December 8, 2014
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PBSC Presidential Search Listening Session, Dolly Hand Center, BG
Thursday, December 11, 2014  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Dept. of Economic Sustainability Meeting, Civic Center, BG
Thursday, December 11, 2014   5:30 p.m.  Chamber Holiday Mixer, PNC Bank, Pahokee
Monday, December 15, 2014  9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Palm Beach Opera,  Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, BG 

The Glades Initiative, Inc. Thanks their #GivingTuesday Donors

What a great online fundraising event we had this last Tuesday, and it was all thanks to our #GivingTuesday donors. We sincerely appreciate your commitment and support for The Glades Initiative, Inc. and our prog rams.  Thank you very much! 

We raised a total of $330.00



Hire and train a local youth intern with wages paid by CareerSource

Palm Beach County businesses are invited to consider hiring and coaching a youth for twelve weeks/up to 40 hours per week with wages paid by CareerSource Palm Beach County. Successful employers will be able to offer:

  • Meaningful work experience for an intern
  • Assigned supervision of an intern
  • A safe and secure worksite and safety equipment

The program includes a rigorous screening process for youth applicants. Staff develop job matches based on skills/abilities and monitoring achievements of each intern. Following the employer registration, employers attend an Employer Orientation to learn more about the program.


                                                           Video Link: Hiring a CareerSource Intern 





Arts, Crafts & Donated Items: Silent Auction & Sale for United Way of PB County


Come to The Glades Initiative, Inc. office to purchase or bid on these items, handmade or donated by Glades Initiative, Inc. staff. 100% of proceeds go toward our Annual United Way campaign!


Ends Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Check out our Facebook page to view our items:   Click here to view Facebook Album 



Palm Beach State College Presidential Search -- Campus Listening Sessions

As Palm Beach State College embarks on a national search to select its next president, you can be a part of the process. Your input is vital and we want to hear from you, share your vision for the future of the college and its leadership!

Come to a Listening Session at a campus near you:

WHEN: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Dolly hand Cultural Arts Center, Belle Glade campus

WHEN: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: BioScience Technology Complex, SC-127, Palm Beach Gardens Campus

WHEN: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Public Safety Training Center, PSD-108, Lake Worth Campus

WHEN: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Humanities & Technology Building, HT-103B, Boca Raton Campus

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/PresidentialSearch.pdf






Opera at the Dolly Hand presented by Palm Beach Opera

You're invited to attend "Opera in the Classroom" presented as Palm Beach Opera's community appreciation initiatives. We had to add another show due to the overwhelming participation of the area schools. This FREE event is not open to the general public. Palm Beach Opera will provide funding for bus transportation upon request.

WHEN: Monday, December 15, 2014 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

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

Please call 561-531-1876 Sophia Nelson to RSVP for the time of your choice.

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/OperaDollyHand.pdf   




Second Annual Christmas in the Community in Belle Glade


Join Pastor William and Lady Rosella Easley of God's Stone Tabernacle Ministries for the second annual Christmas in the Community for food, fellowship and toy distribution. Volunteers of God's Stone Tabernacle Ministries will be serving dinner to the public and all are welcome! Toys will be given to those who have previously registered. If registered applicants are not in attendance, the toys will be given to those parents that are present. 


For more information, please contact Rosella Easley at 561.880.7686 or godstoneministriesinc@yahoo.com.


WHEN: Saturday, December 20, 2014 3:00 p.m.


WHERE: Glade View Elementary School, 900 SE Avenue G, Belle Glade





Glades Vocational Training West Tech Pre Apprenticeship


Learn a trade and earn a GED. There are 12 openings in this year's West Tech Adult Pre-Apprenticeship program (Carpentry, HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing) which started on November 3rd. The program is free and open to any adult 18 years or older.


GED classes will be offered along with the Pre Apprenticeship trade classes for those applicants without a diploma. Life Management Skills Classes are offered to the Applicants who have already received a GED or High School Diploma. Upon successful completion of the Pre-Apprenticeship Program, students will receive a certificate from the FL Department of Education (in the trade students pick), OSHA, First Aid + CPR, High Reach Safety Training, Forklift Safety Training and NCCER (National Center for Construction Education Research) certification cards. Students will be able to further their education by applying to an Apprenticeship Trade School. If accepted to an Apprenticeship Trade School tuition is free and students are employed in their preferred vocation.


WHEN: Two nights a week, Monday, November 3, 2014 - Tuesday, June 30, 2014


WHERE: West Technical School, 2025 State Road 715, Belle Glade


We must fill these positions before December 19, 2014 in order to take advantage of each opening.

All interested individuals should call 561 842-1063 between hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. for registration information, this number can be reached 24/7 just leave a name and good number and someone will contact you.


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/GladesVocationalTrainingWestTech.pdf





Governor Rick Scott Announces $3.8 M for Rural Roads in Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay


View link for press release announcement: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/Roads9million.pdf





NLAP Newsletter: Florida's Minimum Wage Increases in 2015 


The Florida minimum wage will increase to $8.05 per hour, effective January 1, 2015. 

On September 30th of each year, Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity recalculates the State's minimum wage as required by Florida's minimum wage law found in Section 448 of the Florida Statutes. This calculation is based on the increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Earners and Clerical Workers in the Southern Region. This minimum wage increase applies to all employees who are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Among employees who must receive this minimum wage in Florida are tipped employees working in the State. Employers who employ individuals who receive tips may take a credit of up to $3.02 per hour. The tipped employees must also receive a direct hourly wage. Effective January 1, 2015, this direct hourly wage must be at least $5.03, which is Florida's new minimum wage ($8.05) minus the permissible tip credit ($3.02).


Posters are free:


View link for English Poster: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/poster-fl_minwage2015.pdf 


View link for Spanish Poster: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/poster-fl_-minimum-wage-2015_-haitian-creole.pdf 


View link for Creole Poster: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/poster-fl_-minimum-wage-2015_-haitian-creole.pdf 







Mary Wilson of the Supremes in Stormy Weather: The Music of Lena Horne!

Coming to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center is James Gavin's Stormy Weather: The Music of Lena Horne. The show stars Mary Wilson of the Supremes singing the songs that made Lena Horne famous. Stormy Weather is a multi-media concert featuring a narrator (James Gavin, author of the book, Stormy Weather), Mary Wilson, a trio of jazz musicians and rare audio and video footage from Lena Horne's Life. The show is a "living, breathing, biography" combining story, song and visual images to give us the defining portrait of an American icon. Thrilling arrangements include "Stormy Weather"; "Honeysuckle Rose"; "Yesterday When I Was Young" and many others made popular by Lena Horne.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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

View link for Press Release: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/StormyWeatherDollyHand.pdf 



Notice: The December 17th GTAC Meeting at South Bay City Hall Cancelled

The GTAC meetings will resume in January of 2015.  The next GTAC meeting will be held:


WHEN: Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


WHERE: Canal Point Community Center, 12860 US Hwy 441, Canal Point




 Victims' Rights Week Luncheon Raffle

The Palm Beach Victims' Rights Coalition will be hosting its annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 19-25, 2015. They are in need of assistance in the form of a Raffle prize donation for our Victims' Rights Week Luncheon Raffle. The Raffle is directed to law enforcement, victim advocates, community dignitaries, and other victim services professionals. The money earned from the raffle is used to fund events honoring victims of crime and their families. 


WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



For more information call Brandy Macaluso at 561.966.4288 ext 118 or email bmac@cilo.org 


View link for Press Release: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/SKMBT_C28414120515570.pdf 


Federation of Families of Florida December 2014 Activities Calendar


View link for Calendar: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/ActivityscheduleDecember.pdf




Indeed Job Search for Belle Glade


To view link for jobs: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/jobs in Belle Glade.pdf






Countywide Community Revitalization Team Meeting


You're invited to the Countywide Community Revitalization Team Meeting. Liz Locke, Electronic Resources Coordinator for the Palm Beach County Library System, will be in attendance to present "Create and Share at the Palm Beach County Library CreationStation!" intended to increase public awareness about the exciting new initiatives Palm Beach County Libraries provide.

CreationStation is a digital media lab and recording studio at the Palm Beach County Library where County residents can create multi-media content with Apple computers, video cameras and digital software, a photo scanner, sound recording and editing equipment and a green screen.

County residents visiting CreationStation are using the library in a new way -- developing hands-on skills in the use of technology and media production, learning how to share work produced, and becoming "storytellers" using digital tools. Once work is created, the content can be uploaded to the CreationStation website, showcasing our talented community.   

WHEN: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Vista Center, 2300 N Jog Rd, Suite 1E-60, West Palm Beach

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Chrystal Mathews, Senior Planner, at 233-5318 or cmathews@pbcgov.org

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.08.14/CCRTMeetingFlyer.pdf  





Phase 32 Applications Available


For those of you interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds, our Local EFSP Board recently announced that Phase 32 applications will be made available at www.unitedwaypbc.org under "Our Work - Apply for Funding".


This decision has been made even though the EFSP National Board and has still has not allocated funds to any local jurisdictions. Legal Notices regarding these funds appeared in The Palm Beach Post and the Sun-Sentinel on Sunday, November 16, 2014. National EFSP Guidelines indicate that "Prior years' funding decisions must have no bearing on the selection of agencies." NO AGENCY IS GUARANTEED FUNDING OR RENEWAL OF ANY KIND.


WHEN: Friday, December 12, 2014 12:00 p.m. (Deadline)


WHERE: United Way of Palm Beach County, 2600 Quantum Blvd., Boynton Beach


Though mailed-in submissions are allowed, hand-delivered submissions are strongly suggested. NO LATE PROPOSALS WILL BE ACCEPTED! No funds will be available to any successful Phase 32 applicant until the National Board provides Palm Beach County with the official Award Amount.


If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact Kasha Owers at (561) 375-6617 or Tamara Worley at tamaraworley@unitedwaypbc.orgor (561) 375-6630.


For more information view link: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.17.14 





The Merchant Strategy Christmas Open House

You're invited to join the Merchant Strategy as they host their first TMS Christmas Open House to celebrate the Holiday Season with good friends. Help us enjoy plentiful libations and good food during this festive time of the year.

WHEN: Monday, December

15, 2014 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: 1804 North Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach





Children's Services Council Releases Child First Request for Proposals

Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County released a Request for Proposals (RFP) November 14, 2014, seeking 1-2 nonprofit agencies and/or government organizations to replicate and implement with fidelity the evidence-based Child First intervention in targeted zip codes throughout Palm Beach County. Child First is an intensive early childhood home-visiting intervention that works withi

n an early childhood system of care to decrease the incidence of serious emotional disturbance and learning problems, and abuse and neglect, among high-risk, very young children and their families. Deadline for submission is

WHEN: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 2:00 p.m. (Deadline)

Those interested in submitting a proposal should visit www.cscpbc.org/openprop.






 Citizenship Classes

The Vickers House has created a New Citizenship class which will prepare you to pass the Citizenship Exam but will also focus on Educating New Immigrants in our Community on how to become good neighbors as well as good citizens. This is an 8 week course to prepare you to pass the Citizenship Test. You will also receive assistance in filling out your N-400 Form (Application for Naturalization & Citizenship). You will receive a certificate of completion ONLY if you attend all 8 sessions!

- Please bring a notebook and pen or pencil

- Please be advised that there will be a $5 donation paid directly to the teachers the first day of class, this will cover materials used in class. Thank you for your cooperation.

WHEN: Friday, January 9, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. through Friday, February 27, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: 3801 Georgia Avenue, West Palm Beach 

8 Sessions: January 9, 1

6, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27

All participants must Speak, Read, Write & Understand Basic English-the class is taught in English


Call Vickers House South prior to January 9 to register For more information call (561) 804-4975  

To view flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.17.14/CitizenshipClasses.pdf 


Making Democracy Work Awards Nomination


The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County celebrates community leaders - members, individuals and organization that have envisioned a way to improve Palm Beach County and have mobilized others to work with them to affect a change that has benefited the broader county. These awards below will honor individuals and/or organizations/coalitions that have, in the League tradition, helped to make Palm Beach County stronger, more vibrant and fairer. These awards will be conferred upon during the LWVPBC Annual Luncheon April, 2015.




*             Effective Membership Engagement and Recruitment Award

*             Strengthening Democracy Award

*             High Impact Visibility Award

*             Education Award

*             Community Connection Award

*             Young Professional of the Year Award

*             Presidential Award


Deadline for Application is January 31, 2015. To request an application email secretary@lwvpbc.org 


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.01.14/LeagueWomenVoterPBC.pdf 




The Money Conference for Women in Business

Whether you are looking to start your own business, expand your current business, pay for your child's education, or finally take that dream vacation, this conference will motivate and empower you to achieve your financial goals.

The agenda includes a luncheon keynote speaker, and 12 breakout sessions; Available funding including crowdfunding, budgeting, retirement planning, executive bonus plans for your business, insurance including business liability, debt and credit management and more.

Save $ register now! $40 until Dec 31st, $60 after (price includes continental breakfast and lunch)

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2015 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: South County Civic Center Delray Beach




Monday Morning Update from the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach 



Previous Postings Glades Area


Palm Beach County Department of Economic Sustainability Notice of Meetings


Palm Beach County Department of Economic Sustainability (DES) is in the process of developing the Consolidated Plan for 2015-2019 for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This document will identify community needs in relation to housing, community, and economic development, and will establish goals for local use of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program funds.

DES will host two public meetings to present information on the development of the Consolidated Plan and to receive input from all interested parties in the community. You are invited and encouraged to attend one of the meetings listed below:


WHEN: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: East County Meeting, Risk Management Training Room, Room 1-470, 100 Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach


WHEN: Thursday, December 11, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: West County Meeting, Belle Glade Civic Center, Meeting Room "A", 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade


The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is the annual performance report on progress the County has made in carrying out its current Consolidated Plan and Action Plan objectives with respect to the CDBG, ESG, and HOME Programs and certain other Federal and State funded programs. DES will review such program accomplishments for FY 2013-2014 during the two regional meetings listed above. The draft CAPER will subsequently be posted online at www.pbcgov.com/des and will also be available for review at the DES office at 100 Australian Avenue, Suite 500, West Palm Beach, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Written comments will be accepted at the DES office through December 19, 2014.


View link for flyer: http://www.pbcgov.com/des/pdf/5%20Year%20Plan/Meeting%20Notice.pdf 



Chamber Holiday Mixer

Hosted by the Belle Glade & Pahokee Chambers of Commerce.  Music, Food, and Prizes.  

WHEN:  Thursday, December 11, 2014  5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  PNC Bank, Pahokee

For more information, call 996-2745 or 924-5579


Belle Glade Walk the Street Outreach Campaign

The Belle Glade Walk the Streets outreach event will be partnering with Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and handing out bags of travel-size toiletry items along with the human trafficking hotline information.


WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


WHERE: West County Victim Services building, State Road 80 in the West County government center, Belle Glade


Rebecca Coward is the contact person for this event. You can reach her by emailing racoward@gmail.com or cell 561-693-8697 if you are interested in volunteering to hand out information with the group.



Lighthouse Café Christmas Ditty Bags


Once again this year 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 a hot nourishing meal for those in need Monday through Friday.   Every year, for the past six years, they have provided Ditty Bags which are passed out during the Holiday season for those less fortunate.  We need your help to provide ditty bags which are needed throughout the year.




TOOTHPASTE                             TOOTH BRUSHES             DEODORANT

BARS OF SOAP                          SHAMPOO                          BODY LOTION

DISPOSABLE RAZORS               SOCKS                               SHAVING CREAM

WASHCLOTHS                            BATH TOWELS                  WIDE TOOTH COMBS


If your schedule does not allow you to shop, please send a donation payable to the Lighthouse Café and we will be happy to do the shopping for you.


WHEN: Friday, December 12, 2014


WHERE: Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st Street, Belle Glade


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.  For additional information on how you can support the Lighthouse Café by volunteering your time or in other ways please call 561-996-5568. 



New Hope Charities Annual Toy Giveaway


You and all of our surrounding communities are invited to attend New Hope Charities' 2014 Annual Toy Giveaway. Santa will be giving each child a toy and cookie. We will also be serving hot dogs, soda, and chips to each person present; Rain or shine.


When: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 1pm - 5:30 pm


Where: New Hope Charities, Inc. 7450 SR 15 US 441 N, Pahokee


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.17.14/NHCChristmasFlyer.pdf




Shopping Online for the Holidays? Shop at AmazonSmile and help The Glades Initiative, Inc.  

Switch from Amazon.com to AmazonSmile.com and proceeds from your purchases go to support a charity of your choice.  Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support The Glades Initiative, Inc. every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.
To shop at AmazonSmile simply click on the link to the right, and bookmark the page.



Volunteer Opportunities with The Glades Initiative, Inc. and Partner Agencies


The Glades Initiative, Inc. posts volunteer opportunities online for our partner agencies in an attempt to develop a pool of willing volunteers to assist with needs in the Glades.  We utilize two very popular volunteer opportunities websites: The United Way of Palm Beach County Volunteer Opportunities and Volunteermatch.org.  See our current listings on the links below, and please share:  



If you are are local organization with a volunteer need that you would like posted, please email Carol Rodriguez at crodriguez@gladesinitiative.org with the specifics.   You must agree to check frequently and respond to email inquiries from potential volunteers.   



City of Belle Glade First Time Buyers' Home Ownership Program

The city of Belle Glade is advocating its First Time Homebuyer's Program; the revolving Loan Fund (RLF). The RLF program is a self-replenishing, home financing option funded through the city, to assist homebuyers in purchase or construction of their first home. The program will provide access to a flexible source of capital that can be used alone or in conjunction with more conventional sources. 

Applicants will be processed on a first come/first serve basis.  Program goals include providing decent safe housing for citizens and increasing affordable home ownership by providing eligible first-time homebuyers with funding or gap funding for the purchase or construction of a home.

Eligible uses for the RLF include purchase of an existing residence or construction of a detached single family residence with a maximum of 1,200 square feet (with or without garage).

WHERE: Belle Glade City Hall Human Resources Department, 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd West, Belle Glade

Should you require additional information, you may contact the City of Belle Glade Human Resources Department at 561.996.0100

View link for program flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.24.14/FirstTimeBuyers.pdf 


VITA Program of United Way of Palm Beach County is Recruiting Volunteers

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national program staffed by local volunteers to provide free tax preparation and e-filing of returns to qualified taxpayers. The VITA Program is an invaluable service United Way of Palm Beach County has been providing to the community for the last eleven years. It targets individuals and families with low-to-moderate incomes who are eligible for tax credits. The program processed more than 95,000 tax returns yielding over $152 million in refunds and providing an estimated $226 million economic impact for Palm Beach County.

Volunteers are the key to the VITA Program's success. As we enter the program's twelfth year of service, United Way needs your help recruiting 200 volunteers in November and December. Tax season is January through April 2015. No experience is required and there are opportunities that don't involve preparing taxes.

If you would like additional information about the VITA Program or this volunteer opportunity go to www.taxesfiledfree.org or contact the United Way of Palm Beach County's Director of Volunteer Services, Donna Pulda at (561)375-6621 or donnapulda@unitedwaypbc.org.

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.01.14/2014VITAVolunteerRecruitmentFlyer.pdf 



Fortin Family Development Center New Phone Numbers

As of October 8th, 2014 the Fortin Family Development Center is no longer under the auspices of NOAH Inc./Fortin Family Development Center @601 Covenant Dr. Belle Glade, FL; phone number was 561.996.2300.

The new numbers are thus:




561.996.6874 (Fax)

If you have any questions please contact us at one of the phone numbers above or email us at bspence63@outlook.com ormedwardsfortincenter@hotmail.com 


Job Opportunities 


2014-15 PBC Legislative Delegation Public Hearings and Workshops 

To be placed on the official agenda of a Delegation hearing, presenters must have completed a Participation Request Form (a copy of which is enclosed ) and have submitted all printed materials to the delegation office 5 business days prior to the scheduled hearing. 15 copies of printed material should be submitted to be included in Members' Hearing folders. Please note: The Delegation Office is not responsible for printing out materials for the presenter. Maximum time allotted for each presentation is THREE minutes. This time limit will be strictly enforced as a courtesy to all scheduled speakers. Those presenting local bills should meet personally with members of the Legislative Delegation prior to the hearing at which they will make their presentation. At least one delegation member attending the hearing at which you are present should have a prior working knowledge of your request. The DEADLINE for submission of Local Bills to the Delegation Office is Monday, December 1, 2014 at 12 Noon


Public Hearing


WHEN: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


WHERE: Alzheimer's Community Care Center, 470 East 1st Street, Pahokee


View link for more information and submission form: 



View link Hearing Schedules: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/10.06.14/PublicHearingSchedule.pdf 


Lutheran Services, Florida Head Start/South Bay ~ Now Enrolling 3 & 4 Yr Old 


This is a FREE Head Start program. We provide a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack.


WHERE: LSF/South Bay Head Start, 990 US 27 North, South Bay


View link for more information: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.10.14/LutheranServicesHeadStart.pdf


Open Enrollment for Health Insurance on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace


Get help enrolling in the Marketplace and answering your questions about the Affordable Care Act.


WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 2014 - Sunday, February 15, 2015


To view link in English: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.10.14/FederallyFalicitatedMarketplaceEnglish.pdf


To view link in Spanish: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.10.14/FederallyFalicitatedMarketplaceSpanish.pdf


To view link in Creole: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.10.14/FederallyFalicitatedMarketplaceCreole.pdf


Indeed Job Search for Belle Glade


View link for jobs: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.10.14/IndeedJobSearch.pdf



Previous Postings Other Areas

Community Event Honoring World Aids Day  ~ Health Fair/Business Expo

Lunch, Health & Business Information Tables, Entertainment, HIV Testing, Fun Activities, Raffles, Health Lectures, Games, Health Screening, and Make New Business Connections.  Holiday in November. A free holiday gift for all who attend.


WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


WHERE: Wells Recreation Center, 1621 West Blue Heron Boulevard, Riviera Beach


For more information call Linda or Caroline Hill: 561-779-6734 or 561 255-7711


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.17.14/HealthFair.pdf



211 Regional Snapshop Report:  September 2014


211's Snapshot is a monthly report highlighting select statistics related to 211 Helpline's overall call volume from residents of Palm Beach County, Martin County, St. Lucie County, Okeechobee County, and Indian River County.

This snapshot provides a summary of demographic data while reflecting the problem/needs of those individuals who contacted 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast in search of information, assessment, referrals, telephone counseling, crisis intervention and/or suicide prevention services.  

Our September 2014 Snapshot is now available for your review: 


Mary Byron Project Announces 2015 Roth Award for Domestic Violence Programs


One Roth Award will be presented annually in addition to the other four Celebrating Solutions Awards. Eligible programs may be nominated for both the Celebrating Solutions and Roth awards but may receive only one $10,000 grant.  To be eligible for the award, a program's primary focus must address the issue of intimate partner violence. The nominated program, agency or organization, and the core components of the program being nominated, must have been operating for a minimum of three years (established no later than September 2010 for the 2013-14 award year); be operating when the nomination is made; and be part of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) or government agency. The program should be replicable, or, if it is national in scope, should have applications for individual communities, regardless of their size or ethnic population.

Visit the Mary Byron Project website for complete program information, application guidelines, and nomination materials.  Link to Complete RFP
Job Opportunities


Community Partners  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.03.14/CommunityPartners.pdf 


Children's Services Council http://www.cscpbc.org/csc-jobs 


Children's Home Society  https://chsfl.hua.hrsmart.com/hrsmart/ats/JobSearch/search 


Families First  http://www.familiesfirstpbc.org/portal/careers#.VFerKmp0wlI 


Palm Beach Medical Society http://www.cscpbc.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=news.details&ArticleId=762&returnTo=provider-agency-employment 


United Way of Palm Beach County  http://www.unitedwaypbc.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=employment.main& 

Posting Information to our Eblast & Volunteering

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


                  Check the Glades Community Calendar for                                          Check out Volunteer Opportunities at the Glades Initiative

           additional activities scheduled in the Glades area:                                               or opportunities with our Partners in the Glades:



Donating to The Glades Initiative, Inc.

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.  




The Glades Initiative, Inc., 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430  561-996-3310
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