Weekly Resources Update: Drug Take Back Day, PPP Loan Forgiveness, Job Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
October 22, 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 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.
October 24 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
If you have unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications, including those prescribed by veterinarians, dispose of them safely from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at multiple drop-off locations, or one of three permanent drop box locations in Alexandria. Needles are not accepted during the take back event or at the permanent drop boxes. All collection sites will be in outdoor public settings. As required by state and local mandates, face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth at all collection sites, and participants must remain at least 6 feet apart from others who do not live together. Residents also have the option to safely dispose of medications at home.
Virtual Event Will Help Small Businesses Prepare for PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications, October 26, 1:30-2 p.m.
Does your small business have a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan? Attend a West End Business Association (WEBA) virtual Lunch and Learn on Monday, October 26, 12:30-2 p.m., to learn how to prepare for the PPP loan forgiveness application process. A panel of local experts will offer advice and guidelines to both the simple and the advanced applications. Registration is free for WEBA members and $10 for guests. Learn more about assistance and resources for small businesses and nonprofits.
REMINDER: Grocery Gift Card Program for Residents in Financial Need Due to COVID-19
Individuals and families whose household incomes have been impacted by the pandemic may be eligible to receive grocery store gift cards in amounts ranging from $100-$400 through the end of December, or for as long as funding is available. The program enables residents to purchase food based on their dietary needs and cultural preferences, and also promotes public health safety by reducing attendance at food distributions. Applicants need to provide documentation of loss of income and financial hardship due to COVID-19, reside in the City of Alexandria, and have an income that falls at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI)--for example, $63,000 for a family of four, $44,100 for an individual. Priority will be given to residents who have not received federal assistance during the pandemic. Apply online or call 703.746.FOOD (3663).
Weekly Jobs Flyer and Workshops
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.
REMINDER: Get Narcan Mailed to You at No Cost
Narcan is an easy-to-use nasal spray that can save the life of someone experiencing an opioid overdose. Obtain Narcan for free by emailing your name and mailing address to the City’s Opioid Response Coordinator at email@example.com. You can also obtain Narcan by appointment at the Alexandria Health Department by calling 703.746.4888 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Narcan is also available without a prescription at all pharmacies. For more information on Narcan and how to obtain it, visit alexandriava.gov/Opioids.
REMINDER: 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.
REMINDER: 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.
REMINDER: Parent Support Line
Looking for parenting advice? Call the Parent Support Line for a listening ear, parenting advice, support and tips to help navigate emotional and relational parenting issues. Call 703.324.7720 or text “SUPPORT” or “PARENTING” to 30644 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Support is available in English and Spanish.
Hand Sanitizer Warning and Recall Updates
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to issue warnings about the safety of using certain brands of hand sanitizer. Some hand sanitizers are being packaged in food and beverage containers, and some are being flavored, which can be confusing especially for children, who might ingest products that smell like food. Ingesting even small amounts of hand sanitizer can be potentially lethal for children and toxic for adults. The FDA also continues to screen and review hand sanitizer brands for ineffective ethanol levels, the presence of methanol and 1-propanol, and other harmful impurities. Symptoms of 1-propanol exposure can include confusion, decreased consciousness, and slowed pulse and breathing. Toxic effects of methanol can include changes in vision, vomiting, nausea, headache, or neurological symptoms. The FDA list of unsafe hand sanitizer brands is updated regularly and should be reviewed for recalled products to safely discard and avoid. Refer to the FDA’s guidelines on safe use of hand sanitizer as well as a question and answer page for more information.