January 20, 2015
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week

Tuesday, January 20, 2015       8:30 a.m. -   1:00 p.m.   English Classes at Pahokee Elementary, Pahokee Elem.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015  5:30 p.m. -   7:00 p.m.   Glades BGC Recruiting Advisory Board Meeting, Lakeside Medical Center

Thursday, January 22, 2015      9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Glades Technical Advisory Committe (GTAC) Meeting, Canal Point Comm. Center

Saturday, January 24, 2015       2:00 p.m. -   4:00 p.m.  Palm Beach County Disparity Study- Community Meeting, West County Senior Center

Monday, January 26, 2015        1:00 p.m. -   3:00 p.m.  English Exchange Program, Pahokee Library 


The Glades Initiative Congratulates Graduates of 5th Cooking Matters Course

Residents of the Pahokee Housing Authority graduated the Cooking Matters for Adults 6 week course on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Theylearned how to prepare healthy meals on a limited budget.  Other course topics included choosing fruits- vegetables- and whole grains, cooking safety and knife skills, meal planning, shopping smart, healthy recipes, making healthy choices, and kitchen tips and tricks.  

The Glades Initiative, Inc. would like to thank our wonderful volunteer instructors and class assistants:

Paul Aupperlee, Culinary Instructor/Chef, from Muck City Bakery & Catering 

Shirley Wallace, Nutrition Instructor from from Bridges of Pahokee

Marilu Baltizar, Class Assistant ROSS Coordinator at Pahokee Housing Authority

Ruby Rojas,  Class Assistant from Pahokee Housing Authority

Volunteer instructors and class assistants are needed for our next class: Cooking  Matters for Teens scheduled to begin February in the late afternoon with the teens from the Belle Glade Youth Empowerment Center.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact The Glades Initiative's Training Coordinator Sister Laura Cavanaugh at srlaura@gladesinitative.org or 561-996-3310.



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

Glades Boys and Girls Clubs Recruiting for Advisory Board Members


Did you know that 7 of the thirteen Clubs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County are located in the Belle Glade area?
Over the years, the Glades' area Boys & Girls Clubs has grown to encompass six school-based sites and one stand-alone facility, serving more than 1,200 youth through programs and outreach.

We need your help. We are seeking advisory Board Members for our Belle Glade area Clubs. Join us on January 21, 2015, to learn what YOU can do to support the youth of the community.


WHEN:  Wednesday, January 21, 2015 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, Meeting Room 2, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade

For any questions or to RSVP, please contact Noel Martinez at nmartinez@bgcpbc.org or (561) 683-3287.


Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) Meeting 


The Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) mission is to provide a regional perspective and serve in an advisory role in planning e fforts affecting the Lake Region communities. Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization is dedicated to increasing the communication and participation with Glades Communities, organizations and residents on Glades and Countywide matters through formal agreements, appointed committees, County programs and other information efforts.

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

GTAC Meeting Schedule Adobe PDF DocumentMeeting Minutes & Agendas


Palm Beach County Disparity Study - Community Meeting

Palm Beach County will host two Community Kick-off Meetings to inform local business and members of the community about the County's Disparity Study. The Disparity Study will evaluate whether local minority and woman owned business enterprises in Palm Beach County have equal access to contract opportunities. All local minority and woman owned business enterprises are invited to attend. The business community meetings will give local businesses the opportunity to share their experiences contracting with Palm Beach County and to learn about new contracting opportunities refreshments will be served.

WHEN: Saturday, January 24, 2015 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: West County Senior Center, 2916 State Road 15, Belle Glade

For more information call (561) 760-0455 or pbcdisparitystudy@mtaltd.com 

View link for more: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.20.15/BusinessCommunityMeeting.pdf 

Community Dialogue Group: Kindergarten Readiness

Bridges at Belle Glade is excited about your participation in its annual, Strong Starts for Children, community dialogue group.  This year's focus is Kindergarten Readiness.  Your strong voice and creative ideas will help Bridges at Belle Glade raise awareness about the need for children to receive early learning skills that make them eager and ready to learn before entering school in the Belle Glade community.   

The sessions are scheduled each Thursday beginning on January 29.  This will be our time to open up and share information that will provide the platform for community wide action and allow us to create a tool that will promote kindergarten readiness within our city.

WHEN:  Thursdays, January 29 - March 6 2015  Time:   6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Weekly meals will be provided.

WHERE: Bridges at Belle Glade (Little Hands Plaza), 816 W Canal Street South, Belle Glade


For more information contact Bridges at Belle Glade: (561) 996-8210

Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge - Join the Glades Team


WHAT: The Let's Move Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge focuses on physical activity, nutrition and healthy behaviors

WHEN: January 10 - January 31, 2015.

HOW:  It's easy. Just complete 30 minutes of sustained physical activity and log-in your minutes. You can log-in every day or you can keep track of your activity and log your minutes at your convenience.

WHO: Any Palm Beach County resident who wants to live a healthy lifestyle

THE TEAM TO JOIN:  "The Glades Can MOVE it!" open to anyone who lives or works in the Glades

TEAM TO BEAT: The City of Boynton Beach is the reigning team champion.

LOG-IN AT: CBS12.com/LETSMOVE to log your minutes under the team:  The Glades can MOVE it!

Resident Education to Action Program (REAP)

Palm Beach County's Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) is proud to once again offer the Resident Education to Action Program (REAP), a five-week, hands-on educational program providing community revitalization and civic leadership development training. This program is intended to help residents who are interested in improving their neighborhoods. REAP supports the formation of neighborhood associations and empowers residents to seek a better quality of life. Through this course, residents will gain knowledge of innovative ways to solve neighborhood issues. Participants will be eligible to apply for a grant through the America's Next Top Neighborhood Award grant program.

WHEN: Thursday, February 5 - March 5, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pahokee Wellness Center, 306 E. Main St.,  Pahokee

For more information contact Chrystal Mathews: (561) 233-5565 or Cmathews@pbcgov.org.

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.20.15/2015REAP.pdf   

Palm Beach State College District Board of Trustees Meeting

The Belle Glade Campus of Palm Beach State College will host the District Board of Trustees meeting in the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Theater lobby. The meeting is open to the public. During this time, members of the community will be able to hear updates and ask questions of our Board of Trustees Members as well as Dr. Gallon. We want to extend an invitation to all members of the Glades communities to attend.

 WHEN: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Theater , 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade

 For more information or questions contact Heather Love: (561) 993-1126

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

WHEN: Walk in or call for appointment.

WHERE:  Prosperity Center                                                 West County Senior Center
                816 West Canal Street  S                                     2916 State Road 15
                Belle Glade                                                          Belle Glade
                Tues - Thurs  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                      Mon - Thurs  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
                Wed. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Another option is online at: MyFreeTaxes.com It's simple, secure, and an IRS-certified VITA volunteer is available via a toll free helpline or web chat.


English Exchange Program coming to the Pahokee Library

This free ongoing program is for individuals whose first language is not English but wish to improve their English skills. This informal, stress free class allows students to work on their English conversational skills. Students should have at least a basic understanding of English but everyone is welcome. Come meet new friends and practice English! 

WHEN: Monday,January 26, 2015

WHERE: Pahokee Library, 525 Bacom Point Rd, Pahokee 

Contact for more information: BraunworthE@pbclibrary.org


211's Snapshop Report for the Glades

211's Snapshot is a quarterly report highlighting select statistics related to 211 Helpline's overall call volume from The Glades residents. 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 4th Quarter 2014 Snapshot is now available for your review: Click here for 211 Glades Snapshot Report 

City of Belle Glade Status Report on Current and Future Projects

40 million (or more) to be spent in Belle Glade
West Tech
Annexation of 750+ acres
Upgrades to West Side of Marina
BG Municipal Airport
New Lake Shore Civic Center and Recreation Area
City Hall
Youth Empowerment Center
Revolving Loan Fund
Street Repair/Drainage/Safety Upgrades
Lomax Harrelle Pavillion
Belle Glade's Torry Island Campground
New Retail Outlet's
Water Infrastructure
Loading Ramp
Belle Glade Express

Subsidy Senior Housing Vacancies Available

Quiet Waters is a community for seniors (62 and older) designed to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment for its senior residents. All units are subsidence with Palm Beach County Section 8 so the resident only pays 30% OF THERE INCOME. This include electric and water utilities. Enjoy one bedroom furnished residences with spacious bathrooms and kitchenettes. An activities center will provide residents a computer lab, a library, television lounge, dining facility and entertainment room. Quiet Waters will also feature a wide range of optional support services through an on-site physician's office, and an arts and crafts room. We offer plenty of activities, beautiful apartments and optional care services for residents. All that is missing is you!


WHEN: Now. First come first serve.

WHERE: Quiet Waters Apartments, 306 SW 10th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430


Please bring the following:

*         State Picture ID

*         Social Security Card

*         Proof of all income dated within 30 days

*         Birth Certificate

*         Proof of Assets of $5, 001 or more (Property or sold within the last 2 years)

*         Application Fee of $25 per person in the form of a Money Order

For more information visit: www.quietwatersliving.com 

Contact for more information: To apply Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm & Sat 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Florida Telecommunications Relay Distributes Free Phones


Amplified Phones to Florida Residents Audiology With A Heart reminds area residents, that free amplified telephones are available to permanent Florida residents with hearing loss. Audiology With A Heart is one of over 24 regional distribution centers for Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc., the statewide non-profit organization that administers the specialized phone program. 


To qualify for a free amplified phone, you must be a permanent Florida resident, at least 3 years of age and have a hearing loss. Phones are distributed by appointment at convenient location around the county or at our office at 2324 S. Congress, Palm Springs, FL. (North Lake Worth) Call 561-366-7219 for more information or to make an appointment. Cordless phones, amplified phones and phones that amplify and clarify speech are a few of the options available.


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.20.15/FreeAmplifiedPhones.pdf

FL Department of Health Palm Beach County Encourages Healthy Initiative 2015

Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County has teamed with numerous community partners and programs to encourage everyone to get moving this year and incorporate a healthy lifestyle into your daily schedule. "I would like to see everyone in our county begin by promising to add a healthy choice daily," said Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County Director Alina Alonso, M.D. Dr. Alonso added, the Department of Health has created the Healthy Promise Florida Campaign as a start for everyone to making Palm Beach County the Healthiest in the State and Florida the healthiest in the nation. "I promise Florida" is just the beginning. 


Visit www.HealthyPromiseFL.com and submit your promise it might be to eat more fruits and vegetables, or simply taking a few extra steps each day.  The promise can then be posted on the website or an I promise post-it note can be dropped off at the Health Department wall of promises at 800 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. 

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.20.15/HealthyInitiative.pdf 

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Community Action Agency Advisory Board Meeting


The Palm Beach County Community Action Agency's (CAA) mission is to collaborate with other organizations to remove barriers and create opportunities for low income individuals and families that will enable them to become more self-sufficient.


Please be advised of the following Community Action Advisory Board Meeting: 


WHEN:  Tuesday, January 20, 2015  6:00 p.m. 


WHERE:  810 Datura Street, West Palm Beach (Conference Room)


For more information, please contact Natalie Diaz at ndiaz@pbcgov.org 


Ethics and the Transformation of Healthcare in America


Join Palm Beach State College for a compelling and thought-provoking experience as Dr. Otis Brawley delivers a candid look at the contemporary health scene, how medicine is really practiced in this country and his prescription for the policies, providers and patients of our healthcare system.


WHEN: Friday, January 23, 2015 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


WHERE: Palm Beach State College (Main Campus), 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.20.15/DrOtisBrawley.pdf

Palm Beach County Disparity Study - Community Meeting


Palm Beach County will host two Community Kick-off Meetings to inform local business and members of the community about the County's Disparity Study. The Disparity Study will evaluate whether local minority and woman owned business enterprises in Palm Beach County have equal access to contract opportunities. All local minority and woman owned business enterprises are invited to attend. The business community meetings will give local businesses the opportunity to share their experiences contracting with Palm Beach County and to learn about new contracting opportunities refreshments will be served.


WHEN: Saturday, January 24, 2015 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: PBC Board of County Commission Chambers, 301 N. Olive Ave 6th Floor, West Palm Beach


For more information call (561) 760-0455 or pbcdisparitystudy@mtaltd.com 


View link for more: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.20.15/BusinessCommunityMeeting.pdf 


Need Affordable Health Insurance? Get Answers!


Join the South Florida Fair for this exciting event to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Health Insurance Marketplace is a new way to find coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. Whether you're uninsured, or just want to explore your choice, the Marketplace will help find coverage that's right for you.


Health Insurance Navigators & Counselors will be on site to provide Education & Enrollment Assistance at the South Florida Fair


WHERE: Friday, January 16-February 1, 2015

                 Monday-Friday 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

                 Saturday-Sunday 10:00 -6:00 p.m. 


WHEN: South Florida Fair, 9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach


Register at enrollpbandtc.org or call 561-844-4220 


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.20.15/AffordableHealthInsuranceSFF.pdf  

Get Your Taxes Filed for Free

Was your household income $60,000 or less in 2014?

The VITA Program gives you three options to choose from to file your tax return.

FILED For You - Full-Service Tax Preparation

Visit a VITA site and an IRS certified VITA volunteer will prepare and e-file your tax return.

FILED With Help - Tax Filing Assistance

Visit select VITA sites and go online to file your own tax return with the support and guidance of an IRS certified VITA volunteer.

FILED Yourself - Tax Filing Online

Log on to www.myfreetaxes.com and file your own tax return. It's simple, fast and secure. Have a tax or software related question? Call the toll-free helpline 1-855-698-9435 9 am - 10 am Monday through Saturday to speak with an IRS certified VITA volunteer.

WHEN: Walk in or call for appointment


WHERE:  Various locations throughout Palm Beach County.  Click here for VITA sites.



Another option is online at: MyFreeTaxes.com It's simple, secure, and an IRS-certified VITA volunteer is available via a toll free helpline or web chat.

Feeding South Florida January 2015


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Strong Start for Children Dialogue Group begins January 30th


Bridges at Belle Glade is excited about your participation in its annual, Strong Starts for Children, community dialogue group.  This year's focus is Kindergarten Readiness.  Your strong voice and creative ideas will help Bridges at Belle Glade raise awareness about the need for children to receive early learning skills that make them eager and ready to learn before entering school in the Belle Glade community.   

The sessions are scheduled each Wednesday beginning on January 30

This will be our time to open up and share information that will provide the platform for community wide action and allow us to create a tool that will promote kindergarten readiness within our city. 


WHEN:   January 30, 2014, Thursday   Time:   6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 


WHERE:  Bridges at Belle Glade (Little Hands Plaza), 816 W Canal Street South, Belle Glade                  Weekly Meals: TBD


Bridges at Belle Glade is a program of the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County and is one of 10 neighborhood centers that connect local families to community resources so more children are born healthy, remain free from abuse and neglect, are ready for kindergarten, and are successful in school by the end of 3rd grade.   The Bridges program strives to strengthen families and build community capacity and resilience. 

Glades Central Seniors Criminal Justice Academy Service Project 


The senior class of the Criminal Justice Academy is assigned an annual community service project.  We usually volunteer our time at a nursing home; clean up in the community and participating in any activity on campus.  This year, students decided they wanted to be a blessing to their community.  After reading the Palm Beach Post, Criminal Justice Instructor Tara Price stumbled on a section called "Season to Share".  It spoke about several families in need during the holiday season and she realized that one of the families was one of our own.  This family had three students in Glades Central's Criminal Justice Academy.  She shared this article with the senior class and they were overwhelmed with excitement about helping this family.  All agreed that we would not talk about our activity outside of the classroom, and they would learn the importance of giving back.     


After sharing the idea with Principal Moore, she wholeheartedly agreed with adopting the family.  

She allowed the academy to have two (2) dress down day fundraisers to collect money.  Each student purchased a toy for the family's smaller children.  With the funds collected the academy was able to present the family with a check and more than 35 gifts and a gently used computer.

The academy students were very glad they were able to participate in this project during this festive season to help one of our own Raider family members.  We pray that their smiles will be even larger this season.  


The academy is committed to "Building a Brand".  The Criminal Justice Academy would like to say thank you to Mrs. Moore and the entire faculty and staff of Glade Central Community High School for their continued support.  We could not have done this without them.

Pictured are the Criminal Justice students who participated in the service project, Ms. Tara Price (Criminal Justice Academy Instructor), Ms. Sherry Canty (Magnet Coordinator) & Ms. Moore (Glades Central's Principal). 

Dinner and Doo Wop is Coming to the Dolly Hand!


The Doo Wop Project starts at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. Throughout the show, the Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse. Featuring current and former stars of Broadway's smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate-and in some cases entirely reimagine-some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history.
The Doo Wop Project will take the stage at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the show are $25 for adults, $21 for seniors and $10 for students, children and  PBSC faculty & staff.
Prior to the show, come and enjoy a fabulous dinner prepared by the finest cooks in the Glades! A traditional "put luck" style meal will be served from 5:30 - 7 pm. Tickets for the dinner are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12.
WHEN: Monday, February 9, 2015     Dinner 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.    Show  7:30 p.m. 
WHERE:  The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center is located on Palm Beach State College's Belle Glade Campus at 1977 College Drive,Belle Glade. 
For more information, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit www.dollyhand.org.

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 visita href="http://www.dollyhand.org/" shape="rect"www.dollyhand.org

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

Shop at AmazonSmile help The Glades Initiative, Inc.


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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.


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.

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: 
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

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Upcoming Training's with Nonprofits First 

The Secret Sauce for Nonprofit Brands: An Introduction
(5-part series)


When: January 26, 29 and February 5.  Each session will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Children's Services Council of PBC, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach

Fee: $75

About the Workshop
How is it that some brands have people who are fanatically loyal?  Have you ever known a Harley Davidson owner to suddenly switch to a Honda, or even a BMW?  How many iPhone  or Apple computer users do you know who swear by their product like nothing can compare?  Can you believe we are now paying more than $150 for headphones?  Headphones!  Over the next two weeks we will explore what the 'secret sauce' is for these brands and how nonprofits can achieve the same magic.  The course will include self-assessment tools, marketing touchpoints, and customized Quick Action Tools.  Each attendee will walk away with a better understanding of their potential and actionable steps to get their own secret sauce brewing. 

For more information or to register for this workshop, click here.

On Board: A Governance Training Workshop

When:   January 14 and January 21, 2015. Each session will run from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Children's Services Council of PBC, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach

Fee: $250 members

About the Workshop

On Board is a board training program for executives, current, and emerging board members featuring Board Source materials and Terry Stone, Board Certified Governance Trainer.  BoardSource has long recognized the critical role that boards play in overseeing their organizations' mission, finance, and strategic direction. With more than 25 years of hands-on experience working with nonprofit boards, BoardSource has become the go-to resource for funders, partners, and nonprofit leaders who want to magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices. This workshop will examine the following topics:Structuring the High Performance Board,Basic Roles and Responsibilities of the Governance Board,The Board's Role in Fundraising

For more information or to register for this workshop, Click here

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Youth Scholarship Program

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Foundation (PBCSF) needs your help in identifying candidates for a new program!  The PBCSF is pleased to announce the availability of our Youth Scholarship Program for deserving students in Palm Beach County who have been nominated by a sworn employee of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.  

There is a total of $40,000 available to be awarded, and each scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years provided the student reapplies each year and maintains a 3.0 GPA average at the end of each academic year.  Scholarships awarded will range between $1,000 and $3,000 per year.  Trade schools are eligible.  High School transcripts are not required, but the student must already be accepted at a college.  Detailed financial information is not required.  Family members of PBSO employees are not eligible.  

Applications should be emailed as one packet to Steve.Moss@pbcsf.org. The deadline for all submissions is 5:00pm on 2/6/15.    For more information, please visit  http://www.pbcsf.org/

Minority Business Leaders Speakers Bureau

9:00 am - 1:00 am                 
Santaluces Community High School

SPEAKERS NEEDED          Dates Available January-May

Help shape students career choices and long term goals


The goal of the Minority Business Leaders Speakers Bureau is to provide students with examples of minority professionals in their community and the steps they took to career success. The speakers share with students information on different career opportunities, the importance of education and goal setting. We are looking for participants from all professions including law, medicine, criminal justice, interior design, sports management and business.


WHEN:  Multiple Dates Available    
January- May
9:00 a.m. -  10:00 a.m. 

WHERE: Santaluces Community High School, 6880 Lawrence Road, Lantana

If you are interested in speaking at a session please contact Kate Watt at The Urban League of Palm Beach County kwatt@ulpbc.org.

United Way of Palm Beach County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program


If your staff or client's household income was $60,000 or less in 2014 they can get their taxes filed for free.

The United Way of Palm Beach County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program gives taxpayers with low-to-moderate incomes several in-person and online options to prepare and file their return for free. The program which will enter its twelfth year on January 20, 2015 is an invaluable service to the community. Visit  www.TaxesFiledFree.org to learn more about the VITA program, the services offered and where our sites are located throughout Palm Beach County.


Please help us promote this free tax service.


For your convenience, we have attached the promotional poster in English. We also created a webpage with free downloadable resources to make it easy for you to help United Way of Palm Beach County promote the VITA program.

I encourage you to view the resources available including:

  • VITA Web Banner - Post on your website and link to www.TaxesFiledFree.org
  • VITA Flyers - Available in English, Spanish and Creole. Place in a brochure rack, on a table and in paycheck envelopes.
  • VITA Posters - Available in English, Spanish and Creole. Hang on community bulletin boards or in lunchrooms.
  • Email and newsletter templates to send to staff, board members, clients and friends
  • PSA for TV or monitor displays (PDF and JPG versions)


Children Services Council Monday Morning Update


2015 Resource Fair for Out of School Time Professionals

The 2015 Resource Fair offers valuable ideas, opportunities to make great connections with other out-of-school-time professionals and exciting give-a-ways! Best of all ... it's free! Take back as many ideas as you can carry. Don't forget your calendar to schedule bookings.  

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity for anyone devoted to providing unique and worthwhile activities and resources for youth. Check-in begins at 9:45 a.m. Complimentary light breakfast will be available from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.


WHEN: Tuesday, January 27, 201510:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pompey Park Community Center,1101 NW 2nd Street,Delray Beach


Free Workshops


Workshop A: Build a Healthy Plate for Wellness  (10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Incorporate fun and healthy activities into your out-of-school-time program. Learn about the building blocks for a healthy plate, the fundamentals to understanding food labels and smart snacking ideas. Receive invaluable resources, including new engaging activities and simple recipes you can share with the youth in your program to set them on the path to health, wellness and success.


Workshop B: Help Youth Find Happiness from Within  (11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Teach your youth to make six positive social and emotional choices to foster inner happiness. Learn about materials and activities to create resilient children who are able to focus and learn . . . to be less likely to engage in, or be adversely affected by bullying. This workshop offers tools to help children not only to have a happier life, but also be a positive member of your afterschool community!

Extra Incentives


Fair attendees will receive a directory of more than 70 vendors that offer services and activities that will benefit and enrich out-of-school time programs. Vendors include but are not limited to party rental companies, educational suppliers, entertainers, concessioners and community-based organizations.

Upon visiting the vendors, be sure that they stamp your "passport" as evidence that you have visited their booths and learned about their products. Participants whose passports have stamps from 80% to 100% of the total number of participating vendors are eligible to enter their passports for a Grand Prize drawing. The winner will be contacted a few days after the event.

The Leadership Class of 2016 Applications Now Available

Applications will be accepted through April 24, 2015. Leadership Program Information Session Schedule

Please visit LPBC website to register.  Click here for Application.

Thursday, February 19

5:30-7:00 pm
Central PBC Info Session
Hosted by: South Florida Science Center
4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach

Tuesday, February 24

8:00-9:30 am


Southern PBC Info Session

Hosted by: Kaufman, Rossin & Co.
One Town Center Road, Ste. 400, Boca Raton

Wednesday, March 4

5:30-7:00 pm

Western Communities Info Session

Hosted by: Bethesda West Hospital
9655 West Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach

Wednesday, March 18

8:00-9:30 a.m.

Northern PBC Info Session

Hosted by: Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter
5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter 

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.  These awards will be conferred upon duringthe LWVPBC Annual LuncheonApril, 2015.


Award Categories:

  • 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
Click here to complete  On-Line Application Form  


Deadline is January 31, 2015  To request an application via emailsecretary@lwvpbc.org


32nd Annual Women in Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 32nd Annual Women In Leadership Awards to be presented at the Women In Leadership Awards Luncheon on May 1, 2015.  These awards are given annually to three Palm Beach County women who have demonstrated and exhibited outstanding leadership in the Volunteer, Private and Public/Nonprofit Sectors.


If you know an exemplary woman whom you would like to see recognized for her achievements, please CLICK HERE for the 2015 WILA Nomination Form. The Nomination Form and the narrative citing specific examples to support your nomination are to be completed by you, the nominator. The woman you nominate must review, not prepare, the nomination form and narrative.Nominations must be received no later than Friday, February 13, 2015 by the EWPB Association Office listed on the form (email Info@EWPB.org).


Thank you in advance for your help in identifying and honoring accomplished women in our community.

Questions, contact: Mary Hammond; 561.371.2395 Christine Pitts 561.346.3770 Nomination Sub-Committee



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 


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:



League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County Event Invitations





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  



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 


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   

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.                                                                                                                                                                 





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