Monday, March 26, 2018
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~~~ This Week ~~~  
Mon, March 26-March 31  Long Sleeve Shirt Drive, Farmworker Career Development, Belle Glade
Tue, March 27-March 29  9:30 am  Financial Literacy (Haitian Creole), The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Tue, March 27  4:00 pm      Adult Vocational Monthly Info Session, PBSC, Belle Glade 
Wed, March 28  7:00 pm    Men & Boys Forum, Glades Central, Belle Glade
Thu, March 29  11:30 am  Relay for Life Glades Team Meeting, Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade  
Fri, March 30  6:45 pm      The Seven Last Words of Christ, St. John 1st Missionary Baptist, Belle Glade  
Glades Area
Long-Sleeve Shirt Drive for National Farmworker Awareness Week LONGSLEEVE

Community Services Department and the Farmworker Career Development program will be collecting long sleeve shirts to help protect farmworkers from exposure to pesticides, heat, and cold weather-related illnesses. Donate your long-sleeve shirt (slightly used, light-colored, cotton). A drop off location in Belle Glade is provided below:

WHEN: Monday, March 26 - March 31, 2018
WHERE: Farmworker Career Development, 607 South Main Street, Suite 103, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Cynthia R. McMillan, 561-992-7406

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Financial Literacy in the Glades in Haitian Creole - The Glades Initiative FINANCIALLITERACY

The Glades Initiative is presenting a series of financial literacy trainings in Haitian Creole based on the FDIC's Money Smart program, designed to teach residents how to enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. Take control of your money to reach your goals!

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 27, 29, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Ave C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Jose Zaragoza, 561-996-3310,

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Learn More About PBSC's Industrial Certificate Programs in Cosmetology, Welding Tech and More MONTHLYSESSIONS

Learn about programs that lead to trade careers and tour state-of-the-art labs during Palm Beach State College's monthly info sessions. Attendees will receive an overview of Palm Beach State's Industrial Certificate Programs in Cosmetology, Barbering, Facials Specialist, Nails Technician, Heavy Equipment Mechanic and Welding Technology.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 27, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: PBSC - TEC Building Patio, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Call 561-993-1143

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It's Time to Talk: Men & Boys Forum at Glades Central TIMETOTALK

A Men & Boys Forum at Glades Central will provide an informative workshop, question and answer session and more! Discussions include prevention of violence, building healthy relationships, mentoring, and more. 

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Glades Central Community High School - Auditorium, 1001 SW Ave M, Belle Glade, FL 33430

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Relay for Life Looks for Glades Sponsors and Teams RELAYFORLIFE

The City of South Bay is hosting "2018 Relay for Life of the Glades". The purpose of this event is to get the community to volunteer and support the Glades Relay and its effort to help celebrate life. The city is uniting our communities to join the global celebration of people who have battled and are battling cancer. 

Relay For Life of the Glades Team Meetings
WHEN: Thursday, March 29, 2018 and Thursday, April 12, 2018  | 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Contact Vicky Del Bosquez at or 561-996-6751

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The Seven Last Words of Christ From the Cross Event SEVENLASTWORDS

From St. John 1st Missionary Baptist Church: "We invite the Glades community to join us as we reflect on the pain, final sacrifice and ultimate triumph of Jesus the Christ who died at Calvary so that through him the world might be saved!"

WHEN: Friday, March 30, 2018 | 6:45 p.m.
WHERE: St. John 1st Missionary Baptist Church, 600 SW 8th St., Belle Glade, FL 33430

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FOOD DISTRIBUTION CONTINUES: Free Food Box Distribution in the Glades! - Contact The Glades Initiative

If your organization is still in need of food, please contact Sandy at The Glades Initiative at 561-996-3310 or

The Glades Initiative in collaboration with Living Hungry, Farms Share, the South Florida Hunger Coalition, and 100's of charitable organizations to assist in the implementation of the War on Hunger Initiative. War on Hunger, spearheaded by Living Hungry, is about ensuring that no homeless kid or families in need go hungry by distributing free snack boxes and bags of food to all those in need.
The Glades Initiative, through our Glades Area Food Bank, has partnered to have a truckloads of food boxes delivered to The Glades Area for those organizations with no transportation to pick up in West Palm Beach. The boxes contain items such as cereal, Chef Boyardee, trail mix, granola bars, Pop Tarts, pudding, and shelf stable milk. The goal is to feed as many people as possible, and feed again, until every food box goes out before the food's expiration date which is July of 2018.
Agencies are required to get a minimum of 50-250 food boxes; if your agency would like to schedule a pick up, contact Sandy - distributions will be carried out one day per week.
Teen Social VIBES - Health Education

All teens between 12-18 years of are reproductive health education or have unanswered questions are invited to attend the Teen Social VIBES Clinic. Health Care Providers will be available to provide exams and confidential counseling. 

Teen Social VIBES is held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.  Pick up transportation provided to attend and free bus pass for return home transportation.  No appointment is needed, refreshments will be provided, prizes and gifts with participation, and 4 community services hours will be provided  

Teen Social VIBES
WHEN: First and Third Wednesday of each month | 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: 38754 State Road 80, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Call 561-983-9241

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Housing Workshop: Is Home Ownership for Me? 

LORE is hosting, Is Homeownership for Me? a housing workshop. Participants will gain a basic understanding of renting vs. buying, local programs available to homebuyers and the criteria to qualify for these programs, pre-approval vs. pre-qualification, types of loans available, expenses to expect when buying a home, and where to find assistance, benefits of hurricane reinforcements and insurance. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with housing agencies, banks, and insurance companies, to discuss their specific situation.

WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library Civic Center, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: If you have any questions, please contact LORE's Administrative Coordinator, Chris Radentz by email: or Phone: 561-889-8343.

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Grant Opportunities
2019 Emergency Solutions Grant

The Request For Proposal (RFP) for the FY 2019 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is now open. Funding categories include Emergency Shelter and Rapid-Re-Housing.

Application deadline is April 13, 2018 by 12:00 p.m.
Applications Being Accepted for 2018 Neighborhood Engagement and Transformation (NEAT) Grants

Palm Beach County's Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) is accepting applications for its Neighborhood Engagement and Transformation (NEAT) Grants Program. This program provides reimbursable grants of up to $10,000 to neighborhood-based groups and/or organizations for resident-driven neighborhood improvement projects proposed within unincorporated Palm Beach County and the Lake Region municipalities of Belle Glade, South Bay and Pahokee.  

Projects must fall under one of the following categories to be eligible for funding: 
1) Neighborhood Beautification; 
2) Neighborhood Identification; 
3) Festivals and Special Events; 
4) Neighborhood Organizing and Sustainability; 
5) Neighborhood Outreach and Capacity Building; 
6) Public Safety and Crime Prevention; 
7) Community Gardens; 
8) Neighborhood Green Projects; and 
9) Emergency Preparedness. 

Potential applicants must attend a mandatory pre-application conference on:
WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. UPDATED TIME
WHERE: Vista Center-Conference Room 1W-47, 2300 N Jog Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
TO REGISTER: Please visit: or contact Chrystal Mathews, Senior Planner, Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization
AETNA: 2018 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2018 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program. We recognize that health is local: it begins in our homes, schools, jobs, and neighborhoods. By creating more chances to make healthy choices in these places, we can empower whole communities to lead healthier lives.

Over the past three years, we have expanded our programming beyond the original focus on physical activity, urban farms, and local food. We're still committed to these areas, and they'll be considered under this RFP. But our program as a whole aims to have broader impact and reach more spaces in the community. That's why we are inviting projects that address issues in the following domains: Built Environment, Community Safety, Environmental Exposures, Healthy Behaviors, and Social/Economic Factors. We are especially interested in projects that advance resident- or youth-led initiatives, and projects that seek to influence and strengthen local policies that impact residents' health.

DEADLINE Stage 1 Applications, must be received by:
WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. ET

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Scholarship Opportunities
Summer Camp Scholarships

The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department is accepting applications through April 13 for summer camp scholarships. The scholarship program offers eligible children 5 - 14, and a special population up to age 17, a full scholarship to day camp for the entire summer. 

The scholarship covers all tuition and fees for children residing in families with income at or below 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. To access the application form and view a list of outreach events, visit:

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 561-242-5713 or email
42 Scholarships to Apply to Over Spring Break

While spring break should be a time for your student to catch up on rest and relaxation, it's also the perfect time to find and apply to scholarships to help fund their college education. Taking advantage of these scholarship opportunities that will not only get your student's scholarship search and application process started, but will also leave time for enjoying spring break plans.

Here is a list of 42  scholarships to apply to during Spring Break. Some deadlines are as late as April 30th. Either way, these next few weeks are major deadline weeks so you don't want to miss out!

Click here to view full list
Pahokee Middle Robotics Team Seeks Donations to Travel to State and National Competitions 

Click below for a letter soliciting sponsorship to help the Pahokee Middle School Robotics team travel to St. Augustine, FL, and Fayetteville, Arkansas to participate in the state and national competitions. The team has proven to be a contender in the Florida League competitions, as it has been awarded three awards this season. 

Your generous support to the Pahokee Middle School "Subaroos" would go a long way in supporting the expenditures for these trips in which the students will be representing the school, as well as conveying well-needed experiences to the students. Thank you in advance for your generous support, any donations are tax deductible and should be made payable to Pahokee Middle School, 850 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee, FL 33476. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Dwayne Dennard, Principal, Sonia Soto, Magnet Coordinator, and/or Luis Paniagua, Robotics Teacher/Coach at (561) 924-6534.

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FRAC: With SNAP at Risk, Now is the Time to Meet with Your Members of Congress

From FRAC: The House and Senate are out for a two-week recess from Monday, March 26, through Friday, April 6. In a late-breaking development, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) announced his intention to move a partisan farm bill through Committee immediately after the recess. That bill almost certainly would include deep SNAP cuts. Now is the critical time to meet face-to-face with your Members of Congress at home to urge them to protect and strengthen SNAP in the upcoming farm bill.

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Has Your Organization Registered for the Great Give?

If your non-profit organization has not yet signed up for the GREAT GIVE 2018, you still have time! The deadline is April 1st. Please share this with others who may also wish to register for this fantastic fundraising opportunity. 

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The McKinlay Memo

News and updates from Palm Beach County District 6 Commissioner Melissa McKinlay.

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, March 26, 2018

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • 20 Positions Open
Other Areas
Nonprofits First: Learning Lab

Learning Lab: Excel Level One, Presenter: Diane Henderson. Excel is a spreadsheet program use create simple or very complexed spreadsheets. You can create formulas that update automatically when the underling lining numbers change. It is a must know program for anyone that must track and report on data.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Nonprofits First,  1818 S Australian Avenue, #450,  West Palm Beach, FL 33409
REGISTER:  Click here to register 
CONTACT INFO: Shari Hanglan,, 561-214-7435

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Job Fair & Resource Fair Event - Palm Beach County

The Special Needs Advisory Coalition (SNAC) of Palm Beach will be hosting a Job & Resource Fair Event. This no-cost event will connect Individuals with Agencies and Employers, and provide information related to local services, disability-related services and  Employment Opportunities!  Free resume review and interviewing tips provided to all registered participants! Register to participate today!

WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex, 2728 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth FL 33461
REGISTER: Click here to register 
CONTACT INFO:  For any information related to the event, please contact: Lauren 561-624-6909
Field of Hope Survivor Speak Out & What Were You Wearing Art Exhibit

Palm Beach County Victim Services: We hope to see you at these SAAM/Sexual Assault Awareness Month survivor & supporter speak out/art events!

Field of Hope
WHEN: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: 4210 North Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

What Were You Wearing Art Exhiibit
WHEN: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Palm Beach State College is hosting this event at The Gallery at Lake Worth Campus HU 104,  4200 South Congress Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33461

CONTACT INFO:  Contact Sharon Daugherty at 561-625-2568 or at

Click here to learn more about Field of Hope
Click here to learn more about What Were You Wearing Art Exhibit
Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick off Event

Join as Palm Beach County Unites for Children kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Month with the 4th Annual Forum to address the crisis faced by Palm Beach County's abused, abandoned and neglected children. 

WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Clayton E. Hutchenson Exhibit Hall, 531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
RSVP: or 561-408-7779

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Lunch to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of The Fair Housing Act

Join The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., The Fair Housing Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, and the City of West Palm Beach for a panel discussion on the past, present, and future of the Fair Housing Act. The luncheon will feature Bryan Greene, HUD General Deputy Assistant Secretary for FHEO, Melvin Jenkins, Civil Rights Attorney and Bernie Kleina, Civil Rights Photographer. The event is free but you must RSVP

WHEN: Friday, April 13, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Book + Art: A Mashup for Art and Book Lovers

The Norton Museum of Art and the Palm Beach County Library System are partnering for a tour and discussion on Another Brooklyn by Jacqueliine Woodson and Naomi Looking Forward #2 by Mickalene Thomas. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Jim Moran Institute Community Events

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Leadership features a number of community events for interested residents. 

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Previous Postings - The Glades Area
VITA Tax Preparation

Tax Returns prepared free. Returns are e-filed. 

Tuesday and Thursday
from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
starting January 16, 2018 through April 16, 2018.

WHERE:  Belle Glade Prosperity Center - Bridges, 33 W. Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL
FOR MORE INFO: Contact April Golphin, Site Coordinator (561) 996-2479

Click here to learn more (English)
Click here  to learn more (Spanish)
Community Involvement Sought for Launch of "Open Table" Model in the Glades

From C. Veree Jenkins, CEO of Federation of Families of Florida: " We are planning a Pastor's Prayer Breakfast for the 20th  of April at 9am and an Open Table Community Gathering at 11:30am on the same day.  Details regarding these events will follow.  Over the next week, this information that I am sharing with you now needs to be distributed to pastors and community members in mass as we need commitment forms (see attached) distributed, completed and signed by Pastors and members ... 

"The purpose of the Open Table Community Gathering is to celebrate the gathering of community stakeholders/volunteers/supports and to provide training and information on the launching of Open Table into the Glades. Our goal is to reach 12 or more pastors at a minimum and at least 100 community volunteers."

Pastor's Prayer Breakfast and Open Table Community Gathering
WHEN: Friday, April 20, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. (Pastor Prayer Breakfast), 11:30 a.m. (Open Table Community Gathering)
WHERE: To be announced
CONTACT INFO: Rev. Willie Lawrence, 561-763-6510, or

Click here for information regarding Open Table
Click here for pastor community involvement form
Click here for community volunteer involvement form 
Adult Yoga Classes and Course Offerings at West Tech

West Technical Education Center is now accepting applications for an Adult Yoga Class that will be starting in April. 

WHEN: Monday, April 9 - Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (Mondays and Wednesday)  | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: West Technical Education Center, 2625 NW 16th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430
TO REGISTER: Apply online at or call 561-829-4620

Click here for Yoga Classes Flyer
Click here for other course offerings at West Tech (ABE/GED and ESOL)
CSC: Monday Morning Update, March 19, 2018

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • 22 Positions Open
Other Areas

  • Youth Ambassador
Previous Postings - Other Areas
Birth to 22 Initiative Event

The following message is from Dr. Lisa Williams-Taylor, CEO, Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County:
"As a pre-event to the Ready by 21 National Conference, we are hosting a breakfast for our business community to highlight our local Birth to 22 initiative. This event - Palm Beach County Children: Our Most Promising Startups - will provide us an opportunity to formally launch our Youth Master Plan to the business community, highlight accomplishments to date and share future plans.

"The event will be moderated by  Tony Carvajal, the Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation.   Kim Fremont Fortunato, President of the Campbell Soup Foundation will be the keynote speaker.  She will be followed by a panel of business leaders discussing initiatives that support Birth to 22."

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Marriott West Palm Beach, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Youth Summit 2018: Think Like a Boss, Act Like a Boss

The Youth Summit 2018: Think Like a Boss, Act Like a Boss event will be held at Palm Beach Lakes High School and will cover topics from Career Development, Scholarships, Healthy Relationships, Drug & Gang Prevention Education, and Dealing with Emotions. A free morning snack and lunch will be provided. Participants receive 10 hours of community hours for attending.

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach Lakes High School, 3505 Shiloh Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
CONTACT INFO: If you have any questions please email or call Pal Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition - Alexa Lee at 561-374-7627

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Click here for registration form
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