Week of December 16, 2013     
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

December 23-27 & 28, 2013          9:00 a.m.-  4:30 p.m. The Glades Initiative, Inc. Medical Interpreting Training, Belle Glade
December 30-31 & Jan. 2-4, 2014 9:00 a.m.-  4:30 a.m. The Glades Initiative, Inc. Medical Interpreting Training, Boynton Beach
Tuesday December 17, 2013       11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Meeting,PEPPI Head Start 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013      12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. Wee Play for Infants & Toddlers, Bridges at Pahokee
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Starting a Business FREE Workshop, Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 1:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.  New Hope Charities, Inc. Annual Christmas Toy Give Away, Pahokee
Thursday, December 19, 2013     9:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) Meeting, South Bay City Hall 
Thursday, December 19, 2013     3:00 p.m.-  5:00 p.m. Project Cradle Care 2014 Planning Meeting, Bridges at Pahokee
Thursday, December 19, 2013     3:00 - 6:00 p.m.        The Unique Snowflake, Bridges at Belle Glade 



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

Click here MIT Course Application Dec. 30-31, Jan. 2-4, 2014 


Click here for Scholarship Application Dec. 30-31 Jan. 2-4



Notice of The Glades Initiative Office Holiday Closure   


 Please make a note that: 


        In observance of the Holidays, The Glades Initiative, Inc. will be closed for regular business, from Monday, December 23 to Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 


If you anticipate needing our regular services during the week we are closed, please make necessary arrangements ahead of time.  We will re-open for business on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8:00 am.  Accordingly, you will not be receiving a Glades Community Updates email for the week of December 23, 2013.

Arts & Crafts for Sales at The Glades Initiative Until Dec. 19 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. 


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 




The Glades Initiative, Inc. Thanks Glades Gas for their Support 


Thank You Glades Gas for your support of The Glades Initiative!  Glades Gas agreed to be our corporate sponsor for the application to enroll The Glades Initiative into Constant Contact's Cares4Kids program. Cares4Kids provides non-profits with free access* to their full suite of email marketing, online survey, and event marketing services. Glades Gas has always been a true partner to the Glades Community!  



Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Meeting   


WHEN: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 


WHERE: Lutheran Services Florida/PEPPI Head Start Program, 301 SW 8th Street, Belle Glade 


For more information contact Autrie M. Williams at (561) 996-1718; Fax: (561) 996-0287


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




New Hope Charities, Inc Annual Christmas Toy Give Away


New Hope Charities will be presenting it's Annual Christmas Toy Give Away. The child must be present to receive a gift from  Santa. Everyone in attendance will also receive a hot dog, soda and a bag of chips.This year several agencies (Glades Academy, Grace Healthcare Solutions and Bridges of Pahokee) will have information booths available for event participants.


WHEN:  Wednesday, December 18, 2013 1:00 p.m.  - 5:30 p.m.


WHERE: The New Hope Charities Family Center, 7450 State Road 15/ US441 Pahokee 




Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) Meeting 


Join our Guest Speaker Lt. Wesley White for an engaging presentation on this subject. His presentation will cover the following:  Acknowledgement of (bites) Statistics, Identification of Types of Dog Aggression Understanding Dogs Body Language, Avoiding a Dog Attack, Knowing when to call ACC, Basic tips-dealing with wildlife, and a short nineteen minute video on "Preparing Yourself for Dog Encounters". Lt. White is a Field Supervisor with The Palm Beach County Animal Control (ACC) Division and the Countywide Community Revitalization Team (CCRT) representative for that Division. He has been with ACC for 15 years. He has worked as a field officer, dispatcher and assistant on the neuter & spay shuttle. He has been a field supervisor for five years.


WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


WHERE: South Bay City Hall, 335 S.W. Second Avenue, South Bay City Hall 


If you have any questions contact Duane Gainer: (561) 233-5318 or dgainer@pbcgov.org


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.16.13/GTACMeetingFlyer.pdf




Project Cradle Care 2014 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, 2014The next planning meeting is scheduled  to invite community partners who provide services to pregnant mothers.  We will have an area designated for agencies to reach out to these pregnant moms and provide them with valuable resources. If you are interested in participating in this event, please attend the planning meeting and RSVP to Annie Ifill, please plan to attend. We are in need of Lamaze coaches and lactation specialists to do demonstrations at the fair.


WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 2013 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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


For more information  and to  eta_eta_sigma_sgrho@yahoo.com


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.16.13/ProjectCradleCare.pdf  



Bridges at Belle Glade

The Unique Snowflake 
Winter is here and the snowflakes are falling. Welcome parents and children to the making of the snowflakes. This activity will focus on the uniqueness of both snowflakes and your child; we will be making your own snowflake with paper, crayons, pipe cleaners, beads and lots more.
WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 2013 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Bridges at Belle Glade, 816 West Canal Street South, Belle Glade 


View link for more activities: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/BBGDecember2013.pdf




Bridges at Pahokee


Wee Play for Infants & Toddlers

Find out ways to enhance your baby's learning experience at this special program for babies and active toddlers. Staff will model age appropriate, creative activities developed to focus on early childhood skills and concepts in inviting and playful ways for our adult caregivers. For more information, please contact us at (561) 924-9224. Sign up now, space is limited!


WHEN: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.


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


View link for more activities: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/BAPDecember2013.pdf 



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.
City of Belle Glade City Wide Clean-up


The Chamber is assisting the City of Belle Glade with a city-wide clean up effort . If you have a group, organization, or are just willing to come out and help us as an individual, we would appreciate the help! We will be meeting at City Hall 8:00 a.m. and splitting up into teams. Please let  me know if you have a church group, sorority, school group or others who would like to participate. Together, we can make a

 difference in our town!


WHEN: Saturday, January 4, 2013 8:00 a.m.-until ?


WHERE:Meet at Belle Glade City Hall, Belle Glade


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.16.13/CityWideCleanUp.pdf


Job Opportunities


Vickers House Offers FREE Flu Shot and STD Testing 


STD Testing (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) & Flu Shots Courtesy of Florida Health, Palm Beach County Only One Flu Shot Needed: includes regular Flu and HINI serums. For Individuals over 18 years of age without easy access to health care! Individuals will be seen on a first come first serve basis-no appointments or pre-registration is required! - Please expect a waiting line!


WHEN: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


WHERE: Vickers House South - 3801 Georgia Ave., West Palm Beach


For More Information call the Vickers House: (561) 804-4975


View link for details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.16.13/FreeFLUShots&STDTesting.pdf



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 email: info@centerforchildcounseling.org  


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



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Food Action and Research Center ~ FRAC's Weekly News digest - Issue #46, December 13, 2013





PrimeTime Afterschool Resources ~ Friday Forecast December 13, 2013 




Previous Postings

13th Annual Glades REACH Health Fair - Call for Volunteers


January 28, 2014 to February 1, 2014


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.  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.


                                         Click here for the Individual Volunteer Application             Click here for the Group Volunteer Application


 For more information contact, and please email all completed applications to Millie Rodriguez at mirodrig@hcdpbc.org


If you are unable to donate through volunteering your time, and would like to donate financially, you can make a check out to The Glades Initiative, Inc. with REACH Fair in the memo line and mail to The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430.



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. The event will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the CL Brumback Health Center in Belle Glade.  Please Come. We need all the help we can get in planning this worthwhile community event. 



WHEN:  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  



2013 Spirit of Giving 


Do you know a family in need this Christmas? Maybe a child that has no presents to open?   Or a single parent who can't afford clothes or food for their children? Palm Beach County Mayor Priscilla A. Taylor is putting turkeys on the table and presents under the tree for families in need this year and you can bless them this Christmas by taking a few moments to refer them. Family referrals will begin December 9th and will end December 16th. All referrals go through the Mayor's Office.


View link for more details on how to get a referral:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/SpiritOfGiving.pdf



Health care coverage enrollment deadline: December 23, 2013 


Deadline to sign up for health insurance is December 23, 2013.  Those seeking health insurance can sign up using any one of these following four ways. They can:


Resources are available in several other languages (Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Vietnamese, French Creole, Polish and Spanish) on the Healthcare.gov website.  



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 atwww.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



Human Trafficking: Combating Modern Slavery


Human trafficking is a growing problem in Palm Beach County. In observance of Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January, a speaker from the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches will shed light on what is being done about this issue and what services are available to victims of this horrific crime. (60 min.) Stop by or call the location of your choice to preregister for this program.


WHEN: Wednesday, January 08, 2014  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


WHERE: Belle Glade Branch, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade


View link for other locations: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/PBCHumanTrafficking.pdf



Job Opportunities 



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



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


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




The Spirit of Giving






PrimeTime Afterschool Resources ~ Friday Forecast December 6,2013 



CROS Ministries: CROS This Week: December 3, 2013


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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