Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Hiring Event, Job Assistance, Vaccine Ride Program, Opioid Prevention Resources and More

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Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Hiring Event, Job Assistance, Vaccine Ride Program, Opioid Prevention Resources and More


COVID-19 Resources for Those in Need Web BoxMay 28, 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, May 29

  • ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, May 29, 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.

Register now for June 3 Hiring Event

  • Meet virtually with hiring teams from Extended Stay America, Thursday, June 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to learn about new positions and locations, and participate in on-the-spot interviews. 

Deadline to Vote In-Person for Upcoming June 8 Democratic Primary Election is June 5

  • June 5 is the deadline to vote early in the June 8 Democratic primary Election. Applications to request a mail-in ballot are due by Friday, May 28, 5 p.m.; completed ballots must be returned to the Office of Voter Registration & Elections by 7 p.m. on June 8, or postmarked by June 8 and received in the office by noon on Friday, June 11. For more information and locations and hours for early in-person voting, view a City news release.

Weekly Jobs Flyer, Workshops and Skills Training

Access New Opioid Addiction Prevention Resources

Uber and Lyft Offer Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments

  • Uber and Lyft have launched a new program to help Alexandrians with transportation challenges get vaccinated. Created out of a partnership with the White House, the COVID-19 vaccine ride program offers free rides or discounts for trips to and from a vaccination site. Uber offers customers who have booked a vaccine appointment a ride through the Uber app at no charge if the trip costs less than $25. Uber customers receive a $25 discount if the cost is more than $25. Lyft is offering free rides, up to $15 each way, to and from vaccination sites. Currently, Uber and Lyft are only offering free rides to vaccine sites listed on vaccines.gov

2021 Child Tax Credit Maximum Increased 

  • Beginning July 15, eligible families will receive a Child Tax Credit from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Payments of up to $300 per child under 6 years of age and $250 per child ages 6 and older will be made automatically on or near the 15th of every month, by direct deposit, paper check, or debit card. No action will be required by most families and the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Treasury will work through their partners to ensure families are aware of their eligibility. The 2021 annual Child Tax Credit was increased to a maximum of $3,600 per child under 6, and $3,000 per child ages 6-17 years. ARP is projected to lift more than five million children out of poverty this year, reducing child poverty by more than half.

For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19:

View or download a flyer to learn how to access a variety of essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic in English, Spanish, Arabic and Amharic.