Monday, March 30, 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 ~~~  
Mon, March 30  11:00 am    School Feeding Sites Open, Read post below for location closes to you 
Mon, March 30  11:00 am    FLIPANY Feeding Sites Open, Read post below for location closes to you
Wed, April 1  10:00 am        Food Distribution, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade 
Glades Area
The Glades Initiative Providing Services; Office Services Are Call-First, Food Distribution on WedFOOD

The Glades Initiative is still open and continues to provide services to residents who need assistance with online applications in our office located at 141 SE Ave C, Belle Glade, FL 33430. We provide services in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. 

Our office services are call-first and are by appointment only. 

Our Food Bank and food services will also continue. Our next food distribution for residents in need is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10 a.m.  

We are taking safety measures and implementing social distancing, limiting the number of clients in the office at one time.  

Please call the office at 561-996-3310 if you have questions or need our assistance. And with things changing so quickly, watch our Facebook page for the most current information. 
If You Lost or Did Not Receive Census Invitation - Respond to Census 2020 Online or by Phone

Residents who have not received their Census 2020 invitation in the mail are encouraged to respond online and be counted. Residents can go online at  on their home computer, the library, use their cell phone to go online or they can call a toll free number and someone will answer their call and ask the questions at 1-844-330-2020.

The current response rate for the Glades is as follows: Right now the City of Pahokee's response rate is 14.6%, South Bay's is 18.5% and Belle Glade's is 14.7%.

CONTACT: Angela Johnson, Partnership Specialist, US Department of Commerce/Census Bureau - email:
School Feeding Sites Open During School ClosureCLOSUREFOOD

School Food Service will continue serving meals to District students throughout the school closure. Nutritionally-balanced 'Grab and Go' meals will be offered at school locations around the District. The meals will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are FREE to anyone under 18 years of age (under 22 for ESE students), regardless of financial need. In accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations, students must be present in order to receive the meal.

WHEN: Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Gove Elementary, 1000 SE Ave G, Belle Glade, FL 33430
WHERE: Pahokee Elementary, 560 E Main Pl, Pahokee, FL 33476
WHERE: Rosenwald Elementary, 1321 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, South Bay, FL 33493

Click here for a list of school sites distributing food
Click here for more info

Attached are the following lists of locations for Grab 'n Go Feeding Sites for the week of March 30, 2020. Access this link for more information about site locations:

WHEN: Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Grace Fellowship Center, 233 W Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430
WHERE: Fremd Village, 38937 Shirley Dr, Pahokee, FL 33476
WHERE: Padgett Island, 899 Padgett Cir, Pahokee, FL 33476
WHERE: New South Bay Villas, 845 West Palm Beach Road, South Bay, FL 33493
WHERE: Student Aces, 915 S Main St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
WHERE: Okeechobee Center, 101 Everglades St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
WHERE: Osceola Center, 1204 NW Avenue L, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for more info
News: Schools Distributing Food; Kids Do Not Have to be Present for Parents/Guardians to Pick Up Food

From Lake Okeechobee News: "The School District of Palm Beach County's commitment to feeding students while schools are closed continues. Starting March 30, 35 sites across Palm Beach County will be distributing 'Grab and Go' bags filled with breakfast, lunch, supper, and a snack. Boxes of food from Feeding South Florida will also be available on specific dates per location ..."

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List of BG Businesses That are Operating

From the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce: "In an effort to keep everyone informed as much as possible during this very difficult time, the Chamber of Commerce has compiled this list of local businesses that are open and operational as of 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020. Please note that this is subject to change and this list will be updated as information is provided to us here at the Chamber of Commerce. If anyone has an update, or would like to be added or removed from the list, please email us at"

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Catholic Charities Counseling Help With Fear & Anxiety From COVID-19

From Catholic Charities: "If you are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, and fear due to the COVID-19 pandemic, call our toll free hotline. Follow up video sessions are available in lieu of face-to-face meetings with our highly trained therapists. Logging into a call is as simple as clicking on a link that will be sent to you. Fees may apply to follow-up video sessions (not the initial call), depending on our income-based sliding fee scale. Several insurance carriers accepted."

CONTACT: Toll Free Hotline 1-844-848-6777,

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COVID-19 Resource Guide for Nonprofits

Read the following resource guide from Nonprofits First for information related to COVID-19, how it affects labor laws, resources that are available, and much more. 

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COVID-19 Employer Preparedness Toolkit

Navigate the challenges you and your workforce are facing with the ADP Coronavirus (COVID-19) Employer Preparedness Toolkit. This toolkit, with insights and best practices for protecting and managing your workforce, will be updated regularly. 

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Nonprofit Immediate Needs Survey-COVID-19 Assistance

From Nonprofits First: Our business and foundation partners want to know what resources nonprofit organizations need right now as your teams respond to COVID-19. Please share your immediate needs with us so we may share with those who are asking.

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CareerSource PBC Closed to Public; Services Available Online, by Email, and Phone

From CareerSource Palm Beach County: In light of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and recommendations from state and local officials, CareerSource Palm Beach County is closing its offices to the public effective noon today until further notice. The organization will continue to provide virtual services online and by email and phone to serve job seekers and employers at this critical time.

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Community Partners is Open and Serving Families

From Community Partners: "Community Partners of South Florida is committed to Changing The Odds for Palm Beach County's children and families.Due to the strength and infrastructure of our organization, we were able to mobilize our entire organization (over 250 staff) and ensure they had full capacity for working remotely in 72 hours. We are open for business and ready to serve you with your health, housing and community needs."

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Elder Affairs Partnerships Support Meals to the Elderly

From the Florida Department of Elder Affairs: the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) announced a partnership with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) that allows the needs of the business community and workers in the restaurant business to be matched with the needs of the elderly and meal delivery services.

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Ideas for Staying Occupied from Pahokee Library

Ellen Kentner at Pahokee Library has some great suggestions for how to combat "cabin fever" for residents of the Glades practicing social distancing. 

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Count-e-News: News from Palm Beach County

Find information on Palm Beach County Coronavirus updates by reading the latest edition of Count-e-News. 

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Virtual Learning Resources for Students and Parents

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, Governor DeSantis has ordered that Florida's students remain at home until April 15, 2020, in an attempt to help stop the spread of the virus. During this time, we wanted to provide virtual resources to help keep their kids educationally and socially stimulated and engaged in civics, history, arts, culture and science.

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EveryParent: Keep Your Kids Learning

From EveryParent: With Palm Beach County schools closed through April 15, parents must work harder than ever to keep their children's minds engaged. While this can seem daunting, don't fret! EveryParent is here for you to keep your kids occupied with educational activities and learning tips.

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 
Other Areas
FLIPANY Grab 'n Go Sites

Attached are the following lists of locations for Grab 'n Go Feeding Sites for the week of March 30, 2020. Access this link for more information about site locations:

WHEN: Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Click here for more info
Webinar: Creating a Quick Business Plan in 3 Hours

From SCORE Palm Beach: You have a great business idea, but what's the next step in starting the business? Join other entrepreneurs in this hands-on webinar in which you will first write your "Unique Value Statement" that concisely describes your product or service and its value. Then using the "Lean Canvas," write a draft one-page business plan - all in three hours!

WHEN:  Monday, April 6, 2020
CONTACT: David Kimball,

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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

Click here to learn more
Nonprofits are Eligible for Emergency Funding - See Application Here

A consortium of funders including The Community Foundation, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Lost Tree Foundation, Quantum Foundation and United Way of Palm Beach County, have launched a common grant application for nonprofit organizations seeking emergency assistance to provide basic services for area residents as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be coordinated among this consortium of funders.

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Healthcare Access for Undocumented in the Time of COVID-19

From United We Dream: "Although undocumented people are usually not eligible for health insurance, even through ACA, we can still receive health care through free/low-cost clinics that serve the uninsured. Undocumented people are welcome and will not be turned away from free/low-cost clinics."

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PBC School District: Preparing for Digital Remote Learning

From The School District of Palm Beach County: "The School District of Palm Beach County is making every effort to ensure that our students' educational opportunities continue while at home, as the Governor's office and the Florida Department of Education have mandated schools remain closed through at least April 15. Virtual instruction will launch on Tuesday, March 31. Teachers will prepare on Monday, March 30, after Spring Break."

Click here to learn how to prepare for digital remote learning
Steps to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 if You are Sick

FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW: If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, follow the steps below to help protect other people in your home and community.

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Access 2020 Census Online

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. Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.

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CareerSource Expands Assistance for Expected Surge in Unemployment Claims

From CareerSource: "CareerSource Palm Beach County is continuing to serve our communities at this critical time by offering in-person services for unemployment claims at its Central Career Center in West Palm Beach and its West Career Center in Belle Glade."

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Listing of Online 12-Step Meetings

Learn what meeting resources are available online for persons in need of a room. 

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Apply to PBC Summer Camp Scholarship Program

Palm Beach County's Youth Services Program has a list of 120 camps that are everywhere--from Boca Raton to Riviera Beach to Jupiter to Royal Palm Beach to the Glades--and all of them can be attended for free! Just apply for a County Scholarship, which provides full tuition and fees for families that meet certain eligibility requirements.

Click here to see the full list of camps
Palm Beach Clerk Suspends In-Person Services

From Palm Beach County Clerk: "The Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County will be suspending in-person, non-essential services effective Tuesday, March 24, consistent with the executive order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis for Palm Beach County to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. With coronavirus COVID-19 dominating the world news, please know that my focus is on your safety and the safety of my employees. Many of the services we provide in our offices are also available online."

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SBA Updates Criteria for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses

From the Small Business Administration: "As part of the Trump Administration's aggressive, whole-of-government efforts to combat the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and minimize economic disruption to the nation's 30 million small businesses, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)."

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A Message from Community Connections for Life

Click to read a message from Community Connections for Life regarding change due to COVID-19 virus.

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POSTPONED to OCT 3: 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 the official Black Gold Jubilee and Belle Glade Chamber FB and website pages for any updated information.
Dolly Hand CAC Cancels All Theatre Performances

From Palm Beach State College: "The three theatres at Palm Beach State College campuses in Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade are cancelling the remainder of their performances for the season in response to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak and to help keep their patrons, staff and volunteers safe."

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Farm Worker Participants Wanted: Understanding How Relationships Affect Your Health

From University of Florida: "Researchers at the University of Florida, together with Farm Worker Association of Florida and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are investigating the impact of key indicators of social support and social networks on the burden of mental stressors (social isolation, depression, and anxiety) and physical health status of farm workers." Earn a gift card with your participation.

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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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EveryParent Special Edition: Keeping Your Kids Busy

From EveryParent: "The coronavirus pandemic has caused schools to close in Palm Beach County and across the country, causing students to stay at home and parents asking the question: What should I do with my kids all day? Look no further ... EveryParent has you covered!"

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, March 23, 2020

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

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Job Opportunities

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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

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the Glades area
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