Monday, June 15, 2020
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~~~  This Week ~~~  
Mon, June 15                        Registration for Back to School Event Ends
Monday-Friday                     Summer BreakSpot (For children), Read post for locations, time
Monday-Friday 11:00 am      FLIPANY Feeding Sites Open (For children), Read post below for locations
Tue, June 16 & 18  9:00 am  Free Drive Thru & Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing, Pahokee Center
Tue, June 16  9:00 am          PATCH Meeting via Zoom
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am  School Feeding Sites Open (For children), Read post below for locations
Wed, June 17 10:00 am        Food Distribution, COVID-19 Testing & Voter Registration
 (For all), The Glades Initiative, BG
Thu, June 18  2:30 pm         Preventing Spread of COVID-19 While Maintaining Services
Thu, June 18  5:30 pm         Glades Mentor Orientation Webinar
Sat, June 20  4:00 pm          QuaranTEEN Summer Bash

Glades Area
Important Meeting: Glades Area COVID Facility and Intake Strategy Video CallCOMMCONF

Seeking community participation: Palm Beach County is setting up a Non-congregate shelter at the old Royal Palm Lakes site in Pahokee for Covid-impacted persons in the Glades community. It will also be utilizing the old Jerome Golden site in Belle Glade for Intake and Assessment. A video call in is set for Thursday for community input. 

Topics include:
  • How the facilities will be used/operated as a Homeless Resource Center and Supportive Housing when the COVID-19 emergency is over; and
  • What services will be provided.
WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 6:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more and for meeting information
Food Distribution, FREE COVID-19 Testing, and Voter Registration Education at The Glades Initiative FOODINTHEGLADES

The Glades Initiative offers food distribution to anyone in need every Wednesday. This week, we will also be offering FREE COVID-19 testing by Lab 24, and voter registration education (obtaining absentee ballots and more). All services open to all.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: For questions, call us at 561-996-3310

Click here to learn more
The Glades Initiative's New Program Increases Financial Stability

Do you need a job or want to find a better-paying job? Do you want a better understanding of your financial situation? Need tips for saving money or creating a budget? The Glades Initiative has a program to help low-income families in Palm Beach County increase their financial stability. Contact us today - 20 slots available. 

CONTACT: Contact Marilu Baltazar to make an appointment by calling 561-996-3310

Click here to learn more
Registration Ends Today for 2020 Back to School PBCBACK2SCHOOL

Registration is open for the 2020 Back to School PBC! event to be held on Saturday, August 1. Back to School PBC! will be a drive-up event this year, and will be held at different locations throughout the county to be announced at a later date. Registration is mandatory to participate, and students must reside in designated neighborhoods or mobile home parks in unincorporated Palm Beach County to be eligible to register.

WHEN: Saturday, August 1, 2020 
CONTACT: Register online at and enter code PBCOCR for students to receive free school supplies, backpacks and access to community resources. If you live in a mobile home park within unincorporated county, please use code GMHP2020. Registration closes on Monday, June 15. For more information, please contact the Office of Community Revitalization at

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Free Drive Thru & Walk-Up COVID-19 TestingWALKUPCOVID

Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. continues to provide FREE Drive Thru/Walk-Up testing for COVID-19 (appointments are preferred). You can still be tested even if you aren't experiencing symptoms.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 16 & 18, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pahokee Center, 170 S Barfield Highway-Suite 101, Pahokee, FL 33476
CONTACT: 561-924-6100

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PATCH Meetings Resume via ZoomPATCH

P.A.T.C.H. (Planned Approach To Community Health) will resume via Zoom on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. If you serve the Glades, please join us and share what and how you are helping during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

WHEN: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.

Click here to learn more and for meeting information
Virtual Workshop: Tools to Live Healthier

From Healthy Living: Join other participants for the Living Health Workshop and receive information about staying healthy as we age. If you are interested please contact me so I can get you the mandatory forms as well as send you a test meeting so we can do some technology training, if necessary.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 16, 23, 30 and July 7, 14, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
CONTACT:   Maureen McCarthy,  Project Director, Healthy Living, Office:   561-684-5885   ext.59103

Click here to learn more
PBC Youth Services Offering Free Support Group for Teens

On June 17, the Palm Beach County Youth Services Department's Youth and Family Counseling program will begin hosting REAL TALK, a virtual support group for Palm Beach County teens ages 13-18 via Zoom Video.

WHEN: Every Wednesday beginning June 17, 2020 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
CONTACT: To register, please call 561-242-5714 

Click here to learn more
Real Talk: Support Group for Teens via Zoom

On June 17, the Palm Beach County Youth Services Department's Youth and Family Counseling program will begin hosting REAL TALK, a virtual support group for Palm Beach County teens ages 13-18 via Zoom Video. The six-week support group is designed to be a safe space where participants can learn to recognize and manage their emotions, develop self-awareness, practice mindfulness, and support other participants.

WHEN: Every Wednesday (excluding holidays) | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
CONTACT: To sign up, or for more information, call 561-242-5714

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Hot Topic Webinar: Affordable Housing

The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County invites residents to join their next Hot Topic webinar on Affordable Housing. 

WHEN: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | 12:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more and for Zoom meeting details
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Webinar

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) is hosting a statewide virtual event on Thursday, June 18 in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The purpose of the WEAAD webinar is to build safer communities for Florida's 5.5 million older adults and to encourage attendees to recognize elder abuse and how to report abuse to authorities.

WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.
CONTACT: Allison Bryant Statewide Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator 850-414-2072

Click here to learn more
Webinar: Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 While Maintaining Access to Health and Human ServicesWEBINARCOVIDPREVENTINGHUMANSERVICES

From Palm Beach County: Please join us for our weekly COVID-19 webinar - Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 While Maintaining Access to Essential Health and Human Services. 

WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more
Virtual Mentor Orientation - Glades Mentors Wanted!GLADESMENTOR 

From Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County: We want you to make the difference in the lives of the students we serve. Our students are underserved youth in Palm Beach County and they each receive a college scholarship upon high school graduation. We are recruiting students in the Glades/Pahokee area and we are seeking mentors that can serve in those areas.

Virtual Mentor Orientation
WHEN: Thursday, June 18 or June 24, 2020 | 5:30 p.m. (June 18), 12:00 p.m. (June 24)
CONTACT: Kimberly Briard at or visit the website to complete a mentor application online.

Click here to learn more
Coffee and Commerce Zoom Meeting

Coffee and Commerce is a Zoom networking event hosted by the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Business Opportunity with the Compass Community Center Pride Business Alliance.  It's a conversation with business owners and entrepreneurs from the LGBT community about the challenges and successes they have faced in the small business community. 

WHEN: Friday, June 19, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
CONTACT: If anyone is interested in joining us and RSVP with their name and address at no later than Friday at 4:00 pm, we will send a coffee cup for the event. 

Click here to learn more
Parents, It's Time for Your Teen Virtual Workshop

Parents, join a free webinar and learn how to talk to your teen about sexuality. Topics include: sexual health wellness and COVID-19, sexting in the digital world, creating family values, initiative sex positive conversations, and more. Registration is limited. Participants will receive a $50 e-gift card for participating.

WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
CONTACT: Breanna Lewis, MPH, Time for Your Teen Coordinator,

Click here to learn more
QuaranTEEN Summer Bash via ZoomQuaranTEEN

The Youth Summit of Palm Beach County presents via Zoom: QuaranTEEN Summer Bash. Middle and high school teens are encouraged to register. There will also be a Tik Tok contest to win $300 cash prize giveaways and two bikes. 

WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more
Food Distributions in the GladesFOODLIST

The Glades Initiative Food Distribution Every Wednesday (Open to Everyone)

For the past year and a half, and continuing into the future, The Glades Initiative offers weekly food distribution to anyone in need. Those coming in cars are asked to line up beside the office for drive-through pick-up on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM. Both drivers and walkers will receive food bags on a first-come first-serve basis.

Our staff and volunteers will wear personal protective gear as we handle and distribute the food bags. We ask that drivers and their passengers remain in their vehicles and practice social distancing measures to keep everyone safe.

WHEN: Every Wednesday | 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: For questions, call us at 561-996-3310


Flipany Grab 'n Go Sites (For Ages 18 and under)

Attached is a list of locations for Grab 'n Go Feeding Sites in the Glades. Access this link for more information about site locations:

WHEN: Monday - Friday | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Okeechobee Center, 101 Everglades St, Belle Glade, FL 33430 (M-F)
  • Osceola Center, 1204 NW Avenue L, Belle Glade, FL 33430 (M-F)
  • Student Aces, 915 S Main St, Belle Glade, FL 33430 (M-F)
  • New South Bay Villas, 845 West Palm Beach Road, South Bay, FL 33493 (M-F)
Click here for more info


School Feeding Sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays (For Ages 18 and under)

The School Food Service summer feeding program begins on Tuesday, June 2, at 50 school locations throughout the School District. Food distribution is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHEN: beginning Tuesday, June 2, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Belle Glade Elementary, 500 NW Ave L, Belle Glade, FL 33430
  • Glade View Elementary, 1100 SW Ave G, Belle Glade, FL 33430 (Starting Thursday)
  • Gove Elementary, 1000 SE Ave G, Belle Glade, FL 33430
  • Pahokee Elementary, 560 E Main Pl, Pahokee, FL 33476
  • Rosenwald Elementary, 1321 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, South Bay, FL 33493
Click here for more info


Summer BreakSpot (For Ages 18 and under)

Palm Beach County Youth Services Department's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will transition from pre-summer feeding at eight locations to the full Summer Food Service Program feeding schedule. Beginning June 1, 43 sites throughout the county, including 16 Palm Beach County Library locations, will serve as meal distribution sites with additional sites added weekly. Parents picking up kits without their child present must bring identification for the child. Acceptable forms of identification include student ID, child's passport or other government-issued ID, birth certificate, adoption decree, immunization records, and school demographics.

Agencies:  If interested in having a site become a meal distribution location with the Summer Food Service Program, contact Gus Wessel by email at

Distribution in the Glades
WHEN: beginning, Monday, June 1, 2020


Belle Glade sites
  • Belle Glade Boys & Girls Club, 350 SW 10th Street, Belle Glade
  • Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade
  • Belle Glade Elementary, 500 NW Avenue L, Belle Glade
  • Belle Glade Housing Authority, 1204 NW Avenue L Ter, Belle Glade
  • Community Connections for Life, CMHC, 555 SW 16th St, Belle Glade
  • Covenant Villas, 601 Covenant Dr, Belle Glade
  • Crossroads Academy, 225 SW 12th Street, Belle Glade
  • Glades Central High School, 39600 SW Avenue M, Belle Glade
  • Gladeview Elementary, 900 SE Avenue G, Belle Glade
  • Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 1424 W Canal Street S, Belle Glade
  • Pioneer Park Elementary, 39500 Pioneer Park Road, Belle Glade
  • Project L.I.F.T., 1150 NE 18th St, Belle Glade
Pahokee/Canal Point sites
  • City of Pahokee Football Team, 1204 Larrimore Road, Pahokee
  • City of Pahokee Parks & Recreation, 360 E Main St, Pahokee
  • Everglades Preparatory Academy, 360 E Main St-Building C, Pahokee
  • Fremd Village, 38937 Shirley Drive, Pahokee
  • Glades Academy, 7368 State Road 15, Pahokee
  • K.E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary, 37000 Main St, Canal Point
  • Loula V. York Branch Library, 525 Bacom Point Road Pahokee
  • Pahokee Deliverance, 168 4th St, Pahokee
  • Pahokee Housing Authority at Padgett Island, 899 Padgett Cir, Pahokee
South Bay sites
  • Clarence E. Anthony Branch Library, 375 SW 2nd Ave., South Bay
  • South Bay Villas, 845 Palm Beach Road, South Bay
Click here for more info
Click here for site locations and hours


The United Way Launches Food Finder Map

The United Way of Palm Beach County has launched a Food Finder map - an interactive tool using Google Maps - to help people easily locate free food and hot meals in Palm Beach County. 

CONTACT:   To access the United Way of Palm Beach County's Food Finder map, click here


Summer Food Service Program Adds 13 More Food Distribution Sites

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) administered by Palm Beach County Youth Services is increasing the number food distribution locations. Beginning Monday, June 15, 13 more sites will be operating throughout Palm Beach County.

Click here to learn more


Hunger Relief Update - June 8, 2020

Please see the attached Hunger Relief Update for the week of June 8, 2020. Below you will find information about the new Palm Beach County Food Finder Map a list of food resources additional food resource news and resource and stakeholder updates from DCF.

Click here to read the Hunger Relief Update
Champions for Healing Mobile Primary & HIV Provider

Champions for Healing is a mobile primary care and HIV care provider. Champions for Healing sees patients by phone or Internet and accepts Medicare, Medicaid and Florida Blue. The organization also offers Direct Primary Care cash based and discounted membership programs for the uninsured and those who have high copays, premiums or deductibles. 

CONTACT: Call 305-905-9757 or visit

Click here to learn more
LORHN: Prescription Assistance Programs

If you, or someone you know, is not taking a prescribed medicine because the cost is too high, please call us Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network's (LORHN) for an appointment to discuss your options. LORHN provides one-on-one help identifying and applying for cost-savings programs for many prescriptions. Call today to see if we can help. Eligibility requirements vary for each medication and program.

WHEN: Monday-Friday | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., nights and weekend appointments available as needed
CONTACT: 561-557-9273 | 863-532-3059 |
LORHN: Assistance Enrolling in Health Insurance

Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network's (LORHN) staff are trained to assist individuals and families enroll in, and maintain, health insurance coverage via the Marketplace, Medicaid, and KidCare. All appointments are currently conducted via telephone.

WHEN: Monday-Friday | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., nights and weekend appointments available as needed
CONTACT: 561-557-9273 | 863-532-3059 |

Click here to learn more
Youth Services Dept and Community Partners to Launch Summer BreakSpot FUN!

Beginning Monday, June 15, Palm Beach County Youth Services, in collaboration with United Way of Palm Beach County, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc., the Palm Beach County School District, FLIPANY and other community partners will launch Summer BreakSpot FUN, a comprehensive online enrichment summer program. The eight-week program is designed to accompany the free meals provided at Summer BreakSpot meal sites.

WHEN: Sessions are held Monday through Friday | 2:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more
PBC Operations Coronavirus Update

Learn about Palm Beach County's latest efforts with regard to COVID-19. 

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Helping Children and Families Cope with COVID-19

Click for a guide to help children cope with the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CareerSource Belle Glade Center Reopens June 15

CareerSource Palm Beach County's Belle Glade Career Center at 1085 S. Main St. will reopen with limited services from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays beginning Monday, June 15.

Click here to learn more
South Bay Jaguars Youth Football & Cheerleader

Registration has started for the 2020 season for youth ages 5 years to 14 years. A child must be 5 years old by July 31, 2020 and 15 years after July 31, 2020 to be eligible to participate. There is a registration fee. 

CONTACT: 561-449-3793 or

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PBC Animal Care & Control Resumes Spay/Neuter Services and Drive-Up Vaccine Clinic

In an ever-evolving effort to continue essential operations, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control will resume appointment-based spay and neuter services for Community Cats (feral and free-roaming) only, on a limited basis, in addition to re-opening the drive-up vaccine clinic for owned pets.

Click here to learn more
PBC Libraries to Offer Additional Hours 

Beginning on Monday, June 15, the Palm Beach County Library System will offer some evening and Saturday hours. All locations will be closed on Sundays. The Bookmobile is running on a limited schedule.

Click here to learn more
Does Your Nonprofit Have a Project That Could Use Some Help? 

Leadership Palm Beach County will hold a virtual collaborative workshop on June 16 to discuss Engage Forward, the civic engagement program designed to connect your organization with leaders in our community.

CONTACT: See for more info

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Join Conversation About Ending HIV in PBC, Earn $30

Share your experiences and perspectives related to issues impacting the HIV epidemic in Palm Beach County to inform a plan to improve HIV prevention and treatment. All participants who complete the interview will receive a $30 gift card. 

CONTACT: Schedule a call today by emailing  or calling 561-844-4220 ext 2900

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Take PBC Community Health Survey, Chance for $15

As a part of the community engagement process for the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), the Health Council of Southeast Florida (HCSEF) has developed the Palm Beach County Community Health Survey. This survey is designed to glean the community's perspective on the Community Health Improvement Plan and how COVID-19 has impacted the health of the community. To incentivize participation, HCSEF will have a $15 gift card drawing for residents who complete this 10-15 minute survey.

CONTACT: If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Survey link:

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Scholarship Opportunity: Betty Bell

Families First of Palm Beach County is currently accepting applications for the Betty Bell Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an individual who is currently enrolled in a Masters' of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy or Counseling program in an accredited university in Florida.

CONTACT: For questions, write to

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Nonprofits First - COVID-19 Resources 06/12/20

Nonprofits First publishes updates for its COVID-19 Resources. 

Click here to learn more (COVID-19 Resources)
Rep Tina Polsky - Legislative Updates June 11, 2020 

Representative Tina Polsky provides the latest information, as of June 11, 2020, regarding legislative updates. 

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Birth to 22 June 2020 Newsletter

Birth to 22 publishes the latest edition of its newsletter. 

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McKinlay Elected Florida Assoc. of Counties President

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay was elected as President of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) today during the Association's virtual Board of Directors Meeting. Commissioner McKinlay previously served as President-Elect, 1st Vice President, and 2nd Vice President for the Association.

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, June 15, 2020

Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources.

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
Other Areas
PBC Libraries Connect Residents to Food Programs

The Library System is partnering with the Palm Beach County Food Bank will be at several Library branches to register residents for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Benefits specialists from the PBC Food Bank will assist with the application process and conduct the food stamp interview. Specialists can also help with other benefits applications available through the ACCESS Florida system including Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Applicants must call a benefit specialist to schedule an appointment.

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PBC Courthouse to be Closed on Monday, June 15

The Main Courthouse in West Palm Beach will be closed to the public on Monday, June 15 due to an issue with the building's air conditioning system. All other Clerk & Comptroller locations will operate on their normal schedules on Monday.

WHEN: Monday, June 15, 2020

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Previous Postings - The Glades Area
The Glades Initiative is Here to Help You With Census

Need assistance with completing the Census 2020 questionnaire? The Glades Initiative will be here and available to assist you with your Census 2020 application over the phone.

It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. Why do Census? Your participation is important because it helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.

CONTACT: 561-996-3310 (Services available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole)

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Palm Beach County Rental Assistance Program

The Palm Beach County Rental Assistance Program became available June 5, 2020. Benefits of up to $7,000 are available for past due rents and/or utilities. 

CONTACT: Applications must be submitted through CSD's online portal. To apply for online at

Click here to learn more
Guidance for Reopening Nonprofit Workplaces

Nonprofits First and the Nonprofit Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide guidance for re-opening nonprofit workplaces. Included on the resource page are additional best practice guides for re-opening places of businesses including Childcare Center-specific guides.

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PBSC Short-Term Summer Programs

From Palm Beach State College: Palm Beach State College would like you to know that during this COVID-19 pandemic we understand that many of you may be working remotely and may know someone who is not working at all.  If you have ever thought of starting or changing your career or advancing your current career, now may be the time as we are offering a number of continuing education and certificate programs that can be completed, online, in a year or less.

CONTACT: You can find more information by visiting Short-Term Programs

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COVID-19 Guidance for Glades Residents

Read the following guidance for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the Glades, translated by local concerned residents. 

Click here to learn more (English)
Click here to learn more (Spanish)
Click here to learn more (Haitian Creole)
Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
Previous Postings - Other Areas
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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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
Donate to the Glades Initiative, Inc.