Monday, January 28, 2019
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~~~ This Week ~~~  
Mon, Jan 28  2:00 pm       Legislative Delegation, Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade
Tue, Jan 29  10:00 am       VITA Site at Bridges at Belle Glade opens
Thu, Jan 31  8:30 am        Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, Bridges of Belle Glade
Thu, Jan 31  5:30 pm        GTAC Meets, Pahokee Marina
Fri, Feb 1  7:00 pm            Farewell Angelina at Dolly Hand, Belle Glade
Sun, Feb 3  4:00 pm          Super Bowl Senior Watch Event, West County Senior Center
Tue, Feb 5  6:00 pm          Black History Month Story Night, Belle Glade Library
Glades Area
Legislative Delegation Public Hearing in Belle Glade LEGISLATIVE

The final public hearing of the Legislative Delegation before the 2019 session begins will be held at Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade. 
WHEN: Monday, January 28, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the delegation office at 561-355-2406 or email Christine Shaw, Executive Director at
Click here to learn more
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
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training YOUTHMENTAL

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bridges of Belle Glade, 33 West Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, contact

Click here to learn more
GTAC Meets at Pahokee Marina GTAC

The Glades Technical Advisory Committee meeting for January, will be a follow-up and continuation of the issues discussed at the January 10th Housing Insecurities Forum held at PBSC Belle Glade Campus.

WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Pahokee Marina, 190 N Lake Avenue, Pahokee, FL 33476
CONTACT INFO: Contact Houston L. Tate, OCR Director, at 233-5303 or or Audley G. Reid, Senior Planner, at 233-5567 or
Click here to learn more
Click here for meeting agenda 
Farewell Angelina is Coming to the Dolly Hand FAREWELL

Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and accomplished multi-instrumentalists.
WHEN: Friday, February 1, 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)
Click here to learn more
Super Bowl Senior Watch Event SUPERBOWL

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
Click here to learn more
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."

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
Musical Arts Consortium of the Glades at Dolly Hand

The MACG Band includes keyboards, drums, bass, lead guitar, and vocalists who are all Glades and Lake Okeechobee residents. The band exists to promote musical excellence and provide our area with a professional ensemble that can play and perform any genre of music.

WHEN: Thursday, February 7, 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)
Click here to learn more
Family Fun Day at PBSC Belle Glade Campus

Bring your beach chairs and enjoy the afternoon of family-friendly fun. Games, music, food, face painting, fire trucks, and more. 

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Palm Beach State College, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, call 561-993-1188, or email
Click here to learn more
40th Annual Glades Festival of Afro Arts and Parade

The annual Glades Festival of Afro Arts celebrates its 40th anniversary. A parade kicks off the festivities at Lake Shore Middle School at 11:00 a.m.

WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (parade at 11:00 a.m.)
WHERE:  Lake Shore Park, 1224 SW Avenue E Pl, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, call 561-301-7511, 561-914-0280, or 561-983-2425
Click here to see flyer
Farmworker Career Development Program

We are currently taking recruiting and  excepting  applications for Migrant and seasonal Farmworkers for Vocational Trainings with local vocational  schools and colleges in the Glades and West Palm Beach area. Please call or stop by our office for more information. If you or a family member is a farmworker, you may be eligible for our program. We assist those who are enrolled with tuition fees, materials and other support while enrolled in this program. 

Registration ongoing 
WHEN: ONGOING - Open Monday through Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CONTACT INFO:  Cynthia McMillan, Program Coordinator at  561-992-7405,  Alam Rios, Program Counselor,  Mario Ajax, Program Counselor

Click here for more information (English, Spanish, Haitian Creole)
Community Connections for Life, CMHC, Offers Services in the Glades

"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
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.

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

Click here to learn more
ACEs and Pregnancy, the Center for Child Counseling

"Pregnancy does represent hope and happiness for most, but it's also a time of challenge and change. For countless moms-to-be, finding out they are pregnant brings issues of motherhood, parenting, and their own childhood experiences to the surface. When those memories include Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), pregnancy can mean turmoil ..."

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Walmart Hiring Truck Drivers, Nearly $90,000 Per Year

" Walmart is hoping to tip the scales of the nationwide shortage of truck drivers in the other direction with its hiring plan for 2019. The salary is also one of the benefits of the expanded truck driving program. The retailer says Walmart drivers will now earn, on average, $87,500 a year starting in February. That's over $40,000 more than the average pay for truck drivers, according to 2017 statistics from the Department of Labor ..."

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Scholarship: Dirty Jobs Host Mike Rowe Offers Money for Skilled Jobs Training

If you or someone you know is interested in  a job in the trades - such as  plumbing , electrical work or welding - former "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe is offering a scholarship program  through his charitable foundation  that will offer money for skilled jobs training.

Scholarship Deadline
WHEN: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Click here to learn more
CONTEST: 2019 Fair Housing, for Grades 3-12

Students in grades 3 to 12 are invited to participate in the 2019 Fair Housing Contest. The contest is open to all students within Palm Beach County. 

Deadline for entries
WHEN: Friday, March 29, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.
CONTACT INFO: View complete contest rules and requirements at

Click here to learn more
CSC: Monday Morning Update, January 28, 2019

This week's Monday Morning Update: Nearly 97% of funded programs meet performance assessment, Scholar Career Coaching, and more!

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • 15 Positions Open
  • Executive Dean
Other Areas
Find Funding with the Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online is the most extensive, up-to-date database of philanthropic giving. It shows you where the funders are - and can help you win more funding.

WHEN: Ongoing Monday - Friday | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Nonprofits First,  1818 S Australian Ave #450, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
CONTACT INFO: To reserve the workstation and use this resource, contact Charlotte Gill at or 561-910-3891.

Click here to learn more
Learning Lab: Excel Beyond Basics

Uncover ways to collect and format data using columns and rows to organize information effectively. Cleanup and standardize text based information taking capitalized data to proper case. Improve the quality and accuracy of your budgets, expenses report and analyze the results using tables and graphs.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 29, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Nonprofits First,  1818 S Australian Avenue, #450,  West Palm Beach, FL 33409
CONTACT INFO: For more information, please contact  Shari J. Hanglan,  shanglan@nonprofitsfirst.org561-214-7435
COST: FREE (members), $119.99 (non-members)

Click here to learn more 
PBC Commissioner Hosts Town Hall Meeting

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay has announced she will hold three town hall meetings in her district. The first meeting will be held in Wellington, followed by another in the Acreage, and a third in the Glades. 

WHEN: Tuesday, January 29, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Wellington Community Center, 12150 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington, FL 33414
CONTACT INFO: For more information, please contact Kelley Burke, or call 561-355-2206

Click here to learn more 
2019 Great Charity Challenge 

The 2019 Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments will be held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. 

WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, 13500 Southshore Blvd, Wellington, FL 33414
CONTACT INFO: For more information, please visit

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
Click here to learn more
Palm Beach County HIV Care Council Annual Retreat

"Please join us to celebrate our achievements and to work towards a collaborative future that promotes the relationship between PBC integrated plan goals and 90-90-90 goals."
Friday, February 22, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Manatee Lagoon, 100 Broadway, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
CONTACT INFO:  RSVP by January 31 at:
For more information contact Neeta Mahani at
Click here to learn more
Smart Couples Relationship Skills Workshop

T he University of Florida IFAS Extension Palm Beach County is offering FREE relationship skills workshops at various locations throughout the community. These workshops are full of great information and fun activities. W orkshops are held once a week for five weeks and participants are served a FREE light meal at each workshop session.  
Option 1
Tuesdays, March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019 (5 weeks) | 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE:  3691 Oswego Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Option 2
WHEN: Wednesdays, March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019 (5 weeks) | 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: 559 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
CONTACT INFO:  Preregistration is required. Please go to Classes and Events at or contact Tyler Nesbit,
Click here to learn more
Previous Postings - The Glades Area
Living Healthy Diabetes Self-Management Workshop LIVINGHEALTHY

Attend a free Diabetes Self-Management Workshop at Pahokee Housing (Padgett Island).  
WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 24, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Pahokee Housing-Padgett Island, 899 Padgett Circle, Pahokee, FL 33476
CONTACT INFO: For more information, call 561-844-4220 Ext 2600 or 1500
Click here to learn more
An Evening of Christian Comedy with Aunt Flossie

Enjoy an evening of Christian comedy at Glades Central High School. Proceeds to benefit Pillar Community Foundation Inc. 
WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Glades Central High School, 1001 SW Avenu e M, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For tickets, call 561-628-2495
COST: VIP Reception and VIP Seating is $20
Click here to learn more
Talking about HIV and STDs, HCSEF

The Health Council of Southeast Florida will be at Pahokee Housing Authority-Padgett Island every Tuesday to talk about HIV and STDs and provide information on resources for care.

WHEN: Every Tuesday | 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pahokee Housing Authority-Padgett Island, 899 Padgett Circle, Pahokee, FL 33476
CONTACT INFO: Visit, call or email Joanna Peluso with any questions at 561-323-0381

Click here to learn more
Belle Glade Basketball and Cheer - Register Now

The City of Belle Glade invites residents to sign up their children for its upcoming basketball league. It is looking for volunteer coaches, as well, 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. The city is also accepting registration for its Shining Stars Cheer program. 

CONTACT INFO:  For more information, contact the City of Belle Glade Parks & Rec Department at 561-996-0100 ext 4148

Click here to view flyer (basketball)
Click here to view flyer (cheer)
Lakeside Raises Funds in Honor of Sandra Chamblee

From Lakeside Medical Center: "The Komen Race for the Cure has special meaning for us this year. We are dedicating our team in memory of our dear friend and LMC Board member,  Sandra Chamblee.  Sandra beat breast cancer twice in recent years, driving herself to radiation treatments, determined to win the fight. She was the first to call several LMC employees when they received their breast cancer diagnosis helping and encouraging them to fight.  So now, we fight in her memory."

Please donate to her page by going to: (all donations will remain in the Glades).

CONTACT INFO: For more information, contact Terri Calsetta at 561-996-6751

Click here to learn more 
2020 Census Jobs Available in Your Community

U.S. Census: "Working with the 2020 Census is a flexible job that you can fit in with your existing commitments. It's the perfect way to supplement your income while helping make history."

CONTACT INFO:   To apply, click here

Click here to learn more 
List of Resources for Furloughed Federal Employees

Because of the federal government shutdown, individuals and families in the community may be struggling more than usual.  The following link contains  resources that may be helpful for those needing additional assistance. 

Click here to view list
WPB Housing Authority Accepting Online Application for Veterans

The WPBHA will open its Project Based Wait List for VETERANS ONLY, on Friday January 18th, 2019 for the following newly built development: Royal Palm Place - one and two bedrooms. The head of household must be a Veteran 62 years of age or older to apply.

WHEN: Beginning Friday, January 18, 2018
CONTACT INFO: Interested applicants must apply on this website:

Click here to learn more
Volunteers Needed - PBC Point-in-Time Count

The Division of Human and Veteran Services is conducting its Point-In-Time Count from January 24 to January 25 with the goal to identify all of the individuals and families who are facing homelessness in Palm Beach County. This information will provide vital information to use when obtaining funding to support programs in the County. Multiple times and locations are available.

CONTACT INFO:   To register go to:

Click here to learn more 
PBC Summer Camp Scholarship Program

The Summer Camp Scholarship Program provides full-tuition and fees for summer camp for children residing in families with income at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. It gives children educational and recreational opportunities for growth. Parents may choose from participating camps in Palm Beach County.

CONTACT INFO:   For more information, contact Jacqueline Burke,  Program Coordinator,  561-242-5738, or

Click here to learn more (in English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish)
Leadership PBC Class of 2020 - Apply Today

Leadership Palm Beach County: "We are now accepting applications for the Leadership Engage class of 2020. Since 1983, our flagship program has existed to unite and educate our county's most promising leaders. 

CONTACT INFO:  To apply online, visit
EveryParentPBC - Resource for Parents

It's hard for kids to stay motivated (and parents to keep cheering them on) halfway through the school year. That's why EveryParent offers tons of strategies to help you help your child continue to have a successful year. This week's newsletter provides valuable information for calming test anxiety, addressing homework struggles, and more!
Click here to read newsletter
PBSC Corporate & Continuing Education Newsletter

From PBSC: "The Workforce Education staff at Palm Beach State College would like to welcome you into 2019 with our new newsletter. For some, this will be another way to learn about our services and the role we play within the community to offer Workforce education."
Click here to read newsletter
Prime Time Friday Forecast - January 18, 2019

Learn more about Prime Time PBC, its upcoming Afterschool Symposium, Resource Fair and more!
Click here to read newsletter
CSC: Monday Morning Update, January 22, 2019

This week's Monday Morning Update: resources available for those affected by the Federal Government Shutdown, PBSO Scout Patch program, and more!

Click here to learn more
Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • 15 Positions Open
Other Areas

  • Chief Programs Officer
Previous Postings - Other Areas
PBCMS Future of Medicine Summit XII

This year's Future of Medicine Summit will be held at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. 

WHEN: Thursday, February 7 & 8, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. (Feb. 7), 8:00 a.m. (Feb. 8)
WHERE: Kravis Center-The Cohen Pavilion, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
CONTACT INFO: For more information, please contact Katherine Zuber at 561-433-3940 ext. 102, or

Click here to learn more 
Conference: Sistas Organizing to Survive

Triple -H- Community Center, The Department of Health-Palm Beach County, Community AIDS Network (CAN), Planned Parenthood, FoundCare and Palm Beach County-Community Services, Ryan White Program are working together to host a health and educational awareness/empowerment blow-out "Sista Organizing to Survive (SOS) mini conference.
WHEN: Friday, March 29, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mounts Botanical Gardens, 531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
CONTACT INFO: For more information, contact Linda Warren, 561-547-6852
Click here to learn more
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

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or (561) 996-3310
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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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