Monday, March 8, 2021
Click here to subscribe 
Click here to learn how to add your post to the Glades Community Updates

The information appearing in this email is for general informational purposes only. Reference to any product, service, event or program is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement by The Glades Initiative.
~~~ This Week ~~~
 
Wed, Mar 10, 8:30 am - Food Distribution, (For all), The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade (every Wed)
Wed, Mar 10, 11:00 am - Drowning Prevention Weekly Webinar, Zoom
Thu, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - Small Business Technology Needs for 2021: Online
Tue, Mar 16, 9:00 am - PATCH Monthly Meeting: Zoom
Glades Area
Open to All: Food Distribution Every Wednesday at The Glades Initiative

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 9:30 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 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL
CONTACT: For questions, call us at 561-996-3310

Click here to learn more
'Drowning Prevention' Weekly Webinars in March

Water Smart Broward will be hosting weekly webinars in March for Family Strengthening Month. The webinars are scheduled for 11 am and require pre-registration.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 10, 17, 24, 31, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Zoom

Click here to learn more
Small Business Technology Needs for 2021

Are you running a small business and trying to manage your technology needs on your own, but you aren’t a technology expert? If the teenagers in your life know more about computers than you do, join us for an informative webinar on the technology needs of every small business.

WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Online

Click here to learn more
PATCH Monthly Meeting: Zoom

P.A.T.C.H. (Planned Approach To Community Health) will be held via Zoom. If you serve the Glades, please join and share what and how you are helping during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 16, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Click here to learn more (meeting agenda)
No Cost Virtual Job Fair, Presented by CareerSource

Attend a no-cost virtual job fair, presented by CareerSource Palm Beach County.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Online

Click here to learn more
A Virtual Conversation on Mentorship, by the United Way of Palm Beach County

Join local nonprofit and community leaders for this virtual conversation about mentorship and the role COVID-19 has played in increasing the digital divide, especially as it relates to youth in the education system, delinquency system, and other dependency systems. Panelists will discuss the importance of mentorship among various demographics and share actionable steps to ensure no one in our community is left behind.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Online

Click here to learn more
Diabetes Coalition's Virtual Membership Meeting

Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County members are encouraged to attend and invite colleagues to a virtual membership meeting.

WHEN: Friday, March 19, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Zoom

Click here to learn more
Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation

Experience the decisions that families of low to moderate-income make every day just to survive. Presented by Palm Beach County Community Services Department.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Online
COST: FREE

Click here to learn more
LifePlanning Virtual Workshop on Legal Planning

Attend a virtual workshop on LifePlanning, presented by Jewish Family Services.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Online

Click here to learn more
Food Distributions in the Glades

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 | 8:30 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

----------------------------------------

Palm Beach County Food Finder Map

An interactive tool using Google Maps to help people easily locate free food and hot meals in Palm Beach County. This online tool was created to connect individuals seeking food resources to sites near them. Information is English, Spanish, and Creole. United Way updates the information listed on this map weekly. However, locations and hours of distribution may change. Please consider calling the site prior to visiting to verify the information listed. Please note that sites may have specific requirements such as ID.

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

---------------------------------------

Spring Break Pantry-Style Food Distribution at 140 School Sites

Prior to spring break, the School District of Palm Beach County School Food Service will be distributing grab-and-go pantry-style boxes with eight days worth of breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack items.

WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 2021

Click here to learn more
Forklift Operator Safety Certification at West Tech

West Tech is pleased to announce our newest training program - Forklift Operator Safety
Certification. This program is being offered in partnership with the Safety Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. This safety certification is required by law for ALL employees operating a forklift. This certification meets OSHA standards and must be renewed every 3 years

Click here to learn more (English)
Click here to learn more (Haitian Creole)
Click here to learn more (Spanish)
Registration Still Open for 2021 Back to School PBC! Event

Registration is now open for the 2021 Back to School PBC! event. Back to School PBC! will be a drive-up event on Saturday, July 24 at different locations throughout the county to be announced at a later date. Registration is mandatory to participate in this event. Students must reside in designated neighborhoods or mobile home parks in unincorporated Palm Beach County to be eligible to register.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact the Office of Community Revitalization at ocrnews@pbcgov.org

Click here to learn more
Early Head Start Program Accepting Applications

The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County's Early Head Start Program is receiving applications for childcare services for children six weeks to three years of age. 

CONTACT: Receiving application at: https://www.elcpalmbeach.org/early-head-start-parents

Click here to learn more 
The 2nd Annual Sangeeta Jacobson Scholarship Application is Now Open

This scholarship is dedicated to those who need a little extra assistance in achieving goals. Students do not have to be honor students or students that have never experienced bumps in the road – motivation to achieve is all that is required. Students who have been in foster care, homeless or involved with the juvenile courts are encouraged to apply. Extra consideration will be given to students who have participated in Future Leaders United for Change.

CONTACT: Alyssa Sangeeta Jacobson Scholarship - please note, the application period is February 26, 2021 – April 16, 2021.

Click here to learn more
PBC Property Appraiser Accepting Scholarship Applications

The office of Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks, CFA, AAS, is now
accepting applications for the 28th Annual Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Scholarships. Six college scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a higher education institution full time. Each recipient will also be offered an opportunity for a paid summer internship in the Property Appraiser's Office.

CONTACT: For more information, call 561.355.3230 or visit pbcgov.org/papa/scholarship-awards.htm

Click here to learn more
Mentors Needed to Help Students in Glades Schools

From Take Stock in Children: Take Stock in Children is seeking to find at least 5-10 mentors in the Glades area to mentor students that are part of our Take Stock in Children Program. We need community members to support their students at Glades Central. Our mentors are the most important component of our program and through mentoring our students receive a two-year full-tuition scholarship to attend college. 

Training Sessions
WHEN: Tuesday, March 9 & 11, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. (March 9), 12:00 p.m. (March 11)
CONTACT: If you are interested, please contact, Kimberly Briard, Mentor Coordinator at kbriard@takestockpalmbeach.org Visit our website www.takestockpalmbeach.org to complete a mentor application. 

Click here to learn more
How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Your Family

The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County is joining United Way of Palm Beach County in conducting a survey to help better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey asks about you, your household, and what you are doing to get by. It takes about 12 minutes to complete the survey and your responses are confidential, and no one will be able to associate your name with your responses. As an incentive, all survey respondents who provide a valid email address will be entered into a drawing to win one of 10 $50 Visa gift cards.

CONTACT: For more information and to take the survey, go to www.UnitedWayPBC.org/covidimpactsurvey

Click here to learn more
Receive Free Tax Prep if You Made Less than $66,000

Was your 2020 household income $66,000 or less? You can receive free tax preparation assistance at one of several VITA locations throughout the county! The VITA Program, made possible by the United Way of Palm Beach County, gives you three choices to electronically file your tax return for a fast refund. All options are by appointment only and supported by IRS-certified volunteers.

Click here to learn more
Mandel Public Library March Computer Classes

Click for a schedule of computer classes at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach for the month of March.

Click here to learn more
Pahokee Housing Authority Housing Choice Section 8 Voucher Waitlist

From the Pahokee Housing Authority: Attached you will find the Public Notice referencing Pahokee Housing Authority Housing Choice Section 8 (Mainstream) Voucher Waitlist for eligible non-elderly families (A person 18 years of age or older and less than 62 years of age) with disabilities.  Also, I’ve included for your review the Mainstream Program Definitions along with a list of required documents to bring, when interviewed. We have a very limited number of vouchers, and many of the families eligible might need assistance in completing the on-line application, accommodations and alike. 

Click here to learn more
Belle Glade Chamber Chatter - March 2021

Read the latest newsletter from the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce.

Click here to learn more
CSC: Monday Morning Update, March 8, 2021

Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: CSC Statement and COVID-19 Resources.

Click here to learn more
Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • Office Clerk
  • Maintenance Mechanic

  • Lead Therapist

Other Areas
PBC Criminal Justice Commission to Host Community Forum on Policing in West Delray

Join the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission’s Community Engagement Task Force for the seventh Community Forum on Policing in Palm Beach County. This will be an insightful open dialogue of questions and answers with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Command Staff for all of the communities west of Military Trail that includes West Boca Raton, West Delray Beach, and West Boynton Beach in South Palm Beach County.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hagen Ranch Road Library, 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446

Click here to learn more
Palm Beach County Virtual Conference: Women Working Together

Attend a one-day conference to educate the community and bring awareness of the growing epidemic and impact of HIV and AIDS in Palm Beach County. Hosted by Boynton Beach CDC - FARTHER Outreach Program along with Community Partners.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Zoom

Click here to learn more
Previous Postings - Glades Area
In Need of Masks? Contact The Glades Initiative, Inc.

If you or people you know need masks, The Glades Initiative has masks and will share them with anyone in the Glades who needs them. These are the white two-ply reusable washable masks given by the health department. Call or come by to pick them up as long as supplies last. 

If you are with a group of vulnerable people and need more than 20, call us first and we will do our best to help you get what you need.

WHERE: The Glades Initiative, Inc., 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: 561-996-3310
Virtual Substitute Teacher Training, Presented by West Technical Education Center

Learn how to be a substitute teacher! Fulfill the requirements to become a Substitute Teacher in Palm Beach County by attending the Virtual Substitute Training Class at West Technical Education Center. You will have an opportunity to learn real-world examples of how to positively manage students in the absence of the regular teacher; as well as get helpful information about school centers. This class is required by the School District in order to be a substitute teacher in Palm Beach County.

WHEN: Saturday, March 6, April 3, May 8, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Online
COST: $30 per trainee

Click here to learn more
CVS Customer Service for BG Vaccine Sign-Up

The number for CVS Customer Service for Belle Glade vaccine sign-up is 800-746-7287 or online: cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
Municipal Elections Guide from the League of Women Voters

From the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County: Dear Friends, please send our Municipal Election resource list to your friends and neighbors. They will have a space to access their sample ballot, learn about referendums, and the candidates.

CONTACT: We did our absolute best to get 100% participation from candidates. If someone who didn't respond yet still wants to participate please have them send their content to lwvpbcevents@gmail.com

Click here to learn more
Have a Suspended License? Get Back on the Road with Operation Green Light

From the Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County: Suspended license? We can help you get back on the road. Beginning today and continuing through Friday, March 5, we're waiving collection agency fees so drivers can save money and start the process of reinstating their driver's license.

Click here to learn more
Help the United Way Promote the COVID-19 Impact Survey

From the United Way of Palm Beach County: The United Way of Palm Beach County is conducting a survey to help better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This information will help us identify trends and local needs and enable us to work with community partners like you to provide resources and support in this difficult time. The survey is open to all Palm Beach County households from February 24 to March 17, 2021, and is available in both English and Spanish. Survey respondents who provide a valid email address will be entered into a drawing to win one of 10 $50 Visa gift cards.

Click here to learn more
Parent Workshop, Tune in, Talk More, Take Turns

Do you have a child between the ages of zero to three whom you want to help succeed in school? Sign up to participate in a parent workshop, presented by the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County.

CONTACT: For more information or to register, please contact Christopher Velazquez at 561-514-3303 or christopher.velazquez@elcpalmbeach.org

Click here to learn more
CareerSource to Help Fill More than 200 Jobs in Belle Glade

From CareerSource: CareerSource Palm Beach County Business Solutions Associate Vice President Charles Duval today announced that CareerSource will be assisting a new employer in hiring more than 200 jobs in Belle Glade. FINFROCK, a Central Florida design-builder and manufacturer and one of that area’s largest employers, has announced plans to open a new facility in Belle Glade for the company’s future expansion into Palm Beach County.

Click here to learn more
Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About the School District of PBC Police Department

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive April 6, 2021 to examine all aspects of the School District of Palm Beach County Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.

Click here to learn more
Increased Funding Available to Small Businesses in Need

The Biden-Harris Administration announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) to include adjustments to make funding more equitable for small businesses.

Click here to learn more
Center for Child Counseling - Programs that Serve You

From the Center for Child Counseling: The pandemic has been stressful...the uncertainty, anxiety, isolation, and economic insecurity has impacted us all, most of all our children. To help children and families in our community cope, we're working hard to provide more services and resources. We have a variety of programs that might benefit you and your child.

Click here to learn more
School District's Digital Inclusion Initiative - Feb 2021

The goal of the Digital Inclusion Initiative is to grant all students, regardless of zip code, access to reliable internet access in their homes.

Click here to learn more
Healthier Glades Newsletter Goes Live

Read the first issue of our quarterly newsletter for Healthier Glades.

Click here to learn more
The United Way Beat: News From the United Way of PBC

Read the United Way of Palm Beach County's latest newsletter.

Click here to learn more
Nonprofits First - Community Update Feb 26, 2021

Read Nonprofits First's latest COVID-19 Community Update. 

Click here to learn more (COVID-19 Resources)
Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies March 2021 Educational Calendar

HMHB Educational Classes Continue Virtually. In doing our part to keep the community healthy and safe, HMHB has temporarily suspended all in-person educational classes. However, we are continuing to hold classes online!

WHEN: Check out our YouTube Channel for Small Steps, Great Parents presentations or our Calendar for a full list of our upcoming Zoom meetings!
WHERE: Zoom
CONTACT: Anitra Moss at amoss@hmhbpbc.org
501c News - News from Nonprofits First

Nonprofits First provides its monthly update through its 501c News newsletter.

Click here to learn more
CSC: Monday Morning Update, March 1, 2021

Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: CSC Statement and COVID-19 Resources.

Click here to learn more
Job Opportunities

In the Glades

Posting Information
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. 

*If you want to submit a posting please email us at updates@gladesinitiative.org
or (561) 996-3310.*
 
If you would like to submit your volunteer opportunities on our site below, please email us at volunteer@gladesinitiative.org