Monday, October 7, 2019
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~~~ This Week ~~~  
Mon, Oct 7  3:00 pm         Spanish Exchange for Beginners, Belle Glade Branch Library
Tue, Oct 8  10:00 am        Glades Career Readiness Roundtable, West Tech, Belle Glade
Tue, Oct 8 & 9  (see post for times)  Sign up for 2019 Angel Tree Program, West Tech and Pahokee
Wed, Oct 9  11:00 am       English Exchange, Pahokee Library
Thu, Oct 10  1:00 pm        English Exchange, Belle Glade Branch
Thu, Oct 10  11:00 am      Senator Rubio Mobile Office Hours, Belle Glade Library
Thu, Oct 10  11:30 am      Lunch and Learn, Community United Methodist, Belle Glade
Fri, Oct 11  9:00 am          Learn About VA Benefits, South Bay City Hall, BG Senior Center, Pahokee
Sun, Oct 13  9:30 am        Community United Methodist celebrates 100 Years, Belle Glade
Tue, Oct 15  9:00 am         PATCH Meeting, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Glades Area
On the Table - Host Training at The Glades Initiative
Interested in hosting an "On the Table" event but don't quite know what is involved? Come to the training. There are four upcoming Host Training available for first-time On the Table hosts, including one at The Glades Initiative. 
WHEN: Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, Inc., 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Stefani Kochanski, 561-659-6800
Click here to learn more
FREE Senior Congregate Meal Sites in the Glades

Seniors can receive a hot meal for free by visiting a congregate meal site in the Glades. Any senior can attend any meal site they choose. There is also complimentary Palm Tran Connection transportation available to the Senior Center. That arrangement is made when the senior applies at the center. Requirements can be found in the form below. 

Locations of free congregate meal sites in the Glades
Quiet Waters, 306 SW 10th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430 | 11:00 a.m. 
Tanner Park Community Center, 105 E Palm Beach Road, South Bay, FL 33493 | 12:00 p.m.
Glades Pioneer Terrace, 200 Dorothy Wilford Circle, Belle Glade, FL 33430 | 11:00 a.m.
West County Senior Center, 2916 State Road 15, Belle Glade, FL 33430 | 8:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more and to view requirements
THIS WEEK: Provide Your Legislative Priority

From the Nonprofit Chamber:  We are preparing our Green Book to present to legislators in November, but can't do it without you.  We need priority issues in the areas of Children and Families; Elders; hunger/homeless/housing; Mental health/substance abuse and health
This is so important so that health and human services issues get before our legislators. H elp us ensure that our voices are heard during the 2020 Legislative Session. Please use the attached form and provide your legislative priority issue by Thursday, October 10, 2019. 

Deadline for submitting legislative priorities
WHEN: Thursday, October 10, 2019
CONTACT: Marlene Passell, 561-877-2213,

Click here for the legislative issues priorities form
Spanish Exchange for BeginnersSPANISHEXCHANGE
Belle Glade Branch Library: Learn key vocabulary words, practice simple expressions in Spanish about time, places, food, introducing yourself and more in a fun and informal environment. (90 min.)

WHEN:  Monday, October 7, 2019 | 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Call 561-996-3453 to preregister
Glades Career Readiness Roundtable Meeting ROUND
The Glades Career Readiness Roundtable (GCRR) meeting will be held at the West Technical Education Center in Belle Glade

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 8, 2019  | 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: West Technical Educational Center, 2625 NW 16th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Click here to learn more
Sign Up for 2019 Angel Tree ProgramANGELTREE
Registration for the 2019 Salvation Army Angel Tree Program will be held at West Technical Education Center and the Pahokee Community Center. This program is a needs-based program meant to serve the neediest families with small children during the Christmas season. Families who struggle month to month, have recently lost work or who are undergoing an emergency may apply for assistance through this program.

Belle Glade Sign up
WHEN:  Tuesday, October 8 & 9, 2019  | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: West Technical Educational Center, 2625 NW 16th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: 561-686-3530

Pahokee Sign up
WHEN:  Wednesday, October 9, 2019  | 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pahokee Community Center, 360 East Main Street, Pahokee, FL 33476
CONTACT: 561-686-3530

Click here to learn more
English Exchange at Glades Area Libraries EXCHANGE
Practice speaking English in a fun and informal atmosphere. Intermediate knowledge of the language is recommended. (2 hr.)

WHEN:  Wednesdays, October 9, 16, 23, 30, 2019  | 11:00 a.m.
WHERE:  Loula V York Library, 525 Bacom Point Rd, Pahokee, FL 33476
CONTACT: Call 561-924-5928 to preregister

WHEN:  Thursdays, October 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019  | 1:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Call 561-996-3453 to preregister
Senator Rubio Announces Mobile Office Hours at Belle Glade Library RUBIO
Meet your local staff and learn about the services Senator Rubio's Office can offer his
constituents, including in areas such as: immigration, military/VA, Medicare, Social Security, IRS/banking, and legislative issues.

WHEN:  Thursday, October 10, 2019  | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: For more information, call the Southeast Regional Office at 561-775-3360

Click here for more information
Lunch and Learn at Belle Glade Library LUNCH
The Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance is hosting a lunch and learn at the Belle Glade Library. The guest speaker will be Ann Marie Sorrell. Ann Marie's family migrated to Pahokee when she was three years old. She started her own company, The Mosaic Group. 

WHEN:  Thursday, October 10, 2019  | 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
WHERE: Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Chris Radentz, 561-763-5550, or
COST: Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online through EventBrite: https://LORELNL1010.EVENTBRITE.COM

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Learn About Veterans Administration Benefits AIDBENEFITS
Invitation to veterans and spouses and to organizations and individuals interested in learning about "Aid and Attendance Benefits" offered by the Veterans Administration. This program of the Veterans Administration will benefit qualifying veterans and surviving spouses. Eligibility requirements, payable benefits and how to file claims will be discussed.
WHEN: Friday, October 11, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: South Bay City Hall, 335 SW 2nd Ave, South Bay, FL 33493

WHEN: Friday, October 11, 2019 | 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: West County Senior Center, 2916 FL-15, Belle Glade, FL 33430

WHEN: Friday, October 11, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pahokee Marina, 190 N Lake Ave, Pahokee, FL 33476

CONTACT : For further information, please call Teri Mitze, 561-470-2086 or teri.mitze@myFloridaHouse.Gov
Click here to learn more (in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole)
Community United Methodist Celebrates 100 Years HUNDREDYEARS
Community United Methodist Church in Belle Glade invites the community to join in celebrating 100 years of ministry. 
WHEN: Sunday, October 13, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT  : For further information, please call 561-996-5568
Click here to learn more
The Glades PATCH (Planned Approach To Community Health) is a program designed to help the community evaluate, plan and implement health education and disease prevention and intervention programs. PATCH helps promote the health of the community to include the social, emotional and physical well-being of its citizens. PATCH is a partnership of concerned citizens and organizations. This partnership provides a forum for identifying health problems affecting the community and mobilizing the community to plan, conduct and evaluate intervention services. The meeting is open to all who wish to join.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019   | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Ave C, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Night Out Against Crime
PBSO invites Glades residents and vendors to participate in the "Night Out Against Crime". If you would like to participate as a vendor, please contact Marcia Bahia at
WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Glades Pioneer Park, 866 SW 16th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here to learn more (in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole)
Click here to read vendor invitation letter
BG Chamber's 55th Annual Awards Banquet
The Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce invites the community to attend its 55th Annual Awards Banquet at the Everglades Research and Education Center. 
WHEN: Monday, October 28, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Everglades Research and Education Center, 3200 E Palm Beach Road, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here to learn more
October Fest at Louis Butts Park
Come one, come all to an evening of haunted fun. Participants must register on the day of the event. Event is free, with carnival rides, games, a haunted house, and more. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Music by DJ Big Show.
WHEN: Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Louis Butts Park, 1224 SW Avenue E Place, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here to learn more
BG Chamber's 2nd Annual Fall Small Business & Craft Vendor Fair
Attend this year's Fall Small Business & Craft Vendor Fair for music, food, kids activities, and more. Those interested in being vendors should contact the Chamber. 
WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: Melanie at 561-996-2745 or email
Click here to learn more
Lakeside Medical Center 10th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for a day of family fun to celebrate your community hospital's 10th anniversary! There will be games, music, prizes, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, balloon art, free hotdogs and hamburgers, and more! 
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 33430
Click here to learn more
Learn About PBSC's 2020-2021 Scholarships

Click on the link to learn about Palm Beach State College's 2020-2021 scholarships available to students. 

CONTACT: Apply for PBSC financial aid by visiting

Click here to learn more
Scholarship: Finish4Free - Get Your AA at PBSC

The Palm Beach State College's Finish4Free scholarship pays for Dual Enrolled/Early Admission and/or students who have earned 30 or more college credits to complete their AA degree. Full tuition and registration fees.

Click here to learn more
Health Officials Urge Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Awareness

Press Release: Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County (DOH-Palm Beach) officials emphasize the importance of Florida's residents and visitors protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus disease. The public should remain diligent in preventative measures like "Drain and Cover."

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Florida Department of Education Announces Florida Standards Listening Tour

Press Release: Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced the Florida Standards Listening Tour dates and locations. The department also released the second draft of the revised standards for public input.

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Belle Glade Branch Library: October 2019 Activities

Check out all of the planned activities at the Belle Glade Branch Library for the month of October!

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CareerSource October 2019 Calendar

CareerSource has a number of events and programs to aid local job seekers - see their October 2019 calendar for more information.

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Take Stock in Children - October 2019 Newsletter

Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County shares its latest newsletter. 

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The Rural Health Advocate - September 2019 Newsletter

Events, programs, information, and more in the September 2019 Rural Health Advocate newsletter. 

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Tax Talk with Anne Gannon

In the October issue of Tax Talk with Anne Gannon, PBC Tax Collector, she asks: Is REAL ID really necessary? 

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Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network - Fall Newsletter

The Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network released its Fall 2019 Newsletter. Click to read! 

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Belle Glade Chamber Chatter - October 2019

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

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McKinlay Memo - September/October 2019

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay shares information about living conditions in a Belle Glade rural housing complex in the latest edition of the McKinlay Memo. 

Click here to learn more
CSC: Monday Morning Update, October 7, 2019

Get the latest information from the Children's Services Council. Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: New Resource Library, Safe Sleep Awareness Month, and more!

Click here to learn more
Job Opportunities

In the Glades                                                 


The Glades Initiative is Hiring!

The Glades Initiative is currently accepting applicants for two open positions. If you are passionate about serving the Glades area, and have the required experience, please email your cover letter and resume for consideration to An opportunity to inquire face-to-face is the Job Fair event at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center tomorrow, Tuesday, September 17, 2019 (see post below this for more information).
Director of Programs
Apply by 10/07/2019
Program Coordinator - Food
Apply by 10/07/2019
Other Areas
Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting in October
From the Human Trafficking Coalition: Our guest speaker will be Lawanda Gibson, Violence Prevention Educator at AVDA. Our Featured Speaker will be Lateresa Jones, Survivor and Author. PLEASE NOTE: October's meeting will be on a Thursday (NOT Wednesday), and our location is different. 

WHEN: Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Coalition for Independent Living Option-Auditorium, 2751 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Click here for more information
Strategic Planning & Performance Monitoring Course
This 2-hour course provides an introduction to strategic planning and performance monitoring so you can apply these concepts to achieve maximum impact of your programs.
WHEN: Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Nonprofits First, 1818 S Australian Avenue #450, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
CONTACT  : Shari J. Hanglan,, 561-214-7435
Click here to learn more
Strategic Steps to Growing Your Business
Take part in this certificate program from SCORE Palm Beach.

WHEN:  Begins Wednesday, October 23, 2019   | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
WHERE:  Fire Station 5, 2080 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
CONTACT: Larry Ornstein, SCORE Palm Beach, 561-833-1672,

Click here to learn more
Previous Postings - The Glades Area
The Glades Initiative Invites You to Host an On the Table Event This November

In conjunction with the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, The Glades Initiative, as part of the steering committee, invites you to host your your own On the Table event in the Glades in November. Last year, over 4,000 residents from Palm Beach and Martin Counties came together to discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community. On the Table connects individuals and communities of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. They gather over a meal, coffee, or cocktails to talk about their experiences-and listen to their neighbors-with the goal of creating a more unified community. 

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
WHERE: At community centers, local restaurants, libraries, private homes, offices - anywhere a host chooses. Conversations can be sit-down, catered, picnic, or potluck - up to each host
CONTACT: Register your own event by clicking here. The Glades Initiative is on the Steering committee and happy to talk to folks in the Glades about hosting their own table - call or email Karis at 561-996-3310 or

Click here to learn more
Get Your Driver's License Back and Save on Fees
On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Clerk's office is authorized to waive collection agency fees - some as high as 40 percent - for anyone who pays off their court obligations in full or signs up for a monthly payment plan. Those who pay their debts or go on a monthly payment plan will also be able to reinstate their suspended driver's license in most cases.
WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: West County Courthouse 2950 State Road 15, Room S-100, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT  : For further information, please call 561-355-2996
Click here to learn more
Meet with Prime Vendors at Glades Got Talent Event
The Glades Got Talent event is specifically designed for those seeking employment in trades oriented jobs. Employers that currently have job openings will be present. 
WHEN: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: West Technical Education Center, 2625 NW 16th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT : For further information, please contact Liz Harbur, 561-681-2406 or
Click here to learn more
Vendors Wanted: 3rd Annual Communitywide Health & Wellness Festival
The PBC HIV CARE Council is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Communitywide Health & Wellness Festival at The Loading Ramp in Belle Glade. As we continue our efforts to reduce HIV-related health disparities and assure adequate treatment and support services are accessible to the most vulnerable populations, we want to invite you to the opportunity for your organization to align itself with a unique event and worthwhile cause. We want to cordially invite you to be a vendor at our event. 
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Loading Ramp, 524 SW Avenue C Place, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT : For more information, please contact Neeta Mahani at 561-355-4820 or; you may also RSVP by clicking here
Click here to learn more
Medicare Open Enrollment Coming Soon: Choose a Plan That Covers Your Medications 

Medicare Open Enrollment will be from October 15 - December 7, 2019. If you or a loved one is eligible for Medicare, this is the time to choose a plan that covers all of your/their medications in the coming year. Contact SHINE for assistance. 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15 - December 7, 2019
CONTACT: To contact SHINE for assistance, call 1-800-96-ELDER (800-963-5337)       

Click here to learn more
Enroll Today - Phlebotomy, HHA at West Tech
Enroll in Medical Sciences at West Tech - Home Health Aide and Phlebotomy cohorts will begin in January. Potential students that have resided within the Glades Region for three of the past five years may be eligible for a non-income based scholarship. 

WHEN:  Tuesday, January 21 - April 17, 2020 (12 weeks)
WHERE: West Technical Education Center, 2625 NW 16th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT: 561-829-4620

Click here for more information
Count-E-News: News From Palm Beach County

Read news and more from Palm Beach County! 

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, September 30, 2019

Get the latest information from the Children's Services Council. Read the latest from the Children's Services Council: EveryParent Resource Guie, Safe Sleep Awareness Month, Council Fuels Great Ideas, and more!

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Previous Postings - Other Areas
Legal Aid Society's Dinner and a Movie
The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County would like to invite you to 'Dinner & A Movie.' at the Mandel Public Library Theatre to watch the move OWNED: A Tale of Two Americas, and enjoy a little food. It's FREE!

WHEN:  Saturday, October 19, 2019   | 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
WHERE:  Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
CONTACT: Contact 561-655-8944 ext 324 for any questions, RSVP at

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Dinner/Dance Benefit Glades Community Organization
Glades Community Organization invites you to its 2019 Annual Dinner/Dance at Sacred Heart Parish in Lake Worth. Proceeds benefit Glades Community Organization in Belle Glade. 

WHEN:  Saturday, October 26, 2019  | 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
WHERE:  Sacred Heart Parish-Madonna Hall, 425 North M St, Lake Worth, FL 33460
CONTACT: For more information call Gloria Van Brocklin at 561-758-1457
COST: $35

Click here to learn more
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
If you would like to submit your volunteer opportunities on our site below, please email us at

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
Donate to the Glades Initiative, Inc.