The Glades Initiative, Inc. Nominated for the 2014 Heroes in Medicine Award
The Palm Beach Medical Society announced The Glades Initiative, Inc. as a nominee of their Heroes in Medicine Award in the category of Community Outreach. Individuals and organizations who utilize their skills in the field of health care to provide outstanding service to meet the need of people in local, national, and/or global communities were nominated. All nominees will be honored and winners announced at The Palm Beach Medical Society's 11th Annual Heroes in Medicine luncheon at the Kravis Center on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
Leadership Glades 2014 Class - Brick Sales Flyer Fundraiser
This year the 2014 Class of Leadership Glades sponsored by the Belle Glade Chamber of commerce is joining forces with The City of Belle Glade and Palm Beach County Sheriff's office in the creation of a Veteran's Memorial at the Loading Ramp Park in Belle Glade. Funding for the overall park project and collaboration for the design is ongoing and expected to be completed prior to the end of 2014. Leadership Glades Class of 2014, recognizes the importance of honoring our Veterans and has chosen the opportunity to add a special feature on this community supportive project. To Raise Funds we are asking for contributions for individual brick pavers. The brick pavers will be utilized in the construction of the Veteran's Memorial Area and laser engraved with individuals and/or corporate name. Brick contributions are $50 minimum. Each paver is 4" x 8 ".Show your support to our community and local Veterans in this unique opportunity.
The School District of Palm Beach County in association with Florida Training Services, Inc.'s Construction Trades Program Open House will be held Thursday, April 3rd from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at West Tech Bldg # 8; 2625 State Road 715, Belle Glade. Learn about our Multi Trade Construct
ion Program, see student demonstrations using equipment and tools, learn about the benefits of the Pre-Apprenticeship Program, and meet and talk to current students, faculty and staff.
WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: West Tech Bldg #8, 2625 State Road 715, Belle Glade
End of harvest festival celebrating the area's agricultural roots and rich organic soil. This will be the 36th anniversary. This year's event will feature a 5 K Walk/Run, free children's rides and games, vendor booths, free entertainment followed by fireworks at dusk.
WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 2014 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
WHERE: Torry Island, Belle Glade
Black Gold Green Market
Sponsored by Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce. Selling fresh vegetable including corn, lettuce, romaine, celery, tomatoes, rice and pickles.
WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 2014 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Torry Island, Belle Glade
For more information contact Belle Glade Chamber: 561-996-2745
Please Comissioner Diane Walker, if you are interested in being a vendor or presenter at this event. Your presentation should cater to our youth and parents. Additional information will be provided as we continue our planning sessions. The next planning meeting is Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 9:30 at the City of Pahokee - Senior Wellness Center.
Palm Beach County Head Start/Early Head Start Now Accepting Applications!
Will your Preschooler be Ready? Accepting applications from income-eligible families with children from birth to 5 years old. Pregnant mothers also accepted.Head Start and Early Head Start offers the following services FREE Preschool Hot Meals and Snacks, Field Trips, Health Screening, FUN and SAFE Environment and more!!
Free Swimming Lessons at Belle Glade Pool and Pioneer Park Aquatic Center
The Drowning Prevention Coalition provides vouchers for free swim lessons for qualified children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. Vouchers are provided on a first come / first served basis. A maximum of two vouchers are available per qualified child. A second voucher will be denied if the child does not attend all lessons in the first session. Children who achieve level three in a swim program will also not be issued additional vouchers to enable non-swimming children to participate in the program. Parents whose child(ren) qualify and receive a voucher, may sign up for lessons at any participating aquatic facility in Palm Beach County.
Qualification Survey for Swim Bucks Program:
Child must be a resident of Palm Beach County
Child must be between the ages of 3 and 12.
Child must receive one or more of the following: Medicaid, Food Stamps, Heathy Kids, Free Lunch, Section 8 Housing.
Child has not used two free swim vouchers in the past OR completed level three of a swim program.
Child is Special Needs.
Applications will be accepted on or after April 1, 2014.
How to submit your application:
Take this survey and send via Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 561.616.7084, mail to: A Stewart, Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, 405 Pike Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
New Program from CareerSource Replaces Public Assistance with Paychecks
CareerSource Palm Beach County Launches Program to Increase Employment in Glades Communities
CareerSource Palm Beach County is launching a new program called Employment Reconnection that provides jobs and skills upgrades for residents receiving government-sponsored cash assistance programs, many of whom are long-term unemployed (those actively seeking a job for more than six months). More than half of the 53 participants are from the Glades communities in western Palm Beach County, historically one of the areas of highest unemployment in Florida and the nation. Through Employment Reconnection, individuals are paid $12 per hour for working 40 hours a week over 12 weeks. The program is running now through June 6, 2014. "We know that most people want to get back to work, and we're delighted to provide them with a pathway to employment that may become a permanent position," said Steve Craig, president and chief executive officer of CareerSource Palm Beach County. "Employment Reconnection will give businesses an incentive to offer our residents a chance to earn paychecks and upgrade their job skills."
The West Palm Beach Library Foundation presents Developing Successful "Big Gift" Strategies with Bill Mountcastle. Attendees will learn to seek out engaging and sustaining big gift relationships, crafting a strategic development approach with a small fundraising staff, discovering best practices from higher education and health care fundraising, sidestepping commonly cited obstacles and challenges, fulfilling goals of nonprofits and donors
through transformational gift strategies, working with high capacity philanthropists and their advisors. This presentation is for board members, executive directors, and other fund development staff of nonprofit organizations. Seating is limited.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street, 3rd Floor Clematis Room
Effective Community Partnerships: "Leading by Stepping Back"
For Public Sector Officials and Government Agencies
Join internationally recognized community-building leaders John McKnight and Mike Green for an engaging and interactive learning event focused on Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) principles and applying them to mobilize citizens to action.
Effective Community Partnerships: "Leading by Stepping Back" to Ignite Residents for Action and Engagement is a one-day learning experience that familiarizes participants with the basic concepts of Asset-Based Community Development. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the role government and other agencies can play to achieve resident action and engagement. Participants will learn about a powerful approach to rediscover local assets and mobilize citizens to action for more self-reliant communities.
Who will Benefit from this Experience?
Organizations seeking to develop more connected and engaged local communities, and achieve fuller inclusion of people they support.
Public officials, police officers, code enforcement officers, planners, neighborhood organizers, non-profit leaders and other neighborhood support staff; and
Local government and nonprofit agencies who want to develop creative more powerful ways of partnering with their communities.
This Office of Community Revitalization-sponsored event is free of charge and includes publications from ABCD Institute. Space is limited.
WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach
Palm Beach County 2014 Fair Housing Law Update & Accessibility Training Program
This half-day training will be two separate tracks- The Fair Housing Law Update is designed for attorneys, judges, realtors, condo/homeowner association officers and fair housing professionals. This training features Tara K. Ramchandani, Esq. of the nationally recognized civil rights law firm of Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC, Washington, D.C., Ms. Ramchandani is known for her litigation of fair housing cases. She obtained a $1 million jury verdict in Florida in a case alleging housing discrimination against families with children in Whyte, et al. v. Alston Management, et al. Additionally, Isabel Torres-Davis of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will focus her presentation on Requests for a Reasonable Accommodation and the HOT topic of Emotional Support Animals!! Do not miss this training!!
The Accessibility Training is designed for Architects, Engineers, Developers and Builders, Code Enforcement Officials for county and municipalities, disability advocates and others interested in learning more about the requirements of Florida's Accessibility Code and the requirements of the ADA and Fair Housing Act. This training features Larry M. Schneider, AIA, Palm Beach Gardens, FL and JR Harding, Ed.D, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Tallahassee Florida.
This year, The Legal Aid Society and The Fair Housing Center will be celebrating Fair Housing Month with a showing of A Raisin in the Sun and leading a discussion on the fair housing themes in the movie.
WHEN: Friday, April 4, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Mos' Art Theater, 700 Park Ave, Lake Park
Middle and High School students are invited to attend the 4th annual Youth Summit to take place on April 26, 2014 at Gaines Park.
Register online at www.pbcyouthsummit.org. Youth will receive 10 hours of community service and giveaways. Join us for a day filled with education and entertainment. If you are a vendor that provides services to youth, you are also welcome to participate. Please register at email@example.com.
WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Countdown to Giving Day ~ Maximize Your Gift to Your Favorite Charity on May 6
On May 6th 2014, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m., The Glades Initiative, Inc. is participating in the GREAT GIVE, a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in the allotted time as part of a nation-wide program called Give Local America.
Your donation to The Glades Initiative, Inc. will go a long way in helping us improve the coordination and effectiveness of the health and human service delivery system in the Glades. Plus, gifts made that day will receive a portion of bonus funds - making your dollar go even further than it would on any other day. We hope you will consider supporting us on May 6th!
The Glades Initiative, Inc. Offers First Cooking Matters Class in Pahokee
Empowering families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals. Glades Initiative's first Cooking Matters Nutrition Education Course was held on March 5, 2014 at the Pahokee Recreation Center for Spanish speaking clients of the Bridges of Pahokee.
Alzheimer's Community Care Introduces their New Family Nurse Consultant to the Glades
Alzheimer's Community Care is proud to introduce Danielle Adair, RN Family Nurse Consultant for the Glades! The Family Nurse Consultantprovides vital services to families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease or related neurocognitive disorders.
Alzheimer's Community Care focuses on understanding patients' behaviors, anticipating issues, developing crisis prevention strategies by proactively managing emerging issues from stage to stage in the disease process and providing respite for the caregiver. The Family Nurse Consultant's primary role is to provide potential interventions, available resources, possible measures and outcomes at key stages in the disease's progression.
Family Nurse Consultant's are skilled, trained, educated, and experienced with families living with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders. Whether it
is education on Florida's Silver Alert Program or Electronic Locator Bracelet Program, The Family Nurse Consultant provides options and resources for families to keep loved ones safe.
There is NO CHARGE to families for this service! To meet with Family Nurse Consultant Danielle Adair RN, you can call or visit our Pahokee Centerat: 470 Barack Obama Blvd., Pahokee (561) 924-7283 or you can email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Multicultural Health Fair in the Glades Seeking Medical and Health Care Volunteers
The Haitian American Nursing Organization & Allied (HANOA) of West Palm Beach hosts a multicultural, educational and health fair on May 24 at Glades Community Central High School in Belle Glade. Anticipating more than 1,000 health fair visitors, HANOA is putting out a call for medical and other health care professionals to volunteer.
During the free day-long event, medical and health care professionals will provide information about nutrition, diet and exercise, childhood obesity, HIV/AIDS, mental health and common chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disorders, depression, dementia, breast cancer and more. The fair also will offer complimentary health screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI and mammography.
St. John First Missionary Baptist Church hosts first Annual Healing Conference
Wailing Women at the Wall ~ This dynamic breakthrough conference will be held at St John First Missionary Baptist Church. There is no cost. The conference dynamic women are Pastors Rene' Williams (West Palm Beach), Noble Mays (West Palm Beach), Minister Pamela Derico (Belle Glade), and Francetine Dennard (Belle Glade).
WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: St John First Missionary Baptist Church 600 S. W 8th St. Belle Glade
Relay For Life of the Glades Theme: " Glades Superhero's Cancer"
You can make a difference by... Joining us in the fight against cancer! Joining the planning Committee! Registering your team! Celebrating being a cancer survivor! Being a sponsor! Come for a fun time!
WHEN: Friday, May 9-10, 2014
WHERE: Airport Park, Belle Glade
For more information please contact Sandra Stewart: (561) 755-2439
Do you have a child or teen who is struggling? in school, at home and with friends? Are you a parent or a teacher with concerns about a child's or student's behavior? 1 out of 12 children have a diagnosable mental illness. Mental illness are progressive disease. Early intervention and treatment can help prevent these treatable disease from progressing and help our children succeed in life. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Palm Beach County invites you to NAMI's Parents & Teachers As Allies presentation during Mental Health Awareness Month to learn more about the possible waning signs of early onset mental illness in children and adolescents. This 2-hrs. workshop is free of charge at the following Palm Beach County Libraries during the month of May.
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 2014 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade
Volunteers Needed at New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church Food Pantry
New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church, at 1650 S. Main Street, Belle Glade (the White and Purple/Pink church on the corner across from Glades Ice) delivers food to the needy on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. They are in need of volunteers on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays and Wednesday of the month to assist with sorting food supplies, making up food bags, organizing the food pantry, etc. Tuesdays 12:00 - 2:00, Wednesdays 11:30 - 3:00. If you are able to help, please contact Elder Brenda Williams at 305-336-5737.
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#OK2TALK : Palm Beach County Speaks Conference and Breakfast
Please join us for our April 25th for the unveiling of the action plan based on the results of the #OK2TALK town hall meetings! This event will be held at the Embassy Suites on April 25th --Breakfast ($25 per person) will be at 8:00 AM with the conference (free) beginning at 9:00 AM. The findings of all of #OK2TALKPBC Town Hall meetings will be revealed. A panel of local leaders will be present to discuss the findings, community solutions, and action plan formulated throughout the series.
A series of Town Hall Meetings is being held between January and March 2014 both in person and through social media, millennials speak up for change and reform in Palm Beach County, Florida. We are holding town hall meetings in all regions of the county: South, Central, North, and Belle Glade. The goal is to seek insights and solutions from Palm Beach County citizens that will lead to the prevention of people with mental illness from entering the legal system. Young people, business leaders, and policymakers will talk about mental illness, find community-based solutions, create an action plan with clear steps that will prevent people with mental illness from needlessly entering the legal system.
Please join us for our April 25th for the unveiling of the action plan based on the results of these town hall meetings! This event will be held at the Embassy Suites on April 25th at 8:00 for a pre-meeting breakfast with keynote speaker Paolo del Vecchio. Breakfast ($25 per person) will be at 8:00 AM with the conference (free) beginning at 9:00 AM. The findings of all of #OK2TALKPBC Town Hall meetings will be revealed. A panel of local policymakers will be present to discuss the findings, community solutions, and action plan formulated throughout the series.
WHEN: Friday, April 25, 2014 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Overwhelmed by caregiving challenges? * I can't balance family, work, and caregiving * My adult child will never be independent * My family members won't help * Mom doesn't listen to me * Dad won't stop driving. Bring your questions to the experts. Limited Free Tickets.
WHEN: Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch Included
WHERE: Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach
Child and Youth Symposium: The Essential Brain Skills Needed to Navigate Their World
Have you heard the term "Executive Function?" Join us May 2nd for an enlightening discussion about the vital social, emotional, and organizational skills children need to develop in order to be successful in school - and in life. Attendees will hear why a child's ability to resist impulses, avoid distractions, and think flexibly leads to better outcomes in adulthood - including better health, a more successful career, and lower criminality. Learn practical, research based strategies and effective intervention for helping nurture these essential skills in children. Keynote: Dr. Philip Zelazo, a Developmental Psychologist and Neuroscientist, is a Professor at the Institute of Child Development in the University of Minnesota.
WHEN: Friday, May 2, 2014 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Embassy Suites, 1601 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Victims' Rights Coalition Invites You to Participate in their "We Care" Campaign
for Victims' Rights Week 2014 (April 6 - 12th, 2014) The Palm Beach Victims' Rights Coalition is seeking the compassion of community members, schools, churches, agencies, non-profits and businesses to extend the following support to victims of crime:
Write letters of comfort and encouragement.
Create encouraging posters, artwork or other crafts.
Donate discount coupons and/or goods to help individuals and families struggling during crisis.During Victims' Rights Week, our Coalition members will be interfacing with victims across the advocacy spectrum and will deliver these items as a surprise, demonstrating the compassionate care and concern of others.
We hope you will consider this as a personal or community project. Please email us at PBVRC@pbvrc.org if you are interested in participating in this wonderful opportunity to help others heal during a tremendously difficult period, and to make arrangements for a pick-up.
Deadline for submission: Friday, April 4, 2014
"An act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a world of difference to a victim of crime. By reaching out to a victim in need of support, every person in our great nation can fulfill the promise of treating victims with respect, identifying and meeting their needs, and helping them seek justice."
(John Gillis, Former Director of Office for Victims of Crime)
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.
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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 email@example.com (561) 996-3310.