Monday, January 14, 2019
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The Glades Initiative Will be Closed on MLK Day
In recognition of Martin Luther King Day, The Glades Initiative office will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019. We will re-open with normal hours (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. 
~~~ This Week ~~~  
Tue, Jan 15  9:00 am         Glades PATCH Meeting, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Wed, Jan 16  11:00 am      Enhancing Governmental Relationships, South Bay City Hall
Thu, Jan 17  6:00 pm         Continuing the Community Conversation, Community United Methodist, BG
Thu, Jan 17  7:00 pm         Forever Young, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Belle Glade
Fri, Jan 18  Call for time    Young Adult Program, CareerSource, Belle Glade
Sat, Jan 19  6:30 pm          MLK Banquet, St. John First Missionary, Belle Glade
Mon, Jan 21  10:00 am      MLK Parade, Lake Shore Middle School, Belle Glade
Glades Area
Food Assistance for Furloughed Federal Employees

Any residents of the Glades who are furloughed federal employees in need of assistance with food can contact Sandy at The Glades Initiative for assistance from our Food program.
CONTACT INFO:  For questions, contact Sandy at 561-996-3310 
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, January 15, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
WHERE:  The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430 

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Enhancing Governmental Relationships ENHANCING

The City of South Bay invites you to attend: "Enhancing Governmental Relationships" Connecting Government, Economy and Community by "Bridging the Gap" Part II, at the City Chambers. 
WHEN: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 11:00 a.m.
WHERE:   City Chambers, 335 SW 2nd Avenue, South Bay, FL 33493
CONTACT INFO: Please call if you will be attending, 561-996-6751.
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Continuing the Community Conversation COMMCONVERSATION

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. Now is your chance to help shape the future of youth in Palm Beach County by joining this upcoming community conversation. 
WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE:   Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: To RSVP or more information, contact Lashonda Lacey or Geeta Loach Jacobson at or 561-242-5713. 
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Forever Young at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center FOREVER

Join the stars of Forever Young at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center as they take you through the best eras of music.
WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Call the box office at 561-993-1160
Click here to learn more
CareerSource Young Adult Program YOUNGADULT

The next class of CareerSource's Young Adult Program, for residents ages 17-24, begins Jan. 28, 2019, with an application deadline of Jan. 18, 2019. Develop leadership skills, explore interests and careers, receive money management training and stipend, and more. 
Application deadline
WHEN: Friday, January 18, 2019 (Class begins January 28, 2019)
CONTACT INFO: To apply, visit (Youth Services page); for questions, call 561-340-1060 ext 2361. 
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City of Belle Glade MLK Banquet and Parade BANQUETPARADE

The City of Belle Glade's Dr. MLK Committee is excited to announce the celebratory activities for the 2019 MLK weekend. This year's theme is "Unity in the Glades".
MLK Banquet
WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.
WHERE:   St. John First Missionary Baptist Church, 600 SW 8th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430
COST: $25 per ticket

MLK Parade
WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Line-up is at Lake Shore Middle School, 425 W Canal St N, Belle Glade, FL 33430

CONTACT INFO: Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from one of the following persons: Mary Evans 561-983-2425, Raheem Benjamin 561-692-5893, or any member of the Glades Area Ministerial Alliance .
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Resurgence in the City at St John First Missionary

Residents are invited to a free event featuring Bishop Marvin Sapp.
WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:   St. John First Missionary Baptist Church, 600 SW 8th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information call 561-900-6062.
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GED Program at CareerSource

Need your high school diploma (equivalent)? Register for CareerSource's GED Program today.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (Monday-Friday) | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE:  CareerSource, 1085 S Main St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information contact Lisa at 561-829-2040 ext 2105
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Super Bowl Senior Watch Event

Come out to West County Senior Center and celebrate with friends and neighbors. Pre-registration required. 
WHEN: Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:  West County Senior Center, 2916 State Road 15, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information call 561-996-4808
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Story Nights and Black History Month Events

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."

Black History Month Story Nights with BG Vice Mayor Mary Ross Wilkerson
WHEN: Tuesday, February 5 & 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
PBC Commissioner Will Host Town Hall Meeting

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay has announced she will hold a town hall meeting in the Glades in March. 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here to learn more
Vendors Wanted for Black Gold Jubilee 2019

The 2019 Black Gold Jubilee will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019. If you are interested in being a vendor at this year's event, please complete and return the attached vendor booth application. 
WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2019
WHERE:  Torry Island Campground, 5000 W Canal St N, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information call 561-996-2745
Click here to access vendor application
Belle Glade Fastbreak League Registration

The City of Belle Glade invites residents to sign up their children for its upcoming basketball league. It is also looking for volunteer coaches - background checks required. Leagues include boys and girls, ages 6 to 15. Games are played Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Call the City of Belle Glade for more information.

Click here to see flyer
Scholarship Opportunity: LGBTQ HS Seniors

The  Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC)  is accepting applications for the  Daniel S. Hall Social Justice Award  -- a college scholarship available to graduating LGBTQ high school seniors from Palm Beach County. 

WHEN:  Applications are due no later than midnight March 15, 2019

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Scholarship Opportunity: Nursing Scholarship

Palm Health Foundation partners with The George Snow Scholarship Fund to annually provide a needs-based scholarship program that encourages individuals in the community to enter and advance in the nursing profession. 

WHEN:  Scholarship applications are accepted November 1, 2018 - February 1, 2019

Click here to learn more
Scholarship Opportunity: Computer Scholarship

PC Professor has been approved to participate in a 2019 job-training grant to help provide technology skills to the South Florida workforce. This is a limited time opportunity and applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. For participants who qualify, all expenses and services will be covered including tuition, books, registration fees, job placement assistance, phone support, lab time and certification vouchers.

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Free HP Cartridges for Tax Exempt Organizations

Free HP cartridges are available to tax exempt organizations, please call The Glades Initiative if you would like and can use the following: HP45, HP56, HP57, HP60, HP78, HP95, Office Jet 88 - Black, Yellow, Cyan & Magenta.

CONTACT INFO: Please call The Glades Initiative at 561-996-3310
Taxes Filed Free Campaign

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. 

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Legal Aid Offers Online Intake

The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County is pleased to announce the recent launch of its new online intake application system that enables anyone with an internet connection to apply for free legal assistance. The application is available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole and can be filled out by an individual, by a family member or friend of the individual, or by a social service/government agency staff member who is assisting the individual.

Click here to learn more
Hardship Guide & Hotline for Furloughed Federal Employees

The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County presents the 2019 Hardship Guide for Furloughed Federal Employees and a Helpline for employees residing in Palm Beach County impacted by the shutdown. 

Click here to read Hardship Guide
Click here to learn about Helpline
Community Connections for Life, CMHC, New Location

"Community Connections is proud to announce the location of our brand new facility now located on Southwest 16th Street in Belle Glade, in the Citi Trends Plaza next to Boost Mobile. Community Connections is now accepting new applications for clients 5-17. FREE to Medicaid Participants, and Transportation is provided. Please see the attached forms for more information as well as our upcoming activities."

Click here to learn more about the programs of Community Connections for Life
AA Meetings Available in Pahokee

Regular Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings are held three times a week at First United Methodist Church of Pahokee. 

WHEN: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (ongoing) | 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: First United Methodist Church of Pahokee, 491 East Main St, Pahokee, FL 3376
CONTACT INFO: Call 561-924-7241

Click here to learn more
Lighthouse Cafe December 2018 Newsletter

Catch up on the latest news and information from the Lighthouse Cafe! 

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, January 14, 2019

This week's Monday Morning Update features local resources available for those affected by the Federal Government Shutdown, and festivals and more for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Palm Beach County. 

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • 21 Positions Open
Other Areas
Writers LIVE! Returns to Palm Beach County Libraries

Writers LIVE!, the Library's flagship author event series, returns for another season of bringing the community together with authors and their books. From January to April, a line-up of best-selling, critically acclaimed, award-winning authors from a variety of genres, will discuss their work, chat with you, and sign books.

Click here to learn more 
Women's Chamber Presents Dinner & Learn

"Please join us for this informative presentation by Wellington Regional Medical Center cardiologist, Michael Lakow, MD on the Mediterranean Diet."

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Madison Green Ballroom,  2001 Crestwood Blvd North,  Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
CONTACT INFO:  Chamber Office,  561-659-0285,

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Diabetes Awareness Day at the Outlets

Are you, a family member, or friend at risk for diabetes? Free risk assessment screenings will be provided during Diabetes Awareness Day, hosted by the Palm Beach Outlets.

WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Palm Beach Outlets, 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
CONTACT INFO: For more information, contact Debby Walters at

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Boy Energy in Play Therapy Workshop

'Boy Energy in Play Therapy' will begin with a review of the three stages of boyhood, the role of testosterone, and the differences between boys' and girls' brains.  Specific activities and strategies for working with boys will be explored. 

WHEN: Friday, January 25, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.
WHERE:  Quantum Foundation, 2701 N Australian Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
CONTACT INFO:  Dominika Nolan,  Center for Child Counseling, Inc.,  561-244-9499 ext12

Click here to learn more 
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
Click here to read flyer
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Nominate Your Health Care Hero Today

Palm Beach County Medical Society Services presents the 16th Annual Heroes in Medicine Awards at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Nominate your hero today. 
WHEN: Friday, May 17, 2019
WHERE:  Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
CONTACT INFO:  For more information, email Katherine Zuber at or call 561-433-3940 x102.
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Previous Postings - The Glades Area
Boldin Community Impact: Designer Bags and Bingo

Residents are invited to play bingo and have a chance to win designer bags. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Glades Area students and service projects for Boldin Community Impact. 
Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Town Center Cafe, 129 N Lake Avenue, Pahokee, FL 33476
CONTACT INFO: Contact Christine Boldin at 561-281-5532, or via email at
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Career Day Volunteers Needed at Gove

From Gove: We are looking for community members to volunteer to speak about their profession at Gove. You will be asked to give a short 20-minute presentation about your job, education, training, and how you made the transition from school to your current occupation.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
WHERE: Gove Elementary School, 1000 SE Ave G, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Should you have any questions and/or would like to volunteer please contact Michelle Riker, School Counselor at
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Glades Area Libraries January Activities

Read about all of the upcoming events planned for the Glades Area Branch Libraries in January.    

Click here to see all Glades area library activities for the month
Government Shutdown Affects SCORE

The Small Business Administration administers a Congressional grant which provides SCORE with funding.  Therefore, due to the government shutdown, SCORE offices are closed. We will not be able to provide mentoring services or conduct workshops until the government officially reopens.

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CareerSource - January 2019 Calendar

CareerSource has a slate of programs residents can take advantage of in January. Follow the link to learn more. 

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Take Stock in Children - January 2019 Newsletter

Learn all about National Mentoring Month in this edition of Take Stock in Children's newsletter. 

Click here to learn more
CSC: Monday Morning Update, January 7, 2019

This week's Monday Morning Update features trainings, events, and important information for local residents.  

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • 21 Positions Open
Other Areas

  • Human Trafficking Caseworker
Previous Postings - Other Areas
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