July 25, 2016
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week!
      Monday, July 25, 2016          6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.      Glades Region Listening & Learning Tour, Pahokee Middle School (in the media center)
      Tuesday, July 26, 2016         6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.       Glades Region Listening & Learning Tour, Glades Central High School, Belle Glade
      Thursday, July 28, 2016        2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.      Hands on eBooks Class, Belle Glade Library
      Friday, July 29, 2016             6:00 p.m.                       IMPORTANT - Town Hall Meeting to Fight 'Send the Water South' Campaign, Clewiston, FL 


Glades Region Listening and Learning Tour  ListenandLearn

A community dialogue for the improvement of our schools. Each event takes place in the media center of the listed school.

WHEN & WHERE:   Monday, July 25th  at Rosenwald Elementary School from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                                 Tuesday, July 26th at Glades Central Community High School from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.                            

Click here for a flyer

Farm Share Community FREE Food Distribution

WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in Pahokee
Volunteers are needed:
If you are available to VOLUNTEER, please be at the park by 8:30a.m.
Your continued support of the food distribution is appreciated. PLEASE HELP US FEED OUR COMMUNITY by spreading the word.


FREE Computer & Internet Classes

Classes are either Lecture (informational only) or Hands-on (using a computer).  Some hands-on classes are also available in Basic, Intermediate or Advanced levels.  eBook classes vary from branch to branch and from device to device - call for more information.  Call the location of your choice early to preregister - classes fill up fast!
eBooks (Hands-on)

Learn about the Library's eBook service, how to get eBooks, and what is needed to transfer an eBook to a reader. Bring your device (see what the various Branches are offering below) and your account information for assistance. (30 min.-2 hr.)
Okeechobee Boulevard Branch

WHEN:  Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Branch 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade

Click here for more information

PEPPI Headstart Job Fair

Teachers and Teacher Assistants Needed Immediately!
Teachers - Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education is required. $16.35/hour
Teacher Assistants - HS Diploma or GED, plus National CDA is required. $11.65/hour

Visit our website, print an Employment Application, fill it out, and bring it to the Fair!

WHEN:  Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Branch 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade, FL
Click here to view flyer


 Town Hall Meeting: To Fight the "Send the Water South" Campaign TOWNHALL

There is a movement, that some may not know about yet, to take our farmlands and flood them. If they're successful, hundreds of people in the Glades will be without jobs. They don't care about the families in this area and we have to push back now! Please attend and encourage others; we're organizing and we need your help!

WHEN:  Friday, July 29, 2016 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: New Harvest Church, 370 Holiday Isle Drive, Clewiston, FL

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FREE Childbirth Classes at Lakeside Medical Center LMCChildbirth

Address your fears, decreased stress in labor, learn, breathing techniques, connect with other mothers, connect with your partner/labor coach, learn/brush up on new born care, and  check out our beautiful facility in advance.

WHEN:   Thursday, August 4th
              Thursday, August 18th
              Thursdays, September 1st, 15th, & 29th

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

For more information and to RSVP call: (561) 996-6571 ext. 8116
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Lunch and Learn In-service: Truvada for PrEP
This in-service mission serves to heighten awareness around PrEP among local residents who are at high risk for HIV exposure. The goal is to bring Healthcare Providers on board in promoting this new style of HIV prevention method.
What is PrEP?   PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS is a new prevention method in which people who do not have the HIV infection take one pill daily to reduce their risk of becoming infected.
Target Audience: Physicians, Nurses, HIV Prevention Educators, Case Managers, Medical Residents, Disease Intervention Specialists, Pharmacists, Prevention Training Consultants, and Healthcare Providers
WHEN:  Monday, August 29, 2016  12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL
For more information and reservation opportunity, please contact Linda Warren, Prevention Training Consultant, at 561-547-6852 or linda.warren@flhealth.gov.
Click here for a full flyer

Summer BreakSpot Locations Are Now Open

FREE meals for kids and teens! Introducing the Summer Break Spot, offering free nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under all summer long each supervised location offers nutritious meals - breakfast, lunch or snacks - in a safe environment.

Click here for more details
Click here for food sites

Back-to-School Immunization/Physicals Special

For a limited time, receive discounted services for Back-to-School!

WHERE:  Palm Glades Rural Health Associates,217 West Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430
                Grace Healthcare Solutions, 7368 State Road 15, US 441, Pahokee, FL 33476

Back to School Service Flyers:
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click here for Spanish
click here for Creole

General Service Flyers:
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click here for Spanish
click here for Creole


FREE Baseball Night with WPBT2 and WXEL

Once again South Florida PBS has teamed with Roger Dean Stadium for a night of baseball and fun.
We would love to have you and/or your organization (staff) join us for this free evening.
If you are interested please call Mary Doscher at 561-818-5882 for your free tickets.

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Information on Free Programs for Parents of Children with Disabilities

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Rules and Eligibility Updates for Florida KidCare

Click here for a flyer on how to enroll
Click here for a helpful chart with the updates
Click here for a shorter version of the update chart

Salvation Army Angel Tree Program

(For children 12 years old and under only)
The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County operates a holiday toy distribution program. With the help of a generous public we are able to provide toys to families in need. Families must complete an application and registration to receive assistance through The Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program.
Click here for registration and locations (Palm Beach County Only)

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Alerts - July 2016

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Arrange a FREE Child I.D. Event

For additional information on this valuable, free service or to arrange for an I.D. event, please call 561-688-3970 , and leave your contact information and you will hear back from us within 1-2 days.

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Full-time Year-Long Interns Available for Palm Beach County Nonprofits
A new program of the United Methodist Church is offering full-time year-long interns to nonprofits in Palm Beach County starting September 1 through the beginning of August next year. The nonprofit must provide; -a job description to cover 35 to 40 hours per week -A designated supervisor and weekly check in meetings from each will be back between intern in organization -The nonprofit contributes $14,000 over the year -Open communication with the program's director -The United Methodist Church program provides the interns, all HR, personal stipend, housing, utilities, groceries, transportation expenses, three retreats during the year, monthly house visits and occasional book studies.
-The nonprofit is free to hire an intern after the year is over
The Methodist program is planning on to two house locations; one near Lake Okeechobee between Canal Point and Belle Glade and the other East of the turnpike between Lake Worth and Boynton Beach.
Currently there are six candidates interested in internship positions. These are hard-working, "change the world" kinds of young adults with varying skills and abilities.
If you are interested, or have questions, contact Heidi Aspinwall as soon as possible. Cell is 305-733-4420. Haspinwall@flumc.org .

Job Opportunities 

Glades Area

Other Areas

Best Foot Forward - Boca Raton
Boys Town ~ Child Associate - West Palm Beach


Junior League 2016 Summer Nonprofit Leadership Series  

The Junior League of Boca Raton is pleased to present our 2016 Summer Nonprofit Leadership Series
Please note, there is NO registration fee for the workshops below.
For more information please email our Grant Librarian, Liz Locke at library@jlbr.org or call us at (561) 620-2553.
Click here to register for FREE!

Listen to the Past: How to Create an Oral History
Presented by Judith Kolva

Oral histories go beyond the cold facts recorded in history books. Through face-to-face interactions, they preserve the stories of individuals who helped create the fabric of history and whose lives, in turn, were shaped by the people, initiatives and efforts of your organization. Leave this workshop with an understanding of oral history tradition and a step-by-step plan to create rich oral histories about your organization.

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 26, 2016 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL  33432

The ABC's for a Winning Edge
Presented by Linda Yates
WHEN: Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL  33432

Introduction to Finding Grants
Presented by Liz Locke

Learn how to effectively utilize the VCRC library resources, including the Foundation Center's database - Foundation Directory Online. Research potential funders for your organization by developing targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs.

WHEN:  Tuesday, August 2, 2016 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL  33432

Board Engagement
Presented by Gerald Czarnecki

Bringing on a terrific board member is only the first step. Taking time to ensure that each board member becomes personally invested and engaged in the mission of the organization is time well spent. In this workshop, unveil practical ways to develop truly engaged, board members and determine how they could become your nonprofit's best ambassadors, advocates, strategists, and all-around supporters.

WHEN:  Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL  33432

Introduction to Fundraising Planning
Presented by Liz Locke

Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps to give staff and board members a roadmap to success. This introductory workshop explains basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on making your case for support, diversifying your organization's fundraising base, and creating a plan of action.

WHEN:  Thursday, August 25, 2016 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL  33432


Introduction to Loan Credit Underwriting Class
Do you need to learn the basics of Loan Credit Underwriting? Perhaps, you need money for your next housing project? Lenders are a great resource to help you succeed. But where do you begin and what are the lenders looking for?

This workshop will help you understand the basics of loan underwriting including terminology, timeframes, and everything you need to know so you can be successful in getting the funds.
SEATS ARE VERY LIMITED!  Click the link below to register

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 26, 2016  8:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
Click here to register

My Brother's Keeper Network of Palm Beach County: Policy Review

To school officials, educators, law enforcement, childcare providers, human service providers, juvenile justice providers, government workers, community members, high school students, and funders: Please mark your calendars for the MBK Policy Review.  Representatives from the National League of Cities and Global Policy Solutions will assist with the facilitation of the workshop.

You must RSVP to participate by clicking on the link below:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  8:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Vista Center, 2300 Jog Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Click here to view the full flyer


Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County: Diabetes Month Planning Meeting

The Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County is looking for representation from the Glades!

WHEN: Friday, July 29, 2016 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: FoundCare Health Center, 2330 S. Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, 33406


Ethics and the Media: Navigating the News in the New Normal
Join award winning journalist Al Tompkins for an engaging,interactive session exploring the changes, challenges and choices of a media revolution that is transforming the foundations of traditional journalism and its ethics. Learn four key questions that will help you "think critically" about the information you  consume online, in the newspaper or over the air from any source.

WHEN: Monday, August 8, 2016 2:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33461

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Young Leaguers in the K(now) Organizational Meeting

For adults 18-45 who are interested in good government: Help shape the future of the group, hear about the league's work in the area of gun safety and talk about the August Primary.

WHEN: Thursday, August 11, 2016 6:30 p.m.
777 South Flagler Drive, Suite 500 East, West Palm Beach, FL

RSVP to stephaniedutko@gmail.com or (305)299-0232

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Human Trafficking Coalition General Meeting: Summer Series Training

Our guest speaker will be Katherine Hammer, LCSW, Senior Director of the Lewis Center to speak about homelessness being a vulnerability that leads to trafficking. Agency Spotlight: Florencia Dominguez from International Rescue Committee. Certificates with contact hours will be issued for this meeting.
WHEN:   Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
WHERE: PBC Emergency Operations Center, 20 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL
Extended Topics

Our guest speaker will be Tanya Meade presenting on Stewards of Children. Agency Spotlight: Due to extended topic, there is no agency spotlight this month. Certificates with contact hours will be issued for this meeting.
WHEN:  Wednesday, September 14, 2016  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
WHERE: PBC Emergency Operations Center 20 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL

4th Annual Nonprofit Chamber Community Spirit Luncheon
For the fourth year, the Nonprofit Chamber of Palm Beach County is honoring those who have made special contributions to the nonprofit community in Palm Beach County. Please join us to honor and applaud them for going above and beyond to support and advocate for those in our community who need us the most.
WHEN:  Friday, September 16, 2016  11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Embassy Suites, 1601 Belvedere Rd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406
COST: $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10
Click here to register

8th Annual Climate Change Summit

At this event, the focus will be on real stories of real success in communities, business and political sectors, evaluating the environmental and economic impacts of a changing climate. Better still, we'll address strategies to help local governments, businesses, and community leaders pro-actively build resilience in their communities, with emphasis on economic vitality. This year, as we begin updating the Regional Climate Action Plan, we'll ask you about your vision for Southeast Florida's future. Take the lead in Southeast Florida's sustainable future by participating in this year's Climate Leadership Summit.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5-6, 2016.

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

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Children's Services Council Monday Morning Update - July 25, 2016

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Previous Postings GLADES AREA
First Bank in Belle Glade~ Now Open
First Bank is committed to building relationships by helping to meet the needs of the Belle Glade business community and residents. If you are interested in Business Banking services, Commercial or Ag Loans, Buying or Refinancing a Home, considering Retirement options, then stop by for a visit - our Belle Glade office team is locally grown and will help seek personalized financial solutions to achieve your goals. We welcome your visit and look forward to meeting you!
WHEN:  Mondays-Thursdays 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
             Fridays 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: First Bank of Belle Glade, 325 South Main Street, Belle Glade
Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County~Grant Opportunity

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Sharon R. Bock Clerk & Comptroller Palm Beach County For the Record June 2016

Office of Community Revitalization Community Connect~ June 2016 

Monday Morning Updates July 11, 2016

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Job Opportunities 

Glades Area

PEPPI Head Start is Now Recruiting for 2016-2017

PEPPI Head Start is now accepting applications for 3 & 4 year old children including children that meet the criteria of being homeless and or living in shelters and children with disabilities. If you may have any question we can be reach at 301 SW 8th Street Belle Glade, FL 33430 or call (561) 996-1718.
Click here for more details

Apply Today for Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) for 2016-2017

The Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program prepares early learners for success in kindergarten and beyond. The program helps build a strong foundation for school using educational materials that are geared to various stages in a child's development. If you live in Florida, and your child turns 4 years of age by September 1, 2016 your child is eligible to participate in Florida's FREE VPK education program.
Click here for more details and requirement 

The Urban Technology Program

The Urban Technology Program is where we seek qualified candidates, train them in various computer certification programs and assist them in job placement once requirements are fulfilled.  
For more information contact Isabel C. Steube: 561-833-1461

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Zika Virus Flyer and Fact Sheet 

Job Opportunities 

Glades Area
2016 Putting Kids First: Community Back To School Bash - 
We are thrilled to announce the 2016 Putting Kids First: Community Back to School Bash!  This wonderful annual event will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at six (6) locations throughout the County, and we need your assistance with registering all kids in need in our Countywide Community Revitalization Team (CCRT) communities. As you probably know, the Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) has been partnering with the Community Back to School Bash (CBSB) collaborative to provide school supplies to kids in need from Kindergarten to 12th grade. The program is a countywide initiative of government working in partnership with the Community Back to School Bash (BASH) and other community service organizations to provide children in need with school supplies and backpacks.  The program is implemented through an annual event funded by Palm Beach County and the CBSB collaborative, comprised of more than 60 nonprofit and other agencies.

WHEN:  Saturday, August 6, 2016 

WHERE:Location Varies

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Previous Postings OTHER AREAS
Summit of Latin America Consulates: Tackling Issues Affecting Immigrant Communities in PBC
You are cordially invited to attend our first-ever Summit of Latin America Consulates: Tackling Issues Affecting Immigrant Communities in Palm Beach County - This joint summit of PBSO, The Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Palm Beach County, and Palm Beach State College will feature speakers on the following topics.  A light lunch and refreshments will be served.
WHEN:  Thursday, August 18, 2016 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 4200 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth

*        State Representative David Kerner - impact of human trafficking in PBC's Hispanic communities and ways we can work together 
*        Mr. Jorge Pesquera,President and CEO of Discover the Palm Beaches - PBC tourism and how their organization works with others     
*        PBSO - crime prevention/ways to avoid being a crime victim.
*        Mr. Santos Arroyo, Founder and CEO of The Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - 
*        The Guatemalan Maya Center,Farm Worker Coordinating Council of PBC, and El Sol Center - services they provide 
*        An expert speaker on U Visa, or non-immigrant visa, for victims of crimes.
For more information or to RSVP Sam Roman: 561.688.3817 or  RomanS@PBSO.org
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Click here for details in Spanish
Click here for registration form
Summer BreakSpot Locations Are Now Open

FREE meals for kids and teens! Introducing the Summer Break Spot, offering free nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under all summer long each supervised location offers nutritious meals - breakfast, lunch or snacks - in a safe environment.

Click here for more details
Click here for food sites
Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures - Youth Survey (VERY IMPORTANT)

The School District of Palm Beach County (PBC), PBC Youth Services Department, Children's Services Council, United Way of PBC, CareerSource PBC and a host of other public and private organizations are in the process of developing a Youth Master Plan.  A Youth Master Plan is a collaborative document that will guide our efforts to ensure all students and young adults are healthy and thriving.  This effort has been branded "Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures," and your input is an essential component for its success. Please take some time to complete the survey by at the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PBCYouthMP  by May 27th and share your thoughts and experiences with us. The information you share is confidential.  Thank you in advance for your participation in this important effort. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact James Green at 561-242-5702 or  JGreen1@pbcgov.org
Summer Smiles Program for Children at the Health Care District's C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics

Summer is a great time to brighten your child's smile with a visit to the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics.  We provide both general and preventive dental care and medical services at our clinics in Belle Glade, Delray Beach, Lantana and West Palm Beach and medical care only at our clinic in western Lake Worth.  Make an appointment for your children's dental check-up and medical visit now before they go back to school by calling 561-642-1000.  The Health Care District of Palm Beach County's Brumback Clinics see all patients and Medicaid is accepted.  Services include school and sports physicals, financial counseling, social services and help applying for health coverage.  The Brumback Clinics also have pharmacies on-site.  Our caring, compassionate dental and medical staff speak English, Spanish and Creole.  For hours, locations and directions, visit http://clbrumbackprimarycareclinics.org/locations/ 
Summer 2016 Human Trafficking Academy
Through fifteen intensive and inter-active courses taught by top-level experts, academics and practitioners, we aim at empowering you with valuable knowledge, effective skills and helpful tools to address the scourge of human trafficking: commercial sexual exploitation and labor trafficking. You will leave the Academy knowing better and more intelligent ways of doing your noble work of saving lives and restoring dignity to survivors while improving justice in our society.  Academy participants will gain insight into various manifestations of human trafficking, best approaches and successful practices by addressing the problem from their specific vantage-point, modalities of working with survivors, as well as ways of cooperating with each other, and partnering with the public and private sector and with the community at large, in order to develop a cohesive and coherent anti-trafficking strategy. Upon completion of the training, Academy participants will be awarded a Certificate by St. Thomas University School of Law. 30 continuing legal education credits (pending) with The Florida Bar will be available for lawyers. Deadline to Register: July 22, 2016
WHEN:  Monday August 1 -5, 2016
WHERE: In class or On-line
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Click here for registration form

Posting Information to our Eblast & Volunteering

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


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