Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Hiring Event, Upcoming Workshops, Restaurant Relief, Caregiver Newsletter and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
April 23, 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.
ALIVE! Food Distribution on Saturday, April 24
ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, April 24, 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 (via Dawes Ave.; see map at alive-inc.org). Drive-through encouraged whenever possible for contactless distribution. Walk-ups are reserved for those without personal vehicles and should maintain 6 feet social distance, wear a face mask, and bring carts or bags to carry food home. If the college is officially closed for any reason (e.g., inclement weather), all events on campus will be cancelled. For the latest information on ALIVE! food distributions, visit alive-inc.org. Learn more about other resources for food assistance.
Dispose of Unwanted Medications on Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 24
Have unneeded prescriptions and over-the-counter medications? Dispose of them safely on Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at special collection sites, at one of three permanent drop boxes or learn how to dispose of them safely at home. A new permanent drop box for needle disposal is also available. Learn more.
Virtual Information Technology Session About an Apprenticeship Opportunity, April 27
If you are ready to embark on a new IT career, learn more on April 27, 1-2:30 p.m., about how to break into the IT Industry through an apprenticeship opportunity with Smoothstack. Attendance is free. Learn how to register.
Register for a Virtual Hiring Event on April 28, 2-4 p.m.
The Workforce Development Center in partnership with Migration and Refugee Services of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington is hosting a Virtual Hiring Event on April 28 from 2-4 p.m. See the registration for employers and job seekers.
Weekly Jobs Flyer, Workshops and Skills Training
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.
Learn Caregiver Tips and Information
Check out the April issue of the Caregiver Corner Newsletter, which highlights tips on advance directives. Access the newsletter and other resources for caregivers at alexandriava.gov/Aging.
Register for Virtual Workshop on Intentional Relationships on May 11 and 13
Relationships are too important to leave to chance. Educational success and social-emotional development blossom when caring adults and supportive peers are present in young people’s lives. Extensive research has documented relationships as the roots of social and emotional development for youth. Yet many professionals who work directly with youth – especially youth from marginalized communities – face challenges in forming well-rounded relationships that connect with the diverse needs of youth. This workshop provided by the Search Institute helps participants learn to intentionally build developmental relationships with young people to powerfully benefit youth learning and development. Register today, space is limited.
Funding Available for Restaurants
The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) provides funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program provides funding equal to pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. Learn more about RRF and how to apply at the Small Business Association. Learn more about additional financial relief resources for businesses in Alexandria.
All Alexandria Residents Ages 16 and Over Eligible for Vaccinations
Alexandria Health Department (AHD) has moved into Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccinations, expanding eligibility to all residents ages 16 and over. Residents may be contacted by AHD or vaccinating partners, such as pharmacies and private medical practices to schedule an appointment, and individuals can confirm the legitimacy of these emails by calling the Alexandria COVID-19 Hotline on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 703.746.4988. Residents may also be contacted by email from firstname.lastname@example.org as part of a new Virginia Department of Health scheduling tool, called VASE.
For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: