Week of    
October 28
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.   Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation Public Hearing. Lakeside Medical Center 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.     Triple P Session One: "The Power of Postive Parenting", The Glades Initiative

Thursday, October 31, 2013  Times Vary               The Glades Initiative, Inc. Miami Dolphine Nonprofit Day, Sun Life Stadium    

Thursday, October 31, 2013 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.   Bridges at Pahokee: A Spook-tacular Event, Bridges at Pahokee

Saturday, November 2, 2013 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  Glades Public Workshops Set to Discuss Master Plan, PBSC Belle Glade Campus



Triple P Positive Parenting Program Offered in Spanish Starting Oct. 29


The Triple P Seminar Series consists of three 90 minute presentations (including Q&A) facilitated by individuals trained and accredited by Triple P America.  The Seminars offer an overview and discussion of the principles, strategies, and benefits of Triple P and positive parenting. The overarching aims of Triple P are to promote the independence and health of families through the enhancement of parents' knowledge, skills, and confidence; to promote the development of non-violent, protective, and nurturing environments for children; to promote the development, growth, health, and social competence of young children in particular; to reduce the incidence of child abuse, behavioral and emotional problems in childhood and adolescence, delinquency and substance abuse, and academic failure; and to enhance the competence, resourcefulness, and self-sufficiency of parents in raising their children.  The seminars also offer an opportunity for parents to learn about other levels of Triple P available if they are interested in individual support around a particular parenting or behavioral concern. 


This Seminar will be presented in Spanish         

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Session One:  Tuesday, October 29, 2013,  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm    "The Power of Positive Parenting" - Introduces parents to the five core principles of positive parenting: creating a safe, interesting environment; creating a positive learning environment; using assertive discipline; having realistic expectation; and taking care of yourself as a parent.


Session Two:  Tuesday, November 5, 2013,  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm  "Raising Confident, Competent Children" - Introduces parents to the six key building blocks children need to do well in life. These skills include showing respect, being cooperative, being considerate of others, becoming independent, having healthy self-esteem, and becoming a good problem solver.


Session Three:  Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm  "Raising Resilient Children" - Deals with how parents can help their children deal more effectively with emotions and feelings. The building blocks covered in the seminar include helping children recognize and accept feelings, express their feelings appropriately, build positive feelings, deal with negative feelings, develop coping skills, and deal with upsetting or stressful life events.


WHERE:  The Glades Initiative, Inc.  141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade


For more information or to register, please contact Yasmin Gama at (561) 996-3310. 




Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation Public Hearing Schedule for Fall 2013


Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation Public Hearing/Workshop Schedule prior to the 2014 Legislative Session.

Anyone that wants to be placed on the official agenda of a Delegation hearing, presenters must have completed a Participation Request Form (a copy of which is enclosed) and have submitted all printed materials to the delegation office 5 business days prior to the scheduled hearing. 15 copies of printed material should be submitted to be included in Members' Hearing files. Maximum time allotted for each presentation is THREE minutes. This time limit will be strictly enforced as a courtesy to all scheduled speakers.


WHEN: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 3900 Hooker Highway, Belle Glade


View link for more details and Participation Form:





The Glades Initiative, Inc. Miami Dolphin Non Profit Day ~ Pay Nonprofit Price!


2013 Miami Dolphins Non Profit Days ~  watch the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium during Non Profit Days for a discounted price. Proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit The Glades Initiative, Inc.


WHEN: Cincinnati Bengals 10/31 8:25 pm; San Diego Chargers 11/17 1:00 pm; Carolina Panthers 11/24 1:00 pm


WHERE: Sun Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens


For more information and to purchase 10+ tickets contact Robert Horvitz:  or (305) 943-1523


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Bridges at Pahokee October Calendar of Events



A Spook-tacular Event


"Treat 4 Treat" Join the Bridges team for this family event which is sure to be a great evening for everyone. Kids and adults alike will search for treats in each and every room of the Bridges site. Parents will leave with a bag filled with resources and children will leave with a bag of books, games and other goodies. Only for Bridges Members, registration is required by Friday, October 25, 2013.


WHEN: Thursday, October 31, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


WHERE: Bridges at Pahokee, 170 S. Barfield Hwy. #102, Pahokee


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For more information and to register contact Bridges at Pahokee: (561) 924-9224


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Glades Public Workshops Set to Discuss Master Plan


The Glades Region Master Plan is a community-driven process that will craft a blueprint for economic development and redevelopment, focusing on major employment centers including the proposed Intermodal Logistics Center.  Two workshops have been scheduled to provide a forum for Glades residents to learn, ask questions, and make suggestions about the plan components, the results of current studies and recommendations for infrastructure improvements. During the week following each workshop, a project team will set up a design studio at the above locations to provide an open forum for members of the public to visit at their convenience to ask questions, learn more and provide input.  The workshops and design studios are a key element to the public participation process and are intended to keep Glades neighborhoods engaged, informed and involved in the planning process. Many of you may remember that Palm Beach County received a $2 million grant to do this. They are doing their part- now it is time for us to do our part. Our responsibility is to provide them with input on what we want and need here in the Glades as we plan for our future.


WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2013 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach State College Technical Education Center, Rm. 109 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade




WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 2013 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: City Commission Chambers, 360 East Main Street, Pahokee


For more information Carol Thompson: (561) 233-3674, or Greg Vaday: (772) 221-4060,  

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Glades Technical Advisory Committee Meeting


You are invited to the Glades Technical Advisory Committee Meeting. Did you know: How essential business plans are for the success of your small business? That the County's network will provide infrastructure for affordable internet bandwidth and services to the Glades and that free Wi-Fi will be provided to designated areas? Then, you don't want to miss our upcoming GTAC Meeting and learn from the experts!


WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2013 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


WHERE: Pahokee City Hall, 207 Bacom Point Rd., Pahokee

For more information call Duane Gainer: (561) 233-5318 or



Local Churches Partner with the Diabetes Coalition of PBC to Provide Diabetes Screenings


The Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County, of which The Glades Initiative, Inc. is actively involved, is organizing activities for Palm Beach County Diabetes Week 2013 November 14-17.  On Sunday, November 17th, they are organizing with local places of worship to hold Free Diabetes Screenings completed by volunteers students from Palm Beach Atlantic University to be held after worship services.  Know your numbers, get screened today!  Find out if you are at risk for diabetes or other health conditions.   


To get your place of worship  involved, please contact Carol Rodriguez at the Glades Initiative at crodriguez@gladesinitiative.oror (561) 996-3310 with the name of your Place of Worship, Address/Directions, Pastor and/or contact person/information, and time you would like the volunteers there.  We already have commitment from New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church in Belle Glade; and First United Methodist Church in Pahokee - so a big thank you to Pastor Williams and Pastor Apperlee for getting Diabetes Week 2013 going in the Glades!!  Let's get more Glades area places of worship involved!!


For more details about Diabetes Week Activities throughout the County, visit this link: For more information about the Diabetes Coalition, visit their website here:



Support Lake Shore Middle School Band ~ Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Fund Raiser 


Lake Shore Middle School Band will be doing a fund raiser, selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for the cost of $7.00 per dozen.  Payment must be made when order is placed. Contact Mrs.Brissett 561-829-1156



Glades Area Citizen Publishes Book


Tell Of My Glory

 Amazing testimonial of the Glory of God


Tell of My Glory - is a true testimonial from a young lady that has been physically and mentally abused, suffered and survived brutal domestic violence, robbed and escaped a dreadful death from her lover who died at the age 36 from the devastating Aids Virus. For me to be chosen, to live and overcome multiple adverse ordeals! To see Jesus in his Glory clothed in white, walking slowly, stopping to look at me and telling me to tell of his Glory! I must do just as he has told me to do!



View link for more details and about the Author:



Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Volunteer Recruitment


This is our eleventh year of providing free tax preparation service to the residents of our community.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Palm Beach County has gained national attention because it helps families to achieve financial stability and self-sufficiency and last year we were able to serve more than 8,600 individuals and families in Palm Beach County.  This effort generated over $14 million in tax refunds, with $5.4 million in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), our main focus area.


Help Thousands Receive the Money They've Earned! -  United Way of Palm Beach County is looking for volunteers to work  a minimum of four hours per week at our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites located throughout the county  during the tax season January 21 - April 15, 2014 .  VITA sites are staffed with IRS Certified VITA Volunteer Preparers and offer free tax preparation for those who earn $52,000 or less a year.


There are several training sessions planned for December and early January.  If you know anyone who would like to become a volunteer, please contact Donna Pulda, United Way of Palm Beach County at (561) 375-6621 or visit United Way of Palm Beach County's Web site at   



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New and Exciting Things Happening at Your Local Library This December



Job Opportunities


Early Childhood Professional (Pahokee):

Adult Education GED Math Instructor (Pahokee):

Family Literacy ~ Adult Education Instructor (ESOL):

The Sun:

The Sun 2:

Health Care District:

Disability Right Florida ~ Executive Director:




Dispelling the Myths About Non-Profit Organizations


Are you confused about the alphabet soup and sea of regulations surrounding non-profits?  Are you unsure about how to become a non-profit with 501c3, 501c4 or 501c6 status, or why you should choose one instead of the other?  This workshop will help you decide if your passion to get involved in an issue can be transformed into a non-profit that will contribute to the greater good of society, while also paying you a salary for your services.  You will also learn the proper role of non-profit Board members - which is a very important (and usually overlooked) piece of management.  It's not complicated, but it is precise and can be daunting.  Learn the tips to achieve your mission from an expert who has done it. $30.00 In advance, $50 at the door.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


WHERE: Keiser University, 2085 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach


For more information contact Bob Bloom: or (561) 833-1672


View link for more details and how to register:  



Go Green for Halloween


Please join the Palm Beach County Library Association for our fall quarterly meeting. Our meeting will be held at the LEED certified Acreage Branch Library of the Palm Beach County Library System. Come hear special guest speaker Ginny Powell, Environmental Program Supervisor of the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management as she speaks on Eco Treasures of our exciting county. The meeting will begin at 2 pm with networking and refreshments, and after the presentation, there will be a tour of the environmentally sustainable Acreage Branch Library! Be sure to make this meeting in a remote and scenic portion of Palm Beach County, and check out the staff shower for those who bike to work and the hitching post for those who ride their horses to the library! As always, the meeting is open to members and non-members alike. We hope to see you there!


WHEN: Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 


WHERE: Acreage Branch Palm Beach County Library System, 15801 Orange Blvd, Loxahatchee


For more information contact Brain Smith:


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Caridad Center Family Festival


Join Caridad Center for a Family Festival Prevention, Education & Treatment Program FREE screenings; BMI, Glucose, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, HIV, Urinalysis & more. FREE family activities; music, game, physical activities, raffles, prizes and much more.


WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 1:00p.m.


WHERE: Caridad Center, 8645 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Boynton Beach


For more information contact that Caridad Center: (561) 737-6336


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Food Reach and Action Center: FRAC's Weekly News Digest - October 22, 2013



Center for Child Counseling Center News and Events

Previous Postings


Project Cradle Care Planning Meeting


Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc./ Eta Eta Sigma Chapter is hosting our 3rd Annual Project Cradle Care Prenatal Education Fair on January 25, 2014. The planning meeting is to invite community partners who provide services to pregnant mothers. We are in need of Lamaze coaches and lactation specialists to do demonstrations at the fair.


WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 2013 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: Bridges at Pahokee, 170 S. Barfield Highway Suite #102, Pahokee


For more information contact Annie Ifill:   or 561-985-0232



Sugar Festival Kick Off


Help us Kickoff fundraising for our 2014 Clewiston Sugar Festival food and bar by Clewiston Elks lodge, 6 pm social hour, 7 pm steak dinner, 8:30 dance and auction/raffles. Tickets cover admission, Dinner and complimentary drink. Single $40.00, couples $75.00


WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


WHERE: John Boy Auditorium, 1200 S W C Owens Ave, Clewiston


For more information call: (863) 983-7979 or (863) 447-3901


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The Glades Initiative, Inc. Accepting Board Applications


The Glades Initiative, Inc. is pleased to announce they are currently accepting applications for individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors. The Glades Initiative is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the coordination and effectiveness of the health and human service delivery system in the Glades area of Palm Beach County.


The Glades Initiative serves both residents and service providers in the Glades communities by investigating service delivery barriers, developing strategies to overcome those obstacles and implementing effective strategies.


The Glades Initiative Board is a voluntary board with a two year term that provides leadership to the organization. The board currently consists of 12 members with the capacity for 20.


Successful candidates will have experience in one or more of the following areas:


Finance, accounting                                                    Public relations 

Personnel, human resources                                      Communications 

Administration, management                                      Education, instruction

Nonprofit experience                                                   Special events, fundraising

Community service                                                     Grant writing

Policy development                                                     Community Outreach

Program evaluation                                                     Advocacy



To submit an application use the link:

Please submit completed applications to by November 1 or fax to 561-996-3349




McClure Village Annex Ribbon Cutting
The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, The Housing Trust Group, LLS, and Pahokee Housing Authority, Inc. cordially invite you to the McClure Village Annex Ribbon Cutting.  Refreshments served after the ceremony. 
WHEN:  Wednesday, November 6, 2013  2:00 p.m.
WHERE:  301 Eisenhower Drive, Pahokee



Belle Glade Rotary Club Annual Turkey Shoot


Gun Drawing (Green Ticket) *Must be present to win. Wednesday - Remington Model 597 .22 LR w/ Scope Thursday - Mossberg Model 500 - 12 Gauge Shotgun Additional Raffle (Blue Ticket) *Presence not necessary to win* Remington Model 700 Bolt Action Rifle .270 WSM Drawing held Thursday November 21st Tickets $5.00 each Money Shoot: $$$ Big Money Shoot $$$ $20.00 entry Split Pot Wednesday & Thursday Night Additional Info: All shells will be provided 410, 20, & 12 gauge shotguns are available for use Tickets can be purchased in advanced from Rotary Members or on the night of event. Raffle prizes will be drawn each night at 10:00pm. Kid shoots will be held in-between regular shoots.


WHEN: Wednesday, November 20-21, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


WHERE: 628 NW Ave L in Belle Glade


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For more information contact Keith Wedgworth or Sunny Stein: (561) 996-2076 or (561) 992-2507   


Glades Area Teacher Publishes Children's Book: Wilhelmina's Butterflies

Clarice Thornton Davis marks her debut in children's literature with Wilhelmina's Butterflies. A mix of brilliant illustrations and a compelling narrative, this storybook will introduce readers to the dazzling world of classical music through the adventures of a little girl.


Eight-year-old Wilhelmina is passionate about classical music. Her family, friends and even teachers all wonder why someone as young as her is so interested in that particular music style. For Wilhelmina, it is pretty simple: she likes the sounds of the instruments and finds the music relaxing. The little girl loves classical music so much that she sometimes imagines herself playing in the orchestra whenever she hears it playing.


Wilhelmina has always dreamed of going to the Symphony Hall to listen to an orchestra play live. She finally gets her wish when her entire third grade class visits the Symphony Hall for a field trip. As it turns out, the field trip becomes a meaningful learning experience for everyone in the class. Through the children's adventures, Davis lends a glimpse into the wonders of classical music (the last part of the book features a short glossary of terms used in this genre of music). More importantly, she teaches the joy of having a dream and the power of determination to make those dreams come true.


About the Author: Clarice Thornton Davis worked as an elementary teacher and reading coach in Palm Beach County, Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Florida Atlantic University, a Master of Science in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University and is an Education Specialist in Teacher Leadership, also from Walden University. Currently retired, she serves as an independent education consultant. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, with her husband, Ollice Davis, Jr.


Order online at,, or visit your local bookstore.



City of Belle Glade Parks and Recreation Classes


The Belle Glade gymnasium open from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Saturday the gymnasium is open 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and closed Sunday. The aerobic classes are free.  Donation of $1 or a case of water  is accepted.  Monday - Friday  aerobics classes 11:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday the aerobics class are starts 6:00 p.m., Wednesday the aerobics class starts 4:00 p.m., and Wednesday the aerobics class starts 6:30 p.m.


For more information contact J.D. Patrick: (561) 993-0728



Workforce Alliance Announces New Name: CareerSource Palm Beach County


Beginning early next year, Workforce Alliance will become CareerSource Palm Beach County as part of a new universal brand identity to better align Florida's nationally recognized workforce system and improve customer awareness and use of the system's services and resources. The new brand, CareerSource Florida, is the result of extensive market research and input from local leaders, employers, job seekers, workforce professionals and community partners throughout Florida. The name, logo and charter for Florida's workforce system were approved unanimously by the Workforce Florida board of directors this spring. The Workforce Alliance board of directors today approved unanimously the new aligned regional name, CareerSource Palm Beach County. Use of the new name will begin following a statewide brand launch in early 2014.


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For the Record: Latest News from Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller



Job Opportunities 


The Sun:

Health Care District:

Vegso Community Resource Center ~ Non-Profit Education Coordinator, Junior League of Boca Raton:

American Heart Association~ Director Communications & Marketing:






Clinics Can Help Invites you to their Inaugural Charity Fiesta 


The event includes free drink tickets for the first 30 people, welcoming platters of food, signature Clinics Can Help Margarita, chips and salsa, Prize drawings and more!   The mission of Clinics Can Help is to provide durable medical equipment and supplies to children and adults in need in Palm Beach County. 


WHEN: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cabo Flats,11701 Lake Victoria Drive # 5101- Palm Beach Gardens


View link for more details and how to register:  




Darlene Kostrub, CEO of the Literacy Coalition Retires


Darlene Kostrub, long time CEO of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is retiring.  The Coalition invites the community to her retirement party - a must attend event! 


WHEN:  Tuesday, November 12, 2013  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


WHERE:  The Blume Literacy Center, 3651 Quantum Blvd., Boynton Beach


Kindly respond by November 6 to Cheryl Crowley at or call (561) 776-7659.


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Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Fall Family Forum & Resource Fair for Parents 


The Palm Beach County Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Advisory Council & the School District's ESE Department are hosting the Fall Family Forum for parents at John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres. The topic is Common Core Standards, and the agency resource fair for parents. If you represent an organization/agency and would like to have a free resource table, please contact Seth Bernstein  ASAP, as space is limited


WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


WHERE: John I. Leonard High School Theater, 4701 10th Ave. N. Greenacres


For more information and to email:   


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Sensory Integration Workshop for Pediatric Professionals 


Join us for a dynamic, day-long workshop focused on understanding sensory integration issues in children! Presented by Dr. Pilar Saa, OTD, OT/. Sensory Integration: Implications for the Well-Being of Children and Their Families will focus on the theory of sensory integration and the impact of sensory issues on a child's life. Dr. Saa will go over the function and dysfunction continuum and participants will learn when to refer clients and specific strategies to use in order to promote the best performance, engagement, and participation from children.


WHEN: Friday January 31, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


WHERE: Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, 2300 High Ridge Rd, Boynton Beach


For more information Crystal Nasser: (561) 244-9499 or


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Palm Beach County Medical Society 2013 Excellence in Medicine Award


The PBCMS Excellence in Medicine Award, the highest honor awarded by the Society, recognizes Palm Beach County Medical Society members whose lives encompass the true spirit of being a physician. The award will be presented to a physician who exemplifies the highest values of altruism, compassion, leadership and dedication to patient care.  The Honoree will be inducted into the PBCMS Hall of Fame. The award will be presented at the PBCMS Installation Gala, That 70's Gala on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at The Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion. PROPOSED CITATION: Summarize in your own words the specific achievement or contribution which inspired the nomination.  Limit is 80 words. BACKGROUND: Succinctly describe the reason for the nomination, including dates and significance of relevant accomplishments, use complete sentences without abbreviations.  Limit is 300 words. Additional biographical material may be attached but is limited to 3 typed pages.


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CROS This Week: October 15, 2013



Scholarship Opportunity:  Asylees as Authors


Good afternoon! The Department of Children and Families wanted to let you know about a short-story scholarship contest going on right now for refugees who are students:  Asylees as Authors, a non-profit organization provide scholarships for students (asylees and refugees) based on an annual short story contest. Awards are granted to students based on a yearly short-story contest. The applicants must be at least a senior in high school. The money will be paid directly to the college or university that the winner will be attending the following school year. This year there are two scholarships: first place, $5,000 and second place, $1,000. The scholarships include a $10 reading fee.

Please visit their website for more information:

Meet The Glades Initiative, Inc. Family
From left to right: Karis Engle, President and CEO; Sandy Desty, Program Assistant; Carol Rodriguez, Director of Programs; Marie Jean Jacques, Community Resource Educator; and Yasmin Gama, Community Resource Educator.


If you would like to show your appreciation for the services of The Glades Initiative, Inc., please consider making a tax deductible donation. You can click on the link below or send a check made out to The Glades Initiative, Inc. to 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430. Thank you in advance.





Posting Information to Our Eblast & Volunteer Opportunities

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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