Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County was selected to receive the 2019 National Cigna Honorable Culture of Well-Being Award® for creating an outstanding culture of well-being, CEO Lisa Williams-Taylor shared at the monthly board meeting. The National Cigna Honorable Culture of Well-Being Award® is a distinct national honor created to recognize an organization that is positively impacting the overall health and well-being of its employee population.
This award acknowledges that well-being programs are really about a culture optimization. CSC has demonstrated that creating a culture of well-being goes beyond providing programs that promote health; it’s a commitment to improving health — and a plan to make it a way of life. CSC’s wellness programs motivate and inspire team members to take action to feel and perform at their best, and the programs contribute towards lowering total benefit costs. The National Cigna Honorable Culture of Well-Being Award® recognizes employers who actively and positively impact the overall health and well-being of their team members.
In other business
Under Expenditures: The Council participated in a workshop with staff to discuss the use of under expenditures. Currently, the Council uses under expenditures to fund scholarships for child care and summer camp, and for the Great Ideas Initiative, which provides one-time grants to small, grassroots nonprofits. The Council affirmed use of funds in these vital areas.
Bylaws Change: The Council voted to change its bylaws to include board ratification, in the future, when hiring a new general counsel. CSC’s current general counsel is retiring and a new general counsel is poised to take his place.
Background Screening Policy: The Council agreed to a staff-recommended policy change that permits CSC to fine a provider agency $1,000 any time there is a “screening trigger event,” such as a new employee failing to complete a satisfactory Level 2 background screening within 10 days of hire. Staff noted that this does not happen often but believe it is an important deterrent for preventing this serious policy violation.
Summer Events: Children’s Services Council sponsored or participated in numerous family friendly summer events, including:
- Pool Parties – The first of our two summer pool parties was held Saturday, June 23, at Pioneer Park in Belle Glade and we had the best turnout yet for the event. The 4th annual Summer Safety Celebration drew between 600 and 800 children and parents. About 50 children were registered for free swim lessons courtesy of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County. Safe Kids Palm Beach County provided free bicycle helmets. In addition, we had nine other nonprofits and government agencies participate as vendors including BRIDGES, Early Learning Coalition, HomeSafe, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, Glades Initiative, Lutheran Services of Florida, 211, Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network and the Health Care District. Attendees received free Subway sandwiches and free Blue Bell Ice Cream treats courtesy of our partner Hubbard Media, home of X102.3 FM. The second pool party will be on Saturday, August 3, at Lake Lytal Park in West Palm Beach.
- Health Fair with Caridad Center at El Bodegón Supermercado – We had a strong turnout of more than 100 families July 6 at the “Feria de Salud” Health Fair sponsored by Caridad Centers and El Bodegón stores. We distributed all 100 Spanish-language children’s books we brought to the event in Lantana. Representatives from the Guatemala Consulate requested Spanish books and resource materials to share with families who come to their offices for assistance. El Bodegón posted on Instagram with Communications Specialist Liz Cayson, and thanked all the entities and nonprofit organizations for participating in the resource fair. Many young moms and pregnant women were excited about the information on child care, kindergarten readiness and summer programs in the EveryParent app. Grandparents who care for grandkids after school also were interested in swimming vouchers.
- Summer Reading Book Distribution – As part of our summer reading campaign, we distributed about 12,700 books to more than 70 sites throughout the county in the past two months. This includes:
- About 6,600 books to the Palm Beach County Food Bank for the children participating in the Food4OurKids program. Food4OurKids provides backpacks filled with food for children to eat on the weekends. Each child received one book in June and one book in July.
- About 600 books to the United Way for distribution through FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth). FLIPANY has 12 spots in the Glades area. The program fights childhood obesity and hunger by focusing on healthy food preparation, food security, physical education and work-site wellness.
- More than 3,300 books to 11 Boys & Girls Clubs camps so they could hold summer reading book fairs.
- Books were distributed at a summer reading event at the Loula V. York Public Library in Pahokee, the summer camp at the Carolyn Sims Center in Boynton Beach, and at the Palm Beach County’s Youth Services Department Summer Spelling Bee at the Florence De George Boys & Girls Club in West Palm Beach.
- In addition to the books given out so far:
- About 400 books have been set aside for four Little Free Libraries that will be unveiled soon at parks in Riviera Beach.
- Another 3,000 books have been set aside for the Holiday Distribution in the Glades area organized by the League of Cities.
About Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
The Council is a local, special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014. For more than 30 years, it has provided leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.