Week of December 2, 2013     
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

Tuesday, December 3, 2013  Giving Tuesday Glades Initiative Canned Food Drive, The Glades Initiative, Inc. Belle Glade
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Worlds AIDS Day, Palm Beach State College Belle Glade Campus
Saturday, December 7, 2013 6:00 p.m. -10:00  p.m. 4th Annual "Take Em Back To Church Live Gospel Concert, St. John Baptist Church
Monday, December 9, 2013 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ChildNet Resource Expo-West County Behavior Health Service, West Tech
Monday, December 9, 2013 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Pahokee Christmas Parade, Pahokee High School
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Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The second annual Giving Tuesday is on December 3, 2013. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we want the giving community to come together for Giving Tuesday


For Giving Tuesday,The Glades Initiative is spearheading a canned food drive to benefit the food pantries and soup kitchens that are members of the Glades Area Food Bank. These food distribution sites will help less fortunate Glades families during this holiday season. We will place boxes to collect donations at various locations throughout the cities of South Bay, Belle Glade, Pahokee, and Canal Point starting on

GivingTuesday, Dec. 3rd and collected on Friday Dec. 7.
The main collection site will be at the Glades Initiative, Inc. office at 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade. 


If you would like to help us by gathering canned goods at your location, please contact Carol Rodriguez
(561) 996-3310 or crodriguez@gladesinitiative.org.  


Member sites of the Glades Area Food Bank that will receive the donations are: 


Glades Area Pantry/Church of the Harvest           Lighthouse Cafe

Dot & Ruby's Helping Hands                              Farmworkers Coordinating Council

CL Brumback Health Center                              The Rock Ministries

CROS Ministries/Lighthouse Pantry                    New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church

St. Johns First Ministries                                   Inspirational Church of God

St. Mary's Catholic Church  

If you or your family, business, or organization would rather make a financial contribution to the Glades Area Food Bank, you can do so easily through Paypal by clicking on the link below.  It is not necessary to have a Paypal account.  Simply go to the lower left hand corner to pay via credit card or debit card without a Paypal account.  

The Glades Initiative, Inc. offers Medical Interpreting Courses
We are looking for bilingual people who are between the ages of 18 and 24 or unemployed and want to become medical interpreters. We pay for your training if you qualify for scholarship.  As a trained interpreter you can qualify to apply for available interpreting jobs. This is a 40-hour basic training for bi-lingual  individuals interested in medical or community Interpreting Topics covered include consecutive interpretation, specialized terminology;such as Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology; Common Medical Problems; Code of Ethics; Multicultural Awareness; Interpreter skill development. 
Cost: $400.00 if not eligible for scholarship, For more information
Contact: Karis Engle,  Phone: 561.996.3310 kengle@gladesinitiative.org 
WHEN: December 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28, 2013 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, Inc. 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade
WHEN: December 30, 31, 2013 & Jan. 2, 3, & 4, 2014  9:00 am - 4:30 pm
WHERE: The United Way of PBC, 2600 Quantum Blvd., Boynton Beach

Arts & Crafts for Sales at The Glades Initiative Until Dec. 13 to benefit United Way 

The Glades Initiative kicked off their workplace campaign for the United Way of Palm Beach County on November 18.  At The Glades Initiative, Inc. we strongly believe in giving back to the community.  We feel that it's our duty to offer our time, talents, and financial support to assist our neighbors in need, and we invite our employees to do the same. 


United Way of Palm Beach County partners with many local community organizations to include The Glades Initiative - as well as businesses, government, volunteers, and donors to identify the needs of our community and create smart solutions that get real results.  Without the support and volunteer services, critical health and human service programs in our county would not be available to those who need help.  Many people, perhaps your friends, family members, or neighbors - have benefited from a United Way - funded health and human service program - such as those offered by The Glades Initiative, Inc.


For their giving campaign, the employees of The Glades Initiative are selling holiday themed handmade arts and crafts items as well as doing a silent auction on donated household items.  Some of the arts and crafts include custom decorated holiday gift bags, handmade brown sugar facial scrubs, handmade peppermint foot scrub, candy cane sleighs made by Carol Rodriguez, and custom made "bling" phone cases made by Sandy Desty.  


Photos of all items can be viewed on their Facebook Page Album at  http://www.facebook.com/gladesinitiative.org  



Free Legal Service at The Glades Initiative, Inc  .
If you are in need of free legal services for issues such as: child support, domestic violence, abuse of children/elders, immigration, fair housing and other civil matters please call. By appointment only with Mr. Richard Abedon, Esq., Volunteer Attorney.
WHEN: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 S.E. Avenue C, Belle Glade
Please call for an appointment: 561-996-3310
World AIDS Day  2013 
It has been 25 years since the World Health Organization and the United Nations first declared December 1st as World AIDS Day.  During that time much has been done to create awareness, save lives and slow the spread of the disease."While advances in the treatment of HIV and AIDS continue, there is still much work to be done," said Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County Director, Alina Alonso, M.D., "And while the number of new AIDS cases has declined over the last several years, it's important to remember, people are still being diagnosed with the disease every day in our county and throughout South Florida.  Through prevention efforts, we hope that number will become zero." In Palm Beach County there are almost 8,000 people living with HIV/AIDS.  However, the consensus among HIV/AIDS educators and medical providers is that number is likely 20% greater.  Dr. Alonso added, "We are encouraging everyone to get tested. A person who knows their status can get life prolonging care and by knowing, can help stop the spread of this acquired disease."   
WHEN: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 1977 College Dr., Belle Glade
Music, Raffles, and FREE Cosmetic Makeovers by the MAC Foundation!
For more information call: (561) 541-1827
4th Annual Take Em Back To Church Live Gospel Concert 
You are invited out to the 4th annual Take Em Back To Church Live Gospel Concert this year's concert will be held at the St. John's First Missionary Baptist Church. EVERYTHING Is FREE!! There will be a host of great Gospel Singing & Dancing. Refreshments will be served!! Also bring the kids for Their Toys!!
WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
WHERE: St. John's First Missionary Baptist Church, 600 SW 8th Street, Belle Glade
For more information contact Dj Church Boy: (813) 562-0803, (561) 983-2017 or djchurchboy@me.com 
ChildNet Resource Expo-West County Behavior Health Service  
Child welfare judges, Attorneys, Guardian ad Litems, dependency case mangers and other stakeholders will learn about services provide by behavior health agencies located or operating in Belle Glade, South Bay, and Pahokee. Exhibitors must pre-register by Monday, December 2, 2013
WHEN: Monday, December 9, 2013 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Title 1 Migrant Education Center West Tech, 2625  N.W. 16th Street, Belle Glade
For more information contact Gillain Moxey: (561) 352-2500 ext. 2459 or gmoxey@childnet.us 

Call for Volunteers to help Dot & Ruby's Helping Hands Food Pantry

Dot and Ruby's Helping Hands Food Pantry helps hundreds of hungry Belle Glade residents every month.  They are moving to a new location and are in need of volunteers to help with the move.  If you are able to help, please contact Dorthena Harris at 561-983-3744. 

Pahokee Christmas Parade
Join the City of Pahokee for their Christmas Parade held on Monday, December 9, 2013.  Line-up at begins at 6 pm in front of the Pahokee High School. For an entry form or any questions please call the Pahokee Chamber of Commerce 561-924-5579 or email us at PahokeeChamber@att.net  
The Glades Initiative, Inc. Brings Partners Together to Resolve issues in Emergency Food System 
The Glades Initiative, Inc. has been addressing the challenges in food security in the Glades area of Palm Beach County for the last five years.See the link below for an article about bringing partners together to problem solve helped resolve common issues with the food distribution system in the Glades. 
Check Out New and Exciting Things That Are  Happening at Your Local Library
All Palm Beach County Library System locations will be closed on Wed, Jan 01, for New Year's Day, and on Mon, Jan 20, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No materials will be due on these days.
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center ~ Cultural Connection 
Job Opportunities  


Affordable Care Act and Nonprofit Workshop


Under the Affordable Care Act, open enrollment into Health Insurance Marketplace began on October 1st of 2013. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services "The Marketplace will allow individuals and small businesses to compare health plans on a level playing field. Middle and low-income families will get tax credits that cover a significant portion of the cost of coverage. " But  roll out has not gone as planned. Join us to find out how healthcare reform and complications with the roll out of HealthCare.gov are impacting our community. Registration are required.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County - Anderson Room 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach 


For more information contact Holly Stewart: hstewart@nonprofitsfirst.org  or 561-214-7435 


View link for more details and to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.02.13/ACAWorkshop.pdf 



Community Foundation of PBC and Martin County ~ Grant seeker Orientation


Please join us for our Grant seeker Orientation Learn about: The work of the Community Foundation, Types of grants we offer, how grant decisions are made, and more. We are excited to share so many new opportunities! As a partner in local efforts to support our region, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties continually strives to be an engaged, effective and efficient grantmaker.  We are pleased to offer our Grantseeker Orientations for any nonprofit interested in learning about available funding streams. It's also a great opportunity for applicants to ask questions of our community investment team and network with other nonprofit organizations. For your convenience, we are hosting three sessions throughout the region. We encourage all nonprofits to attend one of the sessions.


WHEN: Tuesday, December 3,4, or 5, 2013 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


WHERE: Location Varies


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.18.13/GrantseekerOrientation.pdf 



Inter-Agency Network December Holiday Luncheon


It's time for our Inter-Agency Network December Holiday Luncheon. The Inter-Agency Network is one of Palm Beach County's oldest "community-wide" networking groups...everyone is welcome. Learn about important resources and events.  Please help support this meeting! We can order any item from menu and will pay individually with separate checks.  IAN will be providing desert. Please bring an unwrapped toy, game, craft or art supplies for school age child. To benefit the School District's H.E.A.R.T. program for homeless families and foster kids. (Don't forget the older kids)


WHEN: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


WHERE: Rosalita's Tex-Mex, 949 South Congress Ave, Atlantis

For more information and to RSVP Call: (561) 383-1149 or Patrice.schroeder@211pbtc.org 

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.25.13/HolidayLuncheon.pdf



Training On The Upcoming Tax Year 2013

You can survive Tax Season 2013 with a little help from your friends from the IRS Prosperity Centers and United Way of Palm Beach County.  Learn how ... You CAN Get Your Taxes Done FREE and Honestly at a VITA Site, You CAN Avoid Falling Prey to the Predatory Tax Preparers, You and Your Children CAN Avoid Identity Theft, Our Guest Speaker from the IRS, Will update you on Tax Credits and Tax Pitfalls for this 2013 TAX SEASON  AVOID TAX-TIME STRESS - COME TO THIS MEETING! RSVP is Required - ONLY 70 Seats Available Sorry no children under 12.


WHEN:  Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  


WHERE:  The Prospect Place Building, 3111 South Dixie Highway Suite 229A,  West Palm Beach


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.25.13/SurvivingTAXSeason.pdf


For more information and to RSVP call: (561) 996-2479 or aramsey@cp-cto.org  



RiverWalk Toastmasters Holiday Public Speaking Symposium  


You are cordially invited to the RiverWalk Toastmasters Holiday Public Speaking Symposium. The event will showcase Shawn Purvis, 2013 District 48 International Speech Champion, Monty Davidson 2013 District 84 International Speech Champion and Donald Kelly, 2013 District 47 Humorous Speech Champion.  Pamela Toussaint, MBA, Personal Branding and Image Expert, will be one of the featured speakers. In addition, the guest speakers will include: Dinu Shah, Leah Von Leu and Laurie Fondiler. Come and learn how to take your public speaking to the next level!  The cost is only $25 (through December 12) and $27 (at the door). A delicious Caribbean dinner will be included with several door prizes Tickets are available at https://riverwalksymposium2013.eventbrite.com.


WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2013 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


WHERE: Vintage Hotspot Restaurant, 7443 S Military Trail, Lake Worth


For more information contact Cindy Beckles: (561) 795-6713 or  cindyebeckles@yahoo.com  



Come Play Croquet It's FREE


Free Golf Croquet lessons are offered every Saturday morning at 10:00 am to the public.  This is a great introduction to croquet: Learn how to hit the ball, score wickets, learn strategy and plot your next move!  Bring your friends for a morning of croquet and then stay for lunch at the Croquet Grille. Dress Code:  Croquet attire is white, our guests can choose to wear other colors for the free lesson.  Flat Soled Shoes are mandatory,

reservations are required.

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: National Croquet Center, 700 Florida Mango Rd. West Palm Beach     


For more information and to RSVP contact Sandra Coto: (561) 478-2300 ext. 2 


View link  for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.02.13/FreeCroquetLessons.pdf 



Chain Reaction: Challenge to Misleading Notice; Plan Cancellations; Uninsured Kids Rate Drops; Upcoming ACA Events 



Previous Postings

Food, Relief Programs Focus of Hunger Forum  


As the kickoff to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov. 16-24, the Palm Beach County Food Bank hosted a public forum Monday at the Cooperative Extension Service in West Palm Beach, on the status of hunger relief and improving food security in Palm Beach County. Presentations were made by a variety of service organizations, including Meals on Wheels, United Way of Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Children and Families. Karis Engle, Executive Director of The Glades Initiative, makes a presentation on Glades food security strategy. (Jennifer Podis/The Palm Beach Post) 






13th Annual Glades REACH Health Fair - Call for Volunteers REACHlogo


The Glades REACH health fair began 13 years ago to address healthcare disparities and access in our community.  Each year, hundreds of uninsured and under-insured children and families attend the REACH health fair to access quality health care and education at no cost. Medically trained interpreters are on site during the entire event to assist the many in our community with limited English skills.  Hundreds of service providers are available to educate residents about the local services available. The event will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the CL Brumback Health Center in Belle Glade.  Free lunch is provided to all attendees receiving medical services as well as volunteers. 



 Volunteer Assignments 


 Prior to Event: January 28 - January 31, 2014 

Distribution of flyers, posters throughout Glades neighborhoods where their is likely to be a large # of uninsured residents, Food Preparation the day before, making and seasoning chicken and vegetable kabobs, cutting fruit. Set-up of tables/chairs/tents at event site.


Day of Event: February 1, 2014

Photographer/ with assistant to ensure all photographed have signed releases, Runners to assist with directing patients to various locations, Directing vendors to their tables, Assist vendors with setting up their tables (some heavy lifting may be involved) bringing items from their cars to their table, Registration of vendors, attendees, volunteers, interpreters, Administrative work - making copies, etc. Parking lot assistance, 
Food BBQ and serving, Set-up and serving of breakfast for early volunteers, Preparing children's activities to entertain children who attend.


For more information about volunteering, please contact Milagros Rodriguez at  mirodrig@hcdpbc.org  




Lighthouse Café Ditty Bags
The Lighthouse Café is asking for your help to meet the needs of our neighbors in the Glades. The Lighthouse Café is an
 interdenominational non-profit organization that provides those in need a hot nourishing meal Monday through Friday. Every year for the past five years we have provided Ditty Bags which are passed out during the Holiday season for those less fortunate. We are asking for your help this year to fill the ditty bags. Ditty bags are needed throughout the year. Items needed, Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo,  shaving cream, etc. You may drop off your items or donations at Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st Street, Belle Glade between now and December 12. Please call Martha Lynn Weeks at 561-996-9020 or Mayra at the church office at 561-996-5568 and we will make arrangements to pick up your items or donations.
Starting a Business FREE Workshop


It takes much more than a good idea and a desire to be your own boss to launch a successful business. This FREE seminar will talk about what's required to start a new business, outline the work that will be required, compare being an entrepreneur with working for others, and discuss some of the myths and rewards involved. It will help you decide if starting your own business is the right thing for you to do.


WHEN: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


WHERE: Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce, 540 S Main Street, Belle Glade


View link for more details and other workshop: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.25.13/MondayMorningScoreBoard.pdf  



City of Pahokee Youth Intramural Basketball League & Fashion Show


City of Pahokee Fashion Show


The city needs you to come and show the City of Pahokee just how talented you are!! Come sign up to be a model and/or perform in the 2014 City of Pahokee Fashion Show. December 1-31, 2014 for entry form and more information visit the City of Pahokee Parks and Recreation Department or (561) 924-2972


WHEN: Friday, February 21, 2014 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Parks and Recreation Gymnasium, 360 E Main Street, Pahokee


City of Pahokee's Co-ed Youth Intramural Basketball League


It's that time again for the Youth Intramural Basketball League ages:6-13 registration fee: $30.00 (all fees must be paid prior to participation-NO Exceptions) FOUR DAYS FREE BASKETBALL CAMP FOR THOSE THAT REGISTER EARLY TO PARTICPATE IN THE LEAGUE!!!


WHEN: (Camp) Monday, December 9-12, 2013

WHERE: Parks and Recreation Gymnasium, 360 E. Main Street, Pahokee


View link for more details on both events:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.25.13/FashionShowAndBasketball.pdf 



Thanksgiving Closings for Palm Beach County Libraries


All Palm Beach County Library System locations will close at 5:00 pm on Wed, Nov 27 andremain closed on Thu, Nov 28 & Fri, Nov 29, for Thanksgiving.


Job Opportunities

Glades REACH Health Fair Planning Meeting


The Glades REACH health fair began 13 years ago to address healthcare disparities and access in our community.  Each year, hundreds of uninsured and underinsured children and families attend the REACH health fair to access quality health care and education at no cost.  They have medically trained interpreters on site during the entire event to assist the many in our community with limited English skills.  This project features approximately 100 service providers to educate residents about the local services available to them.  The event will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the CL Brumback Health Center in Belle Glade.  Typically, free lunch is offered to all attendees as well as volunteers. Please Come.  We need all the help we can get in planning this worthwhile community event. 


WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 2013  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

             Thursday, January 2, 2014   9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

             Thursday, January 9, 2014  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


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


For more details, contact Carol Rodriguez: (561)996-3310 or crodriguez@gladesinitiative.org  


American Legion Chili Cook-Off/Christmas Tree Contest


The American Legion would like all of you to attend our 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off & Christmas Decorating Contest. Get those decorations ready, the time has come for the 1st annual American Legion Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. (Proceeds to support Veterans and local charities) Spots are going quickly..... Enter today!! The judging to be held day of event "Best Overall" & "Most Original" Prizes & Trophies to be awarded and of course bragging rights entry deadline Wednesday, December 11, 2013


WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


WHERE: American Legion Everglades Post 20 Belle Glade, 101 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade


View link for more details and entry form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.18.13/AmericanLegionChristmasTreeDecoratingContest.pdf 

View link for Chili Cook-Off flyer:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.18.13/ChiliCookOff.pdf   

View link for Chili Cook-Off Rules: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.18.13/ChiliCookOffOfficialRules.pdf 


For more information contact American Legion Everglade Post 20: (561) 257-9395 or evergladespost20@gmail.com  



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 www.unitedwaypbc.org   


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/10.28.13/VITAVolunteerFlyer.pdf

View link for Volunteer Form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/10.28.13/VITAVolunteerProfile.pdf

View link for VITA schedule: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/10.28.13/VITATrainingSchedule.pdf

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Palm Beach County Business Leadership Network Seminar


Come join us at The Children Service Council for a Business Leadership Network Seminar, Breakfast included at no cost. Presentation: Workforce Alliance Business Services: From A to Z Learn all the resources & supports available through Workforce Alliance in adding people with disabilities to your workforce.    


WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


WHERE: Children's Services Council, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach


For more information contact Ellen Feir: 561-966-4288 ext. 101 or efeir@cilo.org


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.25.13/BusinessLeadershipNetworkSeminar.pdf 



Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy~ MAGI: Change to Medicaid Eligibility & What It Means for Florida


Starting January 2014, Florida will begin using the concept of Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) when determining eligibility for its Medicaid and CHIP programs. More than just a number, MAGI is a new method for counting and calculating income under the Affordable Care Act.Specifically, MAGI will provide a basis for aligning, simplifying and streamlining eligibility across Medicaid, CHIP, and the Premium Tax Credits and Cost-Sharing Reductions available through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.25.13/MAGI.pdf 



Florida Women Business Center: Upcoming Events  





Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin County: News 





211 Regional County Snapshot Report





American Health News and Wellness Report Newsletter: November  2013 





Primetime Afterschool Resource ~ Friday Forecast November 25, 2013



Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Weekly News Digest November 20, 2013





Health & Human Services Coalition of Palm Beach County: Advocacy Training  Workshop Change of Date and Venue


You are cordially invited to the Health & Human Services Coalition of Palm Beach County Advocacy Initiative Legislative Summit.


WHEN: Monday, December 16, 2013 8:00 a.m.


WHERE: Hanley Resource Center Auditorium, 933 45th Street West Palm Beach,


To reserve your space for the Legislative Summit call: (561) 383-5731 or kmccabe@goldenctr.org  Or via the Coalition's website www.hscpalmbeach.org




2014 African-American Achievers Awards


Five extraordinary individuals will be recognized at the 22nd annual African-American Achievers awards ceremony. Presented by JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus, more than 1,000 guests are expected to attend the event at the Broward County Convention Center. Established in 1992 by the late Jim Moran, automotive legend and founder of JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus, the African-American Achievers awards continues his vision to recognize those who unselfishly invest their time and talents toward building a stronger South Florida community.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2013 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


WHERE: Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd.,  Fort Lauderdale


View link for more information: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.04.13/2014AfricanAmericanAchieversAwards.pdf



2014 Giraffe Awards - Call for Nominations


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Giraffe Award, given by the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County. The Giraffe Award will be presented in March of 2014 during Women's History Month. These awards are given annually to honor women who have "Stuck Their Necks Out" by taking risks, applying initiative, dedication and perseverance, thereby making a difference for other women in the workplace and in the community.  Our goal is to gather nominations for the most qualified women in Palm Beach County.  As a recipient of this letter, you have a unique vantage point from which to identify and recommend these extraordinary women. If you know an outstanding woman whom you would like to see recognized for her leadership, please submit her name for nomination by completing the attached form.

Please think of all the women in your network and consider whom you would like to nominate. Please don't feel you have to stop at one nomination! We'll gladly accept all you submit for consideration. Nominations must be received no later than Wednesday, January 22, 2013 to the Women's Chamber of Commerce office listed on the form. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. Thank you in advance for your help in identifying and honoring outstanding women in our community.



View link for more details and nomination form:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.04.13/2014GiraffeAwardNominations.pdf  




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 info@centerforchildcounseling.org


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/10.21.13/SensoryIntegration.pdf

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 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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