Monday, October 26, 2020
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Monday-Friday 8:00 am     Breastfeeding Support Program
Monday-Friday 11:00 am    FLIPANY Feeding Sites Open (For children), See below for locations
Wed, Oct 21 9:30 am        Food Distribution, (For all), The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Wed, Oct 28 12:00 pm    United Way Lunch and Learn: HomeSafe
Wed, Oct 28 2:00 pm    Zoom Presentation: Insights on COVID-19
Glades Area
Open to All: Food Distribution Every Wednesday at The Glades Initiative

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 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 | 9:30 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
VOTE NOW: Early Voting Begins Today - Ends Nov 1; Find Your Nearest Voting Location

Early Voting starts today, Monday, October 19, 2020 through Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Don't want to mail your Vote-by-Mail ballot? Drop it off at the secure drop box at any Early Voting location! Remember to bring one or two forms of valid and current identification that include your signature and photo. Registered voters in Palm Beach County can vote in any Early Voting site.

WHEN: Monday, Oct 19 - Nov. 1, 2020 | 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Glades Early Voting Locations:
WHERE: Loula V York Branch Library, 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee, FL 33476
WHERE: Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
WHERE: SOE West County Branch Office (drop box), 2976 State Road 15, 2nd Floor, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here for more info
Click here for more info (map of Early Voting sites)
Click here for the League of Women Voters of PBC Nonpartisan Voters' Guide
Breastfeeding Support Program

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies now offers breastfeeding support and guidance to families by providing complimentary and convenient consultation services. Breastfeeding Educators will answer your questions or concerns regarding breastfeeding. The goal is to provide families with education, encouragement, support, and connection to additional services you may need to ensure your breastfeeding experience is a successful one. This program is not a medical service. Services are offered in English, Spanish, and Creole.

WHEN: Monday - Thursday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CONTACT: For more information: https://www.hmhbpbc.org/breastfeeding
United Way Lunch and Learn: HomeSafe's Matt Ladika

From United Way of Palm Beach County: Learn about Women United’s collaboration with HomeSafe, the good work the organization is doing in our community, and how you can get involved! HomeSafe's mission is to create safer, more productive lives for infants, children, young adults and families.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 | 12:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more
Webinar: How to Manage Your Commercial Lease & Other SCORE Workshops

Are you struggling to pay rent on your commercial real estate in the wake of COVID-19? Many small business owners just like you are struggling with concerns about laying off employees and watching revenues decline. While commercial landlords also have financial obligations they need to meet, they know their tenants are stressed out and stretched thin. Now may be the perfect time to renegotiate your lease.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 | 1:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more and to see full SCORE Workshop schedule
Caridad Center Zoom Hosted Presentation: Insights on COVID-19

Hear an expert panel discuss insights on the virus, strategies to limit spread in communities, and the economic ramifications of the pandemic.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more
Zoom Training: Florida KidCare Partner Overview

You are invited to a Florida KidCare Partner Overview Zoom training hosted by the Health Council of Southeast Florida.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.
CONTACT: Register in advance for this meeting:

Click here to learn more
Virtual Conversation: Affordable Housing in the Glades

Join for an insightful virtual conversation on the current affordable housing crisis and local government response measures.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more
Virtual Presentation: PBC Outreaches Regarding Proposed Expansion for Equal Employment Protection

The county’s current definition of “employer” protects employees and job applicants only where a person that is regularly engaged in an industry affecting commerce has 15 or more employees. Join the Office of Equal Opportunity for a virtual presentation on the proposed change to the county’s Equal Employment Ordinance to revise that definition from 15 to 5 employees.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov 3, 6, 9, 20, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov 10, 12, 16, 18, 2020 | 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more
Online Workshop: ACEs, Trauma & Toxic Stress Workshop

In the absence of buffering or protective relationships, toxic stress in childhood can impact an individual's well-being across the lifetime. This 4-hour virtual workshop will provide an overview of the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study, Trauma, Toxic Stress, and their Impact on Health (physical and mental).

WHEN: Friday, Nov 6, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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 | 9:30 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

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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 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

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Flipany Grab 'n Go Sites (For Ages 18 and under)

Attached is a list of locations for Grab 'n Go Feeding Sites in the Glades. 

WHEN: Monday - Friday | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Click here for more information about site locations

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School Sites Free Meal Distribution (For Ages 18 and under)

In an effort to better streamline the distribution of free grab-and-go meals, the School District of Palm Beach County School Food Service department has consolidated the number of food distribution sites in the county to 97 beginning Tuesday, October 20. Meal distribution will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice.

In addition to the location changes, as of Thursday, October 22, and each Thursday thereafter, School Food Service will also be providing a 10 to 12-pound box of fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to the grab-and-go meals. Boxes will be provided while supplies last. All children 18 years of age and younger (22 and younger for ESE) are eligible for the free meals.

Click here for more info

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Hunger Relief Update - Oct 19, 2020

This week’s update is very long and full of important information, once again. Please note the expansion and changes to the School District of Palm Beach County’s BreakSpot Grab ‘n Go sites in blue below and be sure to scroll to the end.

Click here to read the Hunger Relief Update
Youth Services and United Way of PBC Provide CARES Act Grant Funding to Nonprofits

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners is providing grant funding through its Youth Services Department to the United Way of Palm Beach County for nonprofit agencies throughout Palm Beach County. Monies are made available through the county’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to meet the needs of qualifying 501 (c)(3) or 501(c)(19) nonprofit agencies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CONTACT: For more information or to apply, please visit https://unitedwaypbc.org/get-informed/pbc-cares-nonprofits-grant/

Click here to learn more
Click here to learn more (press release)
Books, Balls & Blocks Virtual Event

Get free toys and books with free child development screenings: for children 5 1/2 or under, offer good while supplies last.

CONTACT: Go to ibit.ly/p30k to complete

Click here to learn more
Early Learning Coalition Early Head Start Program Opens

Services for children 6 weeks to 3 years old; Comprehensive services; Full day, year-round services; Inclusive Settings; School Readiness; Family Engagement – Parent advocacy and leadership; Online application system across Palm Beach Count.

CONTACT: Contact with questions at 561-412-2203; Receiving applications for the Glades area at: https://www.elcpalmbeach.org/early-head-start-parents

Click here to learn more
Restart Business Grants Program in PBC to Resume Accepting Applications

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners has approved an additional $20 million to the Restart Business Grants Program. The portal will resume accepting applications on Monday, October 26, at 8 a.m.

Click here to learn more
Great Charity Challenge 2021 Application Process

From Great Charity Challenge: We invite you to save the date for this year's Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) application process: Monday October 26 through Sunday November 15, 2020 at 5 PM. Founded by father/daughter team, Mark and Paige Bellissimo in 2009, the initiative came forward as a way to increase funding to local non-profits, following the 2008 economic crisis, at a time where donations were scarce. The impact of COVID-19 replicates the situation of 12 years ago.

Application Period
WHEN: Monday, Oct 26 - Nov 15, 2020

Click here to learn more
CSC: Monday Morning Update, Oct 26, 2020

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                         

Other Areas
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
Looking for Donations: Holiday Hygiene Gift Bags - This Year's Needs

The Light House Cafe & Ella's Closet invite you to make a difference this holiday season by helping to gift personal hygiene bags to those in need.

CONTACT: To schedule a pickup or delivery of the requested items, kindly call (561) 993-7020

Click here to learn more
Need a Ride to the Polls? Free Rides to Vote - Volunteers Needed

The Urban League of Palm Beach County and its partners are providing free rides to vote during the Early Voting period and on Election Day.

WHEN: Monday, Oct 19 - Nov 1 & Nov 3, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more
Upcoming Training Opportunities from the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches

The Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches announces several training opportunities coming up starting next week. The links to register can be found at https://www.htcpb.org/event-calendar. All events are virtual and on Zoom.

CONTACT: If you have any questions, please reach out to lcusack@cilo.org

Click here to learn more
Call for Nominations: MLK Jr Leadership Awards

Do you know someone or an organization that has made contributions in the areas of education, diversity, race relations, social justice or economic empowerment? This is your opportunity to recognize those who have made a difference in improving the lives of individuals in our community.

Deadline for Nominations
WHEN: Friday, Nov 6, 2020

Click here to learn more
On-Demand Videos Help You Access the Legal System

From the Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County: Navigating the legal system can sometimes feel overwhelming. Please know my office is here to help. Our on-demand video library makes it easier than ever to access our services and online resources from the comfort of your own home. With our searchable YouTube Channel, you can find the information you need, when you need it.

Click here to learn more
Nonprofits First - Rising Leaders Program

Rising Leaders is focused on skills needed by those who are relatively new to leading teams or managing groups of individuals. The program includes self-knowledge, leadership, and motivational elements along with discussions with community leaders, small and large group exercises, and stimulating activities. Rising Leaders includes 8 full-day sessions, bookended by a beginning orientation and a concluding 2-day retreat

Deadline to apply
WHEN: Friday, Nov 6, 2020

Click here to learn more
CareerSource Announces Temporary Relocation of Belle Glade Career Center

CareerSource Palm Beach County’s West Career Center is temporarily relocating to 941 SE 1st St. in Belle Glade beginning Monday, Oct. 19 while renovations take place at their regular location. A resource room will be available for clients including the use of computers and printers for job searches, individual skills assessments and assistance with reemployment services.


WHEN: Starting Mon, Oct 19, 2020
WHERE: 941 SE 1st St. Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here to learn more
Center for Child Counseling: ACEs and Mental Health in Schools

As schools re-open in Palm Beach County and across the country, many parents feel relieved that they no longer have to to juggle the duties of remote worker and home-school teacher, but they're also concerned about their children's return to crowded buildings amid a pandemic.

Click here to learn more
Online Community Service Opportunities for Teens

The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office is offering online community service opportunities for teens via Zoom. These hours are accepted by the Palm Beach County Office of the State Attorney.

CONTACT: To register for the workshop, contact Marcia Bahia at  bahiam@pbso.org and provide: Full name - Date of Birth - Email Address - Phone Number - Probation Officer (if applicable)

Click here to learn more
Anti-Bullying Virtual Workshop

From the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office: Your children will enjoy this educational and fun Zoom session! To schedule group sessions (up to 10 children per session), contact us.

CONTACT: Marcia Bahia at bahiam@pbso.org

Click here to learn more
Parents Against Gangs Virtual Workshop

The virtual workshop will raise parents' awraeness on gang recruitment, how to recognize gang signs, juvenile crime, and how a criminal record can bring a lifetime of consequence to a child.

Click here to learn more
Nonprofits First - Community Update Oct 16, 2020

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

Click here to learn more (COVID-19 Resources)
CSC: Monday Morning Update, Oct 19, 2020

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                         


  • Community Health Advocate I - LORHN

  • Family Services Manager - Belle Glade
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.*
 
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