April 18, 2016
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week

 Tuesday, April 19, 2016   9:00 a.m.-   10:30 a.m.   Planned Approach To Community Health, The Glades Initiative, Inc., Belle Glade
 Tuesday, April 19, 2016   11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.   Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Meeting, West Teach, Belle Glade
 Tuesday, April 19, 2016   5:30 p.m.-    6:30 p.m.   Toastmasters Meeting, Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade
 Friday, April 22, 2016      1:00 p.m.-     3:00 p.m.  Ben Carson Reading Room Ribbon Cutting, Sellew Charter School, Belle Glade
 Saturday, April 23, 2016  5:30 p.m.-     8:00 p.m.  AIDS Coalitions of the Glades, Inc. HIV/AIDS Annual Event, Mt. Zion church, Belle Glade

Great Give May 3rd - Please support The Glades Initiative

On May 3, 2016, from midnight to midnight, The Glades Initiative is participating in the Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties, a 24-hour online giving event led by the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, United Way of Palm Beach County and United Way of Martin County. Great Give 2016 is designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in just one day as part of a nation-wide program called Give Local America.  This community-wide event celebrates the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community while raising critical funds for hundreds of local nonprofits serving every need. Plus, each donation made during the 24-hour period will be amplified by bonus pool dollars and hourly prizes! Your donation will go a long way in helping us.

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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 19, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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

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Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: West Tech Educational Center, 2625 State Road 715, Belle Glade

Toastmasters Meeting

Our Division Director Umar Farouq will be visiting
WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information call: 561-261-4580 or Bdham2992@gmail.com

Ben Carson Reading Room Ribbon Cutting

You are cordially incited to the Sellew Excel Charter School's Ben Carson Reading room ribbon cutting ceremony.
WHEN: Friday, April 22, 2016 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sellew Excel Charter School, 555 Southwest 16th Street, Belle Glade, FL

For more information and to RSVP call: 561-315-9110 or excelcharterevents@gmail.com

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AIDS Coalitions of the Glades, Inc. HIV/AIDS Annual Event

The AIDS Coalition of the Glades, Inc. would like to thank everyone for their sponsorship for the past 29 years. Your financial support has helped many people living with HIV/AIDS, in Western Palm Beach County. Since our inception in February of 1987, our foundation has assisted with various services to individuals in our community. Through your donations, the following has assisted with various services to individuals in our community. Through your donations, the following are some of the services that we have been able to provide, but not limited to: food, medication, utility payments, rent, future, appliances, transportation, cleaning household items, and holiday gift cards. Once again, we are requesting your support. We will be hosting our culminating annual event; this event will begin with a social reception of hor d'oeuvres (instead of a banquet) followed by an HIV/AIDS education health awareness affair. We will have vendors and speakers from the health field providing information.

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2016 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, 908 S.W. Avenue B, Belle Glade 

For more information call : (561)755-2439

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Summer Job/Internship For Youth
Looking for a new challenge this summer? If you are between the ages of 17-24 years old, Not employed or working and, Not enrolled in school (high school/college)
 Are you ready to:
* Attain hospitality credentials (in West Palm Beach)
* Attain Microsoft credentials (in the Glades)
* Be selected for a paid internship?
* Be considered for an education scholarship?
Apply online from April 21 to May 13 at www.careersourcepbc.com or call 561.340-1060 ext. 2361
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Local News: Glades Central Valedictorian Wants to Focus on Environment

Glades Central High School valedictorian Lauren Diaz wants every high school student to know that getting to the top isn't necessarily just for the smart kids. "I wasn't always at the top of my class. I was a terrible student. I entered high school with a 1.7 grade point average and ranked in the lower 10 percent of my class. I even failed gym at one point," laughed Diaz. "I hate to say it." Toward the end of her freshman year, Diaz decided enough was enough."I guess I had an epiphany," said Diaz. "I was just sitting on my bed reflecting on my life, seeing everybody else I know succeeding. I thought, I'm better than that. I know I'm capable. I was just very determined to change my lifestyle and what people deemed my fate. For me, people saw how I was, assumed I was going to be stuck here." Instead the 18-year-old Belle Glade resident recommitted herself to academics. She enrolled in the rigorous Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) program, took Advanced Placement classes and was the first in her class to be dual enrolled at Palm Beach State College. Diaz will graduate with a 3.7 GPA and a HPA of 4.7.

Opportunity for Nonprofits: Donation Partnership with Home Depot

We are excited to tell you about a donation program we are coordinating for Home Depot - called Framing Hope. This program is designed to donate excess merchandise from The Home Depot stores to organizations involved in housing and shelter. There are many stores available in Florida. If you choose to partner with a Home Depot you will be their exclusive partner.
The items available for donation may include building materials and supplies, plumbing products, cleaning items, sinks, showers, and assorted household and seasonal goods. Specific items, including quantity, type and/or assortment cannot be guaranteed. Ladders, hazmat materials, appliances and live goods are not eligible and will NOT be included in the donations. Please note that the Framing Hope program can involve large items so ample transportation and storage are required to participate.

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2016 Sapphire Symposium and Awards

Register today and enjoy early registration rates. The early registration discount ends on April 1, 2016 We look forward to seeing you in Orlando. The Symposium will feature nearly two days of information sessions, roundtable discussions and networking. Presenters will include national, regional and Florida-based experts on a variety of issues including health, health care reform, child obesity and philanthropy. The Sapphire Award is Florida's only statewide event that recognizes organizations, programs and individuals that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in addressing community health needs. Honorees will share approximately $360,000 in award funds.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 20-21, 2016

WHERE: Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando

For more information contact Savannah Kelly:  850-523-4200 or savannah@akconsultinggroup.org
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Business Development Board Economic Development Forum 2016
  • Attracting workforce & building communities for the next generation
  • Innovation and technology in Palm Beach County
  • Current Trends in Palm Beach County Real Estate
  • Palm Beach County's Economic Outlook 
WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 2016 7:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach
For more information call: 561-651-4101
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Save The Date Diabetes Symposium

Continuing medical education event joint sponsored conference: preventing, controlling and managing diabetes channeling research & knowledge into action - Improving the Health & Well-being of Individuals at Risk for or Affected by Diabetes the Diabetes Coalition of Palm Beach County, in collaboration with Palm Healthcare Foundation and Jupiter Medical Center, is hosting its inaugural diabetes education symposium for health care providers and professionals.

WHEN:  Friday, April 22, 2016  8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Scripps Jupiter

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Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the kitchen is a FREE health and nutrition fair doe children ages 4-12 and their families. Space is limited and reservations are required. One complementary adult ticket per child extra tickets available for a discounted price.

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2016 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

WHERE: South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N, West Palm Beach

For more information and to RSVP visit: http://www.jlpb.org/kitk

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Riding the Waves: Tools for the Management of Bipolar Disorder

Please join us for this very special workshop to discuss new information about Bipolar Spectrum Disorder. This workshop will feature two great experts in the field:  Jacintha Cauffield and Patrick Hendry. Dr. Cauffield is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Palm Beach Atlantic University and will discuss the newest information about treatment and medications for Bipolar.We are also proud to have nationally recognized expert Patrick Hendry from Mental Health America who will talk about the value of Peer Support in engagement and self-management.

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, 909 Fern St. West Palm Beach, FL

For more information call: (561)832-3755 or info@mhapbc.org

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The Bi-Annual Palm Beach County Hunger Relief and Food Security

System Update meeting & discussion

WHEN: Monday, May 16, 2016 10:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m.

WHERE: Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach

For more information and to RSVP: pam@pbcfoodbank.org

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Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Florida

The National Center for Victims of Crime, in conjunction with Florida Sheriffs Association, The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, The Chiefs of Police, MADD and St. Thomas School of Law, will be offering a free training seminar for criminal justice practitioners, victim advocates, mental health therapists and other allied professionals. The seminar, Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Florida, will explore how victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, child sex abuse, drunk driving, homicide, workplace violence, terrorism, elder abuse, identity theft and financial and property crimes can use civil lawsuits to obtain justice, hold responsible parties accountable, prevent future crimes, and obtain the financial resources victims need to rebuild their lives. The program will cover resources and strategies for victims considering civil lawsuits, and will include a panel of attorneys to answer specific questions of Florida law.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Lake Pavilion, 101 South Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33401\

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Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) News Digest - SNAP, Child Hunger

Monday Morning Updates April 18, 2016

Previous Postings GLADES AREA
Local News: The Jim Moran Foundation Provides Grant to Further Children's Singing Program in The Glades

The Jim Moran Foundation announced the award of a 3-year $105,000 grant to the award-winning Young Singers of the Palm Beaches.  This grant provides the funding to expand the "Choir in the Glades" free satellite choral instruction program that Young Singers started in 2014 in the underserved Glades region of Palm Beach County.  Just as the original non-profit started, the Choir in the Glades began with several dozen elementary school children and is now able to expand into middle school, allowing current members to continue to grow with the Glades community children's choir. Choir in the Glades is led by music professionals living in the Glades community, and provides vocal instruction, singing and life skills enrichment during after-school hours. As our current choir members progress through school, having a middle school choir for them to continue singing with is an important asset to open vistas for their future success.  Plans are underway to present the Middle School program as a partnership with Lake Shore Middle School in Belle Glade this coming fall.  More details are forthcoming on the program.

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Nonprofit Chamber Info: Scholarship for Student Volunteers

Kaire & Heffernan Community Scholarship is being offered to Florida High School and Undergraduate students who have helped their local community by volunteering at non-profits. In addition to the scholarship, we will be making a donation to the non-profit organization where the scholarship winner volunteered their time.

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Ain't I A Woman! Core Ensemble Performance                

Ain't I a Woman! celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: former Belle Glade resident renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans.  Chamber Music Theatre is unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance actress. Deltoiya Goodman portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion. Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured in every region of the United States and internationally to Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, and the British Virgin Islands. The Core Ensemble has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, The Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.  Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Lawrence E. Will Museum of The Glades, 530 South Main Street Belle Glade, FL

For more information contact Curators Becky Stitt or Dorothy Block: (561) 352-7505 (561) 215-7909

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Pahokee Head Start and Early Head Start Recruitment for 2016-2017

We will accept applications for all ages (0 to 5)
  • Head Start and Early Head Start provides the following services:
  • Medical and Dental Examinations
  • Vision, Hearing & Speech Screenings                  
  • Nutritional/dietary supervision
  • Mental Health/Psychological
  • Disability Services 
All services are FREE for income-eligible families, to complete an application, please call the school, to schedule an appointment.

WHEN: Starting March 1, 2016

WHERE: Pahokee Head Start and Early Head, 380 East 5th St., Pahokee FL

For Children 3 to 5 years of age Contact: Michelle Williams (561-924-7178), or Yolanda Cook (561-924-7178)
0 months old through 36 months old Contact: Angela Small (561) 993-9606

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Resolve Outstanding Warrants For Nonviolent Misdemeanor & Criminal
Traffic Violations WITHOUT Being Arrested
Don't miss this one-time opportunity to:
*           Voluntarily appear in court
*           Avoid jail time for outstanding warrants
*           Establish a payment plan for fines & costs
*           Reinstate your driver's license*
*           Get a FRESH START!
Violent crimes and felonies are not eligible. APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
                Criminal Justice Complex, 3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach
Find out if you are eligible and schedule an appointment by contacting the Public Defender's Office by April 21 at: (561) 355-7655 orwarrantrecall@pd15.org
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Palm Beach County Summer Camp Scholarship Program Application Update

Youth Services Department is currently accepting parent applications for the 2016 Palm Beach County Summer Camp Scholarship Program. However, due to the overwhelming number of applications received we are strongly encouraging applicants to apply before April 15, 2016. If you have not yet submitted your application, now is the time to do so. 

For more information, please visit the website at http://www.pbcgov.com/youthservices/summercamp.htm or call 1-866-728-1427.
Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce April Newsletter

Swim Lesson Vouchers Available Starting April 1

The Drowning Prevention Coalition provides vouchers for free swim lessons for qualified children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. Vouchers are provided on a first come / first served basis. Once funding for a fiscal year is exhausted, the program is not offered again until the subsequent fiscal year. A maximum of two vouchers are available per qualified child. A second voucher will be denied if the child does not attend all lessons in the first session. Children who achieve level three in a swim program will also not be issued additional vouchers to enable non-swimming children to participate in the program. Parents whose child(ren) qualify and receive a voucher, may sign up for lessons at any participating aquatic facility in Palm Beach County. A list of those facilities including additional facility information is provided on this website.
For more information contact Anna Stewart: AStewart@pbcgov.org

Belle Glade Locations:  Belle Glade Pool , 1224 SW Ave E. Place, Belle Glade
                                   Pioneer Park Aquatic Center, 866 SR 715, Belle Glade
Click here for more locations

Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network Newsletter (LORHN)

Job Opportunities 

Glades Area

Palm Beach State College Offers the Summer Youth College

Palm Beach State College is pleased to offer the Summer Youth College from June 13 through July 7 at the Belle Glade campus for students ages 7 to 14.  Meals will be provided at no charge. Scholarship applications are available from Palm Beach County Youth Services from February 22 through April 29.  Please go to www.pbcgov.com/youthservices/summercamp to apply for scholarships.  Additional information is available by calling Veronica at 561-993-1187 at PBSC.

Stamp Out Hunger: Largest one-day food drive in America

Leave food in a bag outside of your door or drop off at your local Post Office. Last year's drive collected more than 70 million pounds of non-perishable food. All food collected stays local and is distributed by Palm Beach County Food Bank and Feeding South Florida

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2016

WHERE: Your Local Post Office

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A'giza Youth Sports Inc. 4th Annual Girls Basketball / Boys Football Summer Camp

* Individual skill building
* Team sportsmanship
* Mentoring
* Increase knowledge of health and fitness
* Develop positive attitudes toward physical activity
* Improve Social Skills
* Improve academic performance
   ...and have fun!!!
Lunch provided for ages 6-17

Registration Fee: $5.00 registration Begins: May 1, 2016
For more information call Coach Dean: (561)-932-7569

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FTHB Certification Class & Palm Beach County Purchase Assistance Program Deadline Approaching

Palm Beach County's Department of Economic Sustainability (DES) hereby announces the availability of $4,961,065 in State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds through the Robert E. Pinchuck Memorial Affordable Housing Trust Fund for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Applications will be accepted on the following dates for the specified targeted groups: Elderly, Special needs and persons with Disabilities; Non-profit organizations*, including Veteran Partners*; and ALL other interested parties (general public).

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"Bet You Can't Do It Like Me" Fashion and Talent Show
Currently looking for Men, Women,  and Children of all ages to model, show their talent, or promote a product at this years Fashion /Talent Show.(Modeling/Talent Fee is $5.00 per person)  Community, let's support this fundraising event for our CITY!
WHEN: Saturday April 30, 2016 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: City of Pahokee Gymnasiums
For more information contact Mrs. Elea Dean: (561)932-7569 or edean@cityofpahokee.com 

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Previous Postings OTHER AREAS
Emerging City Champions Fellowship open for applications

The Emerging City Champions Fellowship is currently accepting applications from young civic innovators (ages 19-35) in the 26 communities where Knight invests, who have ideas to strengthen urban mobility, improve public spaces and enhance civic engagement in their cities. The fellowship closes for applications on April 15, 2016. Led by nonprofit 8 80 Cities and supported by Knight Foundation, the fellowship offers innovators the skills, knowledge and support they need to make immediate and lasting impact in their communities. 

Click here for more information
Monday Morning Updates April 11, 2016

Resolve Outstanding Warrants For Nonviolent Misdemeanor & Criminal Traffic Violations WITHOUT Being Arrested
Don't miss this one-time opportunity to:
*           Voluntarily appear in court
*           Avoid jail time for outstanding warrants
*           Establish a payment plan for fines & costs
*           Reinstate your driver's license*
*           Get a FRESH START!
Violent crimes and felonies are not eligible. APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
                Criminal Justice Complex, 3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach
Find out if you are eligible and schedule an appointment by contacting the Public Defender's Office by April 21 at: (561) 355-7655 orwarrantrecall@pd15.org
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Kissing HIV/AIDS Goodbye with the Stomping of Our Heels
A way to address the rising issues around HIV exposure among Women residing in Palm Beach County, we are planning an upcoming conference identified as Sista Organizing to Survive. In hope to enhance participation/attendance, we are extending an invitation to your agency staff and the groups of people your agency work with (offer services too) to register/participate at this conference. We have invited a host of great speakers/presenters who will present positive messages concerning the following topics:
*           Prep  Prevention - a new prevention drug for people without HIV who
are at very high risk for getting it....(Special Guest-Gilead Science)
*           Creating A Healthy Relationship
*           How does your spiritual faith connect with Worldly diseases
*           Free Lunch
*           Much More
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Payne Chapel AME Church, 801 9th Street, West Palm Beach
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Diabetes Prevention Program Coach Training

Bring the diabetes prevention program to your community or organization! Become a lifestyle coach free lifestyle coach training prepare
to lead the CDC's national diabetes prevention program preregistration is required!

WHEN: Thursday, April 28-29, 2016  (time varies)

WHERE: Keiser University, 2085 Vista Pkwy, West Palm Beach

For more information and to register contact Ashley Wingert: (727) 290-2548 or Preventdiabetes2day@gmail.com 
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Palm Beach International Agricultural Summit To Host Palm Beach County Students

A full-day summit and expo focused on educating the public about the business of modern agriculture and its role in advancing our quality of life and the economy. Honored guest speakers will include Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam. Discussions on the Evolution of Farming, Food Supply and Distribution, the Blue Revolution, Ag Tech and more will be covered. We are busy building our full agenda; it's going to be an informative day.  The expo floor will be filled with key stakeholders in the agriculture community, giving all attendees first-hand experience with those in the field of agriculture.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center - 650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach

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The Junior League of Boca Raton is pleased to present our 2016 Spring Non-Profit Leadership Series

All trainings will take place at: Junior League of Boca Raton, 261 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton, FL  33432

For more information call (561) 620-2553 or library@jlbr.org

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



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