Monday, June 5, 2017
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~~~ This Week ~~~
Mon, June 5                             5:30pm       Criminal Justice Academy, Belle Glade Library
Tues, June 6                           10:00am     The Amazing Mr. A, Belle Glade Library
Wed, June 7  -Ongoing          12:00pm     Free Community Lunch for Seniors , Glades area
Thurs, June 8                         10:00am     The Amazing Mr. A, South Bay Library
Glades Area ________________________
The Glades Initiative in The Sun for BofA Grant! 

The Glades Initiative is featured on the front page of this week's The Sun Newspaper as a recipient of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation's 2017 Basic Needs Grant.

The grant is part of a $1 million collective investment the bank is making in South Florida to address the community's lack of access to basic human services and financial stability. These grants will help individuals and families address the issues facing their communities, as well as provide access to benefits and resources including food pantries, shelters and financial coaching.

Click here for full article
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
The Glades Criminal Justice Academy to Start Soon JUSTICE

The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, PBSO, and the Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization present "The Glades Citizen's Criminal Justice Academy." The four-day, three-hour long sessions are offered free of charge to residents, and are an informative and casual way to learn about criminal justice and its impact on the community. Dinner will be provided.

WHEN: Mondays, beginning June 5 (June 12, 19, and 26), 2017  5:30pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for a flyer

Click here for a registration form
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: Tuesday, June 6, 2017  10:00am - 10:45am 
WHERE: Loula V. York Branch Library, 525 Bacom Point Rd, Pahokee, FL 33476
To preregister, call: (561)924-5928

WHEN: Thursday, June 8, 2017  10:00am - 10:45am 
WHERE: Clarence E. Anthony Branch Library, 375 SW 2nd Ave, South Bay, FL 33493
To preregister, call: (561)992-8393

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

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

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

The 25 Scholarships to Apply to Over the Summer Break

Click here for more details

Children's Services Council Monday Morning Update

Job Opportunities

In the Glades

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

In Other Areas

Other Areas________________________
PBC Division of Senior Services to Offer "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" Series in Spanish

Feeling stressed as a caregiver? The Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services is facilitating a Powerful Tools for Caregivers series in Spanish. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide caregivers with the tools needed to take care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend, whether that person lives nearby or far away.  Powerful Tools for Caregivers goal is to help caregivers thrive and provide better care to their care receivers. This program helps caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.  Classes consist of six (6) sessions held once a week. Participants receive a resource book, "The Caregiver Helpbook." Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

WHEN: Thursday, May 25, - June 29, 2017 9:00 am-11:30 am

WHERE: Mid County Senior Center,3680 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth
For more information or to register call (561) 357-7135.  

QuickBooks 101: A Comprehensive Introduction and Much Much More
This introduction to QuickBooks workshop is designed to teach you the basics of QuickBooks to use in running your business. The workshop is much more than just a cursory overview and will help you to understand:
*             QuickBooks capabilities
*             Versions of QuickBooks that are available
*             Chart of Accounts
*             Items List and how to set up QuickBooks Items
WHEN: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 5:30 pm-8:00 pm  

WHERE: Keiser University 2085 Vista Parkway Room 105 West Palm Beach, FL
Click here for more details

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
Untangling Trauma

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

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

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

Previous Postings - The Glades Area ___
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
Volunteer Florida 2017-2018
Funding Opportunity For Rural Communities

Volunteer Florida's Rural Community Assets Fund (RCAF) allows grantees to recruit, equip and mobilize volunteers in eligible rural areas across the state to address the acute educational needs of underserved children and youth in early childhood education settings and within the K-12 education system.  RCAF is open to any community or faith-based organization that maintains 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, or government entity in Florida. Volunteer Florida will distribute a total of $100,000 through the Rural Community Assets Fund. Respondents may request between $5,000 and $10,000 and must provide a 25% cash or in-kind match. Grantees will receive funding as well as training and support for their participation in the FY2017-2018 RCAF program.

Proposals are due by 5:00pm on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

The full proposal package includes the following documents:
  • Download the Rural Community Assets Fund Request for Proposals here. Note: Additional rural counties in Florida are eligible for RCAF funding this year.
  • Download Appendix A: Eligible Counties and Municipalities here.
  • Download Appendix B: Reporting Requirements (3): Pre-Assessment, Volunteer Demographics and Reporting, Data and Activities here.
  • Download Appendix C: Proposal Budget Worksheet and Sample here.
  • Download Appendix D: Proposal Narrative here.
A technical assistance conference call is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:00am.

To ensure that this funding process is carried out in a fair and equitable manner, all questions concerning the application should be submitted to

If you have any questions regarding the funding process, please contact
Glades Interagency Network (GIN)
Community Awards Recognition Celebration

The Glades 2017 Community Awards Recognition Celebration is designed to bring the Western Communities of Palm Beach County together to honor and pay tribute to individuals, who have made outstanding contributions to local organizations and to the Glades Communities.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 27, 2017  11:30am - 1:30pm

WHERE: O'Say Child Development, 225 South Lake Avenue, Pahokee, FL 33476

Click here for a registration/nomination form - Register by Friday, June 9, 2017!
(Please see nomination qualification guidelines)
Glades Adult Literacy Project: 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
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.
Covenant Villa Apartments - Correction

The flyer distributed on April 21, 2017 incorrectly indicated that the Section 8 waitlist was open, only Palm Beach County Housing Authority is able to open or close the Section 8 waitlist. On behalf of HTG Management and Covenant Villas we apologize for any confusion that this may have caused.

Please direct any inquiries regarding Covenant Villas waitlist to Palm Beach County Housing Authority located at 3432 45th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.

Office Hours
8:00am - 6:00pm

Click here for a flyer
Merchant Strategy: May Newsletter

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Glades Area Library Events: June 2017

See what's happening at your local library!

Click here to view
Palm Beach County 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.

Job Opportunities

In the Glades

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

In Other Areas

Childhood VISTA ~ United Way of Palm Beach County
Infrastructure VISTA ~ United Way of Palm Beach County
Senior Hunger VISTA ~ United Way of Palm Beach County
Caring Kitchen Assistant Program Director ~ CROS Ministries, Lake Worth, FL 
Care Coordinator ~ Mental Health Assocation of Palm Beach County
Integrated Care Specialist ~ Mental Health Assocation of Palm Beach County
Senior Director of Resource Development ~ United Way of Palm Beach County 

Additional listings in Palm Beach County: Click here

Congratulations Reverend Rease!

Congratulations to Belle Glade's own Rev. Robert Rease on winning the Palm Beach County Leadership Excellence Award, Non Profit category! Rev. Rease, pastor at St. John First Missionary Baptist Church, will be among those honored on June 8 during the Leadership Celebration at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Great job for representing the Glades well, Rev. Rease!
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
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
Attention Construction Job Seekers
and those that assist connecting local Glades workers with construction jobs:

The Palm Beach County Housing Authority and McCurdy Senior Housing Corporation have partnered for the redevelopment of Marshall Heights and South Bay Villas into a premier affordable housing community in South Bay. D. Stephenson Construction is partnering with CareerSource Palm Beach County to staff this construction project. All inquiries regarding employment opportunities must be made at CareerSource Palm Beach County - 1085 S. Main Street, Belle Glade, FL or by contacting Gwen Tillman at (561)829-2040 ext. 2119

Click here for a flyer
Community Connect Grant Calendar

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Introducing the M.A.S.S. Project

Providing uninsured women access to FREE breast health education and mammography screenings at their places of worship.

Click here for more information
Previous Postings - Other Areas
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
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
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
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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.