Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Flu Shot Information, Job Fair, Energy Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
October 17, 2020--Each 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 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.
Food Distribution Tomorrow, October 17.
ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, October 17, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lots of Cora Kelly (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and John Adams (5651 Rayburn Ave.) elementary schools. Drive-through encouraged whenever possible for contactless distribution. Walk-ups are welcome and should maintain 6 feet social distance, wear a face mask, and bring carts or bags to carry food home. For the latest information on ALIVE! food distributions, visit alive-inc.org. Learn more about other resources for food assistance.
Alexandria Health Department (AHD) Virtual Daycare Parent Town Hall on October 19.
AHD is hosting the second of two virtual COVID-19 Town Hall meetings to provide public health guidance to guardians of children attending daycare or other child care; settings. Topics of discussion include when to keep a child home from daycare, when to get a child tested for COVID-19, when to return a child to daycare, and common infection scenarios. Guardians will be reminded of the steps they can take to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and share resources. The sessions are intended to be interactive, with time for questions at the end. Join the last session on Monday, October 19 at 6 p.m.
Now is the Time to Get a Flu Shot
AHD urges everyone to get a flu shot to protect against seasonal influenza. Residents ages 65 years and older should obtain the high-dose influenza vaccine, also known as the "Senior Flu Shot." It’s especially important this year, because symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar. This may make it difficult to tell the difference between the two illnesses, and COVID-19 testing may be needed to confirm a diagnosis.
For adults with Medicaid or private insurance, flu shots are available at doctors’ offices and pharmacies (including many in grocery stores).
For those without insurance, the Health Department offers low-cost flu shots to eligible low-income residents based on income and other factors. For eligibility and income-related documentation required, contact the Health Department at 703.746.4888.
The Mason and Partner (MAP) Clinics are hosting a free flu vaccine clinic on Wednesday, October 21, at 99 Tremont Street in Manassas Park from 12-3 p.m. for individuals 6 months and older. No appointment is needed. Individuals do not need to be residents of Manassas Park to participate. Vaccines will be provided until the supply is finished.
REMINDER: 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. 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.
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 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. Select WDC workshops are also available in Spanish.
Presentation of Annual Teen Pregnancy Data on October 29.
The Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy will host a virtual community event on October 29 at 5:30 p.m., featuring a celebration of its 20th anniversary and the release of annual teen pregnancy data by the Alexandria Health Department. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/ACAP.
REMINDER: 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.
Expanded Energy Assistance
Households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for assistance with energy bills, including those that have accumulated during the crisis. The Virginia COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program is available to low-income households that do not typically qualify for other Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) energy assistance programs. Each eligible household should apply online to receive a one-time payment of $300 that will address immediate energy needs. For additional information regarding the program and other energy assistance resources, visit the VDSS Benefits web page or call 833.829.2767.
Additional Funding for Rent and Mortgage Relief Program
Virginia’s Rent and Mortgage Relief Program will receive an additional $12 million in funding from the CARE) Act to assist households and landlords avoid eviction or foreclosure as a result of impacts of COVID-19. This additional funding supplements the original $50 million, which has been exhausted due to high demand. Current state and CDC eviction protections do not stop mortgage and rent payments from accumulating. View a list of resources to help renters, homeowners and property owners learn about the assistance options, understand their rights and the laws, and cope with the hardship of housing and financial instability.
SAPCA Invites Board Nominations
The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA) invites qualified and motivated individuals to submit nomination applications to serve as officers and members of the Board for SAPCA. They are seeking current and future community leaders to provide their ideas, thoughts and time to reducing and ending youth substance use in Alexandria. Nominations must be received by October 30, 11 p.m. Learn more at preventitalexandria.org.