Weekly Resources Update: Vaccine Pop-Ups, In-Person Playgroups, Evening Support Group, Hiring Event, Food Distribution, Eviction and Rental Assistance, Job Assistance and More
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
September 3, 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.
Upcoming AHD Vaccine Events on September 4 and September 6-10
AHD offers multiple clinics every week around the city where adults and children aged 12 and up can receive their free first and second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. As part of Alexandria's commitment to serving all communities, clinics are hosted at a variety of times in conveniently located neighborhood locations and do not require ID, insurance or English fluency. Access a schedule of locations and times.
Register by September 6 for Evening Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault
The Sexual Assault Center is hosting an evening virtual support group for survivors starting September 14; register by September 6. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/123925.
Register for Northern Virginia Virtual Hiring Event on September 8
Register now for this Virginia Employment Commission sponsored hiring event that aims to bring together employers and job seekers. Job seekers can view jobs, post resumes and apply for positions up to two days before the event and chat or video conference with employers on the day of the event. Learn how to register.
In Person Learn & Playgroups Now Available
The Center for Alexandria’s Children is now offering in-person Learn & Playgroups. The Center facilitates the specialized parent/child playgroups to bolster protective factors that make families stronger and children safer. Playgroups sessions include circle time, story time, a learning together activity and a caregiver/parent chat. The playgroups are for parents/caregivers and children ages 0-5. English and Spanish sessions are available. Access a schedule and learn how to register.
ALIVE! Food Distribution Pop-Ups
ALIVE! has increased their pop-up food distributions to bring food directly to clients’ neighborhoods. View the ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar (September 2021) or visit their website at www.alive-inc.org for more information.
Learn more about additional food assistance resources.
Rental and Eviction Prevention Assistance
Alexandria Eviction Prevention Partnership staff in-person are available for immediate assistance every Wednesday and Thursday from 12-3 p.m. at Casa Chirilagua (4109 Mt. Vernon Ave.). Call 571.351.3272 or email volunteerAEPP@alive-inc.org.
Access City and state rental and eviction prevention assistance programs and services through the Office of Housing and DCHS. Learn more.
Weekly Jobs Flyer, Workshops and Skills Training
Weekly Jobs Flyers. View this week’s lists of employers who are hiring, compiled and released by the Workforce Development Center. 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.
Read the September Caregiver Corner Newsletter
Check out the September issue of the Caregiver Corner Newsletter, which highlights tips on managing behavior disorders associated with dementia. Access the newsletter and other resources for caregivers at alexandriava.gov/Aging.
CDC Toolkit with Resources for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created and launched a toolkit with resources on how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers can protect themselves from the virus. The toolkit includes stories, videos, posters and interactive activities that focus on getting a vaccine, wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing and getting a COVID-19 test. There is also a tip sheet for caregivers that offers suggestions on ways to ease their loved one’s worries about the virus. In addition to the toolkit, the CDC also developed videos and web resources in American Sign Language. Learn more.
REMINDER: Child Care Subsidy Program Expansion Extended to December 31
The Virginia Child Care Subsidy Program expanded eligibility has been extended through December 31. The expansion includes caregivers who are job searching and families earning 85% of the Virginia Median Income. This means a family of four earning less than $7,412 per month may be eligible for 12 months of assistance that can help parents cover the cost of child care and find or maintain employment. View flyers in English and Spanish and learn more about the program and learn how to apply.
Free Immigration Legal Advice/Referral Clinic Coming September 20-23
The DC Bar Pro Bono Center is holding a Virtual Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic September 20-23, which is open to anyone with U.S. immigration law questions, regardless of residency; you don't need to live in D.C. to utilize this free service. Call 202.780.2573 between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. to be connected with a pro bono attorney for brief legal advice only. Representation will not be provided through this service. Learn more about the upcoming clinic and access flyers in multiple languages. Find out more about other services and programs for refugees and immigrants.
For more information on a wide range of resources available, visit Resources to Meet Basic Needs of those Impacted by COVID-19: