Weekly Resources Update: Free Flu Shots, Business Grants, Public Charge Rule Resources, Job Seeker Resources and More

Page updated on Oct 2, 2020 at 3:27 PM

COVID-19 Resources for Those in Need Web BoxEach week, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) highlights new and existing resources to support individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis or those in need. 

We encourage residents and faith-based and nonprofit organizations to share these resources with their neighbors and networks. You can also learn about and share the latest resources and news by following DCHS on Facebook or Twitter or subscribing to the Spanish Language Text Line by texting ALEXINFOESP to 888777.

Get a free flu shot on Saturday, October 3

  • Get a free flu shot on Saturday, October 3, at an Alexandria Health Department clinic. Learn more.

Alexandria Back to Business Grant Program Accepting Applications Until October 5, 12 p.m.

  • Round 2 of the Alexandria Back to Business Grant (ALX B2B) program will award grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to qualifying small businesses and nonprofits. Applications must be submitted online. Apply online until Monday, October 5, 12 p.m. Learn more about other financial relief opportunities for small businesses and nonprofits.

New Fact Sheet and Chart Illustrating the Impact Certain Benefits Have Under Public Charge Rule

  • DCHS recently updated the Public Charge Rule FAQs, which now includes a fact sheet about the rule and chart illustrating the impact certain resources may have on public charge determinations, including COVID-19 related relief. The chart reflects federal guidance regarding certain COVID-19 related resources that are not counted under the rule, including COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines, certain CARES Act programs and Pandemic EBT and Unemployment Assistance programs. Learn the latest.

  • Note: The public charge rule does not apply to green card holders (except for those who leave the U.S. for 180 days or more), refugees, asylees, T or U visa applicants/holders, VAWA, special immigrant juvenile, active duty service members and their families, or certain people paroled into the U.S. Immigrants in one of these statuses can receive public benefits and resources and it will not affect their status. The rule also does not affect applications for U.S. Citizenship or green card renewal.

Weekly Jobs Flyer, Workshops and Upcoming Job Fairs

  • Weekly Job Flyer. View this week’s  list of employers who are hiring, which the Workforce Development Center (WDC) compiles and releases every Monday. Follow WDC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for the latest flyer listing employers, or visit the WDC’s job board for a complete list of job opportunities.

  • Free Workshops and Online Training. Access free WDC job readiness and career development workshops--including interviewing skills, navigating the virtual job fair, transferable skills, one-on-one job coaching, networking and more--and over 5,000 SkillUp online skills training courses.

  • Meet the Employer event on October 15, 12-1 p.m. Register for this virtual recruitment event to learn more about immediate job opportunities with Atlantic Personnel Search, a local permanent placement company. Attendance is free but registration is required.

  • JOB-TOBER Northern Virginia Virtual Career Fair on October 22, 2-6 p.m. This free regional event will give job seekers and Northern Virginia employers the opportunity to meet via chat and video. Job seekers wanting to attend must register. Employers interested in participating must register by October 16. A list of employers participating so far and Instructional videos on the registration process are available at the registration links. Learn more about the event.

New Support for Job Seekers Impacted by Airline Industry Crisis

  • The Northern Virginia Airports Rapid Response Layoff Services program can assist individuals whose employment has been affected by the reduction of air travel or who were laid off or furloughed from an employer affiliated with Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan National Airport, including car rental companies, airport restaurants, airport stores and adjacent hotels and lodging. Learn more

Access Unclaimed Stimulus Checks by October 15--and Help Others, Too.

  • Economic Impact Payments (EIP), or “stimulus checks,” are a key provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help Americans make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many Alexandrians, especially those who do not typically earn enough to file a tax return, may not know they are eligible or how to request and receive their payments. Learn how to claim CARES stimulus checks before the October 15 deadline and access U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau resources for organizations who support these populations to help with outreach to ensure individuals receive their stimulus checks. 

Free Online Caregiver’s Conference November 9-13

  • The Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium is hosting this year's annual Caregivers Conference  on November 9-13. The free virtual event provides opportunities for family caregivers, volunteers working with older adults, and professionals in aging and related services to learn new ways to engage with and provide care for individuals with dementia. Learn more about the event and how to register.

Local Mask Ordinance Went into Effect October 1

  • To reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the Alexandria City Council voted to adopt an ordinance requiring masks in both indoor and outdoor public places. The ordinance expands on the existing state executive order and was effective October 1. The ordinance states that everyone aged 10 and older must wear a mask over the nose and mouth in indoor public places, and it applies in outdoor places when at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained between those of different households.