Monday, March 16, 2020
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SPECIAL NOTE: In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), many events and meetings have been cancelled. For those events still listed, please contact the venue directly to confirm if it will still happen. (No need to call The Glades Initiative, as we have noted the cancellations that we currently know about.)

~~~ This Week ~~~  
Sat, March 14  7:00 pm     Jekalyn Carr Performs, POSTPONED-Dolly Hand CAC Belle Glade 
Tue, March 17  9:00 am     Glades PATCH Meeting, CANCELLED-The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Wed, March 18  6:00 pm    Dialogue to ChangePOSTPONED 
Sat, March 21  9:00 am      Apply for Passport, CANCELLED-West County Courthouse, Belle Glade
Glades Area
Food for children at School District Distribution Sites

From the School District of Palm Beach County: At this time, our plan is to have 30 sites (listed below) open to provide breakfast and lunch to all children ages 18 years and younger from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 20, 2020. Meal service will be grab-and-go from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.. Students must be present to receive a meal.

Locations in the Glades
WHEN: Monday, March 16 - March 20, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Gove Elementary School, 1000 SE Ave G, Belle Glade, FL 33430
WHERE: Pahokee Elementary, 560 E Main Pl, Pahokee, FL 33476

Click here to learn more
Click here to read about the coalition
211 HelpLine Assists Callers with COVID-19 Info

211 HelpLine staff have been fielding numerous calls from people looking for information and resources regarding the COVID-19 "Coronavirus." 211 has been monitoring information from the CDC, the Florida Department of Health, and local officials.

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Reporting Price Gouging in Florida

Attorney General Ashley Moody activated Florida's Price Gouging Hotline after Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in response to positive coronavirus test results in Florida. The hotline will receive complaints about retailers that illegally markup prices of sanitizer, respiratory masks and cleaning supplies

"We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Florida very closely and following the Governor's state of emergency declaration, our price gouging laws are now in effect. I have a rapid response team ready to immediately respond to allegations of price gouging and our Consumer Protection Division continues to look for scams by fraudsters who would use this situation to rip-off Floridians," Moody said.

CONTACT: Price gouging can be reported by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or by visiting
Information for Seniors and Others at Higher Risk from Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Take everyday preventative actions now. 

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POSTPONED: Black Gold Jubilee Events 

All Black Gold Jubilee events have been postponed until the fall, including the Gospel Sing, Night Golf, Children's Fishing Tournament, 5K Run/Walk, the Parade, and all activities held on Torry Island, Saturday, April 4th. The Harvest Queen/Jr. Harvest Queen, Tiny & Little Mr. & Miss and Tween Contests will tentatively be rescheduled for May.

CONTACT: Please follow our official Black Gold Jubilee and Belle Glade Chamber FB and website pages for any updated information.
POSTPONED: Jekalyn Carr at the Dolly Hand JEKALYN

Due to COVID-19, the Jekalyn Carr concert for Sat. March 14 was postponed until a date in the future to be announced. All tickets already purchased will be honored at the rescheduled date. 

WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: For more information, call the Dolly Hand box office at 561-993-1160.

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CANCELLED: Glades PATCH Meeting - Open to All PATCH1 PATCH

From PATCH: Due to the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) public health emergency and to ensure the safety of the PATCH Board members and our guests, effective immediately PATCH meetings will be suspended until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for your cooperation. Please be well.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 2020  | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Ave C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
POSTPONED: Dialogue to Change: PBC Criminal Justice DIALOGUE

The dialogues will focus on engaging a diverse set of community stakeholders to determine ways to address local drivers of jail over-incarceration; address racial disparities in incarceration; and work through systems to improve the overall behavioral health and well-being of our community. The commitment for dialogue participation is for FIVE consecutive weeks.

Healthier Glades dialogue
WHEN: Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
CONTACT: Barbara Cheives, 561-351-6864,

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CANCELLED: Apply for Passport During Special Saturday Hours PASSPORT PASSPORTS

Apply for your passport during special Saturday hours on March 7 and 21, in Belle Glade. No appointment is necessary.

WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: West County Courthouse, 2950 State Road 15 Room S-100, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: 561-996-4843
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Free Swimming Lessons for Glades Area Children, Adult Presentations and Water Safety PracticesSWIMMING

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County will once again be providing free, water safety swimming lessons this summer for non-swimming Glades area children ages 2-12 - at Pioneer Park Aquatic Center. Attend one of 2 adult presentations where parents can learn more information about these lessons, as well as general water safety practices.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bridges at Pahokee, 170 South Barfield Hwy #102, Pahokee, FL 33476
CONTACT: 561-924-9225

Click here for dates, available sessions and more information
POSTPONED: GTAC Meeting for March

The Glades Technical Advisory Committee that the March 26th GTAC meeting will be postponed in order to adhere to PBC best practices/recommendations and procedures associated with the COVID-19 virus. We will work to schedule an appropriate date, time, and site for a future meeting and inform GTAC members as soon as possible.

WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 2020
CONTACT INFO: Audley G. Reid Jr. PhD, Office of Community Revitalization, Palm Beach County Administration,, 561-233-5567
South Bay Jaguars Registration

From South Bay Jaguars: "Creating a positive outlet for the youth in the city of South Bay and others who would love to be a part of a more structured program. We are a part of Pop Warners where Scholastics comes first. Our coaches are cleared level 2 background screening, certified through USA football & YCADA Cheerleading and Pop Warner Coaches Clinic. We are a program through Kings Tutoring and Mentoring Foundation Inc and the youth well bell assisted year round and not only with football/cheer. We Also provide FREE Sports PHYSICALS."

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
COST: $99 registration fee until March 31, 2020; $175 after

Click here to learn more
POSTPONED: Second Chance Workshop: Sealing and Expungement

(This event has been postponed from its original March 21, 2020 date to May 16, 2020) Sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., Career Source, and FRRC - residents will have the opportunity to meet with attorneys regarding the possibility of restoration of rights, reinstatement your driver's license, employment opportunities, as well as community ID.

WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library and Civic Center, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Please RSVP on or before March 13, 2020 by calling Jenny Rodriguez at 561-655-8944 ext 120, or

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Earn Community Service Hours by Watching Films

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office offers Community Service hours to anyone who watches either or both of the enclosed presentations.

The 911 Good Samaritan Law presentation is 12 minutes long and offers the viewer an hour of community service by typing their name on a certificate.

The Vaping Dangers presentation is 15 minutes long and offers the viewer an hour of community service by typing their name on a certificate.

Please share with your children or anyone who needs Community Service hours.

CONTACT: Susan M. Klarich, Ph.D.,
Palm Beach County Library Offers Temporary E-Cards

The Palm Beach County Library System is offering free temporary e-cards for
those who do not have a card and are unable or reluctant to visit a branch to
help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Members are encouraged to use our
virtual services.

Click here to learn more
Host a Free Health Education Workshop in Partnership with Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network

Is your organization, neighborhood, meeting group, or church interested in sharing health information and local resources with Glades area residents? Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network (LORHN), a non-profit organization, is looking for new partners to help recruit participants for a health education workshop. A minimum of eight individuals are needed to get started; LORHN will coordinate everything else.

Workshops include:

CONTACT: Tiffany Parrish at 561-844-4220 x1500 or if you have questions or would like to schedule one.
Clerk's DIY Videos are Your Guide to Understanding the Court System

Navigating the legal system can be overwhelming, especially when you are representing yourself in court. Our DIY On Demand video series gives you a step-by-step guide to the legal process, providing you with all the information you need to help represent yourself in court. Videos are available on a variety of topics, including:
* Divorce;
* Eviction and Landlord/Tenant Disputes;
* Child Support Enforcement;
* Collecting Money Judgments; and
* Sealing or Expunging Criminal Records.

CONTACT: DIY videos can be viewed from anywhere and at any time. The video library is available on-demand at the office's YouTube Channel,

Click here to learn more
Applications Accepted: Leadership Engage Class 2021

Each year's Engage class is made up of 50-55 motivated, informed and diverse professionals who are selected for their leadership and service within Palm Beach County and beyond. Participants meet for one full day each month, from September to May, and travel as a group on a bus to all parts of the county as they explore program topics such as agriculture, public safety, and healthcare. 

Applications due
WHEN: Monday, April 27, 2020 | 5:00 p.m.

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COVID-19 Response Fund

The COVID-19 Response Fund will strategically address the immediate and mid to long-term needs of our region's most vulnerable residents. The collaboration between government, business, and philanthropy raised nearly $500,000 in less than 48 hours.

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Cancellation of CJIS Meeting

From Southern Service Area CJIS consultant: "Tallahassee announced late Friday that we will not be holding any meetings where a large group will gather at this time. With that we will be cancelling our upcoming CJIS Meetings schedule for 3/31, 4/1, 4/2 & 4/14. We will reschedule at a later time. Thank you for your understanding."

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Fall 2020 Jim Moran Institute Executive Programs

Free training programs for business owners, CEOs, and nonprofit leaders. Applications accepted through March 31, 2020

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 

Click here to learn more
Nonprofits First Cancels all in-Person Events

From Nonprofits First: As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) unfolds, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. Following precautionary guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Governor DeSantis' office, Nonprofits First is cancelling all in-person events through the end of March.

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Many Clerk Services Available Online

From Clerk & Comptroller Palm Beach County:  With coronavirus COVID-19 dominating the world news, please know that my focus is on your safety and the safety of my employees. We plan for emergencies such as this, balancing safety with continuing to provide services to our community. Many of the services we provide in our offices are also available online. Visit today.

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SCORE Palm Beach Postpones All Workshops

As a preventative measure, SCORE Palm Beach has decided to postpone all upcoming workshops until further notice. Health and Safety comes first. Please stay tuned for rescheduled and new events hopefully soon. 

CONTACT: Richie Repetti, SCORE Palm Beach, Tel: (561) 833-1672

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Lois Frankel Telephone Town Halls

To help protect the community, Rep. Frankel's district events will take place as telephone town halls and telephone meetings until further notice. She will be monitoring and providing further guidance as needed.

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League of Women Voters Announces Cancellations

Read the latest edition of League of Women Voters News announcing cancellations due to COVID-19. 

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Mandel Public Library Postpones Gatherings

From the Mandel Public Library: The safety of our patrons and employees is a top priority at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. Out of an abundance of caution, the library is postponing all programs, workshops and meetings booked at the library starting March 14 through March 31. The library will remain open for use during its regular scheduled hours. The library has stepped up cleaning efforts in common areas, and hand sanitizer is being made available for public usage, subject to availability.

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, March 16, 2020

Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: Meal sites, health tips, and more!

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
Other Areas
POSTPONED: Strategic Steps to Growing Your Business Certificate Program-SCORE

For business owners looking to take the next step, a five-workshop series covering topics such as: Financial Management, Grow Your Business with People, Marketing Your Business, Growing Your Sales, and Managing Operations.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 24, 31, 2020 
WHERE: SCORE Learning Center, 500 S Australian Ave, Suite 115, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
CONTACT: Richie Repetti, SCORE Palm Beach,, 561-833-1672

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5th Annual Philanthropy Tank Live Event

From Philanthropy Tank: Hear from our young CHANGEmakers as they pitch their high impact and sustainable initiatives to a panel of Philanthropist Investors for a chance to receive up to $15,000 in funding and one year of mentorship. Glades Central student Analiah Graham is among the finalists.

WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Kravis Center - Cohen Pavilion, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
CONTACT: (561) 910-3893,

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Previous Postings - The Glades Area
Earned $66,000 or Less Last Year, File Taxes for Free!

From the United Way of Palm Beach County: Was your 2019 household income $66,000 or less? You can receive free tax preparation assistance at one of our several VITA locations throughout the county! Our VITA Program gives you three choices to electronically file your tax return. All options are confidential, safe and free.

VITA Site at Community Partners Prosperity Center
WHEN:  Tuesdays and Thursdays until April 14, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (English/Spanish)
WHERE: Community Partners Prosperity Center (located within Bridges at Belle Glade), 33 West Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430

VITA Site at West County Senior Center
WHEN:  Mondays and Saturdays until April 13, 2020  | Monday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: West County Senior Center, 2916 State Road 15, Belle Glade, FL 33430

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Mentors Needed for 20 Belle Glade Students 

From Take Stock in Children: Do you want to Change a Life Over Lunch? We need caring adults to become a mentor for the 20 new Take Stock in Children students in the Belle Glade community. Mentors = College Scholarship for each new student in the Take Stock in Children program. Meet once a week. Meet at least 15 sessions per school year. Log in mentor sessions.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Kimberly Briard at 561-307-5485

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Census Info Comes This Week

Invitations to each household to participate in the 2020 Census will be sent this week, on March 12,13 and 14. The easiest way to respond to the Census is online, and you will need the 12-digit number contained in the invitation.

Click here to learn more
CareerSource Launches Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

CareerSource Palm Beach County today announced that applications are open to students and employers for new pre-apprenticeship programs in the marine and aviation/aerospace industries. These new programs are in addition to other local and statewide pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in the high-demand fields of information technology, construction, healthcare and hospitality.

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How to Make Hand Sanitizer

Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to make your own hand sanitizer using only a few simple ingredients.

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Prime Time Post, News From Palm Beach County

Prime Time Palm Beach County March news: nominate your colleague for the Advancing Afterschool Awards 2020.

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March 2020 Chamber Chatter: Belle Glade Chamber

The Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce publishes its March 2020 edition of Chamber Chatter. In this issue: West Tech students help chamber, Black Gold Jubilee is almost here, and more.

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, March 9, 2020

Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: April Pool's Day, Census info, and more!

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
Previous Postings - Other Areas
POSTPONED: Youth Summit 2020: Mission I'm Possible
(The Youth Summit has been postponed until further notice) Join us in the celebration of the 10th Year Anniversary of the Youth Summit, "Mission   I'm   Possible:   We're   Worth It"   Middle and High School aged youth, please register online at   If you are a parent of a youth, you can also register to attend the "Time For Your Teen" workshop.   We are currently looking for dynamic presenters.  Please see the attached facilitator's proposal.

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach Lakes Community High School, 3505 Shiloh Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Click here to learn more
Click here  for facilitator's proposal
2020 Education Conference
The 23rd Annual Alzheimer's Community Care Education Conference theme for 2020 is Influencing Change. Experts in the field will offer innovative approaches for the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease or related neurocognitive disorders, as well as ways to protect brain health.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: PGA National Resort & Spa, 400 Ave of the Champions, West Palm Beach, FL 33418

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Save the Date: 10th Community Health Worker/Promotores Southeast Regional Symposium
Save the date for the 10th anniversary Community Health Worker/Promotores Southeast Regional Symposium - registration details to follow.

WHEN: Friday, May 15, 2020

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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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