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~~~ This Week ~~~
Mon, June 12 -Ongoing          12:00pm   Free Community Lunch for Seniors, Glades area
Tues, June 13                           3:00pm      LORE Meeting, Belle Glade
Wed, June 14                            5 :00pm     Toastmasters, Belle Glade
Thur, June 15                           10:00am    The Amazing Mr. A, Belle Glade Library
Glades Area ________________________
Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance Meets

Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance of Palm Beach County (LORE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 2006. LORE's mission is to stimulate business and enable sustainable economic growth in the Glades region through advocacy and education in six (6) strategic priority areas: 1) Tourism Development and Promotion 2) Economic Development 3) Infrastructure Development, Improvement and Maintenance 4) Housing Development 5) Regional Branding and Marketing 6) Workforce Development and Education.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 3:00 pm

WHERE: CareerSource PBC (West Career Center), 1085 S Main St, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information, please email
Toastmasters Program in the Glades

The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback-and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade

For more information and how to join, call 561-261-5043
LPBC Civic Engagement Proposer Workshops
LPBC is seeking civic engagement project proposals for the 2018 program year. The Leadership Engage class will complete several projects during the program year, with project activities beginning in September 2017 and concluding by June 2018.
As part of their participation in the 10-month Leadership Engage Program, class members commit to partner with Palm Beach County organizations to complete a civic engagement project. The projects offer organizations the opportunity to access high-caliber leaders as pro bono consultants who can support their work to address key community issues.

If you or organization you know is interested in submitting a RFP, you must attend one of the following workshops:
WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:00 am-11:00 am
WHERE:  Literacy Coalition of PBC,  651 Quantum Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33426

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2017   4:00 p.m.-5:00 pm
WHERE: Palm Beach Post, 2751 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Click here for more details and instructions
West Tech Now Enrolling Students

The Sun Newspaper reports on West Technical Education Center welcoming new students:

"After nearly two decades of sitting empty, West Technical Education Center, fondly known as West Tech, is reopening its doors.  Career-focused academy programs in Construction and Mechatronics will be offered to public, charter and private school students entering grades 9, 10, and 11 for the 2017-2018 school year ..."

Click here for full article in The Sun Newspaper
Click here for information on how to enroll in classes starting in August
The Amazing Mr. A's Summer Magic Spectacular
is Coming to the Glades! Amazing

Mr. A's Summer Magic Spectacular is a variety-style magic show you don't want to miss! With magic, comedy, ventriloquism, and audience participation, Mr. A will leave you laughing. The show is for all ages - Preregistration is required.

WHEN:  Thursday, June 15, 2017   10:00am - 10:45am 

Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430

To preregister, call: (561)996-3453

Click here for a flyer and more show times/locations 
Glades PATCH Meeting

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, June 20, 2017 9:00 am - 10:45 am

WHERE: The Glades Initiative, Inc., 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm

WHERE: The Okeechobee Center, 101 Everglades Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Quantum in the Community Grant
If you're a nonprofit that works in Palm Beach County to meet the basic needs of our communities, you may be eligible for a Quantum in the Community Grant. Applications for 2017 Quantum in the Community Grants will open on June 12th. Applications must be received by Friday, August 18th.

Click here for more information
Post: 'Medicaid Cuts Hit 116,570 Area Kids'
The Palm Beach Post reports on the potential effects of a reduction in Medicaid spending and what that could mean for Palm Beach County's children:

"As Florida legislators voted to reduce Medicaid spending by $521 million Friday, a new report shed light on who is affected by budget battles in Tallahassee and Washington: Medicaid covers 41 percent of Palm Beach County children, or more than 116,000 ..."
Click here for full story
Avoid the Summer Slide, Visit your Local Library

Have you heard about the "Summer Slide?" No, it isn't a new amusement park. The "Summer Slide" is a phrase used to describe the loss of reading skills that occur during the summer when children no longer have regular reading assignments. Basically, without practice, reading skills can decline.Parents and caregivers may find it difficult to motivate children to read throughout the year but this is especially true during the summer. Here are some tips to help your child not only retain their reading skills, but improve them ...

Take advantage of pop-up reading activities . Whether it's trying out a recipe, looking at a road map, or following directions on household items, reading opportunities happen throughout your day.
Get caught reading . Let your family see you reading. Good habits can be contagious!
Share a story . Take turns reading with your child and enjoy a wonderful bonding experience.
Click here for more details
PBC Human Services: Need funds to Move?

Currently Rental Entry Assistance Program funds are available for people to relocate. This is a once-in-a-lifetime type of assistance to move. There are eligibility requirements. Assistance available for first month rent, last month rent, rental security deposit and utility deposits.

First come, first served. The funds must be used before June 30, 2017. Applications available through Palm Beach County Human Services.

You must call Palm Beach County Human Services - Western Service Area for an application and an appointment at (561)996-1630.
Glades Adult Literacy: Free Reading Help for Adults

Basic literacy and pre-GED instruction, one-on-one tutoring, flexible scheduling, and lessons designed to meet individual goals.

COST: Free!

Contact the Glades Adult Literacy Project for more information: (561)996-3453
Click here for a flyer
25 Scholarships to Apply to Over the Summer Break

Click here for more details
Street Beat Teen Leadership Summer Program

For teens grade 9-12, Street Beat offers leadership activities, mentoring, life skills, academics, and various field trips.

Contact us at

Click here for a flyer
Job Opening at The Glades Initiative: Food Bank Coordinator

There is currently a job opening at the Glades Initiative for a Food Bank Coordinator.
Requirements include:
  • Good organizational skills and time management
  • Good computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • The ability to lift 40-50 lbs
  • A current Florida driver's license and good driving record
  • Bilingual candidate preferred but not required.
  • High school diploma/GED required, college preferred.
Click here for a full job description
For more information or to send your resume, contact
Job Opportunities

In the Glades

Food Bank Coordinator ~ The Glades Initiative, Inc.
The Sun Classifieds
Indeed Job Search
Hot Jobs

In Other Areas

Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center

Wayside House, Inc. Job Opportunities

Other Areas________________________
Why Courts Matter: The Role of the Courts in Immigration
Please join the Palm BEACH County chapter of the League of Women Voters, The National Council of Jewish Women, and the American Civil Liberties Union at a series of events exploring judicial decisions that affect our everyday lives.  Jacqueline Delgado, an active immigration lawyer and daughter of Cuban immigration, will be speaking.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
WHERE: Palm Beach Post Auditorium, 2751 South Dixie Highway West Palm Beach
Click here for more details and how to register
Ethics Connections Program
Ethical Lens Inventory™ Seminar
Combine a powerful personal assessment survey with this interactive seminar to help you understand the values that influence ethical reasoning and choices, as well as how you and others prioritize values when making ethical decisions. (Four hours) Pre-requisite: Ethical Excellence Seminar
WHEN: Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:30 am -12:30 pm
WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth
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 am-12:30 pm
WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth
Click here for more details
Nonprofits First: Increase Your Nonprofit Know How-June & July Workshops
Enneagram for Leaders Presenter
The Enneagram is an extraordinarily accurate tool for self-knowledge. It gives you a clear picture of how you presently function and reveals the heights that you are capable of achieving. By uncovering your unconscious motivations and the reasons you get stuck, the Enneagram provides insights into the decisions you make and the relationships you create. Rather than put you in a box the way many personality profiles do, the Enneagram shows you the box you are already in--- and the way out! What emerges is a more functional and authentic version of yourself.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9:00 am-1:00 pm
WHERE: Nonprofits First, 1818 South Australian Avenue, Suite #450 West Palm Beach, 

Economic Impact of Florida Nonprofits -WEBINAR
Nonprofits are more important than ever, not only through their various health, human service, and education, but also in their significant contribution to the overall economy. While there is considerable focus on the public and private sectors of our economy, the nonprofit sector's economic contributions draw little attention.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 10:00am-11:00am
WHERE: Online
For more information contact Shari Hanglan: (561) 214-7435
Click here for more details and workshops
Summer Reading Program: "Build a Better World"
The Summer Reading Program returns to the Palm Beach County Library System! All ages are encouraged to explore ways to "Build a Better World." Sign up at any Palm Beach County Library System location or Bookmobile stop from Mon, June 05 - Fri, July 28 and begin earning and tracking points.
Once completed, return your log or tracker to receive:
·       A construction duck (ages 0-5), a basil growing kit (ages 6-11), or a multi-device charging pouch (ages 12 & up).
·       A ticket to a Roger Dean Stadium baseball game on Sat, July 29.
·       An invitation to an all ages, end-of-summer ice cream social.
·       A voucher to the Great Book Giveaway (ages 17 & under).
·       A Chipotle coupon.
Click here for more information 

The YWCA of Palm Beach County in Need of Used Tennis Balls

Attention tennis players! The YWCA of Palm Beach County needs a lot of used tennis balls!
Our West Palm Beach Child Development Center recently had a new floor installed. In order to keep the floor in great shape, we would like to put tennis balls on the legs of the children's chairs.  We would greatly appreciate your saving used tennis balls for us.

Click here for more information
Children's Services Council Monday Morning Update

Previous Postings - The Glades Area ___
Free Community Lunch for Seniors (60+)
Join West County Senior Center for a nutritious meal and the opportunity to socialize with friends on Monday - Friday at noon. West County Senior Center is located at 2916 State Road 15, Belle Glade, and Tanner Park Community Center, 105 E. Palm Beach Road, South Bay. 
For more information on the lunch program for adults over 60 years of age or for volunteering opportunities, please call the Senior Nutrition Program at 561-355-4740.
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
Free Summer Meal Program for Kids
Kids and teens can get a free, healthy and delicious meal at a nearby Summer BreakSpot, plus have a fun, safe place to hang out with their friends! For more information, text "FOODFL" to 877-877, or dial "2-1-1."
Click here for more details 
Glades Adult Literacy Project: Be a Library Literacy Tutor!

  • No special skills or degrees required
  • Tutor training is offered throughout the year
  • Instructional books and manuals are provided
  • Scheduling is flexible - meet with your student during library hours
  • Two hours a week can change someone's life forever!
  • Tutoring is free
  • Tutoring is one-on-one
  • Students are adult English speakers who read below 8th grade
  • Instruction is designed to meet the student's needs
  • Students meet twice a week at the library
WHERE: Belle Glade Branch, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Call (561)996-3453 for more information
Job Opportunities

In the Glades

Food Bank Coordinator ~ The Glades Initiative, Inc.
The Sun Classifieds
Indeed Job Search
Hot Jobs

In Other Areas

FREE SUMMER LUNCHES at the Belle Glade Library

The Board of County Commissioners approved a proposal to partner with the School District of Palm Beach County to serve free nutritious lunches and snacks to children during the summer at seven branches of the Palm Beach County Library System. The service, for all children through age 18, will be available from Tuesday, June 6 through Friday, July 28 excluding holidays and weekends. The Summer Food Service will be provided in geographic locations where 50 percent or more of students qualify for free or reduced lunch during the school year which includes:
  • Acreage Branch
  • Belle Glade Branch
  • Greenacres Branch
  • Jupiter Branch
  • Lantana Road Branch
  • Main Library
  • Wellington Branch
According to the USDA, "The Summer Food Service Program ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session." The Library System is proud to partner with the School District to make sure that all Palm Beach County children are well-fed and well-read throughout the summer.
Glades Area Library Events: June 2017

See what's happening at your local library!

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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  2:00pm

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
Previous Postings - Other Areas
MY LIFE Palm Beach County Event
MY LIFE empowers youth to use their experiences and to create positive change for themselves, other youth and their communities. MY LIFE is a FREE, fun and inspiring group for youth between the ages of 13 and 23 who have experience with mental health, substance use, foster care and/or other challenges. Through regular events, performances, special events, social media, and presentations, youth utilize their lived experience to support each other in achieving their goals and dreams. MY LIFE and all related activities in the Palm Beach area are presented in partnership between Magellan Complete Care, Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County and City of West Palm Beach Pathway Initiative; with the support of a variety of other youth serving organizations.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 21, 2017  6:00 pm-8:00 pm

WHERE: McDonald Wilson Center in Gaines Park, 1501 N. Australian Ave. West Palm Beach, Florida
For more information and to RSVP contact Jan Bogie: (561) 832-3755 or
World Refugee Day & Citizenship Ceremony

Please join Palm Beach State College and The Palm Beach Refugee Task Force for World Refugee Day and Citizenship Ceremony. Member organizations of the Palm Beach Area Refugee Task Force, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Dr. Kathryn W. Davis Global Education Center are joining forces to celebrate the diversity of our community. There will be information tables from various service organizations to provide resources to refugee families. The morning will conclude with a swearing-in ceremony for new U.S. citizens. Sponsored by Global Education Center. This event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Friday, June 23, 2017  9:00am - 12:30pm

WHERE: Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth Campus, 4200 S Congress Avenue, PSD 108, Lake Worth, FL

For more information, call (561)868-3970 or email
Workshop: Untangling Trauma for Children and Teens

This day-long workshop will focus on advanced Art and Play Therapy techniques to help untangle children's and teens' grief, loss, and trauma.

WHEN: Monday, June 26, 2017  9:00am - 4:00pm

WHERE: Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Click here for more information or to register
Palm Beach County to Launch 100-Days Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

Palm Beach County has been selected as one of five communities nationally to take on youth homelessness this summer by launching a 100-Days Challenge to accelerate efforts to end youth homelessness. The Palm Beach County Community Services Department and Division of Human and Veteran Services will be setting ambitious goals to meet this challenge to help end homelessness among young people in the community. This work is made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and private philanthropic partners.  Rapid Results Institute (RRI) and HomeBase will offer technical support to each community as they strive to meet their goals.

Click here for more details
FREE Eye Care for Rest of 2017

The Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund in Coordination with Community Health Center of West Palm Beach will be offering FREE eye care to eligible residents for the rest of the year.

WHEN: Rest of 2017
WHERE: Community Health Center of West Palm Beach, 2100 W 45th Street, Suite A, WPB 

For more information call: (561) 840-8681
FREE Hepatitis C Testing 

Foundcare is offering FREE hepatitis C testing for the rest of the year

WHEN: Rest of 2017
WHERE: Foundcare, 2330 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach

For more information call: (561) 472-9160
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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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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