April 13, 2015
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week


Monday, April 13, 2015        5:30 p.m.                      Community Welcome New City Manager, Pahokee Rec. Department

Monday, April 13-14, 2015 11:15 a.m. -   3:15 p.m.    PBSC Presidential Candidate Visits, Palm Beach State College, Belle Glade

Tuesday, April 14, 2015       8:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m.     Everglades Education & Research Center Field Day, Belle Glade

Tuesday, April 14, 2015       7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.    Nashville Chicks with Hits, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Belle Glade

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.    Meet the Director of ESE, West Tech, Belle Glade  (corrected location)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  5:30 p.m. -   6:30 p.m.    Quit Smoking Now Group, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade

Friday, April 17, 2015         10:00 a.m -   2:00 p.m.     Children's Week Fun Day Celebration, Rardin Park, Pahokee

Saturday, April 18, 2015      7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.      Black Gold Jubilee, Torry Island, Belle Glade

Saturday, April 18, 2015     11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.      Black Gold Green Market, Torry Island, Belle Glade

Saturday, April 18, 2015     12:00 p.m.                      Adult Book Discussion, Clarence E. Anthony Library, South Bay

Saturday, April 18, 2015       8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.     Great American Clean Up, LSF Head Start, South Bay


Glades Initiative Strategic Planning Survey ~ Please Complete


Charlotte Pelton & Associates is conducting a survey (via Survey Monkey) on behalf of The Glades Initiative as a part of their strategic planning process currently underway.  Partners, friends, volunteers, community advocates, and residents may have received an email asking you to complete a survey about The Glades Initiative, Inc. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey, we do appreciate your input.


If you subscribe directly to the Glades Community Updates, you should have received an email requesting your participation with a link to the survey, last Tuesday.  If you did not see it, please look for another email tomorrow afternoon around 1:20 pm inviting you to participate.  Be sure to check your SPAM folder if you don't receive it. 


The survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete.  Please set aside a time in your schedule when you are free to participate.  Please also note that all those who chose to participate in completing the survey will be eligible for a drawing to win a $100 gift card among other incentives.


If you prefer, you do not need to identify yourself to participate in the survey.  However, you must provide your name and contact information in order to be entered into the drawing.


All responses will remain confidential and only be reported to The Glades Initiative in the aggregate.  If you choose to provide your name, it will be provided to The Glades Initiative in the back of the report in an alphabetical listing of study participants, and for the purposes of the drawing.


2015 Women in Leadership Awards

Executive Women of the Palm Beaches (EWPB) is proud to announce the three honorees for its annual Women in Leadership Awards (WILA). Representing the public/nonprofit, volunteer, and private sectors, with thirty-five nominees provides an example of the strength and character of female leadership in Palm Beach County.  The 2015 Honorees include: 

Karis Engle, Public/Nonprofit Sector

Salesia Smith-Gordon, Private Sector

Martha Ruth Reyes, Volunteer Sector


For the 32nd annual WILA event, Jennifer Hyman, will serve as keynote speaker. Hyman is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, a revolutionary business that has transformed the retail industry making designer dress and accessory rentals a convenient and accessible luxury experience for millions of women.

WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2015 11:00 a.m.


WHERE: Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach


For more information  contact Jessica Clasby: 561) 868-7070 or info@ewpb.org

Community Welcome Reception


The Pahokee City Commission invites you to join us in welcoming our new City Manager, Mr. Chandler Williamson, to our community.


WHEN: Monday, April 13, 2015 5:30 p.m.


WHERE: Pahokee Recreation Department Complex, 360 East Main Street, Pahokee. 


Quit Smoking Now:  Free 6 Week Facilitated Support Sessions






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, April 15, 2015  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.     Class Dates: 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13


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


To register, call the Everglades AHEC office at 1-877-819-2357 or email info@eahec.org 



Palm Beach State College Presidential Candidate Visits


The Palm Beach State Presidential Candidates will be visiting the Belle Glade Campus on Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14, 2015.  We encourage each of you to attend to meet and ask questions of the candidates at the community forum.  Each community forum time and date is listed below. Although we do not know the names of each of the candidates at this time candidate bios will be supplied on-site prior to the forums. 



Candidate #1:  Monday, April 13, 2015 - 3:15 p.m.

Candidate #2: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 11:15 a.m.

Candidate #3: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 2:05 p.m.

Candidate #4: Monday, April 13, 2015 - 11:15 a.m. 

Please feel free to disseminate this information to anyone you feel would be interested.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact Heather Love at 561-993-1126. 


Everglades Research & Education Center Field Day


This event will focus on research and extension programs by faculty and graduate students located in the center. Field, laboratory tours and posters presentations will be the main activities for the, followed by lunch.


WHEN: Tuesday, April 14,2015    8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


WHERE: UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center, 3200 E Canal Street Belle Glade


For more information or questions call:(561) 993-1517


View link for more details and how to register:  





Nashville Chicks with Hits ~  Coming to Belle Glade!


Three of Nashville's best female singer/songwriters are coming to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Nashville Chicks with Hits! The show, which features Sherrie Austin, Kylie Sackley and Alissa Moreno, will be performed with songwriters in the round format showcasing great hits from some of Nashville's best artists. The ladies will be on stage with their guitars singing the hits they wrote and recorded and telling the stories behind the songs. 

Sherrie Austin's songwriting credits include "Streets of Heaven" sung by Sherrie Austin, "Shotgun Rider" sung by Tim McGraw, "Good At Startin' Fires" sung by Blake Shelton and George Strait's "Where've I Been All My Life". Kylie Sackley wrote "Nothin' Bout Love Makes Sense" for Leann Rimes, "Sunshine & Summertime" sung by Faith Hill and "It's Just That Way" by Alan Jackson. Alissa Moreno wrote the Grammy nominated "Every Day" sung by Rascal Flatts.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2015   7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


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


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


Meet the Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

THE ESE Advisory Council & the School District of Palm Beach County, ESE Department, invites parents and community members to: Meet the Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE).  Come meet the Director of 

ESE, Kevin McCormick, in an informal setting. Bring your questions and ideas!  Glades Area  Hosted by the Community Partners, home of BRIDGES at Pahokee & BRIDGES at Belle Glade, Boys Town South Florida, and Lutheran Services Florida.  Buffet breakfast will be offered, and interpreters (Spanish/Creole) will be available.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 2015  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  


8:30 a.m. Community Resource Fair  9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Presentation/Discussion


WHERE: Area 3 ESE Office, West Tech, State Road 715, Belle Glade  (Please Note the Corrected location)


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


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.06.15/2015ESEBreakfast.pdf 


Glades Area 2015 "Children's Week": Hanging of the Hands 2015


Bridges at Belle Glade is working with the Glades Inter-Agency Network and several Children's Week Committee Members to organize an pull off the annual event during the 'Glades Area 2015 Children's Week'. Children's Week is a statewide event and at our capitol in Tallahassee, it will be celebrated from April 12th -17th with festivities each day including: hanging of the hands, a luncheon, a breakfast and various presentations. On the local level we anticipate: proclamations from our tri-city municipalities, the hand presentations, an ESE breakfast, child care tours, the Fun Day Celebration and so many more activities during the week of April 13th - 17th.


So we need you- our local partners to help the Glades Interagency Network and the 2015 Children's Week Planning Committee to make these activities a great success for our local child care students. We need volunteers, vendors, donors, child care centers, parents of Head Start students, Early Childhood Agencies to participate in two of the major events being held during Children's Week. The first is the annual ESE Breakfast and Resource Fair on April 15th at West Tech, from 8:30 am - 10:00 am, with Dr. Seth Bernstein. The second is the Glades Area 2015 Children's Week Fun Day celebration for local child care centers and family child care providers, at Rardin Park, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.


WHEN: Friday, April 17, 2015    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


WHERE: Rardin 4600 Park, State Road 715, Pahokee


For more information and to RSVP contact Trenesia Rozier or Lakeisha Freeman: 561-992-8210


View link for more details and& registration form:



View link for Child Care Responsibilities form:




37th Annual Black Gold Jubilee Festival


Arts & Crafts & Food Vendors BG Chamber Green Market featuring fresh vegetables & baked goods FREE Children's Rides, Games, Petting Zoo & Pony Carriage Rides, Helicopter Rides, Volleyball Tournament, Car Show, and more.

WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 2015 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Torry Island, 5000 W. Canal Street N, Belle Glade

For more information contact Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce: (561) 996-2745

View link for more details and schedule of events:

Black Gold Green Market


Selling fresh vegetables, including corn, lettuce, romaine, celery, tomatoes, rice, pickles, homemade bread, jellies, & canned good


WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 2015 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


WHERE:  Torry Island, 5000 W. Canal Street N, Belle Glade


For more information contact Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce: (561) 996-2745


Great American Cleanup Earth Day ~ South Bay


The Great American Cleanup, a project of Keep America Beautiful, is coordinated locally by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Inc. and the Solid Waste Authority (SWA). Join us and help Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful!


WHEN:  Saturday, April 18, 2015    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

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

For more information and to register, contact Edgar Kerr (561) 996-3998.

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.23.15/GreatAmericanCleanup.pdf 


Clarence E. Anthony Library Public Events

Adult Book Discussion: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

Dr. Esther Berry will lead a book discussion of, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou. Light refreshments provided.

WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 2015   12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Clarence E. Anthony Library, 375 S.W. 2nd Avenue, South Bay

For more information call: (561) 992-8393

Anquan Boldin Foundation Now Accepting College Scholarship Applications

The Anquan Boldin Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications, where four $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors entering college. Applicants must be residents of Palm Beach County or residents of the San Francisco Bay Area. Student requirements include:
* Show academic achievement, with a 3.5 GPA or better
* Show contribution in the community, with a minimum of 100 hours
* Demonstrate the need of the scholarship 


The deadline for submitting applications for the Fall 2015 semester is April 20, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Finalists will be notified via email and postal mail by week of May 4. For more information, please email Requests@Q81.org.

View link for scholarship application:http://www.q81.org/anquan-boldin-scholarship-fund/ 

Planned Approach To Community Health (PATCH)

The Glades PATCH is a program designed to help the community evaluate, plan and implement health education and disease prevention and intervention programs. PATCH helps promote the health of the community to include social, emotional and physical well-being of its citizens. PATCH is a partnership of concerned citizens and organizations. This partnership provides a forum for identifying health problems affecting the community and mobilizing the community to plan, conduct and evaluate intervention services.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Glades Initiative, Inc., 141 SE Ave. C, Belle Glade

Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Meeting


WHEN: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: West Tech Educational Center, 2625 STATE ROAD 715, Belle Glade

Bike Rodeo


A FUN event for kids of all ages "Must be accompanied by an adult" Free Bike Helmets Free Food and Drinks free hands-on bike riding activities to teach and promote bike safety

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


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

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/BikeRodeo.pdf

Pahokee High School Department of Music 2014-15 Band Banquet

Pahokee High School Department of Music Band Banquet in honor of Mr. Ollice Davis Jr. $2.00 donation entry reception will be held in the cafeteria

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pahokee High School, 900 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee

For more information call Pahokee High School Band Director: 561- 561-924-6412

2015 Second Annual PBSO/Glades Tri-City Basketball Camp 


Your Child Will Greatly Benefit From Our Camp, Improving as a Person as well as a Basketball Player. Campers will Develop Basketball Skills in the Areas of Defense / Ball Handling / Passing / Shooting Rebounding / Team Work / Focus on the Court.Campers will Develop Personal Skills in the Areas of Choices and Consequences / Discipline to Self-Discipline Active Learning / Respecting Others / Focus on Goals.

Each Camper Will Receive Personal Attention to Help Them Improve Their Game, Reach Their Goals, and Have Lots of Fun!

WHEN: Monday, June 8, 2015 8:00  a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Time varies on age group)

WHERE: Glades Central Community High, 1001 SW Ave East, Belle Glade

View link for more details:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/2015BasketballCamp.pdf 
Check Out New and Exciting Things Happen at Your Local Library This May

Belle Glade Branch: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/BelleGladeBranch.pdf

South Bay Branch:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/SouthBayBranch.pdf 

Pahokee Branch:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/PahokeeBranch.pdf 

211 Belle Glade Snapshot Report



April 2015 Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network Newsletter (LORHN)



Monday Morning Updates April 13, 2015  




Job Opportunities


Glades Area: 


Indeed Job Search: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/IndeedJobSearch.pdf  



Other Area: 


Palm Beach County Food Bank ~Agency Relations Coordinator:


Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc. ~ Manager, Leadership Programs:


The Lord's Place ~Volunteer Coordinator:


Children's Harbor, Inc. ~ Director of Development: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/DirectorofDevelopment.pdf   

Ed Venture Charter ~ Executive Director: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/ExecutiveDirector.pdf 

Palm Beach County Food Bank ~ Agency Relations Coordinator: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/AgencyRelationsCoordinator.pdf  

Children Service Council ~ Chief Programs Officer:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/ChildrenServiceCouncilCEO.pdf




Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium 

The 9th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium and 38th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Scientific Meeting will offer cutting-edge educational programming presented by some of the world's leading sickle cell disease clinicians and researchers. The meeting schedule of events will include specialty sessions featuring interactive and panel discussions, and an International East meets West Symposium. East meets West will explore the current situation of the care of Sickle Cell Disease patients in the developing world, especially Africa, and identify areas of need and potential collaboration between experts in the East and the West. Emphasis will be on issues surrounding the following: Newborn Screening, Primary/Community Care for Sickle Cell Disease and Accessibility to hydroxyurea and barriers to its use.
WHEN:  Monday, April 13, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


WHERE: The Diplomat Resort Spa ( a Curio Collection Hotel), 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood

For more information and to register, click here 

Preventing Child Abuse: Awareness, Recognition & Response

Free Educational Forum: Preventing Child Abuse, Awareness, Recognition and Response. The Behavioral Health Services Department at West Palm Hospital, in collaboration with the KidSafe Foundation, wants to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Join us as Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW, co-founder of the KidSafe Foundation, shares insights on how to protect children from molesters and sexual offenders.


This program is FREE and open to the community.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 2015     12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Sign in at 11:45 a.m.


WHERE:  The Pavilion at West Palm Hospital, 2201 45th Street, West Palm Beach


Online registration ONLY.  For healthcare professionals: 2 FREE CEU will be provided to RNs, LMHC, LCSW, LMFT


Click Here to Register for this Event



Webinar: The Affordable Care Act and How it Affects Immigrant Survivors   


The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 created both an entirely new way to obtain healthcare in the U.S. and also expanded on some of the preexisting healthcare access options. Under the ACA many immigrant survivors applying for immigration relief become eligible for and obligated to purchase healthcare through the newly developed healthcare exchanges at various points in time after they have filed their immigration case.

This webinar will provide information and resources on current laws governing access to healthcare, insurance and subsidies for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and human trafficking.


WHEN: Friday, April 16, 2015   2:00 p.m. -  3:30 p.m.


WHERE: Online


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.30.15/HealthCareWebinar.pdf  


Hopeful TEARS Grief Summit


Tomorrow's Rainbow is hosting the 5th Annual Hopeful TEARS Grief Summit.  The event will have a tremendous impact on the needs of an underserved population of "at risk" children and will provide those working with children with powerful knowledge and tools to support their academic and emotional success. Our theme this year is: Play it Forward: The Power of Play in Supporting Grieving Children.  

The training will focus on play-based grief work with individuals and groups.  We've partnered with Center for Child Counseling to provide Play Therapy CEU's, as well as offering CEU's to LMHC, LMFT, LCSW and School Psychologists.  Please pass this email on to any staff or interns you know that may benefit from this training.  Register at: www.tinyurl.com/HTI2015, use Promo Code HTI2015 and click Apply to receive $10 off!  We offer a deeply discounted student rate to help support our young counselors, educators and childhood specialists in expanding their knowledge base.  Use Promo Code: STUDENTS and click Apply for a student rate of $25.  

WHEN: Friday, April 17, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sheraton Suites, 555 NW 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale

For more information call: 954-978-2390

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/5thAnnualHopefulTEARSGrief.pdf


Busch Wildlife Anti-Violence Family Day

The Coalition for Independent Living Options [CILO] is partnering with Busch Wildlife Sanctuary to hold an Anti-Violence Family Day Special Ticket Event intended for children with disabilities that have been bullied or experienced violence in their home. We plan to incorporate an anti-bullying message through an expo of animals that were injured (or in essence, bullied) by humans or other animals. Tickets are $3 per person to attend. You can pre-purchase tickets with a credit or debit card online or you can pay with a check or cash at the door!

WHEN: Sunday April 19, 2015 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, 2500 Jupiter Park Drive, Jupiter

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/BuschWildlifeAnti-ViolenceFamilyDay.pdf

Florida Department of Health PBC Open House and Showcase WIC Program

  • Developing Community Partnership

  • Healthy Weight Initiative

  • Florida WIC EBT Card

  • Breast Pump Loan Program

  • Improve wait time

  • And many more.....

RSVP by Friday April 17, 2015

WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Greenacres WIC Center, 5985 10th Ave North, Greenacres

For more information and to RSVP contact Diana Mulkey: (561) 671-4089 or Diana.Mulkey@flhealth.gov 

The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County ~ Project Homeless Connect

Are you homeless ~ join us for National Healthcare Day for the Homeless, and Day of Dignity free resources: Clothing, Toiletries, Haircuts, Food, Healthcare, Vision / Dental Screenings, Pregnancy / HIV Testing and many other resources to assist your temporary crisis situation. Many more free services including: Homeless Outreach Team (H.O.T.), Assessment Screening, Food Stamps, Medicaid / Medicare, and more. This flyer serves as a bus pass that can be used from 6am - 2pm on April 24, 2015 on Palm Tran Route 1 only.

WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2015   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: St. George's Episcopal Center, 21 W 22nd Street, Riviera Beach

For more information call: 561-355-HOME

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/ProjectHomlessConnect.pdf

LD STARS: A Parent Conference on Learning Disabilities


Children with learning disabilities can achieve success when we encourage their strengths, understand their weaknesses, and collaborate well with educators and community supports. Our LD STARS: A Parent Conference on Learning Disabilities will help you understand learning differences and appreciate a strengths-based view so you can support your child and get them on the right path to success. You'll have access to over 20 expert sessions to help you debunk the common myths, learn strategies for school and home, prepare your child for transition to adult life and understand how to build resilience and self-esteem in your child. Admission is free.


WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


WHERE: Park Vista Community High School, 7900 Jog Road, Lake Worth


For more information contact Marsha Kufel: marsha.kufel@palmbeachschools.org 


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.13.15/LDSTARS.pdf


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Extreme Vegas: A Magical Cirque Spectacular is Coming to the Dolly Hand


If you enjoy shows like "Americas Got Talent", "Cirque du Soleil" and the magic of David Copperfield, then you will love "EXTREME VEGAS"! The show takes you on a high speed journey through Las Vegas, highlighting the best in Vegas-style variety acts. This magical evening of grand illusions, quick change, extreme stunts, hilarious comedy, aerial acrobatics and mind blowing magic is enhanced by amazing visual effects, stunning costumes and a heart stopping soundtrack. "What happens in Vegas doesn't always STAY in Vegas"!


WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2015 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.


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


For more information call the box office: 561-993-1160


HANOA of Florida, 2nd Annual Multicultural Health Fair

Free blood pressure, blood sugar screening, mammography testing, prostate screening, and cholesterol screening

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Boys and Girls Club Teen Center, 35 SW 10th Street, Belle Glade

For more information contact: (561) 206.2258 or (561) 729.3702 

Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Recognizing Efforts of People in the Community


The Glades Interagency Network is hosting its Annual Glades Community Awards Recognition Luncheon. The luncheon will recognize individuals that give of themselves to assist their community without necessarily being compensated for their efforts. Glades-area businesses, organizations and individuals have an opportunity to recognize up to two people by completing an Honoree Form. The cost of each Honoree's Plaque is $25. In support of your honoree, we request the presence of a representative from your organization attend this event. Space is limited. Honoree Overviews and photos must be received no later than Tuesday, March 24, 2015.


WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:30 a.m.


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


If you have questions contact Tammy Jackson-Moore: (561) 914-0311.


View link for  Honoree: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.02.15/GINHonoree.pdf 

View link for  Recognition Guidelines: 


View link for Reservation form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.02.15/GINLuncheonReservationForm.pdf 

5th Annual "Celebrate Life With Hope Festival" ~ Haitian Heritage


Come and celebrate the 5th Annual "Celebrate Life With Hope Festival" with live music and a lot of fun. Your are Invited to be a partner: Community organizations, Government agencies, Health agencies, Private businesses, Vendors, Community leaders, Churches and many more.


WHEN: Saturday May 16, 2015 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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


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


Everglades Trading Invites You To A "Lunch and Learn"  


Did you know that we also sell...Safety equipment & supplies, Janitorial Supplies, Break Room Supplies & Furniture, and much more!


WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 


WHERE: Lomax Harrelle Pavilion, Belle Glade Marina, 5000 W. Canal Street N


For more information and to RSVP contact Kathy or Matt: Please RSVP to: Kathy@evergladestrading.com or Matt@evergladestrading.com 


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.06.15/2015ETCLunchandLearn.pdf

Seven Glades Central High School Students Win TeamWork USA Scholarship 


On Saturday, March 28, 2015 TeamWork USA of Palm Beach County held its second annual College Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Marriott, West Palm Beach. Scholarships in excess of $90,000 were awarded to thirty 12th graders from 11 Title I public High Schools in the county and former graduates of Title I public High Schools who are currently college sophomores and juniors attending Florida colleges and universities. 


Seven scholarships award winners were from Glades Central H.S. Karen Benitez, Diane Prieto, Caroline Chavarria, Oralia Monroy, Rose Sintulaire, Sarah Vital and Nouneca Vincent.


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.06.15/TeamWorkUSAScholarshipAwards.pdf

Job Opportunities


Glades Area: 


Indeed Job Search: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.06.15/IndeedJobSearch.pdf

Community Partners: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.06.15/CommunityPartners.pdf

The Sun: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.06.15/TheSun.pdf


Other Area: 


Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope ~ Executive Director: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.06.15/CAHHExecutiveDirector.pdf


Dolly Hand Spring Raffles


All proceeds to benefit the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center


Items for raffle:

  • John Deere Z445 zero-turn riding mower with 48-inch deck!

    Tickets: $20 each or 6/$100 donated by Everglades Farm Equipment


  • Samsung H6350 55" Smart LCD TV

    Tickets: $10 each donated by Royals Furniture 

Tickets can be purchase via phone or in person from Dolly Hand Board member 

Drawing: Saturday, May 9, 2015  (Don't have to be present to claim prize)


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.30.15/DollyHandSpringRaffles.pdf

The 1, 2, 3's of Temper Tantrums 


In this interactive training, teachers will learn how to work with children that are using Temper Tantrums in the classroom. We will learn why children have temper tantrums, what to do before, during and after a temper tantrum, and discuss when to get outside help. We will also develop action plans that will lessen the likelihood of future tantrums in our classrooms.


WHEN: Monday May 11 & Monday May 18, 2015   5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


WHERE: Bridges at Belle Glade - Training Room, 816 Canal Street South, Belle Glade


For more information and to register call: (561) 899-1646


View link for more information: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.30.15/TemperTantrums.pdf   

Catholic Charities St. Mary Center On site Services


On site Services Provided: 

  • English Classes

  • Computer Classes

  • Immigration Legal Services (By appointment only)

  • Birth line/Life Pregnancy Care Center (Thursday's only)

  • Counseling (By appointment only) 

Community Access Partners Catholic Charities also provide assistance in applying for public benefits such as: Food stamps, Cash Assistance, or Medicaid available Monday-Friday by appointments only


For more information and or to schedule appointment call: (561) 924-5677


View link for more details:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.30.15/CatholicCharities.pdf  


Early Detection is your Greatest Tool in the Fight Against Breast Cancer 


Don't allow $$$ to keep you from getting a mammogram. You may qualify for a FREE mammogram at Lakeside Medical Center through a grant from Susan G. Komen South Florida. Lakeside Medical Center have a considerable amount of grant monies left, which if we don't use, we may lose. 


To see if you qualify and/or make an appointment call:  561-996-6571 ext. 8286


View link for English: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.02.15/EarlyDetection.pdf

View link for Spanish: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.02.15/EarlyDetectionSpanish.pdf   


Gove Elementary School's Annual Career Week


Gove Elementary School's annual Career Week is on the horizon. We hope that you will volunteer to share your professional experiences with our students to make this week truly rewarding.


We are looking for community members to volunteer to speak about their profession at Gove. You will be asked to give a short 20 minute presentation about your job, education, training, and how you made the transition from school to your current occupation. You will be giving the same presentation approximately three times to three different groups of students. 


WHEN:  Monday, May 11, 2015  
WHERE: Gove Elementary School, Belle Glade 


We are also looking for volunteers to share their work vehicle with the students on

WHEN:Tuesday, May 12, 2015  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Please be prepared to give a brief presentation regarding your profession and vehicle.  


For more information please contact Michelle Riker at Michelle.Riker@palmbeachschools.org  

Previous Postings OTHER AREAS


Information Sessions for Immigrant Students for Summer/Fall - 2015 


The Global Education Center, Registration and Admissions, Educational Programs: (Credit, Vocational and Center for Languages) , The Testing Center, Meeting with an Academic Advisor, Scholarships, and Financial Aid.


WHEN: Wednesday April 22, May 13, 27, 2015 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: Palm Beach State College-Lake Worth Campus, 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth


For more information and to RSVP contact Nancy Perez: (561) 868-3973


View link for flyer in English: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.16.15/ImmigrantStudents.pdf

View link for flyer in Spanish:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.16.15/ImmigrantStudentsSpanish.pdf 

The Palm Beach County Community Action 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.


WHEN: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


WHERE: Community Action Agency, 810 Datura Street, West Palm Beach


For more information contact: cwilkins@pbcgov.org  or (561) 355-4702.



Application for Swimming Lesson Voucher Program

Summer is on the way. The application for the swimming lesson voucher program is now on the Palm Beach County Drowning Prevention Coalition Website.

View link for more details: http://www.pbcgov.com/drowningprevention/   

Monday Morning Updates ~ Monday April 6, 2015 



2015 Youth Summit: The Weight Of My Words And Actions

Topics include: Bullying, General and Mental Health, Violence and Gang Prevention, and Substance Abuse Prevention, Middle School and High School Students ONLY!

  • 10 Community Service Hours

  • Music

  • Interactive Games

  • Prizes and Giveaways

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015   8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


WHERE: Palm Beach Lakes High School, 3505 Shiloh Drive, West Palm Beach


View link for more details and how to request FREE tickets:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.30.15/2015YouthSummit.pdf

View link for registration form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.30.15/2015YouthSummitRegistrationForm.pdf  

211's Snapshots for January and February 2015   

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 January & February 2015 Snapshots is now available for your review:  


Aetna Foundation 2015 GoLocal:
Cultivating Healthy Communities Grants Program




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. This service is critical for children and families experiencing developmental concerns because early screening leads to early diagnosis and early intervention. We are coming to your community soon! *Parents must be present at the time of screening to provide consent and receive screening results.* 

Developmental Screenings for the year 2015:

WHEN:  From 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Tuesdays: May 19, Jul. 21, Sep. 22, and Nov. 17

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


For more information and to schedule screening for your child call: (561) 804-4975


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.02.15/FREEDevelopmentalDisabilitiesScreenings.pdf  


YWCA Seeks Nominations for Racial Justice Awards


The YWCA of Palm Beach County is seeking nominations for both its Racial Justice and Youth Racial Justice Awards. Nominees for the Racial Justice Award may be an individual, civic organization, religious institution, or business that has demonstrated leadership in organizing or supporting activities that reduce and/or prevent racial injustice in Palm Beach County. The Youth Racial Justice Award nominee may be a youth or youth group that exemplifies the same criteria listed above. The deadline for submitting nominations is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015.


WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2015


WHERE: Kravis Center's Cohen Pavilion, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach


For more information or to request a nomination form contact the YWCA: 561-640-0050, Ext. 115


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.23.15/YWCARacialJusticeAward.pdf 

The YMCA: Be Water Safe Smart Drowning Prevention Programs


Group swim instruction, water safety presentations, adaptive needs swim. These YMCA programs can be geared towards children, teen, adults or seniors. Swimming is a life-long skill that can benefit the entire family. Scholarship and sponsoring opportunities are available so contact us to make a difference.


For more information contact Liz Schmidt: (561) 237-0950 or LSchmidt@YMCASPBC.org 


View link for more details:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.23.15/YMCA.pdf   

Prime Time Palm Beach County Afterschool Symposium 2015


You won't want to miss the Prime Time Palm Beach County Afterschool Symposium 2015! This year's theme is Destination Healthy Children: A Journey to Wellness. The guest keynote speaker for the Advancing Afterschool Awards luncheon on May 8  is Dr. Eddie M. Connor, Jr.Empowering people to overcome obstacles and walk in their unique purpose is the real life message shared by Dr. Connor, who is a survivor of stage four cancer.

A resident of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Connor is an author, college professor, international speaker, mentor, minister, radio/television correspondent and television host of Heal Your Heart, and has been featured on BET, CBS, NBC, PBS and many other media outlets. Dr. Connor is a contributing writer for the Michigan Chronicle and was also featured in the acclaimed BET documentary, It Takes a Village to Raise Detroit.


WHEN: Thursday, May 7 - 8, 2015


WHERE: Embassy Suites West Palm Beach - Central, 1601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach


View link for details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/02.17.15/2015PrimeTimePBCAfterschoolSymposium.pdf 


The Yellow Dot Program


Have you ever wondered, what would happen if you got into a car crash and you were unconscious? Have you thought to yourself...how would anyone know what my medical history is; or how would they know about the medications I am taking; or the medicines I'm allergic to; or better yet, how would they know what hospitalthat I want to go to...? Who would call my family and let them know I've been hurt? How would they even know how to get in touch with my family?


The good news is that you don't have to wonder or worry about that anymore. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue supports a new Program called the Yellow Dot. The Yellow Dot gets important information into the hands of emergency responders quickly and it can save your life! If you are involved in a car accident and can't communicate, first responders can look in your glove compartment box for the "Yellow Dot" pamphlet where you have written essential medical information about yourself.

This information can help rescue crews decide the best approach to your emergency treatment. This is especially important after a car accident where you may be unconscious, in shock, or simply unable to communicate clearly.  When you can't talk to Emergency Responders to provide them with vital medical information, the Yellow Dot is your tool to provide personalized information on your behalf!


For more information, click here: http://www.pbcyellowdot.com/ 

National Crime Victims' Rights Week Palm Beach County Events

Palm Beach Victims' Rights Coalition National Crime Victims' Rights Week

WHEN: April 18-26, 2015

WHERE: Location Varies

View link for more details and events: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.23.15/2015NationalCrimeVictimsRightsWeek.pdf 

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.