2020.

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Nearly 200,000 Florida Students Could Lose Free School Lunch Under Rule Change

From the Miami Herald: "Nearly 200,000 children across Florida could lose their automatic access to free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would limit the number of people enrolled in the federal food stamps program, formally known as SNAP."

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Now Enrolling: Farmworker Career Development
The Farmworker Career Development Program is currently enrolling eligible seasonal or migrant farmworkers or their dependents who are interested in career/ job placement services and training which will lead to year round, unsubsidized employment. Additional services may include employability skills, referral services, career planning, tuition assistance.
WHERE: 38754 State Road 80 Suite 216, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Please call 561-992-7405 or visit the local office
Click here to learn more (in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole)
Glades HS Kids Empowered by Grant-Making Project

From Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County: "High school students from Belle Glade and Pahokee became leaders in their communities as grant designers and makers thanks to a unique project funded by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County ..."

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Gove Elementary Career Day Volunteers Needed

Gove Elementary School's annual Career Week is on the horizon. We hope that you will volunteer to share your professional experiences with our students to make this week truly rewarding.

WHEN: Monday, May 18 & 19, 2020
WHERE: Gove Elementary School, 1000 SE Ave G, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Michelle Riker, School Counselor,

Click here to learn more
Protect Your Home with Free Property Fraud Alerts

From Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County: "Your home is one of your largest and most valuable financial investments, making it a big target for scammers. My office's free Property Fraud Alert program helps you protect your property by notifying you of potential fraud, and providing you with valuable time to stop scammers looking to cash in on your investment."

Click here to learn more
Take Stock in Children: December 2019 Newsletter

Get the latest news from Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County! 

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, December 9, 2019

Get the latest information from the Children's Services Council. Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: engage face to face this holiday season, mental health parity survey, and more!

Click here to learn more
Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
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