June 15, 2015
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week


Tuesday, June 16, 2015         9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.     Planned Approach to Community Health (PATCH), The Glades Initiative, Inc.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015         5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.       Pahokee Youth Football/Cheerleading Registration, Pahokee

Wednesday, June 17, 2015    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.      The Naturalization Process; Becoming a United State Citizen, Online

Saturday, June 20, 2015        10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   'Kindergarten, I'm Ready', Belle Glade Excel Charter School

Monday, June 22, 2015          6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.       Citizen Transportation, Pahokee Chamber of Commerce




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, June 16, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 


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


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.15.15/GladesPATCHAgenda6-16-15.pdf  


Swimming Lesson Voucher Program

The application for the Swimming Lesson Voucher Program is open again.  Vouchers will go fast!  The following is a link to the website and application:





City of Pahokee Youth Football/Cheerleading League Registration

Ages 7-12 football registration has begun!! Required documentations: birth certificate (color copy) sports physical football-$80.00, cheer $155.00 registration fee.

FREE football camp: June 16-19th and June 23rd-26th      5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  

For more information call: (561) 924-2972


The Naturalization Process: Becoming a United States Citizen   

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a webinar to learn about the naturalization process. Over the past decade, the United States has welcomed, on average, approximately 1 million lawful permanent residents and more than 700,000 newly naturalized citizens each year. During this webinar, USCIS representatives will provide an overview of the application process, including eligibility requirements, and answer questions. Please note that case-specific inquiries will not be addressed during this webinar. 


WHEN: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Online


'Kindergarten, "I'm Ready', Round Up
Bridges at Belle Glade is hosting 'Kindergarten, I'm Ready' simulation for parents, who have children that will be transitioning to Kindergarten this school year. Will host an interactive workshop at Belle Glade Excel Charter School, parents are invited to participate and they will have opportunities to dialogue with teachers about student expectations. Sign up for additional school supports and register to receive back packs with school supplies in August 2015 RSVP by June 17th


WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: Belle Glade Excel Charter School, 555 SW 16th St, Belle Glade


For more information and to RSVP call Trenesia: 561-992-8210


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.15.15/SSFC.pdf 


Citizen Transportation


Glades area citizens are invited to participate in an upcoming Community Transportation Forum, the purpose of the forum is to provide awareness of the transportation planning processes available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as well as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Specific input is also requested from the citizens of Belle Glade, South Bay, Canal Point and Pahokee. The town-hall styled forum is free and open to the public.


WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2015 6:30 p.m.


WHERE: Pahokee Commission Chambers, 360 East Main Street, Pahokee


For more information contact: (561) 924-5535.

Palm Beach State College Trade and Industry Information Session


Discover your future information session Train for high-demand careers: Welding, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Cosmetology, Nails, Facials, Heavy Equipment Operator, and HVAC. Learn about exciting & growing occupations, tour lab and shop facilities, meet faculty & staff and find out how to apply for classes


WHEN: Tuesday, July 7, 2015   6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


WHERE: Technical Education Center (Room TEC #109), 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade


For more information call: 561-993-1427


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.15.15/TradeIndustryInfoSession.pdf

Property Fraud Alert - Free Service!

Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock has launched Property Fraud Alert, a free service that helps people protect their property from fraud by monitoring documents such as deeds and mortgages recorded in Palm Beach County. Using Property Fraud Alert, anyone can register to receive free alerts when a document is recorded using their name or their business's name. When users receive an alert, by email or phone, they can verify the activity was initiated by them and not someone attempting to commit property fraud. The public can sign up for the Clerk's Property Fraud Alert service by visiting the clerk's website at mypalmbeachclerk.com/property-fraud-alerts. Anyone who believes they have been the victim of fraud should contact their local law enforcement agency.


If you would like copies of posters or rack cards for your agency regarding this free service, please contact Tracy Rudnick at TRudnick@mypalmbeachclerk.com

The Summer BreakSpot Program 2015 Sites


Do you know a family that participates in the National School Lunch Program that could benefit from free meals for children during the summer months? The Summer BreakSpot Program has thousands of locations all over Florida to provide free nutritious meals while school is out. www.SummerFoodFlorida.org 

Children need access to nutritious meals all year long to grow and thrive, but many children who rely on free and reduced-price school meals are at risk of hunger or poor nutrition when school is out for the summer. 

At almost all sites, there is no application necessary and any child 18 or younger can simply come during meal times to receive a meal. However, we do suggest that you give them a call first to let the site know that your child may be coming during meal time. Some sites ask that an adult or responsible teen accompany children during the meal time because they don't have staff to handle extra children who may not be a part of their regular activity program. 
Here is a list of "Summer Break Spots" in the Glades, along with their serving times:


Click here for a flyer of sites to distribute.

Belle Glade

Belle Glade Elementary, 500 N.W. Ave L, 561-829-4827; Breakfast hours: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Lunch hours: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Belle Glade Life Center, 400 W Ave A, 561776-3340; Breakfast hours: 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Lunch hours: 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Will serve June 15 through Aug. 6) Weed and Seed, 227 SW 6th St, 561-9935402; Lunch hours: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Afternoon snack hours: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Belle Glade Boys and Girls Club, 350 SW 10th St, 561-992-5399; Breakfast hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Lunch hours: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Will serve until Aug. 14)

Crossroads Academy, 225 SW 12th St, 561993-8414; Breakfast hours: 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.; Lunch hours: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Will serve only until July 23)

Lake Side Academy, 710 S Main St, 561993-3870; Breakfast hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; Lunch hours: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Will serve June 29 though July 31)

Lake Shore Middle, 425 E Canal St, 561829-1100; Breakfast hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; Lunch hours: 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Gove Elementary School, 1000 S.E. Ave G, 561-383-2003; Breakfast hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.; Lunch hours: 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pioneer Park Elementary, 39500 Pioneer Park Rd, 561-993-8616; Breakfast hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; Lunch hours: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Glades Central High, 1001 SW Ave M, 561993-4464; Breakfast hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Lunch hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Will serve only until July 23)


South Bay

Tanner Park, 105 Palm Beach Road, 561-9960930; Lunch hours: 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.; Afternoon snack hours: 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Will serve June 16 through Aug. 7)



New Hope Charities, 7450 S.R. 15 U.S. 441 N, 561-924-7986; Breakfast hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Lunch hours: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Will serve until Aug. 14)

Pahokee Deliverance, 168 E. 4th St, 561-9140877; Lunch hours: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Will serve only until July 31)

Church of the Harvest, 183 South Lake Avenue, 561-924-7776; Morning snack hours: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Lunch hours: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (Will serve June 15 though July 31)

Everglades Preparatory Academy, 360 E Main St Building C, 561-924-6413; Breakfast hours: 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.; Lunch hours: 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Begins serving June 15)

Pahokee Elementary, 560 E. Main Street, 561-924-9710; Breakfast hours: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Lunch hours: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

KEC/Canal Point Elementary, 37000 Main Street, 561-383-2003; Breakfast hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; Lunch hours: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.




Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY) Finance Officer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/ 

Community Partner: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.15.15/CommunityPartners.pdf   

Indeed Job Search: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.15.15/IndeedJobSearch.pdf

Faith Volunteer and Chaplaincy Basic Training Circuit 15

Become a certified Department of Juvenile Justice Faith Volunteer. Represent your church, ministry or organization by providing faith based services to youth and families in the juvenile justice system.


WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?  Any individual from the faith community that is interested in serving troubled youth and families.



WHEN:  Tuesday June 16, 2015   1:30 p.m. -  6:00 p.m. 


WHERE:  Calvary Chapel, 3190 Hypoluxo Rd. Boynton Beach

Please contact: Shirlon McCarty at (561) 882-3600 for more information

Community Conversation VI: on Special Needs and Disability


How do we build upon the strength of our community to ensure that all citizens are included and 

engaged across their lifespan?  Explore possible cooperation, collaboration, or partnerships with other special needs providers and funders. Facilitated by: Betsi Kassebaum. 

* Generate ideas, share resources, create solutions.

* Learn about new funding opportunities

We can create the future we want to see by starting with the knowledge, power and connections we have!                                                                                                                                                                                        
WHEN:  Thursday, June 18, 2015    2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

R.S.V.P. By June 11, 2015 to sharon@eunicorn.org

View link for more details:



Upcoming Workshops for Entrepreneurs by Score
Starting A New Business FREE Workshop

It takes much more than a good idea and a desire to be your own boss to launch a successful business. This FREE workshop will talk about what's required to start a new business, outline the work that will be required, compare being an entrepreneur with working for others, and discuss some of the myths and rewards involved. It will help you decide if starting your own business is the right thing for you to do. Click on the link below to register.

WHEN:  Thursday, June 18, 2015     6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.              Click Here to Learn More and Register

WHERE:  Palm Beach SCORE Office, 500 South Australian Avenue Suite 155, West Palm Beach & Keiser University, 2085 Vista Parkway, 
                West Palm Beach



Care Transitions and Community-based Care in Palm Beach County

Please join Palm Healthcare Foundation and your nursing colleagues for a conference to learn about the current state of care transitions and community-based care in Palm Beach County, and what we all can do to improve and strengthen the system of care. Continental breakfast and lunch included 6.5 Nursing Contact Hours $25

WHEN: Friday, June 19, 2015 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.)              

WHERE: Embassy Suites, 1601 Belvedere Road West Palm Beach              

View link for more details and agenda: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.18.15/PHFCareTransitionsCommunityCare.pdf


World Sickle Cell Day


Your presence at this important Sickle Cell Symposium is of the utmost importance. Scientists published a study in the journal PLOS Medicine to warn of a 30% increase of the incidence of sickle cell. The symposium will give a better understanding of the challenge.  The theme of the event is "Faces and Voices of Sickle Cell" and is designed for South Florida stakeholders and gatekeepers to discuss the challenge and implications of sickle cell for our community. Since the discovery of sickle cell in the western hemisphere in 1910, considerable progress has been made in bio-medical research, disease surveillance, and care coordination; yet barriers to care and quality treatment persist.

The Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention and Treatment Act - which has been historically underfunded - expired in 2009 and efforts to reauthorize it has not been successful. On December 22, 2008 the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations, declared June 19 World Sickle Cell Day to raise awareness of the disease.  This resolution further recognized Sickle Cell as the World's "foremost and at times most lethal, genetic disease".  The first World Sickle Cell Day was celebrated on June 19, 2009.

WHEN: Friday, June 19, 2015  11:30 a.m.


WHERE: Zara's Event Center located at Ramada Inn, 1900 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach

Father & Daughter Gala 


The Father and Daughter Gala will be an evening of fine dining and dancing as fathers and daughters of all ages lead into a very special father's day.  It promises to be a powerful and unforgettable experience for young girls, young ladies and ladies young at heart to spend time with Dad on his special day. All proceeds from this event will be used to create educational and employment opportunities for incarcerated youth and to introduce them to the Gospel of Christ.  


Body of Christ Minstry sponsors activities that strengthen families and encourage incarcerated young minority males to follow the path that Jesus Christ has laid out for them to reach their full potential. Tickets are available now for the first annual Father and Daughter Gala. Thank you in advance for supporting this ministry and creating spiritual and economic opportunity to our future generation


WHEN:  Friday, June 19, 2015     7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


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


For more information contact: James Green at (561) 313-1146 or bodyofchristpbc@yahoo.com


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.08.15/Father&DaughterGala.pdf



Community Leaders Host FREE Citizenship Clinics in Miami and Broward  

A coalition of legal service providers, community organizations and volunteers will work together to assist hundreds of eligible legal permanent residents apply for citizenship. With the help of our volunteers, pro bono attorneys, and community partners, we will be able to provide a much needed service to communities in Miami and Broward. On Saturday June 13th, the New Americans Campaign (NAC) and local organizations will provide a free Immigration clinic at Broward College, North Campus to assist lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to become US citizens.

Among the represented organizations will be Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida Immigrant Coalition, the FIU Immigration & Human Rights Clinic, Hispanic Unity, and the International Rescue Committee. The following Saturday, June 20th, the City of North Miami and the Haitian Lawyers Association will provide free assistance with citizenship applications at the Gwen Margolis Community Center on 15990 NE 123 St., North Miami, FL 33161. 

Citizenship Clinic in North Miami 

Saturday, June 20th, 2015   10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Gwen Margolis Community Center, 15990 NE 123 St. North Miami

5-2-1-0 let's go! Healthy Habits to Live by Kickoff Event


Family activities include: Zumba, pound fit, Kangoo Jump Boots Camp, Yoga, Crazy Games & Family Competition, Family Fun Walk, Nature Trails Explorations, Bounce Houses, Education Stations, Health Screenings, food Demos & Tasting Sensations Stations. Learn how to be a healthy all summer long!

WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015      10:00 a.m.  -   2:00 p.m.


WHERE: John Prince Park, Center Drive Pavilion, 4759 S. Congress Avenue, Lake Worth

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.08.15/5-2-1-0LetsGo.pdf

View link for vendor form:       


For more information visit www.flhealthpalmbeach.org, www.palmbeach,flhealth.gov, or call 561-840-4500.

Become a Certified Chronic Disease Self Management Coach


The Area Agency on Aging and the Healthy Living Center of Excellence is holding a 4 day certification training for the Evidence Based Program, Chronic Disease Self-Management. They are looking for individuals interested in becoming certified as Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) coaches and deliver Evidence Based Workshops in their area. 


WHEN:  Monday, June 22 -  Thursday, June 25, 2015 (4 days)      9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  The Area Agency on Aging, 4400 N Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach

Click for:  CDSMP Brochure, Program Description, Coach Training Flyer, and Application.


To register, call 561-684-5885 ext. 59235 or email: LHerrera@YourADRC.org

Future of Medicine Summit IX 


2015 Future of Medicine Featured Speakers and Topics Click Here 


Supporter Opportunities Flyer  Click Here


Supporter & Exhibitor Reservation Application FormClick Here 


When:  Thursday and Friday, September 17-18, 2015

Where:  Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach

Women on the Run Volunteer Meeting


The Women's Foundation of Palm Beach County is excited to plan our 2015 WOMEN ON THE RUN program and we need your help.  Research shows that women make government more transparent, inclusive and accessible.  Women change the way government works and their voices are needed in leadership roles across the county and state.  Join the Women's Foundation of PBC to help plan our nonpartisan campaign training.


The program launches in October with a full day training and then quarterly follow up mentoring in small groups with elected officials.  Please join us to learn more and help with the planning and recruitment.  If your organization wants to learn more about how to partner with the Women's Foundation on this project or you as an individual want to join the Women on the Run planning committee, this is the meeting for you.  RSVP is required dinner will be served.

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 1, 2015 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: BDO Office - Conference Room Centurion Plaza, 1601 Forum Place, 9th Floor, West Palm Beach

For more information and to RSVP contact Judith:  Judith@WomensFoundationPBC.org or 561.909.8415

Monday Morning Updates June 15, 2015

Previous Postings GLADES AREA


Economic Development 101: Playing to Win in Economic Development


Come to learn how local government and community stakeholders can put the Glades Region of Palm Beach County across the finish line. The economic development process has never been more challenging. Communities must be prepared to successfully compete for new projects, as well as retain existing companies. 


Economic Development 101 will address the basic components of economic development, how the site selection process works, and the roles and responsibilities for local government officials, landowners, and community stakeholders. At the conclusion of this forum, participants should have a better understanding of how the community can enhance its standing with site selection consultants and the ultimate decision makers.


WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 2015     3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


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


For more information: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.08.15/EconomicDevelopment101.pdf  

15th Judicial Circuit Court Administration:


 The Glades Initiative's Level II Background Screening Services


  2014-2015 Rates

Member Rates

Non-Member Rates

DCF Child Care Facilities



Dept. of Elder Affairs



ACHA/Dept. of Health w/photo



DCF Summer Camps w/photo



VECHS Nonprofit Agency Empl.



VECHS Nonprofit Agency Volunteer



Dept. of Education/Teaching Cert.



Dept. of Health/Healthcare Cert.



All others, standard rate



The Glades Initiative has been providing Level II background screening services since 2012. We are approved to provide any Level II screening through the Clearinghouse for a variety of agencies to include Department of Children of Families, Agency for Health Care Administration, Volunteer & Employee Background Checks (VECHS), Department of Health, Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco, Real Estate Brokers, etc. Our equipment is approved through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to verify compliance with both FDLE and Federal Bureau of Investigation regulations and standards.

Prices vary depending on type of screen.  See chart to right:

We are the only Level II Background Screening provider in the Glades area.  While we have competition, remember that we are a nonprofit, and any profits made go directly

into supporting our programs benefiting the Glades communities. 


For more information or to set up an account, contact Sandy Desty at sdesty@gladesinitiative.org 



Rural Community input to the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP)

Input from rural communities is needed. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is updating the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) and the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Policy Plan. The process for updating the plans started with a visioning step. A statewide summit and five regional forums held in late 2014 and early 2015 provided opportunities for transportation and other partners to share their thoughts on the future transportation system for Florida. Many people representing a wide range of interests participated in the regional forum held in Delray Beach. You can find the real-time record for it at http://www.floridatransportationplan.com/pdf/DelrayBeach_RTR_2_5_1_Final.

The key themes for the state's transportation future identified through the visioning step are shown to the right. We now need your ideas on policy for the plan updates that will draw upon the key themes.

Four interactive regional workshops will be held in June. The one for Southeast Florida will be on June 24 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the FDOT District Four Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale. We hope you will consider attending.

We encourage you to sign up in advance to help us plan for the workshops (http://www.floridatransportationplan.com/regional.html). Walk-ins on the day of the workshop are welcome as well.

We encourage you to regularly visit www.floridatransportationplan.com as work on the plan updates continues to proceed. You can provide comments at any time on this website.  

Betty Bell Scholarship for MSW Candidates


Families First of Palm Beach County is proud to announce we are currently accepting applications for the Betty Bell Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an individual who is currently enrolled in a Master's of Social Work program at an accredited university in Florida. The individual must have a history of and currently maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have intentions of seeking employment in Palm Beach County. The scholarship will be given away once a year at the annual Children's Day Awards Luncheon. This year's luncheon will be held on October 2nd.

Please submit applications by mail to:


Betty Bell Scholarship

Attn: Jim Nau, President

Families First of Palm Beach County

3333 Forest Hill Blvd.  2nd Floor

West Palm Beach, FL 33406


Or by email to: JSwindler@FamiliesFirstPBC.org 

Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, August 5, 2015       5:00 p.m.


View link for application http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.25.15/MSWBETTYBELLSCHOLARSHIPAPPLICATIONFORM.pdf

City of Belle Glade 1st Annual Independence Day Celebration


Please join us for a fantastic fireworks show bring your lawn chairs and blankets-come out and join us! Food vendors, music & children's ride available.


WHEN: Friday, July 3, 2015 4:00 p.m. 


WHERE: Belle Glade Marina


For more information call: (561) 996-2745


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.25.15/CityofBelleGladeIndependenceDayCelebration.pdf

A.Y.S Inc. 3rd Annual Summer Camp

Recreational Sports is a great way to keep kids active, healthy and interested in physical education. Let our instructors take your child on a fun educational exploration of the Sports of Football and Basketball. Students will build a positive "can do" attitude through: Individual Skill enhancement, Team sportsmanship, Mentoring, and Positive Role Modeling/Certified Coaches. Payments must be paid in full prior to the start of the week. Limited space is available. Both Boys and Girls are welcome to attend. Incentives will be given to every child upon the completion of both camps.

Football camp: Monday, July 6-8, 2015   8:00a.m. - 1:00  p.m.

Basketball Camp: Monday July 20-23, 2015   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information please contact Coach Dean at (561)692-1977 or Coach Hill at (561) 261-7869.

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.25.15/SummerCamp.pdf

Parks and Recreation Fitness Program

Move your Body Fitness Class a fun filled blend of Hip and Zumba.

WHEN: Mondays-Thursdays     6:00 p.m.

WHERE: 360 E. Main St, Pahokee (Cafeteria)

For more information contact Elea Dean: (561) 924-2976

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.25.15/FitnessProgram.pdf  


211 Regional County Snapshot Report



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TrustBridge Health ~ Everyday Hero Awards 2015

TrustBridge Health is seeking nominations for the TrustBridge Health Everyday Hero Awards. The purpose of the award is to honor individuals who maintain high personal and professional ethical standards and who have made a positive difference in our community that has resulted in long term and lasting changes for the public good.

Nomination deadline is July 1, 2015. All applications must be postmarked, faxed or email no later than July 1, 2015 Fax to: (561)227-5198 or email to: drooks@TrustBridge.com

Please mail nominations to:

Dayana Rooks

TrustBridge Health

5300 East Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL 33407


Please contact for any further information regarding nominations at: drooks@TrustBridge.com 

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.08.15/2015EverydayHeroAwards.pdf


The Town of Palm Beach United Way Traveling T-Shirt Contest & Turkey Trot  

 The Town of Palm Beach United Way Traveling T-Shirt Contest Is Back

Help us spread the word. While traveling this summer, seed us a picture of yourself (and family or friend) wearing you LIVE UNITED gear. The person or group of people pictured wearing their shirt(s) the furthest distance from the Town of Palm Beach United Way office will win these amazing LIVE UNITED prizes. Please note: Photos will be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Town of Palm Beach United Way website. 

7th Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way 5K Turkey Trot

This Thanksgiving holiday help those in need by participating in the 7th Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way 5K Turkey Trot. Before you stuff your face, kick-off your holiday by joining along with family, friends and neighbors for the only race on the island of Palm Beach. The Town of Palm Beach United Way 5K Turkey Trot will begin and end in Bradley Park. Participants are asked to report to the starting line by 7:15am. The race will begin promptly at 7:30am. For those participating in the FUN RUN please be at the starting line by 8:20am.

Now - October 31, 2015 $30     November 1, 2015 - November 24, 2015   $40     Race Day Registration (November 26)   $100 

For more information or if you need a shirt call: (561) 655-1919 or info@palmbeachunitedway.org  

View link for more details: http://www.palmbeachunitedway.org/travelingtshirts   

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:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tuesdays:  Jul. 21, Sep. 22, & 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 


Webinar Series: Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault


The prevalence of human trafficking across the country is widespread-spanning small, rural jurisdictions to sprawling cities-and affects both domestic and foreign-born children and adults. Because of the coercive and violent nature of human trafficking, it is common for victims to experience overlapping forms of victimization, particularly domestic violence and sexual assault. Yet, many survivors are unrecognized, criminalized, or do not receive adequate services to address their complex needs. How can multidisciplinary groups work together to identify survivors and direct them to services? How can key stakeholders enhance their capacity and collaboration to meet survivors' needs?

This five-part webinar series offers strategies, practical tips, case studies, and resources to help domestic violence and sexual assault service providers improve outcomes for human trafficking survivors. Each webinar highlights models for potential replication and features local and national subject matter experts.

Topics, Dates and Registration Links:

Getting Out of the Box: The Key Ingredients to Cultivate Collaboration 
May 28, 2015 @ 2:30 p.m.
Balancing Collaboration, Confidentiality and Privilege on Human Trafficking Cases 
May 28, 2015 @ 2:30 p.m. 
Collaborating with Culturally Specific Organizations to End Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 
July 9, 2015 @ 2:30 p.m. 
Working Together Part I: Law Enforcement 
August 13, 2015 @ 2:30 p.m. 
Working Together Part II: The Courts 
September 24, 2015 @ 2:30 p.m.

Free Eyecare for Uninsured

The Community Health Center of West Palm Beach, at 2100 W. 45th Street, Suite A-8, in partnership with the Florida Optometry Eye Health Fund, will provide free comprehensive eye care to eligible uninsured residents through the end of 2015.  People must bring a photo ID and proof of income.  

WHEN:  Now until December 2015

WHERE:  Community Health Center of West Palm Beach, 2100 W. 45th Street, Suite A-8, West Palm Beach

Call 561-840-8681 or visit www.freehealthcarewpb.org. 


Leadership Palm Beach County Releases RFP for Civic Engagement Projects 

Leadership PBC is seeking civic engagement project proposals for the 2016 program year. The Leadership Engage class will complete several projects during the program year, with project activities beginning in September 2015 and concluding by June 2016.

If you represent an organization that is looking for a "think tank" to tackle challenges facing Palm Beach County, apply today! For more information and to download the RFP, please click here
Deadline for submission is July 8, 2015  at 12 p.m.
Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation

The Drucker Institute has announced a call for applications for the $100,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation.  All 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible.

Application and more information at   www.DruckerInstitute.com
Easy-to-read Guide to County Finances Now Online

Our Clerk Comptroller, Sharon R. Bock, Esq. is dedicated to providing clear, concise information about how Palm Beach County taxpayer money is managed and spent. As part of her commitment to increasing transparency and accountability in government, she is presenting to the community the Fiscal Year 2014 edition of

Each year, her team of skilled finance professionals reviews an array of data to measure the financial strength of Palm Beach County government. In addition to examining how your tax money is collected and spent, we evaluate other key metrics that affect our County's fiscal well-being, such as housing prices and employment rates.The Fiscal Year 2014 version of Checks & Balances is based on the

(CAFR), also produced each year by the Clerk & Comptroller's office. Both financial reports are available online at 


Advocacy Conference for Nonprofits, Funders, Policymakers 

The Chamber of Nonprofit Health and Human Service Agencies invites you to their Advocacy Conference.  Designed for Nonprofits, Funders, & Policymakers. Keynote Speaker: Robert Egger, Topic: There Are No Profits Without Nonprofits. Robert is the Founder and President of CForward, an advocacy organization that rallies employees of nonprofits to educate candidates about the economic role that nonprofits play in every community, and to support candidates who have detailed plans to strengthen the economy that includes nonprofits.  

Lunch Speaker:  Vu Le, Nonprofits With Balls. Vu Le is a writer, speaker, and the executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, a start-up nonprofit with the mission of cultivating leaders of color to develop the capacity of ethnic-led nonprofits and foster collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change.  

WHEN:  Friday, August 28, 2015    8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  Embassy Suites Hotel, Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach

Cost: $100 for Chamber Members; $125 for Non-Members. Health & Human Services Nonprofits can join the Chamber at the same time and receive the membership price.

Click here to register.  

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


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