September 6, 2016
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week!

          Friday, September 9, 2016    9:30 am - Close           Flu Shots Available, Glades Community Organization, Belle Glade
          Every Monday                      5:30 pm.-6:30 pm         Quit Smoking Now Classes in Pahokee, Florida Comm. Health Center


Quit Smoking Now Classes in Pahokee
Tired of tobacco? Do you know someone who is? If you're ready to quit....we're ready to help!
A free six-week Quit Smoking Now class is being offered to help tobacco users break free from nicotine dependence!

WHEN: Every Monday  5:30pm - 6:30pm
WHERE: Florida Community Health Centers - Pahokee, 170 S Barfield Hwy, Suite 101, Pahokee, FL 33476

For more information, call 877-819-2357

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Belle Glade Residents: Need a Flu Shot? BGFlu

Walgreens has teamed up with Glades Community Organization in Belle Glade to provide Flu shots.
Please call and reserve your shot at (561) 996-5551

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2016   9:30am

WHERE: Glades Community Organization, 366 S Main St, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Pahokee Residents: Need a Flu Shot? PKFlu  
Walgreens has teamed up with Alzheimer's Community Care Day Center in Pahokee to provide Flu shots.
Please call and reserve your shot at (561)924-7283. 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2016  1:00pm - 3:00pm   

WHERE: Alzheimer's Community Care, 470 E Barack Obama Blvd, Pahokee, FL

Catapult Academy Open House

Earn Your High School Diploma; Launch Your Future or Catapult Academy! Catapult Academy is a tuition-free, fully accredited high school program, where students earn their high school diploma through a combination of small-group instruction and self-paced learning.  Catapult Academy is NOT a VIRTUAL.  Entering students keep any credits that they have already earned and complete any remaining credits with Catapult Academy. Once students complete their credits and all other state and district requirements, students receive a fully accredited and district-approved high school diploma (NOT a GED).  Catapult Academy is Enrolling NOW for the FALL TERM! Catapult Academy is currently enrolling students to attend our NEW Belle Glade location opening.

*             Fully Accredited High School Program
*             Approved by the School District of Palm Beach County
*             Tuition Free
*             Age 16-21
*             Flexible Morning or Afternoon Sessions
*             Self-Paced Learning & Small-Group Instruction
WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2016  6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

WHERE:  St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, 710 S. Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information or to schedule an appointment with an Enrollment Coordinator call: 561.630.1735

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Toastmasters Club

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, September 14, 2016   5:30pm - 6:30pm

WHERE: Palm Beach State College (room CRB224), 1977College Drive, Belle Glade, FL
For more information and how to join, call: (561)261-5043

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FREE Childbirth Classes at Lakeside Medical Center LMCChild
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:   Thursdays September 15 & 29, 2016   6:00pm - 8:00pm
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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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations
The Palm Beach County Library System invites you to the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. We celebrate our community's cultural diversity, the beautiful traditions of Latin American countries, and the contributions Hispanics have made to American society. Join us for a wide variety of events for the entire family. Check the calendar of events for special activities at your local branch.

WHEN & WHERE:      

       Pahokee Branch: 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee, FL 33476

               Saturday, September 17, 2016 ~ Hispanic Heritage Month Film at 3:00pm 

       South Bay Branch: 375 SW 2nd Avenue, South Bay, FL 33493

                Monday September 26, 2016
~ Hispanic Heritage Month Film at 5:00pm

       Belle Glade Branch: 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430            
                Saturday, October 1, 2016
~ Latin American Classical Music on Viola at 11:00am

                 Friday, October 14, 2016 ~ Tell Me a Story at 10:00am
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Alligators, Crocodiles & Florida, Oh My! 

Take a journey through nature with scrapbooking and Albert, the alligator. Ages 5 & up.
Please call to preregister: (561)992-8393

WHEN: Monday, September 19, 2016   5:30pm - 6:30pm

WHERE: Clarence E. Anthony Branch Library, 375 S.W. 2nd Avenue, South Bay 33493

Call for Nominations: 7th Annual Ascension Awards

February 4, 2017 will mark the 7th Annual Ascension Awards.  Each year, we honor Black businesses, business leaders and individuals who have ascended to greatness in their area of expertise.

Nominations are due by
Friday, September 30, 2016 

Click here to submit a nomination

Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Lockhart - Principal of the Year!

The Palm Beach County School District has named our own Dr. Anthony Lockhart, of Lakeshore Middle School, as the Principal of the Year!

Click here to read the full story and see more news from the School District of Palm Beach County

Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County Monday Morning Update

See how the Children's Services Council is working for our children:

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Florida KidCare Newsletter - August 2016

Florida KidCare accepts applications year-round from families with uninsured children under the age of 19. Children enrolled in the program have access to preventive care such as regular doctor's visits, immunizations, dental and vision benefits.

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Lighthouse Café News - August 2016

See what's new at the Lighthouse Café!

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Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network (LORHN) Newsletter - August 2016

Funding/Awards, Webinars, Rural Resources, Research, Meetings, and more

Click here to view

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County News

SWA has developed an award-winning integrated solid waste management system to handle the county's waste and recyclables. We call ourselves AWAY: whether you throw it, recycle it or flush it AWAY, we put your waste to work.

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Domestic Violence 101 Overview Course (2 CEUs)

COST: $25

The learning objective of this course is to educate the reader on what a Domestic Violence is, recognize types of abusive behavior, how domestic violence may be learned, why some victims remain in abusive relationships and discuss the dynamics of abusive relationships.

Click here to take the course online

Tips for Getting Your Story in the Palm Beach Post

Have an important story to tell? Here's out to get the word out.
Click here for tips

Make a Difference: Become a Mentor

A recruitment event for male mentors with opportunities available throughout Palm Beach County.
Please RSVP by September 6, 2016 to Gary Graham (561)375-6638

WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 2016   6:00pm - 8:00pm

WHERE: Revolutions at CityPlace, 477 S Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL

Click here for a flyer

National Welcoming Week: The Florida Refugee Experience Event

A distinguished group of panelists will share their experiences. A lively discussion of the book, "Enrique's Journey", by Sonia Nazario, will follow. This event is made possible with the collaboration of the Palm Beach County Library System, the Florida Department of Children and Families, Refugee Services and Project Transition, PBC School District.

WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 2016   6:00pm - 7:30pm

WHERE: Palm Beach County Library - Main, 3650 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach 33406

For more information or to preregister, contact the Palm Beach County Library at 561-233-2600

Future in Medicine Summit

The Palm Beach County Medical Society Services (PBCMSS) will be hosting the 10th annual Future of Medicine Summit. This year's Future of Medicine Summit, entitled "THE QUEST FOR HEALTHY AGING-IN MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT" will bring together leading physicians, health policy experts and researchers.

WHEN: Thursday, September 15 and Friday, September 16, 2016 

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

Click here to register

2016 Fall Nonprofit Leadership Series

WHERE: Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33432

WHEN: (See below)

 Introduction to Finding Grants - Presented by Liz Locke, JLBR
Audience: Beginning funding researchers or those desiring a refresher.

September 6, 2016    9:00am - 10:00am         
October 4, 2016         9:00am - 10:00am
November 1, 2016     9:00am - 10:00am
December 6, 2016     9:00am - 10:00am      

Developing a Planned Giving Strategy for the Small Nonprofit - Presented by Mark Glickman, CFRE, Jewish Theological Seminary
Come and learn how to start or improve your organization's planned giving program without adding too much extra work to your
list of responsibilities. Audience: All          
September 8, 2016  3:00pm - 4:30pm

The New FLSA Regulations and their Impact on Your Organization - Presented by John Foley, Esq., Legal Aid Society of PBC
This workshop will provide detailed and substantive guidance to help you manage the new FLSA requirements, including the increased
salary level for the white collar exemption. Audience: All

September 22, 2016
   9:30am - 12:00pm

Due to limited event seating, online workshop pre-registration is required. There is NO registration fee for the fall workshop series

Click here to register

Climate Change Involves 4 Different Issues: The Policy Implications

Presentation by renowned climate expert and internationally acclaimed speaker John Englander at the invitation of the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, Englander will present: Environmental Change: Do Science and Policy Collide. Issues of climate change, energy, sea level rise, recycling, the Everglades, fresh water, ecosystem, algae, and many more, may all appear to be similar. During his 40-minute talk, Englander explains where these issues overlap and where they are quite different in terms of the science and policy. The presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A session.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 5:30 p.m.-7:30p.m.

WHERE: Summit Library, 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach

For more information or to RSVP email:

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Legislative Advocacy Initiative
No matter how large or small your nonprofit may be, it is crucial that YOU be part of the legislative process on behalf of the clients you serve. This is an important initiative, well received by legislators and gives you an opportunity to be heard.
Legislative Priority Setting Workshop- Friday, September 30, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm

Click here to complete the questionaire regarding your legislative priorities and then attend this workshop where YOU help select the top two priorities to be included in the legislative Green Book.  COST: $15 (includes full breakfast)

WHERE: United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches, 900 Brandywine Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Click here to register

Legislative Summit-  Friday, November 18, 2016   9:30am - 12:00am
Join our legislators as we present top priorities and distribute the Green Book for them to take to Tallahassee for the 2017 legislative session. COST: FREE

WHERE: United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches, 900 Brandywine Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Click here to register  
The Domestic Violence Council's Opening Ceremony
The mission of the Domestic Violence Council shall be to reduce the impact of violence on families by coordinating a dedicated, community-based response through advocacy, prevention and education.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 4, 2016  2:00pm - 4:00pm

WHERE: Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center, 599 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415

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Eighth Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit

Don't drive solo to the summit October 5 and 6, 2016 in West Palm Beach!  Summit attendees are encouraged to use an alternative mode of transportation to get to the conference at the Palm Beach Convention Center in downtown West Palm Beach. Reduce carbon emissions from transportation to the summit by carpooling, riding transit, bicycling, or walking to the summit.  Register your alternative mode of transportation and we will measure the total emissions savings.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5-6, 2016

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

For more information call 813.948.6400 or

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My Brother's Keeper Network: Race to Equity Summit

Engaging in meaningful dialogue and action to promote racial equity in Palm Beach County.

SAVE THE DATES!   Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8, 2016

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

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Tax Talk: Florida Slowdowns & Outages

Previous Postings GLADES AREA

Hurricane Preparation Tips
It's hurricane season! Are you prepared? Click here for tips and shopping lists

Legal Aid Society: Wage Dispute Assistance

All workers have a legal right to the wages they have earned. Have you had a job where you were not paid for the work you did? The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County can help you know your rights and fight for your wages!

Click one of the brochures below to learn more:
English   Spanish   Creole


WIC was established as a permanent program in 1974 to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. This mission is carried out by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services.

Click here to learn more

PEPPI Headstart 
PEPPI Headstart is now accepting applications for 3 and 4 year olds to be added to our wait list. Child must be 3 on or before September 1st of the current school year.

See flyer for details: Click here 

Sellew Belle Glade Excel Charter School Receives Grant  

TMS obtained a grant valued at up to $500,000 for the Sellew Belle Glade Excel  Charter  School,  a  school  wide  Title  I  charter  school. This  grant  will provide  a  21st  Century  afterschool and  summer  program for 105 at risk  K-5th graders.
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Scholarship Opportunity for Children with Autism

14 Weekly Sessions to help parents understand and connect with their autistic children at little or no cost.
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Register for Online Child Learning/Counseling Courses

Through weLEARNplay, the Center for Child Counseling has developed an online learning program that promotes the use of effective practice with young children and their caregivers.
Click here for details

Florida Blue Special Announcements
Call for Sapphire Nominations

Florida Blue Foundation nominations for the 2017 Sapphire Awards are due on or before September 23, 2016. The Sapphie Awards, given annually by the Florida Blue Foundation since 2005, recognize excellence and innovation in nonprofit community health leadership and programming in Florida. Three categories of awards are available: organization, program and individual.
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Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center 2016-2017 Season Schedule

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Glades Central High School 2016-2017 Football Schedule

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Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County is hosting Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University
This course is a biblically based financial class that teaches people how to handle money, invest for the future, and give like never before! There is a $50 registration fee, which covers the cost for the Financial Peace University membership Kit. Limited seating is available. Please RSVP by Friday August 25th, 2016. No Children allowed (All 8 sessions must be attended)
WHEN: Thursdays, September 8-October 27, 2016 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach State College. 1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430. Room CRB127
For more information and to RSVP contact Yailin Benitez: 561-253-2080 or 
 Click here for flyer

  Fall Vendor Fairs
WHEN: Friday, October 7, 2016   12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 8, 2016   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade-Pahokee Elk Lodge, 300 SE Avenue E, Belle Glade, FL 33430
 Click here for a flyer

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.

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Human Trafficking Social Service Provider List
Previous Postings OTHER AREAS
Human Trafficking Coalition General Meeting: Summer Series Training
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 Community Spirit Awards Luncheon

The membership of the Nonprofit Chamber sought an avenue to recognize those who have gone above and beyond for the nonprofit community in Palm Beach County over the years. Four years ago, this luncheon was created to do just that. We are heartened by the number of people in Palm Beah County who are so committed to ensuring those who need our help to overcome adversity, become self-sufficient, and reach their full potentials receive it. COST: $50 per person; $500 for a table of 10.
WHEN: Friday, September 16, 2016  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Embassy Suites, 1601 Belvedere Rd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Palm Beach Victims' Rights Coalition~National Day of Remembrance
In 2007 the U.S. Congress designated September 25 as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  Remembrance events have long been a part of the National Crime Victims' Rights Movement. It is on these occasions that we pause and honor those who have suffered an untimely loss.  In keeping with this tradition, the Palm Beach County Victims' Rights Coalition will honor the memory of victims of homicide on Sunday September 25, 2015
WHEN: Sunday, September 25, 2016 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach Shores Community Center, 90 Edwards Lane, Palm Beach Shores, FL
If you have any questions please contact me at (561) 355-2418 option 3 or 
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Moving Forward Together: Advancing Health Care for Those Left Behind
This year, Florida CHAIN will be hosting its second annual conference, Moving Forward Together: Advancing Health Care for Those Left Behind. It's an opportunity to join national experts, advocates, consumers, health care providers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to learn about pressing health policy topics, acquire new skills, and network with other participants dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians. In addition to two plenary sessions and a keynote address, there will be a discussion with prospective and current policy leaders volunteering their time to discuss the factors that influence access to health care for Floridians. 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

WHERE: 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803
Click here to regist

Leadership Aspire Series

Leadership Aspire is a series of quarterly 4 hour workshops of themes including communication, strategic planning, leading change, and
maximizing leadership.

WHEN:    Persuasive Communication ~ September 30, 2016    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.              
               Strategic Planning ~ November 18, 2016    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
               Leading Change ~ February 24, 2017    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
               Maximizing Leadership ~ April 28, 2017    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
WHERE: 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33461 
Click here to learn more

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
Click here for more details

13th Annual Turn on the Light Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
There are a limited number of full and partial scholarships for this year's conference.  Applicants who work as a volunteer with children, are employed by a non profit organization, or can demonstrate financial need will be considered for scholarships.  Final award determinations will be made no later than October 2nd.
Register Early and Save! Partner registration rates by invitation only.
Password required. All registrations include Parking, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, 3 Workshops, and Continuing Education Credits*
Early Registration (before October 1): $85 
Registration (after October 1): $95
NEW! Discounted Registration for Full-Time Students: $70 -over 30% savings!
Discounted Group Registration - up to 15% savings off registration rates!
Lunch/Keynote only: $55 - Register here
WHEN: Wednesday, October 19-21, 2016

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

Leadership Focus is our program for those interested in deepening their knowledge about Palm Beach County, but who just don't have the time or experience to participate in our nine-month Leadership Program.  It's a 2 ½ day program for executives and professionals who want to broaden their understanding of our community, connect with people of influence, and explore Palm Beach County's strengths, challenges and initiatives.

WHEN: January 18, 19, and 26, 2017 
Click here to learn more 
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 or (561) 996-3310.


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