January 5, 2015
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week


Wednesday, January 7, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Smoking Cessation Program- Classes Begin, Glades Initiative, BG

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 7:30 p.m. James Gavin's Stormy Weather: The Music of Lena Horne, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts

Thursday, January 8, 2014 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. English Exchange, Belle Glade Library

Saturday, January 10, 2014 7:30 p.m. Two Free Kravis Center Performances for South Bay Residents, Tanner Park, SB 

GLADES AREA smoking 


Quit Smoking Now: Free 6 Week Smoking Cessation Program


Tired of tobacco?  Do you know someone who is?  If you're ready to quit...we're ready to help!  Free group program at The Glades Initiative, Inc.  Quit Smoking Now is a six-session group program to help you quit tobacco.  The program was developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers themselves, and it also includes help for other forms of tobacco such as cigars, dip, chew, etc.  The program offers free nicotine patches, lozenges, and/or gum (while supplies last) as well as follow-up support.  


WHEN:  Beginning Wednesday, January 7, 2015   5:30 p.m.  to 6:30 p.m.


To register, call the Everglades AHEC at 877-819-2357 or info@eahec.org 




 James Gavin's Stormy Weather: The Music of Lena Horne


Stormy Weather: The Music of Lena Horne James Gavin's Stormy Weather: The Music of Lena Horne stars Mary Wilson of the Supreme's 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), a vocalist, a trio of jazz musicians (piano, bass, drums), 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  7:30 p.m.


WHERE:  Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Belle Glade


$20 Adults,  $17 Seniors,  $10 Children/College Students/Staff




English Exchange at Belle Glade Library


Meet new friends and practice speaking English! Free informal conversation sessions. Every Thursday from 1-3 pm at the Belle Glade Library. Call to preregister as seating is limited!


WHEN: Starts Thursday, January 8, 2014 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


WHERE: Belle Glade Library, 725 Northwest 4th Street, Belle Glade


Contact for more information: Elizabeth Braunworth 561-996-3453


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.29.14/2015BGEE.pdf



 Two Free Kravis Center Performances for South Bay Residents


Clothesline Muse will transport you to a different world, where the onerous yet honorable task of washing clothes by hand is transformed into beautiful imagery that reflects the multitude of women who pulled their families up from poverty using only their clothesline.

Everyone is invited to come, ages 5 and up - all children must be accompanied by an adult. First come, first serve - 40 slots available for Pavement and 22 slots available for Clothesline. Please have a hearty Dinner before leaving home. You can bring extra funds for the concession area.

This FREE event and transportation is provided and sponsored by the Kravis Center and the City of South Bay. All residents of the City of South Bay are welcome to attend! Call to Register NOW!

WHEN: Saturday, January 10, 2014 7:30 p.m. (Departure Time: 5:45 p.m.; Return Time: 10:00 p.m.)

WHERE: Departure Location: Tanner Park, 791 Northwest 1st Street, South Bay

To register to attend or further info please contact City Clerk, Jessica Figueroa at 561-996-6751 ext. 19 or Mayor Scott at 561.463.2113.

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.29.14/KravisCenterflyer2014.pdf 



Become a Volunteer Tutor with the Building Better Readers Program


The Literacy Coalition is recruiting and training volunteer tutors to work with first and second grade students to improve their reading levels in 17 Title I schools throughout Palm Beach County. So that we can help more children improve their reading, we are recruiting more volunteers to tutor for 13 weeks, January - April, 2015. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and commit to tutor two sessions/week, 90 minutes/session. Tutoring will be during the regular school day through April, 2015 at 17 elementary schools throughout Palm Beach County. No experience required!


If we have enough volunteers, we will bring the training to Belle Glade or Pahokee.


When:    Next training on Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Where:   The Literacy Coalition, 3651 Quantum Blvd, Boynton Beach


For more information contact Jeanne Heavilin at (561) 279-9013 or jheavilin@literacypbc.org.


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/LiteracyCoalitionPBC.pdf   




Learning the 5, 2, 1, 0 Rules: Eat Reduce Play Limit


Help prevent childhood diabetes and hypertension by following these tips.  


Click here for more information. 


New ABE/GED Program at Pahokee High School


Coming in January 2015: Online GED Program at Pahokee High School. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays January 20 to April 23 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

WHEN: Registration Tuesday, January 13, 2015 & Thursday, January 15, 2015 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pahokee High School, 900 Larrimore Road, Pahokee

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/GEDPahokeeHighFlyer2015.pdf

Palm Beach Community Educator- Glades Central High School


View course schedules for GED classes and other Adult Education classes throughout Palm Beach County

View link for PDF: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/Winter2015Catalog.pdf



An Invitation to the Community


Lakeside Medical Center proudly celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Lakeside Medical Center and 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® Distinction. Join them for an awards presentation, light refreshments and hospital tours


WHEN: Thursday, January 15, 2015 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Highway, Belle Glade


View link for flyer and link to RSVP: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.29.14/Aninvitationtothecommunity.pdf


Step Up for Students Scholarship Funding Organization


Step Up for Students is a state-approved nonprofit Scholarship Funding Organization that helps administer the new Personal Learning Account (Special Needs Scholarships signed into Law -6/2014) and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (Income-Based Scholarships). Below is a power point which explains both of the programs and a flier. The scholarships are for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/StepUpForStudentsFlier_October 2014.pdf

View link for program PDF: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/StepUpForStudentsPDF.pdf



English Classes at Pahokee Elementary


Family English Classes for parents and Young Children at Pahokee Elementary. Registration starting January 12, 2015. Fee: $30 per semester.


WHEN: Terms begins Tuesday, January 20, 2015; Classes Monday- Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.


WHERE: Pahokee Elementary, Portable 1, 560 Main Place, Pahokee


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/PahokeeEnglishFlyer2015.pdf 




"How to Succeed on Broadway" at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center

Coming to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center is Matt Davenport Productions' How to Succeed on Broadway! Celebrate the magic of the Great White Way through dazzling production numbers performed by the next generation of Broadway stars! The multi-talented cast brings to life the most popular scenes and songs from the latest Broadway hits-including The Producers, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia! and Memphis-as well as acclaimed revivals-Anything Goes, South Pacific, Evita, Hello, Dolly! and more!

WHEN: Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:30 p.m.

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

For more information, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org

View link for press release: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/pressrelease-HowtoSucceedonBroadway.pdf


The Kaiser Foundation Open Enrollment Resources Newsletter



Open Enrollment Resources for Navigators, Assistors and Journalists to Share with Public. Resources to help people understand health insurance and the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) marketplaces can easily be shared with the English and Spanish-speaking public during these last two months of the open enrollment period.   


View link for resources: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.29.14/OpenEnrollment.pdf




Job Opportunities


View link for Indeed.com jobs: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/jobsBelleGlade.pdf  

Other Areas


YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program- Lifestyle Coaches:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/YMCA'sDPPLifestyleCoachJobDescription.pdf 


NAMI Position - Receptionist: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/Receptionist-OfficeAssistant.pdf 

(Email resumes to Lynsey Poole at lynseypoole@namipbc.org  or for questions contact the NAMI office at 561-588-3477)


Girl Scouts of Southeast FL- Recruitment Manager:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/GIRLSCOUTSSOUTHEASTFLORIDAJOB.pdf  


Milagro Center- Teen Group Leader: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/TeenGroupLeaderJob.pdf 


Deaf & Hearing Resources PBC- Audiologist: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/Audiologist_2014_12.pdf 

(Please send cover letter and résumé to lisa@mydhr.org)

Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast- Executive Assistant:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/ExecutiveAssistant.pdf 

Wayside House Substance Abuse Treatment Center- Human Resources:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/HumanResourcesandClientFinanceCoordinator.pdf 

Healthier Delray Beach- Project Director: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/ProjectDirectorHealthierDelray.pdf

Florida Rural Legal Services Migrant Farmworker Unit- Staff Attorney Position: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/MigrantAttorney.pdf 


PBC Food Bank- Volunteer & Program Coordinator: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/VolunteerProgramCoordinator.pdf 


Children of Palm Beach County- Director of Student Services: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/DirectorStudentServices.pdf 



Florida Rural Health Association December 2014 Newsletter


View link: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/FLRuralHealthNewsletter.pdf




Slow Food Glades to Coast Conference

Slow Food Glades to Coast presents the 5th Annual Growing Green Communities Conference: Preserving Food Biodiversity. There will be seminars on planting and care for heirloom tomatoes, raising heirloom hens, marketing and selling heirloom vegetables, and more! Tours, lunch and seminars will also be offered! Keynote speaker will be Dr. Richard Campbell- Director of Horticulture Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Purchase advance tickets at: www.slowfoodgladestocoast.com

Adults: $15 ($20 at the door), Children: $5 (Ages 5 and under free)

WHEN: Saturday, January 10, 2015

WHERE: Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/SF_G2C_Flyer_Final_Dec8_14.pdf  



New Programs being Offered by Vickers House...


English Class for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Classes from Tuesday, January 20 through Thursday, April 23, 2015 The classes are offered Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The students are tested and scored at different learning levels. $30 per term.

WHEN: Registration starts Monday, January 12, 2015 9:00 a.m.

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

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/ESOLclasses-January2015.pdf


Free Income Tax Preparation at the Vickers House

FREE VITA Tax Preparation service is only available if you earned less than $60,000 in 2014. Walk-ins only. Beginning Tuesday, January 20th through Wednesday, April 15th 2015

WHEN: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

WHERE: Vickers House South 3801 Georgia Avenue West Palm Beach

WHEN: Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

WHERE: Vickers House North 811 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. West Palm Beach

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/VITATax2015.pdf


Community Developmental Screening Clinic

Do you have concerns about your child's development? We will conduct free developmental screenings throughout our service area, which includes Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.

WHEN: Tuesdays: January 27, March 24, May 19, July 21, September 22 and November 17 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

WHERE: Vickers House South, 3801 Georgia Avenue, West Palm Beach

Appointments: Call (561) 804-4975 - to schedule your child for a screening.

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/FAUCenterforAutismScreenings2015.pdf



2015 Spring Non-Profit Leadership Trainings

The Junior League of Boca Raton is pleased to present their 2015 Spring Non-Profit Leadership Series.

WHEN: Begins Tuesday, January 13, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton

For more information please email our Non-Profit Education Coordinator at library@jlbr.org or call us at (561) 620-2553.

View flyer for full list of workshops: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.29.14/JuniorLeagueBocaRaton.pdf


Human Trafficking Awareness Event

Be informed on child slavery, prostitution, sexual abuse, human trafficking. Learn how you can make a difference! Human Trafficking Awareness Event sponsored by Soroptimist International of the Palm Beaches, Soroptimist International of Boca Raton, Project Unite, and the Haitian American Solidarity Center. Becky Dymond from the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches will be presenting.

WHEN: Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

View link to flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/Trafficking event flyer Jpeg file.jpg  


Small Business Outreach Event

The Weitz Company cordially invites you to attend a small business outreach event for Palm Beach County small business subcontractors, vendors and suppliers in all trades including: doors & hardware, electrical, fire sprinklers, painting, mechanical, plumbing, elevators, glass & glazing, waterproofing & caulking, signage, misc. metals, aluminum fabrications, overhead doors, earthwork, paving, landscape, irrigation, fencing, site utilities, sheet piling, masonry


WHEN: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center 650 Okeechobee Blvd, Room 1F, West Palm Beach


Please RSVP to: vcooper@coopercmc.com. For more information please contact: 561.588.5222


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.29.14/PBCCCParkingGarageMeeting.pdf


View link for Location Map: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.29.14/MeetingLocationRm1Fmap.pdf



 Healthcare & Science Career Symposium   

The T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society and the Quantum Foundation present the third annual Healthcare and Science Stars of Tomorrow Career Symposium. Students meet experts for career exploration, including: physicians, dentists, scientists, nurses, technologists, therapists, insurance and hospital executives/administrators, pharmacists and directors from many programs area universities. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cato T. Laurencin.

WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Inlet Grove Community High School, 600 West 28th St, Riviera Beach 

If you would like to volunteer, sponsor or participate in the event please contact Laurel Cole at 561-318-0814 or lcole@tljmedicalsociety.org 

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/StarsofTomorrow.pdf 


 211 December Update & Snapshot 


View link to access newsletter: Click here

Morningday Community Solutions 


Morningday Community Solutions mission is to create opportunities for South Florida youth, families and veterans by providing affordable housing and helping other nonprofit organizations with their real estate needs.  Some of their programs include:


Affordable Housing Development - Our Board of Directors has expertise in acquiring and remodeling properties and values green technologies, energy efficiencies and universal design. We are committed to supporting community initiatives in developing environmentally friendly affordable housing. We value community cooperation between housing agencies, the community, lending institutions, social service organizations and contractors.


Charitable Giving of Real Estate - As part of our diversified funding plan, we accept and/or facilitate gifts of Real Estate. Our organization collaborates with a nationally recognized expert who assists in the education of community members and organizations in answering their questions related to the planned gifting of Real Estate. Donations can be anywhere in the world, and they can include commercial properties, residential properties or land. (Please consult your own financial professional to determine how any charitable donation will benefit you.)


View link for their new video about their services: www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7xunEs584g&feature=youtu.be  



Florida Rural Legal Services Assessment Survey


Florida Rural Legal Services conducts periodic assessments of the legal needs of low income individuals residing in our service area. The information obtained is used to determine how they can best utilize our limited resources to meet those needs. To that end, Florida Rural Legal Services attempts to poll clients, attorneys, judges, social service agencies, governmental agencies, private groups and staff as to their assessment of the frequency and importance of various civil legal problems to people in poverty.


In an effort to obtain your opinion, they have designed the following short survey. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete:




Making Democracy Work Awards

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.

To request an application email: secretary@lwvpbc.org, or go to: http://lwvpbc.org/democracy-works-award/ 


*             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

WHEN: Deadline January 31, 2015 


   Orientation Meetings for United Way PBC Request for Proposals

Please be advised that United Way of Palm Beach County will release its Request for Proposals in the Community Impact areas of Education and Mentoring on Friday, January 9, 2015.  Funding for approved applicants in the Education area will begin on July 1, 2015, and funding for approved applicants in the Mentoring area will begin on October 1, 2015. 

Applicants must be 501(c )(3) nonprofit agencies providing services in Palm Beach County.  

It is highly recommended that applicants attend an orientation session.  Please RSVP to Tamara Worley at (561) 375-6630 or tamaraworley@unitedwaypbc.org, no later than one day prior to each session. Please Note: Questions related to the content of the RFP may be submitted in writing following the release of the RFP.  Questions also may be asked during the applicant orientation sessions.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. & Tuesday, January 20, 2014 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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

To access the RFP on January 9th, please go to www.unitedwaypbc.org and click on the Education/Mentoring RFP button, or towww.uwpbcapplication.org.

Council on Community Pediatrics Invites Nominations for 2015 Local 

Hero Award

Community pediatrics is the practice of promoting and integrating positive social, cultural, and environmental influences on children's health while addressing potential negative effects that deter optimal child health and development within a community.


The Council on Community Pediatrics, a division of the American Academy of Pediatrics, promotes community pediatrics through policy, practice, and education. To that end, the council is accepting nominations for the 2015 CCP Local Hero Award. The annual award recognizes pediatricians who lead community action and advocacy for children in local communities.


Each year, the award is presented to two individuals who partner with community resources to improve accessibility, appropriateness, and quality of care for all children; advocate for children who lack access to care; implement public health approaches to advance the health of all children in the community; and/or promote child health within all environments such as community, school, and family.


Award recipients will be honored at the Council on Community Pediatrics Awards Event at the 2015 AAP National Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. The award includes an honorarium, conference registration fees, airfare reimbursement, a two-night hotel stay, and two days of meals. 


To be eligible, nominees must be a pediatrician, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a resident of the United States or Canada. Nominees are not required to be members of the Council on Community Pediatrics; however, preference will be given to council members.



World Hunger Leadership Challenge Invite Student Entries for Service Learning Projects

Administered by the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation and the Lift a Life Foundation, with support from the Yum Foundation, the Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge  encourages middle and high school students to develop leadership skills by starting a service-learning project that addresses hunger . Teams of students from public, private, and charter middle schools and high schools are invited to enter.

Each team must create and execute a service-learning project  that attempts to solve a local, statewide, or national hunger-related issue; develop an action plan to achieve the goal; and demonstrate leadership. Each entry must include a written summary or video overview of the project and quantifiable results (i.e., number of meals served, cans collected, hours of service donated, Facebook "likes," or families served from an urban garden).


First-, second-, and third- place prizes of $25,000, $5,000, and $1,000,  will be awarded up to a total   of $275,000.

To be eligible, entrants must be located in one of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, or Guam; be a full-time student in grades 7-12 ata public, private, or charter middle school or high school; and be between the ages of 13 to 18 years old. Each team must comprise at least three students and a sponsoring teacher or adult adviser.


See the World Hunger Leadership Challenge Web site for complete challenge guidelines and application procedures.

League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County Event Invitations




WHEN: Monday, January 19, 2015 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Ctr, 650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach

Cost: $45.00 pp

Sponsored by Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating Committee of West Palm Beach

League Contact: Mary Jane Range (561) 776-1348 or email: mjrange@comcast.net

RSVP Deadline: January 5th



WHEN: Saturday, February 7, 2015 12:00 a.m. Luncheon (11:30 Seating Begins)

WHERE: Boca County Club, 17751 Boca Club Boulevard, Boca Raton

Keynote Speaker: Senator Maria Sachs

Award Recipient: Corinne T. Miller

Cost: $46.00 pp for League table

Sponsored by National Organization for Women PBC ~ President Natalie Andre

League Contact: Joan Karp (561) 995-5631 or email: joankarp@gmail.com

RSVP Deadline: January 30th



WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2015 6:00 p.m. Reception/ Silent Auction ~ 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Dancing

WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach

Cost: $250.00 pp

Sponsored by Homeless Coalition ~ President Pam Goodman

League Contact: Geanine Wester (561) 689-9917 or email: geaninew@comcast.net

RSVP Deadline: January 30th



March 10th -12th

LWVFL Capitol Impact Days 2015 Tallahassee


May 15th -16th

Politicos in Paradise!

LWVFL State Convention/Council Delray Beach, FL


Complete Registration online @ www.thefloridavoter.org


View link for flyer of all events: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/1.05.15/LWVevents.pdf  

Children Services Council Monday Morning Update



Previous Postings Glades Area


Free Legal Free 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 3:30 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 


 Free Internet for the Holidays

INTERNET ESSENTIALS for the 2014-15 School Year 

Internet Essentials is Comcast's comprehensive digital literacy program to help low-income families conquer the Digital Divide. The program tackles major barriers to broadband adoption that have been identified by research: 1) lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful; 2) the cost of a home computer; and 3) the cost of Internet service.


With Internet Essentials, eligible families are able to acquire fast, low-cost home Internet service ($9.95 plus tax per month); a discount-priced computer at initial enrollment ($149.99 plus tax); and free digital literacy training online, in print, or in-person.  


Families are eligible to participate in the internet Essentials program if they:

  • Live in areas where Comcast offers internet service; 
  • Have at least one child eligible for free or reduced school lunches through the National School Lunch Program/NSLP. (Students attending Provision 2 schools are immediately eligible);
  • Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days; and
  • Do not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.


There are NO price increases, NO activation fees, and NO equipment rental fees.


Including taxes, Internet Essential's low rate makes it possible for a Florida family to have:

  • A year of internet service in their home for $128, 

  • An optional home computer with one year of broadband service for $288, or

  • An optional computer with internet service in their home from kindergarten through high school graduation for a total of $1816.


Families may sign up for Internet Essentials by calling 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) or, in Spanish, 1.855.765.6995. Additional information is available at InternetEssentials.com and InternetBasico.com (in Spanish). 


Educators and community partners interested in ordering free materials and accessing tools to help spread the word, are asked to please visit: InternetEssentials.com/partner


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.15.14/Free Internet for Holidays.pdf




 GTAC Meeting at South Bay City Hall Rescheduled for January 22

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 



Gaither Singer David Phelps at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center

A graduate from Baylor University, David Phelps is credited among today's most spectacular voices. His seemingly endless vocal range, which extends more than three octaves, coupled with his gift for communicating a song, has brought the house down in the world's most prestigious venues. As a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, David has received Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, and multiple platinum-selling projects. As a soloist, he received 2009 Dove Award nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and Long Form Video for the Christmas DVD, "O Holy Night", to add to his many awards and honors.

WHEN: Thursday, January 29, 2015 7:30 p.m.

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

For more information, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org 

View link for press release: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.22.14/pressrelease-DavidPhelps.pdf   




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


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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.
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 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.   



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 



       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


Previous Postings Other Areas


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, 16, 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  


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: 


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.