Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Free COVID-19 Testing, Job Assistance, Medicare Enrollment Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
December 4, 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.
ALIVE! Food Distribution on Saturday, December 5, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., in Two Locations
ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, December 5, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the parking lots of Cora Kelly (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and parking lot B-1 of Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus (3320 Bisdorf Drive). 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.
Free COVID-19 Testing Pop Ups: December 5, 8 and 11
- The Alexandria Health Department is conducting free COVID-19 testing two to three times a week through December 21. These events are intended for people who live and work in this neighborhood, especially those without insurance. Call 703.647.6160 to pre-register. Walk-ups welcome. For more information and updates, visit alexandriava.gov/117213. Upcoming scheduled events this and next week include:
- COVID-19 Community Testing, Saturday, December 5, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Witter Field Parking Lot.
- COVID-19 Community Testing, Tuesday, December 8, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Armistead L. Boothe Park (520 Cameron Station Blvd.)
- COVID-19 Community Testing, Friday, December 11, 9-11 a.m., Casa Chirilagua (4109 Mt. Vernon Ave.)
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 - 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 attend 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 build their resiliency through the practice of gentle and mindful yoga. To register, contact Monica Huerta at 703.746.3134 or email email@example.com. After you register, you will be sent a link to the session. View or download a flyer.
Weekly Jobs Flyer and Workshops and Scholarships
Weekly Jobs 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.
Daycare Town Hall Video in Spanish
A recording of a virtual COVID-19 Daycare Town Hall meeting conducted in Spanish and produced by AHD, is now available. The Town Hall provides public health guidance to guardians of children attending daycare or other child care settings. Topics include when to keep a child home from daycare (in Spanish), when to get a child tested for COVID-19, when to return a child to daycare, common infection scenarios and resources to reinforce the message at home.
Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance
The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. View an interactive version. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.
For more information on the wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: