July 06 2015
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week


  Monday, July 6-10, 2015  6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Greater St. Paul Church of God in Christ Vacation Bible School, Belle Glade

  Monday, July 7, 2015       6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  PBSC Trade and Industry Information Session, PBSC Belle Glade Campus

  Saturday, July 11, 2015   8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  How to Talk to Your Teens About Sexuality, Okeechobee Center, Belle Glade  

  Saturday, July 11, 2015   9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Community Action Agency's Annual Board Retreat, Belle Glade


Greater St. Paul Church of God in Christ Vacation Bible School
Adults, students and families are welcome to join us.  Theme:  "Jesus the True Superhero",  Eph 6:11.   FREE Fellowship and FREE SNACKS.

WHEN: Monday, July 6-10, 2015 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Greater St. Paul Church of God in Christ, 915 West Ave A, Belle Glade

For more information please contact Vernell Williams-Desrosier: (561)983-7171
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 

How to Talk to Your Teen About Sexuality


Parents come to a FREE program and learn how to talk to your teen about sexuality.  Topics include: Communicating values, Ways to say "no" confidently, Answering difficult questions, Birth Control Options, Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Teachable moments.  FREE sexuality education program for parents of teens! All participants receive $50 at the end of the day! Breakfast and lunch are provided! Receive take-home information and resource materials! Space is limited so reserve your seat! There is still space available! Hurry!

WHEN: Saturday, July 11, 2015 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Okeechobee Center-Housing, 101 Everglades Street Building 19, Belle Glade

For more information and to RSVP contact Sheree Anderson:  561.472.9957 or Sheree.Anderson@ppsoflo.org 

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.22.15/TFYT.pdf  

The Palm Beach County Community Action Agency's Board Meeting Annual Board Retreat


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 meeting schedule:
WHEN: Saturday, July 11, 2015 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


WHERE: Lake Shore Civic Center 1224 SW Avenue East Place Belle Glade, Florida


For more information contact Kelvin Bledsoe: kbledsoe@pbcgov.org or (561) 355-4208.

Palm Beach State Corporate College Breakfast Meeting

Palm Beach State Corporate College - Belle Glade Campus is proud to offer our community and business members a wide variety of continuing education programs.  Our offering include the following: Professional certificates; professional and personal development programs and classes; business and industry customized training.  

Our core offering is a customized training experience that is designed and developed to meet the specific learning outcomes.  We address specific business requirements in a practical way so that training is applicable the moment the employee begins to work. Initiatives we serve:  Agricultural industry, communications, hospitality, logistics, machine maintenance, manufacturing,  professional services, retail trade.  

Corporate college is dedicated to providing quality and affordable professional and personal development programs and customized training programs to meet both our community and business population needs.  How we may serve:  Your greatest personnel skill need, present - 1 yr - 3 yr, administrator training, training needs not available locally,  professional development, succession plan training.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 15, 2015      8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  

WHERE:  West Tech, 2625 State Road 715, Belle Glade

For additional information, contact Veronica Blackmon at (561) 993-1187 blackmvd@palmbeachstate.edu

 Building Inclusive Communities to Further Fair Housing Webinar


FREE webinar provided BY The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County's Fair Housing Project. During this webinar we will be discussing a Fair Housing topic geared toward County and City Government officials, Housing Counseling Organizations, Public Housing Authorities, Community planners, Community Revitalization agencies/companies Non-profit and private for profit community Developers, and Urban Planners/Designers. Speakers for this webinar include: Jaimie Ross, President of the Florida Fair Housing Coalition, Emily Gorman, Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Teresa McClurg, City of Boca Raton Community Improvement Administrator


WHEN: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


WHERE: Online


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.06.15/FairHousingWebinar.pdf

The Big Red Truck is coming to Pahokee: Community Food Give-Away 


Vice Mayor Diane L. Walker and Farm Share will host a Food Give-Away with the support of the City Commission. Foods such as bread, fruits, vegetables and various other food items will be provided to families.   The food is provided by Farm Share, a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to recovering, sorting, and distributing food to families. The United States Department of Agriculture commodity programs and produce donations contribute greatly to making the food available and these types of events possible to families and communities throughout Florida. Families Are Invited! First Come - First Serve    


WHEN: Friday, July 17, 2015 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  


WHERE: City of Pahokee Recreational Complex (Cafeteria), 360 E. Main Street Pahokee  


For more information contact Vice Mayor Diane L. Walker: (561) 692-1290 


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.06.15/2015FarmShareFoodGiveAway.pdf


Christmas in July Community Outreach Event

New Beginning International Outreach & Walk on Water Ministries International presents Christmas in July Community Outreach Event FREE food, health & safety Education, children's Educational Books Financial Literacy, Immigration Education, School supplies, and more.

WHEN: Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

WHERE: 1650 S. Main Street, Belle Glade FL  

Sponsors: New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church, One BloodŽ, Wells FargoŽ , Palm Beach County Health Dept., Lakeside Medical Center, A Mother's Hope

Contact: Sheneka Geathers 561.889.6149 or Katrina Ladson 754.265.3598    Community Srv Hours Available 


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.06.15/ChristmasInJulyOutreachEvent.pdf  


Prime Time Announces its Middle School Out-of-School Time Initiative


Prime Time is now offering supports and services to out-of-school time programs with middle school-age youth.


Prime Time Palm Beach County can help you strengthen out-of-school time programs by offering the following:

  • Program assessment, tailored coaching and feedback for program continuous improvement
  • Staff training and opportunities to earn college credits
  • Enrichment programming from content experts in the arts, technology and video production
  • Opportunities to participate in the Prime Time Youth Advisory Council
  • Monetary incentives for staff

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.06.15/PrimeTime.pdf

Florida Immigration Coalition 



Check Out New and Exciting Things Happening at Clarence E. Anthony Library (South Bay)






Palm Beach MPO Goes to The Movies July 3-16


In partnership with the Broward MPO and South Florida Commuter Services, the Palm Beach MPO has produced our first video! It only takes 45 seconds for viewers to get a quick overview of the MPO mission.

Going to the movies? Look for this video to run July 3-16, before the start of every showing at these local cinemas:

  • Muvico Parisian 20 at CityPlace (West Palm Beach)

  • Cinemark Palace 20 on Airport Rd. east of I-95 (Boca Raton)

  • Cobb 16 at Downtown at the Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens)

Let us know if you see it! Please share and make available to your colleagues and constituents to help us get the word out about the Palm Beach MPO. You can also share it from our Facebook page or Twitter @PalmBeachMPO.


View link to watch video: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.06.15/PalmBeachMPO.pdf 


My Brother's Keeper Proclamation Commission Meeting  


Proclamations occur at the beginning of commission meetings so please arrive on time. We are asking each agency involved with MBK to have a representative present for this event.


WHEN: Tuesday, July 7, 2015 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.


WHERE: Governmental Center Commission Chambers (6th Floor), 301 North Olive West Palm Beach


For more information and to RSVP contact: ysd-mybrotherskeeper@pbcgov.org 



My Brother's Keeper Proclamation Commission Meeting


Proclamations occur at the beginning of commission meetings so please arrive on time. We are asking each agency involved with MBK to have a representative present for this event. 


WHEN: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 5:30 p.m.


WHERE: Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406


For more information and to RSVP contact: ysd-mybrotherskeeper@pbcgov.org 


Victims' Rights Coalition Meeting


WHEN: Wednesday July 8, 2015 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


WHERE: Emergency Operations Center, 20 S Military Trail, West Palm Beach

Florida Neighborhoods Conference 

The 19th Annual Florida Neighborhoods Conference hosted by the Town of Jupiter on Friday July 10, and Saturday, July 11, 2015 will be held at the Town of Jupiter Community Center, located at 200 Military Trail, Jupiter. The cost for early registration until June 26th is $55 (Please click on this link for a fillable registration form or visit the conference website at http://floridaneighborhoodsconference.org/).


The Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) is proud to participate in this effort as the Diamond Sponsor. More than 250 individuals representing neighborhood, civic, homeowner and crime watch organizations, local governments, and neighborhood-related nonprofits from around Florida are expected to attend workshops, hear dynamic speakers, and receive annual service awards.


The workshops topics include: Communications 101; The Art of Conflict Resolution; Got Goals?; Engaging the Volunteers in Your Community; Engaging Next Generation Leadership In Your Organization; From Millennials to Boomers and Beyond; Fixing Up the Neighborhood;  Housing Our Way Out of Homelessness; Creative Tools for Neighborhood Partnerships & Resources; Effective Fundraising; and Reinventing Neighborhood Associations. Please click here for a detailed description of the workshop sessions or additional information, or visit the conference's site at http://floridaneighborhoodsconference.org/  Files have also been attached for your convenience.


WHEN:  Friday, July 10, 2015 and Saturday, July 11, 2015  

WHERE:  Town of Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail, Jupiter

Junior League of Boca Raton 2015 Summer Non-Profit Leadership Series


Learn how to effectively use library materials, including the Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online database. Research potential funders for your organization by developing targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 & Tuesday, August 4, 2015 10:00 am - 11:30 am     No Cost

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

For more information, Please email our Nonprofit Education Coordinator at library@jlbr.org or call 561 620-2553.

Jamaicans of The Palm Beaches & Palm Healthcare Foundation presents the 24th Annual FREE Health Fair


24th Annual Free Health Fair presented by Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches and Palm Healthcare Foundation. Included: Free Back to School Physicals & Immunizations (2 months - 12th grade), please bring immunization records. Also available: Children & Adult Physicals, Vision, Diabetic Testing, Breast Exams, Pap Smears, HIV Testing, and more.


WHEN:  Saturday, July 25 2015 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


WHERE: The Mollie Wilmot Center, Palm Healthcare Pavilion 5205 Greenwood Ave. West Palm Beach,


For more information call Marcia or Ann Marie: (561) 577-7162 or (561) 385-1624


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.06.15/FREEHealthFair.pdf 


Palm Beach State College: Ethics Connections Program


Three-part ethical empowerment certificate program for navigating the "New Normal" with values, ethics, and integrity, there is no fee to attend, however advance registration is required.


Ethical Excellence Seminar

Experience this highly interactive session that provides the tools, skills, and strategies to recognize and address a broad range of emerging ethical challenges, blind spots that can derail your decision making, and an action plan for sustained ethical readiness you can apply both at work and at home. (Four hours)


WHEN: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or

              Friday, July 31, 2015 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.



Ethical Lens Inventory™ Seminar

Combine a powerful personal assessment survey with this interactive seminar to help you understand the values that influence ethical reasoning and choices, as well as how you and others prioritize values when making ethical decisions. (Four hours)


WHEN: Friday, August 28, 2015 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



Giving Voice to Values Seminar

We often believe we know what is right and want to do it, but experience external pressures to do otherwise. Learn practical approaches to recognize, clarify, speak, and effectively act on your values when those conflicts arise. (Four hours)


WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 2015 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.06.15/PBSCEthicsConnectionsProgram.pdf


Children's Services Council's Monday Morning Updates July 06, 2015

Previous Postings GLADES AREA

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.

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

Palm Beach County Speaks - Needs Assessment on Special Needs & Disability

Help Us Help You!  A Community Needs Assessment on Special Needs and Disability. Survey available online.  Paper copies of the survey are available by request to Amy Newton at (954) 561-9681 extension 1244.


Parent/Caregiver Survey:




Individual with Special Needs:




Palm Beach County Youth Service Department Scoop 




Take Stock in Children - President/CEO  http://all4civicengagement.us
State of Florida - Various Positions  https://jobs.myflorida.com/joblist 

The School Board of Broward County~ Manager, Grant Programs Oversight:  

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Invites Applications for Access to Care Grants 





Job Opportunities

Glades Area

City of South Bay:  Economic and Business Development Manager:  www.southbaycity.com/Public_Documents
City of South Bay:  Maintenance Tech: www.southbaycity.com/Public_Documents3
City of Belle Glade - Various Positions http://www.bellegladegov.com/
City of Pahokee - Various Positions http://www.cityofpahokee.com/Employment
Boys Town - In Home Family Consultant Belle Glade  http://jobs.boystown.org
Lutheran Services Florida - Head Start Teacher https://www.ziprecruiter.com/jobs/ 
The Geo Group, South Bay  http://jobs.geogroup.com/
Indeed.com  Glades Area Jobs http://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=&l=33430
Community Partners - Various Positions  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/
Lakeside Medical Center  http://hcdpbc.hodesiq.com/joblist.asp

Other Areas

Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. ~Development Database Coordinator: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/


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.



 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, contact Sandy Desty at sdesty@gladesinitiative.org or 561-996-3310


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

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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CROS Ministries June Newsletter
A weekly update especially for CROS Liaisons, Board Members, Friends, and Volunteers 
Click here to view 
211 Releases Regional Snapshot for May

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 May 2015 Snapshot is now available for your review:  

Learn Green '15  Florida's Green School Conference

Re-imagine success through green partnerships.  Learn Green is a professional development and networking opportunity for the sharing of creative and practical ideas for "greening" your school's curriculum and day-to-day operations! If you are interested in learning how to make your school communities greener, then this conference is for you!

Educators, school administrators and staff, middle, high school and college students, parents, community members, and environmental professionals interested in green schools.  At the Learn Green Conference, there will be an opening ceremony and keynote address,  followed by 70+ concurrent educational sessions, dynamic exhibit hall highlighting green programs, products and services, unique "ecochic" boutique, fabulous giveaways, and healthy and delicious lunch with live music.


WHEN:  Monday, November 15, 2015        7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
WHERE:  Boynton Beach Community High School, 4975 Park Ridge Blvd., Boynton Beach
For more information, and to respond to call for presentations and exhibitors, visit www.learngreenconference.com  

Children's Services Council's Monday Morning Update

Click here to view the June 29, 2015 Edition

 Training's for Nonprofits at the Palm Beach County Library

The workshops will be held at the Main branch of the library at 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. Preregistration is required; Register via email at lockee@pbclibrary.org or calling the Main Branch of the Palm Beach County Library System at 561.233.2600.
Your Board and Fundraising


Learn how to find information on prospective individual donors, including how to compile a list of potential donors, the strategies you should use, what information is relevant, where to look for information on the Internet and in library databases, and what ethical standards should be applied when finding information on individuals.


WHEN:  Thursday, July 9, 2015   10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


WHERE:  Palm Beach County Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach


Introduction to Finding Grants for Nonprofits

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including who funds nonprofits and what their motivations are, what funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding, and how to identify potential funders and make the first approach. We'll discuss the basics of grantseeking, plus review how to use the Foundation Directory Online database most effectively.


WHEN:  Thursday, July 30, 2015  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Palm Beach County Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach


Guiding People to Services in Palm Beach County

561-801-HELP (4357)  This Helpline is for:  Youth and adults with concerns about mental health.  Parents, Teachers, College students, Doctors, Judges, ANYONE!!  The Mental Health GPS Helpline 561-801-HELP (4357).  

If you or someone you know needs help finding mental health or substance abuse services, call this free Helpline. This free resource and referral line was created to connect community members to a trained member of our support team, who will talk with you and connect you to resources that can help.



Diabetes Coalition Releases RFP for Assistance Planning Diabetes Week 2015

The Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County is an alliance of healthcare organizations and community partners working together to prevent diabetes and improve the lives of people living with the disease and those who are touched by it through Education, Awareness, Quality Services, Management, and Advocacy.

In these last three years, the coalition has identified 1,694 individuals (some duplication possible) to be at risk of type II diabetes, building awareness of their health concerns and referring them for further assessment.  Thus far since our existence, the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County educated a total of 4,245 children and 

their families in the community regarding the risk factors for type II diabetes through one on one risk assessment interviews.  Through this process, these individuals learned how to prevent type II diabetes. 

The Diabetes Coalition is currently accepting proposals for administrative assistance in planning our week long Diabetes Week risk assessment events. 


During Diabetes Week 2015 (November 8 - November 15), our project goal is to complete over 2500 ADA risk screens in high risk areas at over 60 Palm Beach County sites, with data collection and analysis complete by December.  


 To view the complete Request for Proposal - Click on the link below:  



Racial Equity Institute

Race remains an important indicator of well-being in US society. When other factors that are cited as the probable reasons for health or social problems (e.g., income, education, parent involvement, access to health insurance) are controlled for in statistical analyses, race remains an important independent predictor of health, social, education, criminal justice and other outcomes. The Racial Equity Institute is designed to build the capacity of educators, health practitioners, child welfare advocates, judicial representatives, other professionals and those persons who are interested in understanding and eliminating racial inequities and disparities within our society. 


This workshop is important for those who want to dismantle racism. It has been said, "An organized truth is more powerful than a disorganized lie." This training provides an analysis that helps participants gain clarity that racism is well-organized and at work in our institutional practices.

YOU MUST COMPLETE AND RETURN THE REGISTRATION FORM NO MATTER HOW YOU PAY IN ORDER TO RESERVE A SEAT (There are a limited number of participants) .. Limited number of scholarships available....


WHEN: Friday July 10, 2015 5p.m.-9p.m. & Saturday, July 11, 2015 9am- 5pm

            Monday July 13, 2015 & Tuesday, July 14, 2015 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


WHERE: Location varies

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.22.15/RacialEquityInstitute.pdf 


Free Health Fair - Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches


Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches, Inc. and Palm Healthcare Foundation will hold an annual Back to School Community Health Fair on July 25, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Mollie Wilmot Center of Palm Healthcare Pavilion, 5205 Greenwood Ave, West Palm Beach. Children and Adult physicals will be offered as well as dental/vision screenings, pap smears, breast exams and HIV testing. Please bring your child's immunization records. For more information, please click here or contact Dr. Ann Marie March at 561.385.1621.

WHEN:  Saturday, July 25, 2015   9:00 a.m. - 2;00 p.m.

WHERE:  Palm Healthcare Pavilion, 5205 Greenwood Ave., West Palm Beach

Children's Services Council's Monday Morning Update


Monday Morning Update June 22, 2015 



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

Monday Morning Updates June 15, 2015



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 

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.
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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