Weekly Resources Update: Deadlines to Apply for Certain CARES Act Funded Programs, Virtual Job Fair, Coping Resources and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
November 25, 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.
Deadline to apply for Grocery Gift Cards is November 27
The ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card program is available for individuals and families who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible Alexandria residents can receive grocery gift cards in amounts ranging from $100 to $400, until November 27, or as long as funding lasts. A flyer to help promote the ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card program is now available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, Farsi and Pashto. Priority will be given to residents who have not received federal assistance during the pandemic. Residents should apply online or call 703.746.FOOD (3663).
Deadline to Apply for CARES Act Funded Free Child Care for Eligible Working Parents is December 1
To meet the rapidly changing needs and preferences of families affected by the pandemic, the City is offering a Micro Pod Child Care program as well as other traditional child care arrangements at no cost to eligible working parents while slots are available. Learn more about these programs and how to apply by the December 1 deadline.
Northern Virginia Virtual Job Fair on December 3
Meet employers via chat and video from your computer, tablet, or smartphone during the Northern Virginia Virtual Job Fair, a free online event on December 3, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.. Learn more about the event and how to register at alexandriava.gov/115059.
Medicare Enrollment Ends December 7
Do you or someone you know need assistance with Medicare Open Enrollment? We can help. VICAP is providing free, unbiased, individualized counseling to help residents understand and navigate Medicare open enrollment. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/118689.
DC Bar Pro Bono Center Virtual Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic is December 7-10
Individuals can access free legal advice related to immigration during the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's Remote Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic December 7-10, 9a.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more information about this and other resources for immigrants and refugees.
Meet the Employer Event - Alexandria City Public Schools is December 10
Register and attend a free online event for job seekers on December 10, 2-6 p.m. Attendees will meet representatives from various departments with Alexandria City Public Schools and learn about immediate openings for teachers, administrators, support staff and more. Learn more about the event and how to register.
Register for Resiliency Yoga Session for Survivors and Co-Survivors of Sexual Assault on December 16
The Sexual Assault Center invites survivors and co-survivors to join us for the second of two virtual yoga events hosted by Kyra Davenport on Wednesday, December 16, 6 p.m. All survivors at any place in their journey are welcome to reclaim their resiliency through the practice of gentle and mindful yoga. To register, contact Monica Huerta at 703.746.3134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. After you register, you will be sent a link to the session. View or download a flyer.
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.
Skills Training Programs and Scholarships. Access training through Re-Employing Virginians and Fast Forward Virginia, two new programs to help Virginians gain skills and credentials in high demand fields and get back to work. Learn more.
REMINDER: Winter Shelter for Families and Individuals are Open
The City's Winter Shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness is open in two locations. A shelter at Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St.) is serving single adults and another at Carpenter's Shelter (930 North Henry St.) is serving families. The program ensures that guests have a warm, clean and safe environment to retreat from the elements of winter at night. The locations are open 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily regardless of weather conditions. Learn more.
REMINDER: VA COPES Non-Emergency Warmline Available
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of many people. The VA COPES non-emergency warmline connects Virginia residents to a confidential crisis counselor. Call or text 877.349.6428 Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on the weekends. Spanish counselors are also available. Access a range of coping resources at Coping Strategies.
For more information on the wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: