Monday, October 23 , 2017
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~~~ This Week ~~~  
Wed,  Oct. 25  5:30 pm    Toastmasters Club , Palm Beach State College, Belle Glade
Thu,  Oct. 26   9:30 am    October GTAC, Belle Glade Civic Center
Sat,  Oct. 28    7:00 am    Volunteers Needed for Hurricane Damage Repair, Belle Glade
Sat,  Oct. 28    6 :00 pm    Glades Community Organization Dinner and Dance, Lake Worth
Tue,  Oct. 31    4:00 pm    OctoberFest at Lake Shore Civic Center, Belle Glade
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ToastmastersToastmasters Club Meeting

The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback-and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership. 

WHEN: Wednesday, October, 25, 2017  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Palm Beach State College, Room CRA 203 (Second Floor)1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL
For more information or to join, call:  561-261-5043  
Click here to view the website  
GTACOctober GTAC Meeting at Belle Glade Civic Center

At this month's GTAC meeting in the City of Belle Glade, we are pleased to welcome as our featured speaker Javatis Midget, District Chief - Fire Rescue Station 73, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.  We would like to Thank District Chief Midget for joining us and look forward to his presentation.  We encourage all interested residents and organizational representatives to attend this month's GTAC meeting in Belle Glade.  

WHEN: Thursday, October, 26, 2017  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE:  Belle Glade Civic Center 725 N.W. 4th St. Belle Glade, FL 33430 
For more information call Audley G. Reid Jr. PhD: 561-233-5567
Click here for agenda and flier
VolunteersVolunteers Needed to Help Repair Belle Glade Home Damaged by Hurricane Irma

BELLE GLADE - Hurricane Irma roared through Florida with a vengeance leaving a trail of wreckage in a number of cities in its path. Many residents in the Belle Glade community had to endure the grueling heat and inconvenience resulting from the loss of power. However, some were spared and escaped with minimal or no property damage. Ms. Vernita Hale was not as fortunate as the storm caused significant damage to her home. Her home was flooded and will have to be gutted. Delray Beach-based KOP Mentoring Network and the West County Senior Center have teamed up to help Hale with the necessary repairs.

WHEN: Saturday, October, 28, 2017  7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:  1241 SW Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
To help or for more information call Miller: 561-386-9897
Click here for more details
DinnerDanceGlades Community Organization Annual Dinner/Dance

Glades Community Organization, a Belle Glade-based organization, wishes to invite you to the 2017 Annual Dinner/Dance in Lake Worth. 

WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2017   6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Sacred Heart Parish Madonna Hall, 425 North "M" St. Lake Worth, FL
COST: $30 per person

For more information contact Gloria: 561-758-1457

Click here  for more details
OctoberFestOctober Fest at Lake Shore Civic Center

Residents are invited to come out to October Fest for free games prizes, food and drink, candy, rides and a haunted house tour. A costume contest will award prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize-winning costumes. Music by DJ Big Show. This event is presented by the City of Belle Glade, with a number of local sponsors supporting the event. 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 31, 2017   4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Shore Civic Center, 1224 SW Avenue E Place, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here  for more flier
ManufacturingManufacturing Hiring Event in Belle Glade

Residents are invited to participate in a hiring event for a new manufacturing facility near the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida in Belle Glade. The event is hosted by CareerSource Palm Beach County. 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 7, 2017   9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 SW College Drive Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here  for flier
FREE Legal Services at The Glades Initiative

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  for more details
Job Opportunities

In the Glades
The Sun
Indeed Jobs

Other Areas
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Complex Trauma: New Understanding

Please join us for this important workshop on Complex Trauma: New Directions.  Complex Trauma results from multiple and repeated traumas, especially within the context of childhood and attachment.  Many people we serve have had these experiences and as a result face challenges as individuals, parents, and members of our communities. 
The workshop will be led by Christiane Blanco-Oilar, PH.D., and Julee La Mott, Psy.D. Dr. Blanco-Oilar is an expert on Complex Trauma and its effects on adults.  Dr. La Mott's expertise also includes Complex Trauma in children and adolescents.  This workshop will help you identify the symptoms of complex trauma, and learn about the treatment and healing process.  

WHEN: Friday, October 27, 2017   3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
WHERE: Mental Health Association of PBC, 909 Fern St., West Palm Beach FL 33401
COST: $25 (Proceeds benefit the children's programs of Mental Health Association of PBC)

Click here  for flier
Open Enrollment at CIDRA Church

Come learn about your health insurance options and get covered in 2018! FREE one-on-one enrollment assistance in the health insurance marketplace will be provided by local in-person Health Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CAC's). 

WHEN: Wednesday, November 1, 2017   5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  
WHERE: CIDRA Church 865 South Congress Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Visit our website for details and to book an appointment with an enrollment assister. Call 888-880-8242.

Click here  for flier
2017 Special Needs Housing Summit

Parents of adults with special needs frequently ask, "Who will take care of my loved one, and where will they live when I'm gone?" This summit is designed to equip family members of such adults to respond to this multi-faceted question. Speakers, panel discussions, seminars, workshops, community conversations, and more. Presented by the Special Needs Advisory Coalition of Palm Beach County. 

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, November 17-18, 2017   
WHERE:  The Els Center of Excellence,  18370 Limestone Creek Road,  Jupiter, Florida 33458

Click here  for flier
Tax Talk: Advantages of Paying Taxes Early and More

Palm Beach County's Constitutional Tax Collector Anne M. Gannon's office 
Florida Health Care Coalition: October Update

Upcoming events and information
Nonprofits First: Training and Programs

Nonprofits First publishing of events for nonprofit agencies.
CSC: Monday Morning Update

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 
Previous Postings - The Glades Area ___
Covenant Villas, Godstone Ministries Toy Giveaway

Covenant Villas and Godstone Ministries have teamed up with Toys for Tots to conduct a toy giveaway. Registration dates listed below. All applicants must present identification, household size, ages of child/children, and gender. 

Registration dates
WHEN: Starting Monday, October 16 - November 1, 2017
WHERE: Covenant Villas office, 606 Covenant Drive, Apt. A, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here  to learn more
Glades Diabetes Health Fair

The community is invited to attend the Glades Diabetes Health Fair. Diabetes screenings, food demonstrations focused on healthy nutrition, proper care for healthy teeth and gums, foot care demonstrations, and more, will take place at the Bill Bailey Community Center in Belle Glade. 

WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2017   10:00 a.m . - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Bill Bailey Community Center, 1101 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Belle Glade, FL 33430 

Click here for flier
Bayfest Cultural Arts Festival 2017

Bayfest has grown in attendance each year, since it began in 1995. Join us for the best music, food, events and entertainment. Bayfest is a family-friendly event. 

WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2017  
WHERE:  Tanner Park, South Bay, FL 33493

Click here for flier
Philanthropy "Shark Tank" Application Due Soon

Developed by Advisors for Philanthropic Impact (API), Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank challenges and empowers young philanthropists in Palm Beach County to develop and execute high impact and sustainable projects that address social issues confronting our community. Palm Beach County 7th to 12th grade students have the opportunity to secure mentoring and funding (up to $15,000) over a 12-month period.  In 2016, local student Je'Cynthia Nonar, of Glades Central High, was a winner for teen summit project. 

DEADLINE: Sunday, November 12, 2017 

Click here for flyer

For more information on how to apply or about our students, program, event,   or if you'd like to volunteer,  click here to visit our website.  

LIHEAP Weather-Related Funding at Community Action Program Locations

LIHEAP Weather-related funding is now available at all Community Action Program locations. Clients' total household income must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level Guideline and must reside in Palm Beach County. 

For appointments, clients can contact our offices, or apply online at:

For office locations and phone numbers please access our website at:

Click here for more information
Nonprofit Agencies Can Sign up for 2018 Great Charity Challenge

Local nonprofits can now sign up to participate in the 2018 Great Charity Challenge! Each year, the GCC transforms the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida into a field of dreams for more than 30 local charities eligible to receive money via the GCC fundraising effort through the application and selection process. 

The GCC is an exciting Pro-Amateur show jumping event that features 34 teams of three riders ranging in age from 11 to 70. Each team is randomly assigned to a charity to compete for the prize money. The charity paired with the winning team receives $150,000, with a sliding scale to the 34th placed team receiving $15,000. 

Additional grants are also randomly drawn on the night of the event (50 nonprofit organizations total benefited from the event in 2016). Over the first 8 years, over 220 charities have participated and benefited from the event. To date, GCC has distributed over $10.7 million in Palm Beach County. 

Application deadline
WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2017   before 5:00 p.m.

Click here for more information
Help Still Available to Those Impacted by Hurricane

There are several forms of Irma recovery assistance available to individuals and businesses in Broward and Palm Beach counties. 

Here's what you need to know:

1)  Individual Assistance funds are available from FEMA. These funds can be used to cover medical, child care, household items, moving, and clean-up expenses. Apply online at or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

2) Businesses and residents may be eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans from the Small Business Administration. 

Types of loans include:
-Business Physical Disaster Loans: Any business or organization located in a declared disaster area and that incurred damage during the disaster may apply for a loan to help replace or restore damaged property.
-Economic Injury Disaster Loans: If you are in a declared disaster area and have suffered economic injury regardless of physical damage, you may qualify for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
-Home and Person Property Loans: If you are in a declared disaster area and are the victim of a disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the SBA, even if you don't own a business.
-Military Reservists Economic Injury Loans: If you have an essential employee who is a military reservist called to active duty, SBA provides loans to help eligible small businesses with operating expenses.

3) Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted due to Hurricane Irma. This generally includes any worker who, due to Hurricane Irma, no longer has a job or place of work, cannot reach their place of work, or cannot work due to damage to their workplace. File a claim here:
Job Opportunities

In the Glades
Florida Rural legal Service, Inc.- Legal Secretary
The Sun
Indeed Jobs

Other Areas
Previous Postings - Other Areas
Nonprofits First: Trainings and Programs

Nonprofits First publishing of events for nonprofit agencies.
CSC: Monday Morning Update

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 
Posting Information: eBlast and Volunteers
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