Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Hiring Event, Medicare Workshop, Senior Cooling Program, Child Care Assistance, and More

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Weekly Resources Update: Food Distribution, Hiring Event, Medicare Workshop, Senior Cooling Program, Child Care Assistance and More


COVID-19 Resources for Those in Need Web BoxJune 11, 2021--Each week, 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, June 12

  • ALIVE! will distribute food at two drive-through sites on Saturday, June 12, 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.

Free Home Maintenance and Safety Webinar in Spanish and English on June 12

  • The 2021 Northern Virginia Housing Expo is hosting “Home Maintenance and Safety,” a free online workshop about maintaining a safe and secure home on June 12, 11 a.m. for English speakers and 1 p.m. for Spanish speakers. The Expo is a free year-long virtual event at www.NoVaHousingExpo.org that features monthly workshops designed to educate participants about housing-related topics and resources. The Expo also offers confidential individual financial counseling and a 24-hour Exhibitor Hall featuring lenders, property management companies, developers, contractors, realtors, service providers, local jurisdictions and more.

Register now for a free Virtual Medicare 101 Workshop on June 14, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

  • Are you new to Medicare or a caregiver for a Medicare beneficiary? Learn the basics of Medicare coverage (Part A, B, C, D and Medigap) and choices presented by Medicare counselors from the Division of Aging and Adult Services. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. To register, visit alexandriava.gov/Aging

Register Now for Hiring Event on June 15, 2-5 p.m.

  • Learn about positions available through PCSI, a nonprofit that provides support services to hospitals, military bases and private sector clients throughout the United States. Operating under AbilityOne, a federal initiative for employing people with disabilities, PCSI staffs its award-wining service teams with veterans and people with disabilities. Learn more.

Senior Cool Care Program for Adults 60 Years of Age and Older

  • The Senior Cool Care Program offers a cooling fan and other assistance to adults 60 years of age and older who meet income and other guidelines. Call 703.746.5999 to find out if you are eligible. Learn about additional services for older adults at alexandriava.gov/Aging.

Learn Caregiver Tips and Information

  • Check out the May issue of the Caregiver Corner Newsletter, which highlights tips on advance directives. Access the newsletter and other resources for caregivers at alexandriava.gov/Aging.

Weekly Jobs Flyer, Workshops and Skills Training

REMINDER: Assistance for Broadband Service and Discounts on Technology

  • The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Learn more at www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit

REMINDER: Child Care Assistance Program Expanded

  • The Virginia Child Care Subsidy Program has expanded eligibility to include caregivers who are job searching and families earning 85% of the Virginia Median Income. For example, a family of four earning less than $7,412 per month may be eligible for 12 months of assistance. This temporary expansion will help parents cover the cost of child care and find or maintain employment as Virginia takes steps toward recovery from the COVID-19 public health crisis. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on July 31, 2021. Learn more about the program and how to apply.

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.