Monday, February 11, 2019
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The Glades Initiative - Closed for President's Day

The Glades Initiative office will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 in honor of President's Day. We will open again on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. 
~~~ This Week ~~~  
Tue, Feb 12  10:00 am     Story Nights and Black History Month events , Belle Glade Library
Tue, Feb 12  10:00 am      Marquee Dedication, West Tech, Belle Glade
Wed, Feb 13  3:00 pm       Glades STAR Meeting, Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade
Fri, Feb 15  10:00 am        Money Matters Financial Literacy, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Fri, Feb 15  7:00 pm          Rock Twist, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Belle Glade
Tue, Feb 19  9:00 am        Glades PATCH Meeting, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Glades Area
Money Matters Financial Literacy-The Glades Initiative FINANCIALLITERACY

The Glades Initiative presents Money Matters Financial Literacy Training. Understand how to manage money by preparing a personal spending plan and identify ways to decrease spending and increase income, start a checking account, learn about homeownership, and more.

WHEN: Friday, February 15, 20, 26, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, call or email Jose at 561-996-3310 or

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Story Nights and Black History Month Events STORYNIGHT

From PBC Library System: "In branches throughout the entire county we will be offering events that honor the heritage, contributions and achievements of the African American community. Join us for book discussions, musical performances, films, African American
genealogical research, and much more. With over 20 events being offered, there will be something for all ages and interests."

Mamma Griot & Her Rocking Story Bag
WHEN: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Black History Month Story Nights with BG Vice Mayor Mary Ross Wilkerson
WHEN: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: 561-996-3453

Click here to see full schedule of events
West Tech Dedicates New Digital Marquee MARQUEE

You are invited to attend the dedication and lighting of West Technical Education Center's new digital marquee. Brief remarks will be given by local officials and school district representatives.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.
WHERE:  West Technical Education Center, 2625 NW 16th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, call 561-829-4620
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Glades STAR February Meeting STAR

Attention community partners: Please save the date for the Glades STAR System of Care meeting at Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade. 

WHEN: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 33430 
CONTACT: If you have any questions, please call 561-506-7144
Rock Twist Returns to the Dolly Hand Center ROCK

With a surprisingly diverse set list and unique arrangements that amaze and delight even the most casual music fan, Rock Twist combines unparalleled musicianship with McGuigan's brand of energy and humor. This is a show unlike any other. 

WHEN: Friday, February 15, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For tickets, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit (service charges apply).
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Glades PATCH Meeting 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 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, February 19, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430 
CCFL Super Social Saturdays

Community Connections for Life, CMHC, offers psycho-social rehabilitation (social skills enhancement groups). Individual, family and group therapy; breakfast and transportation provided.  

WHEN: Saturday, February 23, March 23, April 27, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:  555 SW 16th St. Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, call 561-983-8717
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4th Annual Glades Family Fun Fest

Glades Family Fun Fest returns to Belle Glade for a fourth year.  
WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Shore Park, 1224 SW Avenue E Place, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information or to partner, please call Rico Adona at 561-694-5432
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Recovering From Hurricane Irma Event at BG Library

Attendees will receive Hurricane preparation kits (while supplies last) and helpful information. Other local programs and services will be on hand to share how they can help too. 
WHEN: Friday, March 1, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library (Civic Center), 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information or to partner, please contact  Sara Haas at or fax to 561-469-6922
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Home Health Aide Program at West Tech

Learn more about West Technical Education Center's Home Health Aide (HHA) program and whether you could qualify for a need-based scholarship. Registration must be completed in person.

WHEN: Monday, March 11 - June 6, 2019
WHERE:  West Technical Education Center,  2625 NW 16th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Please call  561-829-4620 for more information

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City of Belle Glade Offers Free Youth Rec Programs

The City of Belle Glade offers a number of recreational programs for area youths ages 6 to 15: Youth Basketball League, Shining Stars Cheer, and Muck City Divas Youth Dance Team. All activities are held at the Lake Shore Civic Center, where parents can register their children.

WHERE: Lake Shore Civic Center, 1224 SW Avenue E Place, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, please call the City of Belle Glade Parks & Recreation Department at 561-996-0100 ext 4148, or visit

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The Glades Initiative Drawn at Great Charity Challenge

A huge thank you to Great Charity Challenge - all the sponsors and riders, and especially Anne Caroline Valtin, the Executive Director for a wonderful event in Wellington on Saturday, February 2, 2019, supporting nonprofits throughout Palm Beach County! 
The Glades Initiative was thrilled to be randomly drawn from the basket of hundreds of organizations for a $4,000 grant during the event! To see all the results from the evening, and to learn more, click below!

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Library of Congress Surplus Books Program

The Library of Congress has thousands of books available for donation to eligible groups. These surplus books are not needed for the Library of Congress' own use, and so members of Congress may donate them to schools, libraries, and other organizations in their district.

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'Green-lighting Everglades Drilling a Troubling Sign'

Op-ed from Melissa McKinlay, District 6 commissioner from Palm Beach County: "The Sunshine State is blessed with one of the world's most biodiverse and scenic natural wonders: the Florida Everglades, which spans more than 730 square miles in South Florida and draws nearly one million visitors each year. I join the generations of public servants who recognize the need to preserve this state treasure ..."

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PBC is First in Florida to Approve Cancer Presumption Language for Firefighters

On February 5, Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, along with her fellow County Commissioners, approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Firefighters/Paramedics of Palm Beach County, Local 2928, IAFF, Inc. Included in this agreement is cancer presumption language that entitles firefighters to on-the-job disability and supplemental long term disability benefits if they are diagnosed with cancer during the performance of their regular duties.

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211 Helpline Wants to Hear From You - Survey

Last year, 211 Palm Beach/ Treasure Coast responded to nearly 98,000 requests for help from people throughout Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast counties. 211 is always here to help, and we want to ensure we're providing the best possible service. Please take a moment to complete the survey - your feedback is important to us!

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Community Health Worker Training Available

PBCMSS CHW Care Coordination Training Program offers the full complement of education hours and content areas that are needed to fulfill the training requirements (30 clock hours) for the certification application as a community health worker.

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Scholarship Opportunity: Beating the Odds

Wendy N. Kelly, a resident of Boynton Beach, announces the 2019 Wendy N. Kelly Women of Opportunities - Beating the Odds Reward Program. Under the program, one (1) $1000 reward will be awarded to seniors attending a high school, or a current college student in a city or town of Florida.

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, February 11, 2019

This week's Monday Morning Update: My Brother's Keeper Race to Equity Summit, File Your Taxes for Free, Florida's Community Health Advocates, and more. 

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • 19 Positions Open
Other Areas
Commissioner McKinlay Hosts Town Hall Meeting

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay District 6 invites residents in Loxahatchee to a town hall meeting. 

WHEN: Wednesday, February 13, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Acreage Branch Library,  15801 Orange Blvd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
CONTACT INFO: For additional information contact Kelley Burke

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Microsoft OneNote Class

Microsoft OneNote is a computer program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration.  Microsoft OneNote Class Will Cover:  The Microsoft OneNote interface;  How to create a simple notebook, and more.

WHEN: Thursday, February 17, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Nonprofits First,  1818 S Australian Avenue, #450,  West Palm Beach, FL 33409
CONTACT INFO: Shari J. Hanglan,, 561-214-7435
COST: FREE (members), $69 (non-members)

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17th Annual Black History Heritage Day Luncheon

The 17th Annual Heritage Luncheon highlights Black History Month by celebrating the achievements of African Americans; more importantly, it is a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in the United States (U.S.) history. 

WHEN: Thursday, February 17, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Gaines Park Amphitheater, 1501 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Dress for Success Lunch & Learn

"Representatives from existing and prospective referral agencies who have not been to our center are invited to join us for lunch. Come see our boutique first hand, and learn more about our continuum of services."
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Dress for Success Palm Beaches, 118 East Ocean Ave, Lantana, FL 33462
CONTACT INFO:  If interested in attending, please email Colleen Fitzgerald at or call our office at 561-249-3898
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Save the Date: 2019 Race to Equity Summit

My Brother's Keeper Network (MBK) in partnership with Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures, brings forth the 2019 Race to Equity Summit: Facing, Embracing and Leading with Equity. As a community, Palm Beach County recognizes the vital importance of collective convening, connecting and collaborating to address the systemic barriers that limit opportunity for communities of color.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 20 & 21, 2019
WHERE:  Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee BlvdWest Palm Beach, FL 33401
CONTACT INFO:  Please visit for more information
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Saturday Workshops for Small Businesses

Learn innovative ways to grow your business and increase your bottom line with Saturday workshops. 
WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: SCORE South Palm Beach, 7999 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33487
CONTACT INFO: For more information and to register, contact South Palm Beach Score, 561-981-5180, 
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Certificate Program from SCORE Palm Beach

This Certificate Program covers all around financial management including financial planning, reading financial statements, understanding financial risks, using cash flow forecasts.
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.
WHERE:  SCORE Learning Center, 500 S. Australian Ave, Suite 115, West Palm BeachFL 33401
CONTACT INFO:  Please call 561-833-1672 for more information
COST: $89 (early bird discount), $99
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Previous Postings - The Glades Area
VITA Sites Open in the Glades - File for Free! VITA

United Way of Palm Beach County has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to bring free tax preparation service to those in our community with an annual household income of $66,000 or less in 2018 and focus on those who may be eligible to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit  (EITC) of up to $6,431. VITA sites will open on Monday, January 28, 2019.
Glades VITA Sites
Tuesday, January 29 to Thursday, April 11, 2019 (Tuesdays & Thursdays) | 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Housing Partnership Prosperity Center-Bridges at Belle Glade, 33 West Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: If you have any questions call 561-992-8210

WHEN: Wednesday, January 30 to Mondays, April 15, 2019 (Mondays & Wednesdays) | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Community Action Center, 607 South Main Street, Suite 102, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: If you have any questions call 561-996-0660
Click here to view VITA sites
Exhibitors Wanted for Health-Wellness Party

From Kings Tutoring & Mentoring Foundation: "Please accept our invitation to partner with us in our upcoming Community Super Hero Super Health-Wellness & Safety Block Party in the city of South Bay. The goal of this event is to connect and serve our local communities, and to provide a means of safety and awareness as to the services that are available to assist them in their day to day lives."

WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Cox Park, 791 NW 1st St, South Bay, FL 33493
CONTACT INFO: For more informatio, contact Kings Tutoring & Mentoring Foundation at 561-449-3793.
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Go Glades - Service Times, Routes, and More

Get familiarized with Go Glades, the new transportation service by Palm Tran, with information on routes, service times, and customer service information. 

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Info for Ex-Felons Who Want to Register to Vote

Effective January 8, 2019, Floridians with felony convictions who have completed ALL the terms of their sentences (excluding murderers and felony sex offenders) can register to vote. If you do not know whether you have completed all the terms of your sentence, contact: 

CONTACT INFO: For more information, contact the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition at 877-698-6830, or visit

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Don't Fall Prey to Utility Scam

Have you gotten a call from FPL claiming your bill is past due? Scammers are utilizing aggressive technniques - learn how to stay safe by reading these flyers. 

Click here to read flyers (In English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish)
Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge

Let's Move is a Palm Beach County-wide, month-long campaign that motivates residents to take charge of their health by competing to log the most exercise minutes throughout March. Residents create and join teams, are encouraged to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, and log their minutes on The goal: to establish and reinforce healthy behaviors like exercise and good nutrition.

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Grant Opportunity: Everglades Training Program

The Everglades Restoration Agriculture Community Employment Training Program was created to promote education and training programs to support the training and hiring of individuals in nonagricultural employment in areas of high agricultural unemployment.
Employers and training institutions are welcome to apply. Priority of funding will be given to
businesses in Hendry and Palm Beach counties. Second priority in Collier, Glades, Highlands and Okeechobee counties.

CONTACT INFO:  To apply online, visit; those interested in receiving grant funds are encouraged to visit:

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Scholarship Opportunity: PBC Black Nurses Assoc.

2019 scholarship applications are now available. Scholarships are awared to ADN, BSN, LPN, MSN and Doctoral students. Please download application and scholarship requirements.

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Food Research & Action Center - February 1, 2019

Food assistance for the hungry shouldn't have a time limit. Yet, the Trump Administration has proposed a rule that would take away SNAP eligibility for 755,000 unemployed and underemployed adults. That means cutting SNAP food benefits by $15 billion over 10 years. FRAC, Feeding America, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Center for American Progress (CAP) are coordinating a campaign to generate comments in opposition to the SNAP rules change.

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Nonprofit Training & Grants Library Newsletter

The Junior League of Boca Raton brings you information on nonprofit training. Learn about upcoming workshops and more!

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Prime Time Palm Beach County Friday Forecast

Registration just opened for Prime Time's Afterschool Symposium 2019, and more news and information in this week's Prime Time Palm Beach County Friday Forecast.

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, February 4, 2019

This week's Monday Morning Update: Trainings, news, local events, and more in this week's Children's Services Council newsletter!

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • Targeted Case Manager

  • 15 Positions Open
Other Areas

  • Ryan White Program Manager
  • Development Coordinator
Previous Postings - Other Areas
Car Seat Checkup Event in Clewiston

Learn how to install your child's car seat or booster seat. Find out if it's time for a change.
Friday, February 22, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE:  315 South W.C. Owen Street, Clewiston Florida 33440
CONTACT INFO:  Please call Jashiramor Harper at 863-983-7813 ext 1423 to schedule an appointment.
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Rainbow Trails Camp For Children Coping With Loss

For more than two decades, Hope has offered Rainbow Trails Camp to children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Each child attends the camp at no cost, to learn how to cope with the complex feelings of grief. In addition to fun camp games, there are activities designed by specialized counselors to carefully help a child express their emotions.

WHEN: Friday, April 5-April 7, 2019
WHERE: Riverside Retreat, 7305 County Road 78, LaBelle, FL 33935
CONTACT INFO: For more information email, or visit

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Call for Presenters: 2019 Youth Summit

Looking for dynamic presenters for the 2019 Youth Summit on April 6, 2019, at Palm Beach Lakes High School. 
WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2019
WHERE:  Palm Beach Lakes High School, 3505 Shiloh Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
CONTACT INFO:  Submit completed applications must be sent to
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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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