Monday, May 22, 2017
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~~~ This Week ~~~

Wed, May 24   12:00pm        Blood Drive, Lakeside Medical Center
Wed, May 24   12:00pm        Writing a Successful Business Plan, Belle Glade Library
Wed, May 24   12:00pm        Trustbridge Celebration of Life, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center
Thur, May 25    DUE DATE     RESOURCE GUIDE INFORMATION for 2017-2018
Thur, May 25
    9:30am          Glades Technical Advisory Committee, Pahokee Marina
Mon, May 29    6:30pm          Memorial Day Services, Torry Island


The Glades Community Updates will be sent out on Tuesday, May 30th
Glades Area ________________________

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 Resource Guide 2017-18 is Being Finalized! RESOURCE

This is your LAST CHANCE to update our organizations information.
If you have not heard from us, please contact us immediately.
All confirmations/changes DUE ON THURSDAY, MAY 25th!!!

Click here to view the previous 2015-2016 edition of the Resource Guide.
Thank you to those who have already confirmed/updated their information.
Send all confirmations and/or changes to:


A huge thank you to all of the 32 donors who gave to The Glades Initiative as part of the Great Give event yesterday! Also thank you to those anyone who shared our info with others so they could donate! Your support helped us raise $23,470 for our programs! It was an awesome day for our agency. With your help, we won the "Last Call" $500 prize for the organization with most money raised by 2:00am, and finished 12th in Palm Beach County for total money raised!

Thank you all for your support! We couldn't have done it without you!!!

One Blood: Blood Drive BLOOD

All donors will receive a OneBlood t-shirt; a $5 Golden Corral gift card; a Lion Country Safari discount coupon ($8 off each passenger); and a wellness checkup!

Make your appointment at and use sponsor code #10071

WHEN: Wednesday, May 24, 2017  12:00pm - 5:30pm

WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for a flyer
Successful Business Series: BUSINESSPLAN
Writing a Successful Business Plan - Part 2

Sponsored by the Florida Women's Business Center

So . . . You Want to START Your Own Business!  Anyone can "just" start a business . . . the objective is to plan, implement and grow a successful business. This workshop is for YOU if you are thinking about starting a business and want to be successful. Receive a $25 gift certificate upon completing the workshop series and registering your business through the TED Center. Part 3 Marketing Your Business - June 14

WHEN: Wednesday, May 24, 2017  12:00pm - 2:00pm

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

FREE - Registration Required - Space Limited - Register at:

Trustbridge Hospice Celebration of Life LIFE

Join Pastor Dr.Robert L.Rease, Pastor Steve Nolin, and the counselors from the Trustbridge Bereavement Center for a Celebration of Life to honor those we have lost.  Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one is welcome to attend

WHEN: Wednesday, May 24, 2017  3:00pm

WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for a flyer
Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) Meeting GTAC

We are pleased to welcome as our GTAC presenter this month, Mrs. Kimberly Briard, Mentor Coordinator for Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County.  

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

WHERE: City of Pahokee Campground and Marina, Herbert Hoover Dike, Pahokee, FL 33476

Click here for a flyer
Click here for the agenda 
Memorial Day Service Memorial

The public is invited to pay tribute to our fallen Veterans.

WHEN: Monday, May 29, 2017  6:30pm

WHERE: Torry Island Campground Activity Center, 5000 West Canal Street North, Belle Glade, FL 33430

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Looking for a job in health care? Join us May 31 at 9 a.m. at CareerSource Palm Beach County's West Career Center and learn how you can get a job as a Home Health Aid or a Certified Nursing Assistant.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 31, 2017  9:00am

WHERE: CareerSource Palm Beach County, West Career Center, 1085 South Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

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Neighborhood gets an energy-efficiency makeover by FPL

FPL energy experts provided free energy efficiency makeovers valued at $500 to more than 50 customers in Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay, on May 11th. FPL teamed up with Belle Glade Mayor Steve Wilson, Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay and partners including Community United Methodist Church, the Glades Initiative, Bridges of Belle Glade, Palm Beach County Community Services and Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services, to make the community an even better place to live and work by helping customers learn how to save energy and money.

Click here to view the full article (Belle Glade Sun)

Free Home Energy Surveys are still available!
An FPL Energy Expert will:
  • Inspect your home's energy usage
  • Provide valuable tips on how to maximize your home's energy efficiency
  • Provide energy solutions specific to your household needs
  • Review FPL programs and incentives that may be available to you
Schedule your free Home Energy Survey by calling 1-800-DIAL-FPL (1-800-342-5375)
Trustbridge: June Bereavement Support Groups

Opportunities for grieving adults to come together and share their experiences.
Discussion topics include:
  • Normal grief vs. depression
  • Secondary losses
  • Coping with the holidays
  • Other grief related topics
Facilitated by Christina Herwig, LCSW, ACHP-SW & Sonia Guillaume, LCSW

WHEN: Friday, June 2, 2017  9:30am
            Friday, June 16, 2017  9:30am

WHERE: Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for a flyer:
Lutheran Services Florida Annual Health Fair

Please join us for a day filled with free health information, community resources, and fun activities for the children!

WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017  10:00am - 12:00pm

WHERE: PEPPI Head Start, 301 SW 8th Street Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for a flyer
4th Annual PBSO/PAL Tri-City Basketball Camp

Participants will train with former NBA players druing the BallStars Youth Camp. Space is limited.

WHEN: Monday, June 5 - Friday, July 28, 2017 
            8:00am - 12:00pm (Ages 7-12)
            12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch served
            1:00pm - 3:30pm  (Ages 13-18)

WHERE: Glades Central Community High School, 1001 SW Ave M, Belle Glade, FL 33430

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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

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Community Connect Grant Calendar

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Children's Services Council Monday Morning Update

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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 over 25lbs
  • A current Florida driver's license and a clean driving record
  • Bilingual preffered
For more information or to send your resume, contact
Job Opportunities

In the Glades

The Sun Classifieds
Indeed Jobs
Food Bank Coordinators ~ 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 

Additional listings in Palm Beach County: Click here

Other Areas________________________

43rd Annual Equal Opportunity Day Awards Gala Luncheon

FPL & Urban League of Palm Beach County invite you to the 43rd Annual Equal Opportunity Day Awards Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Steve Pemberton, author of "A Chance in the World" and honoring the lifetime achievement of Clarence D. Williams and Beatrice J McKoy on May 23rd. Also honoring Michael Gauger and David Bernhardt Tickets are $125.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 2017  11:30am - 1:30pm

WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Click here to register
New Directions is Now Open for Enrollment NEWDIR

New Directions is free of charge to women who are over 25, job ready, seeking employment, and can be referred by a Non-Profit agency in Palm Beach County.

WHEN: Thursdays beginning May 25 (June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27) 2017  9:30am - 12:30pm

WHERE: Children's Services Council, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

To learn more about the program, and find out whether the program is right for you, contact:
Alexandra Marcovitch at (561)742-2779 or

Click here for a flyer
L eague of Women Voters of Palm Beach County
Legislative Wrap Up

Palm Beach County State Legislators Back from Legislative Session; Ready to Answer Your Questions!

WHEN: Thursday, May 25, 2017  6:30pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: Duncan Theater, Palm Beach State College, 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL

Click here for a flyer

Palm Beach County Housing Summit 2017

Join the Palm Beach County Commissioners, County Administrator and key decision makers at the Palm Beach County Housing Summit. Purpose of Summit: To bring together a diverse group of community leaders, practitioners and stakeholders to identify and garner support for a framework that will make housing attainable to all income levels.  The focus will be on reducing financial barriers, policy and regulatory barriers while exploring innovative tools and models that will provide the housing options that will keep pace with growth in our community.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach

Click here for more details
Previous Postings - The Glades Area ___

Bridges at Belle Glade Quarterly Partnership Luncheon

We are looking forward to having you and/or your staff join us. During this luncheon, we will continue focusing on building networks through collaborative partnerships using SMART goals.  Please contact Trenesia Rozier or Shilondra Sheppard at 561-992-8210 if you would like to showcase your business or agency with a 5 minute presentation.

WHEN: Thursday, June 1, 2017  11:30am - 1:00pm

WHERE: Bridges at Belle Glade's Parent Café, 33 West Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430

The luncheon will be catered, so please RSVP by May 24th at 12:00pm
The Glades Criminal Justice Academy

There is no charge to attend the classes. It is an information and casual way to learn about criminal justice and its impact on its citizens. Dinner 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
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.

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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
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.
Glades Area Library Events: June 2017

See what's happening at your local library!

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The McKinlay Memo: What's Happening in District 6

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Tax Talk Newsletter

From the office of Anne M. Gannon, Tax Collector.

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May Deadlines for Applications for CareerSource Palm Beach County Summer Internship and Work Readiness Programs for Youth and Young Adults

Deadlines are approaching to submit applications for CareerSource Palm Beach County's 5-week paid summer internship and work readiness programs for youth and young adults.

To apply for the paid summer youth programs, applicants must be:
  • Between 17 and 24 years old
  • Not employed
  • Not enrolled in school (high school or college)
Summer internship program: Participants gain valuable, paid work experience in various sectors and local employers access an eager workforce that is willing to learn and experience all that their business has to offer.  Deadline for applications is May 15 and the program starts July 10.

Work readiness programs: Participants can attain nationally recognized hospitality career credentials at the Central Career Center in West Palm Beach and Microsoft proficiency credentials at the West Career Center in Belle Glade. Deadline for applications is May 31 and both programs start July 10.

Applications and details are available online at If you need assistance with your application or would like more information, call 561-340-1060 ext. 2361.

If you need access to computers, printers and/or phones for your application or job search, visit any of our two career centers or Programs and services are provided at no cost and include:
  •     Classes and facilities for job search
  •     Career development/consulting/placement services
  •     Grants for job training for those who qualify
  •     Talent identifiers and assessments
  •     Programs for youth and young adults
  •     Programs for persons with disabilities
  •     Priority of service for U.S. military veterans
Career center is located at:
West Career Center-1085  S. Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430; (561) 829-2040 ext. 2361
Summer Youth & Young Adult Program
Look for a Challenge this Summer? Apply Today For The Youth & Young Adult Program

  • Between the ages of 17-24 years old
  • Not employed or working
  • Not enrolled in school (high school/college)
  • Attain Microsoft credentials (classes in Belle Glade)?
  • Attain hospitality credentials (classes in West Palm Beach)?
  • Be selected for a PAID internship?
  • Be considered for an education scholarship?
Apply before May 31st to build your future!

Click here for more details
Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards

Sponsored by the Ascena Foundation, the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards program provides financial awards to everyday heroes who are making the world a better place for women and children, with a focus in the areas of health, education, social reform, and esteem. Each year, the program chooses a single grand-prize winner to receive $100,000 and two runners up to receive $25,000 based on work they do that empowers women and children in the fields listed above. Now in its third year, the program has issued a call for anyone to nominate themselves or their peers (any eligible organization) for their chance to win the 2017 Jaffe Award.

Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Click here for more information or to nominate
Tri-City Softball Challenge

Co-ed softball for adults 18 and over

WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017  10:00am

WHERE: Glades Pioneer Park, 866 SW 16th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for more information
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.

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
CareerSource Job Opportunities in the Glades Career 

Are you 17-24 years old?
Not employed?
Out of school?
Ready to work?

Find out if you are eligible to participate in a five-week, paid work readiness program.

Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. - Pahokee Center
Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. - Pahokee Center provides primary and preventive medical services for the entire family. We accept most major insurances along with Medicaid. For anyone that does not have health insurance coverage, services are available on a sliding fee scale.

Walk-ins welcome, appointments preferred.
Come visit us at 170 South Barfield Highway, Suite #101, Pahokee, FL 33476.

Our office hours are:
  • Monday/Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm    NEW EXTENDED HOURS!       
  • Tuesday/Wednesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Call (561) 924-6100 to make an appointment or for more information, visit 

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
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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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
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