Week of April 28
, 2014      
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

         Tuesday, April 29, 2014  9:00 a.m.-  11:00 a.m.  Meet the Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Bridges at Belle Glade
         Saturday, May 3, 2014   10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.  7th Annual "Prayer Breakfast", Lakeshore Civic Center 
         Saturday, May 3, 2014   10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  Good News of Christ Ministries Food Giveaway, Greater St.Paul Church



The Glades Initiative, Inc. is offering a free 2-hour Resume Writing Workshop on May 6, 2014 from 4:00 - 6:00.  Participants will learn six action steps to lay the groundwork for a great resume, writing your career objective, your job history, and summarizing your experience ~ all on one page.  Seats are limited. Please RSVP to Sandy Desty at (561) 996-3310 or sdesty@gladesinitiative.org by May 5.  


WHEN:  Tuesday, May 6, 2014 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


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



Meet the Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE)   


The ESE Advisory Council & the School District of Palm Beach County ESE Department invites parents and community members to: Meet the Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE).  Come meet the Director of ESE, Will Gordillo, and Associate Director, Kevin McCormick, in an informal setting.

Bring your questions and ideas! Glades Area Hosted by the Community Partners, home of BRIDGES at Pahokee, BRIDGES at Belle Glade, and Boys Town South Florida. Interpreters (Spanish/Creole) will be available!


WHEN: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


WHERE: BRIDGES at Belle Glade, 816 W. Canal Street, Belle Glade


For more information and to register contact:  Janet Blackford at (561) 434-8626,or eseadvisorycouncil@gmail.com 


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.14.14/ESEBreakfast.pdf



7th Annual "Prayer Breakfast"


You Are Invited To the 7th Annual "Prayer Breakfast" Sponsored by Dixie Bell Chapter #116 Order of Eastern Star Belle Glade, FL IN OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD, THEY GAVE US LIGHT "Illuminating the Path:  What I Would Like for My Foot Prints to Say about Me"


WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


WHERE: Lake Shore Civic Center 1224 S. W "E" Place Belle Glade


For more information call:(561) 996-4517 Or (561) 463-9372


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.21.14/PrayerBreakfast.pdf




Good News of Christ Ministries Food Giveaway 


Please bring a cart or bags Good News of Christ Ministries is coming to your neighborhood  food giveaway everything must go please join us as we your physical body and your spiritual soul! Bread, dairy, frozen foods, meat, produce,and more everything must go!


WHEN: Saturday, May 3, 2014 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: Greater St. Paul Church of God in Christ, 915 W. Avenue A, Belle Glade


For more information contact Elder Daryl Brown& Pastor Brown: (561) 843-0097


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/FoodGiveAway.pdf



Mental Health Awareness Month 


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-hr. 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


View link for more details and locations: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.17.14/MentalHealthAwarenessMonth.pdf



Glades Toastmaster Meet and Greet 


Come have some fun and find out what all the chatter is about! Light Fare Served


WHEN: Tuesday May 13, 2014 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


WHERE: Black Gold Steak House, 1100 N Main Street Belle Glade, 


For more information call: 561-261-5043 


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/GladesToastmasters.pdf 



4th Annual "Celebrate Life With Hope Festival" ~ Haitian Heritage


Come and celebrate the 3rd Annual "Celebrate Life With Hope Festival" with live music and a lot of fun. Your are Invited to be a partner: Community organizations, Government agencies, Health agencies, Private businesses, Vendors, Community leaders, Churches and many more. 


WHEN: Saturday May 17, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: Hand Park, NW 5th Street and Canal Street, Belle Glade


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/4thAnnualCelebrateLifeWithHope.pdf


View link for vendor application: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/2014VendorApplicationForm.pdf


For information call :( 561) 502-8968, (561) 317-3486 or Solidaritypbc@gmail.com 



Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Registration 


Family Central is issuing VPK certificates Monday-Friday parents, there are multiple ways you can obtain your child's VPK certificates:


1. Online

2. Make appointment online

3. Walk-in VPK hours

4. Tuesday Evening registration events.

For more information call the Family Central parent hotline: (561) 653-2458


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/VPKRegistrationDatesInformation.pdf



CROS Ministries in Belle Glade is in need of volunteers in the Pantry 


CROS Ministries in Belle Glade is in need of volunteers in the Pantry preferably with basic computer skills -  but not required.   With school being out soon,  this is a great summer opportunity for students, especially Juniors and Seniors to pick up volunteer hours.   For more information contact Mayra Echenique at secretarycumc@bellsouth.net or call 561-755-2495 



Sun Life Financial Accepting Grant Applications from Greater South Florida Nonprofit Organizations for Rising Star Awards





Job Opportunities 


The Sun: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/TheSun.pdf

The Sun 2: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/TheSun2.pdf

Urban League of Broward~ Development Manager: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/DevelopmentManager.pdf

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida ~ Community Development Manager: 





Telling Your Story through Performance, Impact and Inspiration


The concept and practice of storytelling are high on the agenda of nonprofit executives and boards - and if they aren't, they should be.  The Office Depot Foundation's seventh annual Weekend in Boca Civil Society Leadership Symposium will help you learn

  • Performance - communicating your success in accomplishing your goals.
  • Impact - communicating the difference that you are able to make over the long haul.
  • Inspiration - engaging the community in supporting your mission through donations, volunteerism, opportunities to collaborate and other ways both tangible and intangible.

WHEN: Friday, May 2-3, 2014


WHERE: Office Depot Corporate Headquarters, 6600 N Military Trail, Boca Raton,


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.21.14/WeekendInBoca.pdf



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


If you have any regarding registration, please contact maria.iannazzi@cscpbc.org.



Play Therapy 101: A Client Centered Approach


The Center for Child Counseling is very pleased to be partnering with Women in Distress' Jim and Jan Moran Family Center to offer Play Therapy 101: A Client Centered Approach. This workshop is an excellent introduction to Play Therapy for students, interns, school counselors, and mental health professionals who work with children and would like to start using Play Therapy techniques . Building therapeutic relationships with children requires different skills than those generally used in working with adults.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with a basic introduction to the principles and techniques used in Client Centered Play Therapy.  Non-directive Play Therapy is a developmentally appropriate model, supported by research, for counseling children ages 3 to 13 who are experiencing a wide variety of presenting issues.The workshop will involve experiential activities in which the participant will learn and practice the basic techniques used in Client Centered Play Therapy.


WHEN: Friday May 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 


WHERE: Women in Distress' Jim & Jan Moran Family Center, 4700 NW 3rd Ave., Deerfield Beach


For more information call Clarissa DeWitt: info@centerforchildcounseling.org or  561-244-9499 ext. 3


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/PlayTherapy101.pdf


Palm Beach County Community Action Program ROMA Training  


For Who? All Staff, Board Members, Community Partners, and Non Profit Community Based Organizations who may be interested in providing services for Community Action in the future RSVP by Wednesday April 29th, 2014.


WHEN: Monday, May 5-6, 2014 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


WHERE: Vista Center 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411


For more information and to RSVP call: 561-355-4792 or email NDiaz@pbcgov.org

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/ROMATraining.pdf  

Multicity Regional Youth Job Fair


Interested job seekers will be able to speak with local employers, Permanent and Seasonal positions available, Job Applications may be completed at the fair, Bring resumes, dress for success and prepare to interview A new career is waiting for you! 


WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.


WHERE: Mary McDonald Wilson Center-Gaines Park Recreation Center, 1501 North Australian Avenue West Palm Beach


For more information contact Francene O'Neal: 561-804-4902 foneal@wpb.org


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/JobFairFlyer.pdf


View link for registration form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/YouthRegistrationForm.pdf

Community Action Committee Meeting/ Advisory Board Meeting 
The Palm Beach County Community Action Agency's (CAA) mission is to remove barriers and create opportunities for low income individuals and families that will enable them to become more self-sufficient.


Community Action Committee Meetings

WHEN:Tuesday May 20, 2014 5:15 p.m.

WHERE: Community Action Center, 810 Datura Street West Palm Beach, FL 


Community Action Advisory Board Meeting

WHEN:Tuesday May 20, 2014 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Community Action Center, 810 Datura Street West Palm Beach, FL 


For more information contact James Green: jgreen1@pbcgov.org or (561) 313-1146.

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. Reservations are required!

WHEN: Every Saturday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


WHERE: National Croquet Center 700 Florida Mango Rd. West Palm Beach,


For more information contact Sandra Coto: 561-478-2300 x 2


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.28.14/PlayCroquet.pdf   


Monday Morning Update - April 28, 2014


Healthy Living April Newsletter



April Stroke Connection e-Extra: Coming Together In May 




Previous Postings


16 MORE DAYS ...Please Give on May 6th

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.

Every donation will be stretched further if you donate to our organization through http://www.greatgivepbc.org/#npo/the-glades-initiative-inc

Your donation to The Glades Initiative, Inc. will go a long way. 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 Department of Juvenile Justice Board  


The DJJ monthly board meeting in the Glades, youth and Community speak out share you thoughts and concerns on Juvenile Justice Issues. Respond by Tuesday, May 6, 2014 to bcgcircuit15@gmail.com


WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 2014 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


WHERE: Glades Central High School,  Belle Glade


For more information contact Dr. Barbara Gerlock: hotdocpb@comcast.net 



Rapunzel Auditions/ Wilhelmina's Butterflies Book Signing


Auditions for Rapunzel,   20th Annual production with the Missoula Children's Theatre at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center!


An audition will be held for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of RAPUNZEL those auditioning should arrive at 3:45 pm and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions.The roles to be cast include Rapunzel, the Princes, Madame Gothel, Rapunzel's Parents, the Wood Elves, Ears of Corn and a Potato, Unicorns, Pixies, Gremlins, Billy Goats Gruff, a Troll, Three Bears, a Beaver, Ogres and Mushrooms.  All students, grades Kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary.  Assistant Directors will also be cast to assist with the technical aspects of the production.


WHEN: Monday, May 12, 2014 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.21.14/RapunzelAudition.pdf


Wilhelmina's Butterflies Book Signing: Clarice Thornton Davis Encourages Readers to Dream and Discover


Thornton Davis will provide a glimpse into the dazzling world of classical music through her children's book, Wilhelmina's Butterflies, during a book signing. Her book encourages young readers to dream and discover. "Wilhelmina is 8 years old," says the author, "and she loves classical music. She has a difficult time explaining why to her family, friends, teachers, and classmates. When she has the opportunity to attend her first concert at Symphony Hall, something might stand in her way. Will she be able to share her love of classical music with others, or will the mysterious butterflies ruin the day?"


WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.21.14/ButterfliesBookSigning.pdf



Job Opportunities 


Health Care District: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.21.14/HCD.pdf

FLIPANY Program Coordinator: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.21.14/FLIPANYProgramCoordinator.pdf

Children's Services Council of Broward County ~ Program Manager: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.21.14/CSCofBrowardCounty.pdf

Poverello ~ Nutritionist: http://www.poverello.org/portal/job-opportunities  

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre ~ Director Of Development: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.21.14/DirectorOfDevelopment.pdf



Get a Chance To Win  4 Pack Family Park Hopper Passes 


Get a chance to win Family 4 Pack Park Hopper Passes ($516.00 value) raffle tickets are now available for purchase~Only $5.00 each or 5 for $20

Drawing to be held May 16, 2014 (Need not be present to win). Proceeds to benefit the Clewiston High School Criminal Justice Program


For more information contact Tammy: 561-914-0158 cell or  561-992-1261 desk


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.14.14/DisneyHopperPasses.pdf  



Belle Glade Elementary School's Kindergarten Tour


Parents will have the opportunity to tour our kindergarten classrooms to get the classroom experience. To register for kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2014.   Kindergarten Registration for the 2014-2015 School Year.  What to Bring: Birth Certificate, Shot Records, 2 Proof of Residence (such as a utility bill).


WHEN: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


WHERE: Belle Glades Elementary Cafeteria, 500 North West Avenue L Belle Glade


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.14.14/KGRoundUp.pdf   



Fire Prevention Presentation:  Disaster Preparedness/Hands only CPR


You and your staff are cordially invited to the American Red Cross for a presentation about fire prevention about fire prevention disaster.


WHEN: Fire Prevention 2nd Wednesday of each month and Disaster Preparedness  4th Wednesday of each 


WHERE: The American Red Cross 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade


Seating is limited, RSVP is required.  If you have any questions please give a call: 561-996-4291 or 561-718-4761.


View link for flyer and dates: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/AmericanRedCross.pdf



Clerk Alert: Passport applications accepted in Belle Glade





Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce Sixteenth Annual Golf Tournament 


Join the Belle Glade Chambers of Commerce for their sixteenth Annual Golf Tournament there will be first, second and third place prize! 50/50 raffle Longest Drive from the gold and the white closest to the pin on all par 3's. Entry fee includes: Green fees, carts, gift bags, lunch, range balls chance at $ 5,000 cash on a Hole-In-One!


WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2014 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: Sugarcane Golf Club, 2619 W Canal St N, Belle Glade


For more information or to register contact Brenda Bunting: (561) 996-2745


View link for details and Entry/Sponsor Form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/GolfTournament.pdf 



Stop the Violence Youth Summit 


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. 


WHEN:  Saturday, May 17, 2014


WHERE:  City of Pahokee



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, Healthy 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 astewart@pbcgov.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


Facility Name



Belle Glade

Belle Glade Pool *

1224 SW Ave E. Place 33430


Belle Glade

Pioneer Park Aquatic Center * **

866 SR 715 33430




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 


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.17.14/RelayForLifeofTheGlades.pdf     




NonProfit Legal Assistance Project NLAP Newsletter





Monday Morning Update - April 14, 2014 





Eat Healthy Farmers Market 

WHEN: Wednesdays, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept.10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10 2014 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
WHERE: West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (CLC Solarium), 7305 N Military Trail, Riviera Beach 




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.                                                                                                


If your place of work has a United Way giving campaign, you can keep your donation in the Glades by designating your contribution to The Glades Initiative, Inc.  





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.


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