Monday, July 17, 2017
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~~~ This Week ~~~
Wed, July  19        12:00 pm    Blood Drive, Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade
Wed, July  19         6 :00 pm       Community Conversations , Harvest AME, Pahokee
Wed, July  19         11 :00 am     Hot Topic Opiate Crisis , Atlantis Country Club, Atlantis
Fri, July  21            9:30 am      Bereavement Support Group, Community United Methodist, Belle Glade
Fri, July  21            10:00 am    Refugee Task Force, West Palm Beach City Hall, West Palm Beach
Sat, July  22           9:00 am      Summer Safety Event, Pioneer Park, Belle Glade
Glades Area ________________________
BloodBlood Drive at Lakeside Medical Center
Residents are encouraged to take part in a blood drive at Lakeside Medical Center. All donors will receive a free Tervis tumbler, a Lion Country Safari discount coupon ($8 off admission for each passenger), and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening. 

WHEN: Wednesday, July 19, 2017   12 :00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here for more information
ConversationCommunity Conversations by Palm Healthcare
Palm Healthcare encourages residents to join the 'Community Conversations' to talk about what a healthier Glades looks like to you. The organization invites everyone to the conversation and encourage you to bring neighbors, friends and colleagues. A light dinner will be provided. 

WHEN: Wednesday, July 19, 2017   6 :00 p.m.
WHERE: Harvest AME Church, 825 Larrimore Road, Pahokee, FL 33476

WHEN: Monday, July 24, 2017   6 :00 p.m.
WHERE: Bridges at Belle Glade, 33 West Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here for more information
BereavementBereavement Support Group
Trustbridge Hospice will hold a free Bereavement Support Group meeting this week at the Community United Methodist Church. The groups are offered free of charge to any adult in the community who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Support groups are facilitated by bereavement counselors and local community members in English, Spanish, and Creole. 

WHEN: Friday, July 21, 2017   9 :30 a.m.
WHERE: Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st St., Belle Glade, FL 33430
For more information, call 561-227-5175 
PoolCSC: Summer Safety Celebration at Pioneer Park
Families are invited to a special event this weekend at the Pioneer Park Pool in Belle Glade. Sponsored by Children's Services Council, and other partners, the event will feature free pool admission, free bicycle helmets, and free food and t-shirts for kids. Learn more about free services and bring the family out. 

WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 2017   10 :00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pioneer Park Pool, 866 State Road 715, Belle Glade, FL 33430
COST: FREE - Children must be accompanied by a parent
Click here for more information
FWBC Workshop: 1-2-3s of Starting a Business 
Do you have what it takes to start your own business? It is more than just having a good idea. If you are an aspiring, first time business owner, learn about a step-by-step approach into business including the basic first steps, testing your idea, basic research, and using outside resources to get you started.  You will explore personal potential as a future business owner and receive valuable information and resources. Sponsored by the Florida Women's Business Center. 

WHEN: Tuesday, July 25, 2017   5 :00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Public Library, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade 33430
COST: FREE - Registration required - Space Limited
Click here to register, or call 561-265-3790, ext. 111. 
Financial Planning for Baby's Future
Join Wells Fargo at Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies in Belle Glade for a free "Financial Planning for Baby's Future" workshop for pregnant women, new parents and their support partners. 

WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 2017   10 :00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, 1079 South Main St., Belle Glade 33430
COST: FREE - Registration required - Space Limited
For more information, call 561-996-7112
Boost Mobile, Muck City Riders Back to School Bash 
Boost Mobile of Belle Glade and the Muck City Riders are hosting their Fourth Annual Back to School Bash to support the community. Come out for free food and other giveaways, as well as a backpack full of school supplies for students entering school. 

WHEN: Saturday, August 5, 2017   10 :00 a.m.
WHERE: Citi Trends 551 SW 16th ST Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here for more information
PBSC Offers Residents Slate of Career Programs

Palm Beach State College would like to inform the community of a number of career programs offered at the Glades campus. A daytime welding program, along with the re-opening of a cosmetology program, are among the courses offered. 

For more information on a program, please see the following links: 

Certified Nursing Assistant
Heavy Equipment Mechanics
Welding Day Program
Welding Dual Enrollment 

For general information, please contact Palm Beach State College, Belle Glade, at 561-993-1175, or visit the college website at
Round up of Glades Library Events for Month of July

Glades area libraries are chock-full of great events and happenings for the month of July. Make sure to mark your calendars with events you plan to attend! 

Belle Glade Branch
Click here to see month's full schedule

Loula V. York Branch (Pahokee)
Click here to see month's full schedule

Clarence E. Anthony Branch (South Bay)
Click here to see month's full schedule
Dot & Ruby Helping Hands Moves to New Location

Dorthena Harris, of Dot & Ruby Helping Hands, would like to announce that the food and clothing distribution site has moved to a new location: 

Regular Hours
WHEN: Monday - Friday  8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dot & Ruby Helping Hands, 200 SW 5th, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Food Distribution Times
WHEN: Saturdays  8:00 a.m.
WHERE:  Dot & Ruby Helping Hands, 200 SW 5th, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information, please contact Ms. Harris at 561-983-3744. 
Mentors Needed at Pioneer Park Elementary

The mentoring program at Pioneer Park Elementary is looking for mentors to work with children grades 2nd through 5th. 

Mentors are needed during the following hours:
WHEN: Monday - Friday, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pioneer Park Elementary, 39500 Pioneer Park Rd, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information, contact Curtis Holley at 561-755-3384
Commissioner Melissa McKinlay Earns FAC Certified County Commissioner Designation

"The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association. Commissioner McKinlay received the designation with 10 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Palm Beach County, Florida. ..."

Click here for full article
Water Safety During the Dog Days of Summer

"Increased water safety awareness can help ensure that you and your loved ones have fun this summer and return home safely," said Nelson Colón, natural resource program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District. "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the nation's leading federal providers of outdoor recreation, with more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states. Visitor safety at Corps parks and recreation areas is our highest priority ..."

Click here for full article
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TopicHot Topic Luncheon: PBC's Opiate and Sober Home Crisis
The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County invites you for an informative discussion on the Opiate Epidemic and Sober Home Crisis in Palm Beach County, featuring two leading experts on the subject: Christine Stapleton of the Palm Beach Post, and Alan S. Johnson, Esq. of the State Attorney's Sober Home Task Force.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 19, 2017   11 :00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd., Atlantis, FL 33462
COST: $25 - $35
Click here for more information, and to reserve online
IntellectualSCORE: Intellectual Property for Small Businesses
As you grow your business you build value in its name, logos, trademarks, and bylines. They can be as valuable as the reputation and profit levels. Are you in a creative business? Designers, illustrators, painters, software engineers, writers, authors can all create works with long lasting value. Are you an inventor? How do establish proof of ownership of your invention? Attend this workshop and learn. 

WHEN: Wednesday, July 19, 2017   6 :00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Keiser University, 2085 Vista Parkway, Room 105, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
COST: $30 - $50
Click here for more information, and to register
EthicsEthics Connections Program
Giving Voice to Values Seminar
We often believe we know what is right and want to do it, but experience external pressures to do otherwise. Learn practical approaches to recognize, clarify, speak, and effectively act on your values when those conflicts arise. (Four hours)
Pre-requisite: Ethical Lens Inventory™ Seminar
WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth Campus, 4200 S Congress Avenue, PSD 108, Lake Worth, FL 33461
Click here for more details
RelationshipRelationship Enhancement Workshop Planned
Couples who are married, dating, cohabiting or engaged are encouraged to attend a fun, free and powerful relationship enhancement workshop to help improve their communication skills and strengthen their relationships.
Classes will be held on Thursdays:

WHEN: Thursdays, July 20, 27, 2017   6 :00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE:  PBC Cooperative Extension Office, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Click here for more details and instructions
RefugeePalm Beach 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, July 21, 2017 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: 
PBC Clerk: Free Workshop on Sealing or Expunging Criminal Records
Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller will be holding a free workshop on the subject of sealing or expunging criminal records. The event is part of a series of free "Do-It-Yourself in Court" workshops offered the first Wednesday of each month by the Self-Service Center of the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County. 
WHEN: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Main Courthouse, First Floor Cafeteria, 205 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Click here for more information
Estimated 1.5 million with Pre-Existing Conditions Could Face Higher Premiums Under Cruz Amendment
"A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that 1.5 million people with pre-existing conditions could face higher premiums under an amendment suggested by Sen. Ted Cruz to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate's proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ..."
Click here for full story
Children's Services Council Monday Morning Update

Previous Postings - The Glades Area ___
Students grade 8 and up are invited to participate in a band camp to start later this month. "If you are interested in playing an instrument, joining our percussion squad, or being a part of our dazzling auxiliary, we have a spot for you!"

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - August 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
WHERE:  Glades Central Community High School, 1001 SW Ave M, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here  for more information 
Palm Beach State College is hosting an Adjunct Recruitment Fair in the Glades in an effort to recruit and hire instructors. Those interested are asked to bring copies of their resumes and unofficial transcripts, and be prepared for informal interviews for teaching positions.

Instructors are needed for:
  • IT/Computer Science
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Early Childhood
  • and more
WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 2017  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
WHERE: Dolly Hand Theater Lobby (Belle Glade Campus), 1977 College Drive , Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here  for more information 
Back to School Bash - Belle Glade 

Attached are flyers for this year's Back to School Bash. The event will be held at the Belle Glade Boys and Girls Gymnasium on July 29, and backpacks, school supplies and more will be distributed. Individuals who are affiliated with an agency must call to RSVP.

We are currently soliciting for volunteers to assist with set up prior to the event, which will take place at West Tech beginning on July 14th through July 28th. We will need volunteer support on the day of the event.  

Back to School Bash:
WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Boys & Girls Club Gym, 1101 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Volunteers needed:
WHEN: Friday, July 14 - July 28, 2017
WHERE: West Technical Education Center,  2625 NW 16th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for more information on event (English)
Click here for more information on event (Spanish)
Click here for more information on event (Creole)
Click here for more information (vendors)
Click here for more information (volunteers)
Back to School Bash - City of Pahokee
The City of Pahokee asks residents to save the date for the 2017 Putting Kids First Back to School Bash. Residents will enjoy a fun-filled event with food, games, face painting, vendors, prizes and give-aways. The city will be giving away book bags and school supplies just in time for school. 
WHEN:  Saturday, July 29, 2017  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pahokee High School, 900 Larrimore Road, Pahokee, FL 33476
Click here for more details
Foster Home Recruitment - Camelot Community Care

Camelot Community Care is excited to expand our presence in the Glades.  We license foster home in Palm Beach County for children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.  An orientation/information session has been scheduled for late July, with a training class set to begin soon after.  Both events will be held in South Bay.

WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 2017  2:00 p.m. 
WHERE: Tanner Park, 105 Palm Beach Road, South Bay, FL 33493

Registration: Please send email to
Please put: SOUTH BAY EVENT in the subject line and advise of how many will be attending.  Alternately, you may call the office to register (561) 649-0877.

Click here for a flyer
Introduction to Finding Grants and Other Free Trainings
Learn how to effectively utilize the VCRC library resources, including the Foundation Directory Online database. Research potential funders for your organization by developing targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs. (Audience: Beginning funding researchers or those desiring a refresher.)

WHEN:  Tuesday, August 1, 2017  9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
WHERE: Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Click here for more details and to pre-register 
CSC's Great Ideas Initiative Awards Funding to Local Nonprofits

For a second year, Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County is releasing funds to encourage local nonprofits to be creative - to try something new, address a community need or fuel a pilot project.

Those interested in this opportunity must submit an application by mail or hand-delivered that shows how their Great Idea would enhance the lives of Palm Beach County's children (prenatal - age 18) and their families.

Funding is available in four categories:
  • Essential Services
  • Supplies/Equipment
  • Community Outreach/Engagement
  • Capacity Building
Deadline for the Great Ideas Initiative:
WHEN: Monday, August 7, 2017 2:00 p.m.

Click here for full more information on how to apply
LEW Museum Presents Three Programs

The Lawrence E. Will Museum in Belle Glade invites residents and visitors to stop by the museum this summer to enjoy three programs on display: Expedition Ice Age, Donald Neal: A Plethora of Styles, and People of the Water. 

WHEN:     Wednesdays, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays - Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Lawrence E. Will Museum of the Glades, 530 South Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430 

Click here for more information
FREE Legal Services at The Glades Initiative, Inc. Legal

Need legal services? (Child Support, Fair Housing, Immigration, etc.)

Services will be provided by attorney working through the Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Division, Richard Abedon. All services are offered in
English, Spanish, and Creole.

Call the Glades Initiative, Inc. to make an appointment and find out if you are eligible:

Click here to learn more
Palm Beach Post: Families First CEO Says Early Intervention is Key

The Palm Beach Post features a local nonprofit, Families First of Palm Beach County. CEO Julie Swindler is also a board member at The Glades Initiative. Find out how the organization serves Palm Beach County residents: 

" Julie Swindler, CEO of Families First of Palm Beach County, has been at the helm for 25 years and worked at the nonprofit since its founding in 1990.  Since its beginning, Families First, based in West Palm Beach, has focused on prevention and early intervention, understanding that it is better in human and economic terms to help solve emerging issues rather than trying to "fix" them later, Swindler said  ..."

Click here for full story
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center to Benefit from Grants

" Palm Beach State College has received two grants totaling more than $183,000 to expand programming and boost marketing for its three campus theaters.  The grants include $136,425 from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council and $46,184 from the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs ... "

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West Tech Enrolling Students

Enroll today in High School Programs and Adult Programs offered at West Technical Education Center in August. Programs include a Construction Academy and a Mechatronics Academy. Adult programs include GED, ESOL, and Workforce Development. 

Click here for more information
Click here for more information (Spanish)
Don't Wait: Vaccines Required for Back to School

"Up-to-date immunizations are required for all Palm Beach County students from Pre-K through 12th grade.  Physicals are also required for students registering for kindergarten and seventh grade as well as students who are new to Palm Beach County schools ..."

Click here for full story
Job Opportunities

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Previous Postings - Other Areas
Forum: End Homelessness in Palm Beach County
The Palm Beach County Community Services Department, Homeless and Housing Alliance (HHA) and Homeless Advisory Board invites you to participate in a forum to discuss ending homelessness in Palm Beach County.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 25, 2017   9 :00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Vista Center, Conference Room 1W 47/50, 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach 33411
Click here for more information
CHW Care Coordination Training
Palm Beach County Medical Society Services is excited to offer a training program for Community Health Workers. Throughout the United States, the community health worker field is burgeoning, both in interest and demand. 

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

WHEN: Fridays, beginning August 25 - November 10, 2017
WHERE: CareerSource Palm Beach County, 3400 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
COST: $999.00 (includes all classes, course material and simulation sessions) **Limited Scholarships Available**
Click here for more information, and to register
Nonprofit Chamber to Honor Tina Philips at Community Spirit Award Luncheon
The Nonprofit Chamber is recognizing Tina Philips, retiring President/CEO of Palm Beach Habilitation Center for her 33 years of dedication to the physically and mentally disabled
and to the nonprofit sector in Palm Beach County.

WHEN: Thursdays, Sept. 28, 2017   11 :30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Embassy Suites, 1601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Click here for more details or to register
Hats Off Nonprofit Awards - Nonprofits First

Hats Off, a hat-themed cocktail reception and awards celebration honoring 10+ local nonprofit organizations will be held in October at the Harriet Himmel Theater, CityPlace, West Palm Beach. Proceeds raised from this unique event benefit Nonprofits First Education Programs and Rising Leaders. These programs focus on the professional development, leadership, and training our nonprofit community volunteers and employees need to lead and succeed.

The event supports Nonprofits First's mission to strengthen the nonprofit sector by maximizing their capacity to deliver services through accreditation, leadership development, education, and management support services.

WHEN:   Tuesday, October 3, 2017  5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Harriet Himmel Theater, CityPlace, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Click here for more information, for nomination forms, and sponsorship opportunities
Philanthropy Awards Available to Anyone in Palm Beach County
Both members and  non- members of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals are eligible to nominate candidates for the 2017 National Philanthropy Day Awards. National Philanthropy Day is a celebration of philanthropy - giving, volunteering and charitable engagement - that highlights the accomplishments, large and small that philanthropy, and all those involved in the philanthropic process, make to our society and our world.  

National Philanthropy Day Luncheon
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 17, 2017  
WHERE: Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Click here for more details 
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