Weekly Resources Update: Free Mental Health Event, Yoga and Men's Support Group for Sexual Assault Survivors, Scholarships for Immigrant Students, Youth Workshops, Job Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
January 22, 2021--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.
ALL Alexandria: Committing to Race and Social Equity" Resolution Being Presented to City Council on January 23
- During an Alexandria City Council public hearing on January 23 at 9:30 a.m., the City will present a resolution to acknowledge racial inequity in the past and present, and commit to adopting practices and policies that promote racial and social equity. View a docket and register to attend the meeting. Learn more about the ALL Alexandria initiative at alexandriava.gov/Equity.
Virtual Yoga Sessions for Survivors and Co-Survivors of Sexual Assault: January 23 and February 20
The Sexual Assault Center is hosting two virtual yoga sessions for survivors and co-survivors on January 23 and February 20. All survivors at any place in their journey are welcome to attend. Learn more and how to register at alexandriava.gov/SexualViolence.
Free Virtual Event Focusing on Supporting Mental Health of Youth on January 27 at 7 p.m.
Parents and caregivers, attend “NAMI Ending the Silence” on January 27, a free virtual educational presentation about the warning signs of mental health conditions in children and teens and what steps you can take to help children get the support they need. Learn more.
Free Virtual Workshops For Teens by Teens on January 30
Alexandria teens are invited to participate in free virtual workshops hosted by T.C. Williams High School students on January 30 from 3 - 5 p.m. Visit alexandriava.gov/sapca to learn more about the workshops and how to register.
Scholarships Available for DACA, TPS, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Students--First Deadline February 1
Paying for college can be an expensive endeavor, especially for those who are DACA or TPS recipients, asylum seekers or undocumented. DreamProject-VA.org and TheDream.US offer scholarship opportunities. The Dream Project is awarding $2,000 scholarships, renewable every year for up to five years, to 100 immigrant students demonstrating academic achievement, leadership, community involvement and perseverance in the face of adversity; applications due by February 1. TheDream.US's renewable National Scholarship covers tuition and fees up to $16,500 for an associate degree and $33,000 for bachelor's at a partner college to eligible immigrant students who came to the U.S. before November 1, 2020; applications are due February 25. Get information on eligibility and how to apply and learn more about other resources for immigrants and refugees.
Free Virtual Job Fair on February 4
Register now for the Virginia Career Works Virtual Career Fair on February 4, 1-4 p.m. Employers and job seekers will have the opportunity to network via chat rooms, private chats and video chats, and apply and interview for jobs during this statewide virtual hiring event. Registration and attendance are free for both employers and job seekers! Learn more about the event and how to register.
Sexual Assault Male Survivor Support Group Begins February 8
The Sexual Assault Center is offering a virtual Sexual Assault Male Survivor Support Group, which offers sanctuary for male-identified survivors of sexual abuse. Attention is paid to building a safe experience to minimize re-traumatization and promote individual healing. The group will meet for six weeks beginning February 8. Learn more about the group and how to register at alexandriava.gov/SexualViolence.
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.
Find Out When You Are Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine
The Virginia Department of Health has a new online tool to help you determine your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. It takes less than two minutes to fill out, and when your turn comes, you will get an alert with instructions for how to register. Access the tool at vdh.jebbit.com/amkwk6m1. Learn the latest information about vaccinations in Alexandria.
Access a Recorded Vaccine Panel Discussion on January 27
The City will co-host a recorded panel of local medical experts, civic leaders and community leaders to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines. A premiere of the panel discussion will be available online in English, Spanish, Amharic and Arabic at 5 p.m. on January 27. The panel will answer questions from the community and discuss COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness; the role vaccines play in ending the pandemic; who is currently eligible to be vaccinated; and what to expect when vaccines are more widely available. The event is the first in a series of panels addressing the vaccine and impacts of the pandemic in our community. Visit alexandriava.gov/Vaccines to watch the panel discussion starting January 27 and for more information about COVID-19 vaccines.
Reminder: Temporary Assistance for Families
It’s important that every family in Alexandria has enough money to meet their basic needs. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) helps support struggling families with a monthly cash payment to meet their basic needs. Alexandrians can easily check their eligibility for TANF and apply online. Learn more.
Reminder: Medicaid Always Accepting Applications
Virginia Medicaid is always accepting applications. Visit coverva.org to learn if you are eligible for Medicaid/FAMIS health insurance. Learn more about resources on local health care options for those without insurance.
For more information on the wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: