Free Tax Preparation at Broward County Parks and African American Research Library and Cultural Center
Broward County in partnership with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) will offer free, face-to-face tax help for those with low-to moderate incomes beginning January 28 through April 11, 2015 at Franklin, Roosevelt Gardens, and Sunview Park.
Please visit www.irs.gov and type VITA in the search box and click on “Free tax return preparation for you by volunteers” or call 2-1-1 or visit vitataxesfree.org for more information.
Celebrate Black History Month at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center
In honor of Black History Month The African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) will host a diverse variety of events for all ages including exhibits such as Friends of Baseball presents The Negro Baseball Leagues. The exhibit is in honor of Black History Month, and is a tribute to those players whose trials and tribulations paved the way for today’s players.
Other events include workshops, book discussions,and an Afternoon with Attorney W. George Allen, first in the Cultural Keepers Series, scheduled for Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. For more information on the AARLCC’s Black History Month Program, please call 954-357-6282.
Black History Month Proclamation 2014.View here...
Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness Brings Awareness to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Hundreds of bikers and spectators from across South Florida, came out for the inaugural Lance Corporal (LCpl) Janos V. Lutz Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Ride on Sunday. The 26-mile long motorcycle ride began at Western High School in Davie, and ended at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. More...
2014 Black History Month Art and Essay Competition
Broward County’s African-American Research Library and Cultural Center’s (AARLCC) 2014 Black History Month Art and Essay Competition is open to students living in, or going to school in, Broward County, in grades 4-12. Interested students are encouraged to submit an original essay and/or a visual artwork on the subject "What Do Civil Rights in America Today Mean to You?"
Winning entries will be determined by evaluators from the Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center based on merit, originality, and message (including grammar and spelling for essays). There will be one winner for the essay and one for the artwork in each of three groups: Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12. Best Buy is sponsoring all prizes.
All entries must be submitted to the Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Youth Services Section by 6 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014. Prizes will be awarded after the end of the contest period at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.
The prizes will be awarded in person at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center on or after February 8, 2014. Winners must show a valid ID such as a school photo identification card or recent report card.
For more information, contact Youth Services at 954-357-6209
New Homes Unveiled in Roosevelt Gardens and Washington Park Neighborhoods
On Friday, December 6, 2013, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of 16 new homes, nine of which were built in Roosevelt Gardens and seven in Washington Park neighborhoods.Representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Broward County’s Housing Finance and Community Development Division, along with the two local builders who constructed the homes, Inner Urban Asset Management of Fort Lauderdale, LLC and Access Builders, Inc. participated in the community event. Photo at left: HUD Representative Armando Fada speaks at ceremony.
The newly constructed homes, which are energy efficient, were made possible through collaborative efforts of Broward County, HUD, and DEO. Funding for the project was provided by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery initiative (DRI), a HUD grant distributed to states affected by the destruction of the 2005 hurricane season. Photo at Right: Community members attend ribbon cutting ceremony.
Many of the homeowners of the 16 properties came to the ribbon cutting ceremony to share remarks on their new homes, including a homeowner whose home was designed for a homebuyer with physical handicaps, including wheelchair accessibility, compliant doors and closets, and a ramp instead of front steps.
SPEAK UP BROWARD Grant Briefing at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Do you have a great idea on how to improve the transportation process in Broward County? Well, SPEAK UP BROWARD, an initiative of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (Broward MPO), wants to hear from you!SPEAK UP BROWARD is seeking proposals, designed by you, to benefit all of us.
Share your ideas on how to improve transportation in Broward County, by submitting a proposal for a mini grant funded by the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (Broward MPO).A grant briefing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2013. View poster here.
Free Literacy Program at African American Research Library and Cultural Center
Spend an evening with your family at the African- American Research Library and Cultural Center! Beginning September 30 through November 4, read stories, learn about free activities offered at Broward County Library, have dinner, and lots more! Call 954-357-6209 for more information and to preregister. More...
First Community Forum Held at the Urban League of Broward County's Community Empowerment Center
On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, the first District 9 Community Forum was held at the Urban League of Broward County's Community Empowerment Center. It was a powerful, informative evening, with over 150 people in attendance. In addition to Commissioner Holness’ District 9 update, the night included updates from officials from organizations throughout Broward County including:
Courtnee Biscardi – Urban League Of Broward County, Vice President of Programs
Art Kennedy – U.S. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings’ Chief of Staff
Robert Runcie – Broward County Public Schools Superintendent
Scott Israel – Broward County Sheriff
Mason Jackson – Workforce One Employment Solutions President/CEO
Judge Gisele Pollack – Broward County Seventeenth Judicial Court
Jennifer Harley – Legal Aid Service of Broward County
Patricia West – Broward County Family Success Administration Division Director
Jasmine Jones – Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development
The night included information tables from community organizations and attendees had the opportunity to speak to representatives for additional information and assistance. One of the many positive outcomes of the night were the 12 persons will now receive assistance from Legal Aid Service of Broward County as a result of this District 9 Community forum!
|Dozens of District 9 residents attended the first community forum to meet with Commissioner Holness and other officials to discuss their concerns.|
Central County Community Advisory Board Holds First Meeting
On Wednesday, January 30, 2013, members of the newly formed Central County Community Advisory Board (CCCAB) held their first meeting at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC). The CCCAB’s purpose is to serve in an advisory capacity to the Commission relative to Broward County’s unincorporated community issues.
Membership includes presidents and residents of the following homeowner associations: Boulevards Gardens Community Group, Friends of Franklin Park, Roosevelt Gardens Homeowner Association, and Washington Park Civic Association. Broward County Commissioner Holness and Broward County Vice Mayor Sharief serve as non-voting members. Ms. Deloris Jackson is the Board Chair, and Ms. Alverine Brihm is Vice Chair, the CCCAB will meet on a quarterly basis.
Accepting Applications for Unincorporated Broward County’s Central County Community Advisory Board
Residents of Boulevard Gardens, Franklin Park, Roosevelt Gardens, and Washington Park who wish to join the newly created Central County Community Advisory Board are encouraged to fill out the attached application and submit it to the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards. Please contact Daphnee Sainvil for more information at 954-357-5934.
Students are Introduced to the World of Work With KAPOW Program
The Kids And the Power of Work (KAPOW) program, in conjunction with Broward County Public Schools, is taught by volunteers and teachers in the classroom, and through visits by students to various worksites. Volunteers and teachers are trained on the KAPOW curriculum, and work cooperatively to present exercises to students. While a City of Lauderhill Commissioner, Commissioner Holness took the initiative to introduce the KAPOW program at four Broward Elementary Schools reaching well over 160 students. Commissioner Holness continues to support KAPOW, as it brings value to the participating students, schools, and the surrounding communities.
For the 2012-13 school year, the KAPOW program will be at the following District 9 elementary schools: Castle Hill, Larkdale, Martin Luther King, North Side, and Village. This well rounded program provides teachers the opportunity to bring workplace experiences to their lessons, students learn about different career options, and volunteers help students understand the connection between school and work.
For more information about participating as a partner company, school, or volunteer with KAPOW: www.kapowlfs.org, please contact John Casbarro at 954-680-3916, or e-mail email@example.com.
Telephone Assistance Available for the Hearing Impaired
Residents with a hearing loss, deaf, speech impaired, or deaf/blind are eligible to reserve a free amplified telephone through Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (a non-profit). The Center for Independent Living of Broward distributes the telephones (by appointment only), and an application must be filled out, along with proof of Florida residency. There is a one limit per customer. For additional information on this service please visit ftri.org/broward or contact:
Center for Independent Living of Broward
4800 N. State Road 7, Building F, Suite 102
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
Learn to Swim at Central Broward Regional Park
Summer is near and swimming season is here. Preregistration begins Saturday, May 5 for the Learn To Swim Program, for ages 2 through 10. The Learn To Swim Program will be held at Tropical Splash Water Park inside Central Broward Regional Park. Classes begin Monday, June 11 through Monday, August 16, with a total of five sessions (a session consists of eight lessons). The 30-minute classes are offered Mondays through Thursdays, and six different swimming courses, from preschool through the advanced level. Children at every level will have an opportunity to learn how to swim, or improve their swimming skills.
Please register early; classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on Central Broward Regional Park’s Learn To Swim Program, visit Tropical Splash Water Park or call 954-357-7088.
Vivica A. Fox at Lauderhill YMCA’s Girls Empowerment Day
Photo above: Commissioner Holness and Vivica A. Fox on
stage at the Lauderhill YMCA.
The Lauderhill Community YMCA Center hosted their inaugural Girls Empowerment Day on Friday, March 30, featuring actress and producer Vivica A. Fox. It was an exciting day for the 35 girls who participated;
Photo above: Vivica A. Fox
and young attendees at Girls Empowerment Day.
activities included various workshops on body image, teen yoga, and sessions on celebrating your internal and external beauty. A highlight for many of the girls came from Ms. Fox who shared words of inspiration and encouragement. Commissioner Holness spoke briefly to the girls on how they can empower themselves and their communities. Also taking in the festivities and lending their support to the event were Lauderhill Commissioners M. Margaret Bates and Commissioner Howard Berger.
Get Free Tax Return Preparation Assistance
The United Way of Broward County will send its Mobile Resource Center (RV) to differing locations throughout Broward County to help lower-income families (families who earn less than $49,078) fill out their federal tax returns free of charge. The Mobile Resource Center will be stationed at a variety of Broward County locations until April 14, 2012.
Hispanic Unity will provide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) workers aboard the Mobile Resource Center who will provide residents with information on what the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) is, how to qualify, and how to claim these credits.
View the Mobile Resource Center schedule or call 2-1-1, or 954-537-0211, for the most up to date information on locations, times, and the proper documents needed in order to have your taxes filed.
Additional Support Available for Low-Income Households
Broward County’s Family Success Administration Division has received an increase in funding to provide additional case management and support services for low-income households in Broward County.
There are five Family Success Centers located throughout Broward County, including the Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center located in District 9:
Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center
900 N.W. 31 Ave., Suite 3000
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The five Family Success Centers offer a wide range of services which include: rent/mortgage and utility assistance, life skills training, health services and much more.
To find out if you may qualify for these and other services, and to find a Family Success Center near you, please visit the Family Success Administration Division website or call them at 954-357-6367. For persons with hearing and speech impairments, please call TTY: 800-995-8711.
WorkForce One Looking for Youth to Participate in Program
If you know of an out of school youth (16-21) who is looking to go back to school or looking for work, WorkForce One Employment Solutions may be their solution. In addition to adults, WorkForce One Employment Solutions provides services to Broward County’s youth including, job coaching, life skills training, summer youth employment. The current Earn and Learn program is looking for youth who are 16-21 years of age, in the Earn and Learn program recipients can receive paid on-the-job- training and money to go back to school. For more information on this program, please call Juwan Justice at 954-296-7669.
WorkForce One Employment Solutions offers a myriad of services for job seekers and businesses. With three one-stop centers, and seven kiosk locations (with more to come) throughout Broward County, WorkForce One Employment Solutions can meet your employment needs and provide resource information. Please call 954-677-5555 or visit: www.wf1broward.com/ to find locations for one-stop centers, information kiosks, and job seeker information. For businesses, please call 954-677-5627 to find out the types of services available for employers.
911 Day of Service & Remembrance
Pompano Beach, Collier City Monthly Community Clean-up & Beautification
Join us in improving your local community!
Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA)
Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) is recruiting focus group participants for person living with HIV. Participants will receive free food & a gift card for participation. Participation is confidential. Interested parties must contact Latoyia Ball at 954-561-9681 X 250.
Roosevelt Gardens Community Cleanup
Saturday April 30, 2011 8 a.m. - Noon (PDF)
Community Partnership and Economic Growth Opportunities ForumFriday February 25, 2011, 8 a.m. - Noon (PDF)
USCIS Reminds Haitians to Register for Temporary Protected Status
||Planning and Organization of the City of Pompano Beach Cleanup & Beautification Project in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.|
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