Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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~~~ This Week ~~~  
Tue, Jan 16     10:00 am  FREE Tax Services start, Prosperity Center at Bridges, Belle Glade
Tue, Jan 16     5:00 pm    Take Stock in Children Mentor Training, Glades Central, Belle Glade
Wed, Jan 17    7:30 am    Chamber Breakfast, Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade
Fri, Jan 19       4:00 pm    Become a Reading Buddy, Loula V York Library, Pahokee
Mon, Jan 22    6:00 pm    TRIO Educational Opportunities Center Workshop, West Tech, Belle Glade
Glades Area ________________________
TAXKeep Your Entire Tax Refund! FREE Tax Services Available if You Earned $66,000 or Less in 2017! 

DON'T PAY for tax services if you earned $66,000 or less in 2017! Tax preparation is provided at several county-wide sites, including a location in the Glades at no charge to qualifying residents. In addition, the G lades site offers free tax services in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. 

Three options are available: 
FILED for you - tax preparation is provided at a local site; 
FILED with help - at select sites, file your own tax return; 
FILED yourself - file your own tax return at MyFreeTaxes.com, a simple, secure website with support available via a toll free helpline or web chat. 

A ll options are supported by IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). 

Free Tax Services Available in the Glades at the following times and location
WHEN: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, From January 16, 2018 until Tuesday, April 17, 2018  10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Also, for the month of February, Wednesdays  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Prosperity Center at BRIDGES, Belle Glade, 33 W Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information, call the Prosperity Center at 561-996-2479. 

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Click here for other sites offering free tax services
TAKESTOCKTake Stock in Children - Seeking Male and Female Mentors

Mentor a student at Glades Central High School. Each student receives a college scholarship upon high school graduation. Each student must meet with mentor to receive the scholarship. Meet once a week during the student's lunch period, 2 - 3 times a month. Our students need you. "Change a Life Over Lunch." 

Our next mentor orientation will be held today at Glades Central High School.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 16, 2018    5:00 p.m.  
WHERE:  Glades Central Community High School,   1001 SW Ave M, Belle Glade, FL 33430

If you are interested, please contact Kimberly Briard at  kbriard@takestockpalmbeach.org

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CHAMBERBREAKFASTChamber Breakfast at Lakeside Medical Center

Chamber members and their guests are invited to join us in the morning for a hot breakfast and good fellowship! Dr. Matthew Van Weelden, PhD will be our guest speaker and the breakfast is sponsored by Wedgworth's, Inc.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 17, 2018    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  
WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 33430
TRIOEducational Opportunity Centers Spring Workshop Series at West Technical Education Center

Join the TRIO Educational Opportunities Center for free professional and personal development workshops at West Technical Education Center in Belle Glade. The first of these workshops will focus on Financial Literacy and Investing. 

WHEN: Monday, January 22, 2018    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  
WHERE: West Technical Institute - Building 1, 2625 State Hwy 715, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information call 561-868-4068

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January GTAC Meeting at Belle Glade Civic Center

At this month's Glades Technical Advisory Committee Meeting, we introduce Lt. Wesley White, Field Supervisor for Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. Lt. He has been with the agency for 20 years. He has worked as a field officer, dispatcher, and driver/tech on the neuter and spay shuttle. He is now head of the Commercial Licenses & Enforcement Unit. He has been a field supervisor for eight years.

WHEN: Thursday, January 25, 2018    9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
WHERE: Belle Glade Civic Center, 725 NW 4th St., Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information, contact Houston Tate, OCR Director, at 561-233-5303.

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Applications Accepted for Spring 101 for the 501

As a 101 for the 501 chosen participant, you will have exclusive access to an education and training designed to help you take your organization to the next level of operational excellence.
This FREE program includes the following classes:
- Board Governance: Help Me Help You
- Volunteer Management: Managing the "Priceless Professional"
- Human Resource Requirements: Beyond Hiring and Firing
- Management and Fiscal Controls: Out of the Red
- Fund Development: Show Me the Money
- Media Relations: To Tweet or Not to Tweet

Participants who successfully complete the full coursework will receive free benefits, including one year of organizational membership with Nonprofits First (up to $750 value). 

Applications due
WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2018   

If you have any questions, please contact Shari Hanglan, Education & Programs Coordinator at  shanglan@nonprofitsfirst.org   or 561-910-5069.

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The Glades Initiative - Free Items for Tax-Exempt Organizations

The Glades Initiative has three old copiers that need work and marginally function, used tablecloths and a couple of older office chairs available free of charge for tax-exempt organizations (churches, nonprofits, etc.).

If you're interested, please call us at 561-996-3310 and ask for Jessica or send an email to  Jgomez@gladesinitiative.org
Covenant Villas - Currently Leasing, Project Based Vouchers Availability

Covenant Villas is currently leasing units and has availability for Project Based Vouchers (leasee must meet program qualifications). The newly renovated 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments are located in Belle Glade. 

If you are interested, call HTG Management/Palm Beach County Housing Authority, at 561-463-7199. 

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Disaster Relief Project by the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County

Dealing with the aftermath of a disastrous storm can be stressful as individuals and communities try to recover. There are services and options available. We can help with some of the following issues: 
* FEMA Issues and Appeals 
* Disaster Unemployment 
* Disaster SNAP benefit eligibility and issues 
* Landlord Tenant matters where the landlord refused to make repairs to the rental property damaged by the storm 
* and more

Contact our Disaster Relief Project at 561-655-8944, ext. 367 if you are in need of such assistance. 

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Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center Presents Cirque Zuma Zuma

After sell-out seasons in Europe and an extended debut run in Australia, Cirque Zuma Zuma is ready to wow you! Audiences and critics in Europe and Australia agree - Cirque Zuma Zuma is unlike anything ever seen before and many describe it as an African-style Cirque du Soleil. The show is part high-energy dance act, part Cirque du Soleil, part Harlem Globetrotters, and is fast paced and full of acrobatic ingenuity!

WHEN: Thursday, February 1, 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 www.dollyhand.org

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Do You Want to Host Your Own Pink Shirt Day? Attend These Pink Shirt Day 2018 Workshops

In anticipation of international Pink Shirt Day 2018, a day to symbolize a stand against bullying, Prime Time Palm Beach County and the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County will host and facilitate a two-day Pink Shirt Day Kick-Off to train and prepare you to create your own Pink Shirt Day 2018 celebration at your after-school program. Pink Shirt Day will take place on February 28, 2018. 

Pink Shirt Day Workshop in Belle Glade
WHEN: Tuesday, February 6, 2018    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th St., Belle Glade, FL 33430

Please RSVP at www.primetimepbc.org

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Disco Inferno and Covered Dish Dinner at Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center

Travel back to the days when Saturday Night Fever was a box-office smash, Donna Summer was the queen of the air waves and Beethoven had his first top-40 hit. It was a music revolution - where records became hits from the dance clubs and DJ's had the power to break records and watch them climb up the charts. Songs like "Last Dance,", "Don't Leave Me This Way", "Funkytown", "I Will Survive,", "YMCA", "Ring My Bell" and "Rock The Boat" were all tested by DJ's in the biggest clubs.

Prior to the show, a traditional "covered dish" dinner is available for purchase from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This annual fundraising event features your favorite dishes prepared by some of the best cooks in the Glades!

WHEN: Thursday, February 8, 2018    7:30 p.m. (Covered Dish Dinner at 5:30 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 www.dollyhand.org

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US Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors at Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center for a Free Concert

The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America's greatest original art form, jazz. Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band's diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.

WHEN: Monday, March 12, 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
COST: Free

For more information, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org

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Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services: West County Senior Times - January 2018

Catch up on the happenings at Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services (DOSS) by reading this month's West County Senior Times!

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One-on-One Financial Coaching Sessions at We Help Communities to Develop Corporation 

Do you want ... a home? A car? To go back to school? Financial freedom? We Help Communities to Develop Corporation is offering free one-on-one financial coaching sessions and capacity building to interested residents. 

Financial Coaching Sessions at We Help Communities to Develop Corporation
WHEN: January 2018 - December 2018    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: We Help Communities to Develop Corporation, 349 SE 3rd Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Call for an appointment, 561-992-5854.

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

The Sun
Indeed Jobs

  • 13 Positions Open
  • Custodian - Part Time
Other Areas________________________
Power Networking at Lunch - Nonprofits First / Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches

New Year, New Contacts! Join us for January Power Networking event with the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. It's speed networking with business cards. 
* Make the most of your lunch hour 
* Bring at least 75 business cards and be prepared for quick rounds of networking at each table of ten
* Self introductions and card exchanges 
* Arrive early and network 
* Limit of 2 people from the same company 
* Registration includes a buffet lunch 
* Receive a copy of all of the attendees' business cards

WHEN: Thursday, January 18, 2018    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport,  1301 Belvedere Road,  West Palm Beach, FL  33405
COST: $35 (members), $45 (non-members)

For more information, contact  Shari Hanglan at  shanglan@nonprofitsfirst.org or at  561-214-7435

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Dale Carnegie Training Presents: The Ask - How to Stand Out in Fundraising

Become a member of the Palm Beach County Nonprofit Chamber and get free admission to this upcoming event! The event is open only to organizations who are members of the Nonprofit Chamber, but it's not too late to become a member!

Join us for a highly interactive session presented by Dale Carnegie Training - the world leader in training and development. This session will incorporate practical strategies participants from nonprofits of all sizes can put into practice right away to drive donations. 
All attendees will receive Dale Carnegie's The Secrets of Success booklet FREE.

* How to stand out in fundraising - Refining the ASK 
* Incorporate best practices to overcome donation hurtles 
* Renew your enthusiasm for fundraising success in 2018! 

WHEN: Thursday, January 18, 2018    3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach Habilitation Center, 4522 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, Florida 33461
COST: Free

For more information, call 561.877.2213, or visit www.nonprofitchamberpbc.org

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Palm Beach Area Refugee Task Force Meeting

The Palm Beach County Refugee Task Force has been active in the Palm Beach County area for many years, with participants representing governmental and private agencies providing services to refugees in the area. Services provided by the agencies include employment, English language and vocational training, youth and family services, child care, employment-related immigration services, and refugee health services. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss refugee program service needs and possible solutions. 

WHEN: Friday, January 19, 2018    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE:  West Palm Beach City Hall, 401 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 

For more information, please contact Miriam Bracero-Rosario, community liaison for the Southeast Region Refugee Services Program at Florida Department of Children & Families, at 561-459-6098, or by email:  miriam.rosario@myfamilies.com

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SCORE Business Women's Roundtable

We are pleased to invite you to this month's SCORE Business Women's Round table. Join facilitator Suzana Sagy Macario for a roundtable discussion focused on "Building a Powerful Network". The event is offered free of charge but seating is limited to 15. 

WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2018    9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: SCORE Small Business Learning Center, 7999 N. Federal Highway, Suite 201, Boca Raton, FL 33487
COST: Free

RSVP to Dawn at 561-981-5180 or at  scorewomensroundtable@gmail.com

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Attention Workshop Presenters: Seeking Proposals for 8th Palm Beach County Youth Summit

Please contact us if you are interested in submitting a workshop proposal for the 8th Annual Youth Summit at Palm Beach Lakes High School on April 28, 2018. Areas that will be considered include: gangs and crime prevention, substance abuse, career development, scholarships and schools, healthy relationships, and trauma informed. the length of presentations must be 50 minutes. Please submit your proposal to bahiam@pbso.org no later than February 2, 2018. 

8th Annual Youth Summit
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018
WHERE: Palm Beach Lakes Community High School 3505 Shiloh Dr, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Click here for the workshop proposal form
United Way Update: Mentoring in Palm Beach County, Taxes Filed Free

Read about two programs available to Palm Beach County residents in this United Way Update from the United Way of Palm Beach County. 

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, January 16, 2018

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 

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Previous Postings - The Glades Area ___
English Exchange Classes at Glades Libraries

Were you born in another country or in the United States and would like to improve your English? If the answer is "yes" the "free" weekly, informal conversational English Exchange class offered by the Adult Literacy Project is just for you! Meet new friends, practice your English skills, and learn from each other.

Loula V. York Library
WHEN: Sessions are held: Wednesdays    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 N.W. 4th St., Belle Glade, FL 33430 

Belle Glade Branch
WHEN: Sessions are held: Thursdays    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Loula V. York Branch Library, 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee, FL 33476

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Become a Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor

Did you know?  Millions of children have never been read a bedtime story. The single greatest indicator of a child's future success is the literacy level of the parents. Thirty six million adults in America struggle to read. Adults who can read and write are more likely to be involved in educating their children. 

Literacy can change lives. You can too! Become a Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor.  Current teachers, retired teachers, community leaders, aspiring teachers, passionate and patient individuals ... we need you!

For more information please contact Sandra Lusunariz, Adult Literacy Project Coordinator, Belle Glade Branch Library, 561-996-3453.
2018 Black Gold Jubilee Vendor Booth Applications Now Open

It is time to start thinking about The Black Gold Jubilee. This is our 40th anniversary. We are expecting another great event and we hope you will join us. Our date is Saturday, April 14, 2018. In addition to our local entertainment, our amphitheater will have Seven Bridges (an Eagles Tribute Band) and Nashville recording star, Joe Diffie.  
If you have any questions, please e-mail or call us at 561-996-2745 or visit www.blackgoldjubilee.org

Click here for vendor application
READINGBUDDYLoula V. York Library: Become a Reading Buddy Workshop and Other Events

The Loula V. York Library in Pahokee invites the community to a number of events being held in January. Local teens are invited to participate in this informative workshop, which is a prerequisite for becoming a "Reading Buddy" to children in grades K-5.

Become a Reading Buddy
WHEN: Friday, January 19, 2018   4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Loula V. York Branch, 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee 33476

Click here to read about all events happening this month at the Loula V. York Library 
LEWM Presents: Art Around the Glades

The Lawrence E. Will Museum of the Glades is Proud to Announce: Art Around the Glades, a show of fine and decorative art by the Glades Art Group. The presentation will include music and light refreshments.

WHEN: Thursday, February 15, 2018    6 :00 p.m.
WHERE:  Lawrence E. Will Museum of the Glades,   530 S Main St, Belle Glade, FL 33430  

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Lighthouse Cafe - December 2017 Newsletter

News and information from the Lighthouse Cafe in Belle Glade.

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Grant Opportunities
Mentoring Support Opportunity

The Mentoring Support Opportunity was conceived to help mentoring programs develop additional matches, and help alleviate the wait list of mentees in Palm Beach County. Through the Mentoring Support Opportunity, the United Way of Palm Beach County seeks to support capacity-building efforts that enhance the quality of mentoring programs and increase the number of youth being mentored. The typical Mentoring Support Opportunity mini-grant is between $2,000 up to a maximum of $5,000 (based on available funds) to be used to increase program capacity and become eligible to join the Mentor Center Network.

Application Deadline
WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2018    5:00 p.m.

Mentoring Support Guidelines
Mentoring Support Application
Allegany Franciscan Ministries: 2018 Tau Grant Announcement and Webinar

From Allegany Franciscan Ministries: Our next cycle of Tau Grants will support Organizational Capacity Building. Grant applications should show how the organization aligns with Allegany Franciscan Ministries' mission and strategies. Requests up to $10,000 will be considered.
Organizations with an operating budget of $2 million and over are not eligible for Tau Grants. Please see our website for more information about eligibility and limitations. 

Tau Grant Application Deadline
WHEN: Thursday, February 8, 2018    12:00 p.m.

Click here to read more and to find out how to participate in the webinar
Job Opportunities

In the Glades

Palm Healthcare
  • Project Director, Healthier Glades
The Sun
Indeed Jobs

  • 15 Positions Open
  • Recovery Navigator
Previous Postings - Other Areas
Community Action Board Meeting

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. 

P lease be advised of the following upcoming meeting:

WHEN: Tuesday, January 16, 2018    6:00 p.m.
WHERE: 810 Datura Street, Basement Conference Room West Palm Beach, FL 33401

For more information, please contact Grant Compliance Specialist, Doris Davis at DDavis1@pbcgov.org
Tax Talk with Anne Gannon: New Tax Planner Guide

From the office of Anne Gannon: Complimentary issues of our new 2018 Tax Planner & Services Guide, Guiding You Through 2018, will be available at all service centers in mid-January. This award-winning publication is a handy resource guide to Tax Collector services, tax transaction tips, frequently asked questions and important payment dates. We've also included a tax planner calendar so you'll never miss a payment deadline.

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, January 8, 2018

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 

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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 updates@gladesinitiative.org
or (561) 996-3310
If you would like to submit your volunteer opportunities on our site below, please email us at volunteer@gladesinitiative.org

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for additional activities scheduled in
the Glades area
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