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MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. - Thousands of people are now out of work with COVID-19 changing our everyday lives. There is hope for those out of a job right now. FOX 46 found several businesses in the Charlotte area that are looking to hire for hundreds of open positions. https://www.fox46charlotte.com/news/hundreds-of-job-openings-in-charlotte-area-despite-covid-19
Bagger; Cashier / Self Checkout Cashier; Customer Service; Driver; Fresh Foods / Deli / Bakery; Fuel Center; Grocery; Home Shopping; Produce
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Please see link below. Amazon looking to hire 100,000 new employees to keep up with growing services during corona virus pandemic. They're paying $2.00 more an hour starting out and may help some of our clients supplement income lost during this time. Article: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/16/amazon-to-hire-100000-warehouse-and-delivery-workers.html Link to their delivery service positions: https://www.amazondelivers.jobs/about/driver-jobs
Access NC job postings and information at: https://www.ncworks.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx - more information on current services can be found below.
Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi and broadband access up to 100 Mbps to any household with K-12 and/or college students that doesn't already have Spectrum. Installation fees will be waived for these households. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
In an attempt to provide a needed service to those we all serve who have financial questions arising from the COVID-19 crisis, Common Wealth Charlotte has established an "COVID-19 Financial Question" system. This system is designed specifically for low-income wage earners having concerns about current (or impending) financial hardship due to loss of income from job cessation, voluntary or mandatory quarantines or other hardships caused by COVID-19.Access to the system is easy: Text the word "finances" to 474747
The sender will receive a text response with a link to complete a short "COVID-19 Financial Question" form. That form will be returned to a queue CWC has set up, and our Advanced Financial, Education and Loan Administration teams and trained volunteers will respond with a phone call to address the question, offer relevant guidance if possible, and make referrals to other appropriate agencies as necessary.We do not know how to anticipate demand for this system, and we cannot guarantee we will be able to provide answers for every situation. But we will do the best we can to expedite return contact and to provide some basic information on issues we expect people to face. We believe we will field many "what if I cannot..." questions, including:
- ... pay my mortgage?
- ... make my car payment?
- ... pay my rent?
- ... feed my family?
- ... pay my utility bill?
- ... pay my credit card?
- ... pay my income taxes?
Answers and guidance for those and other basic questions. If nothing else, the CWC Advanced Financial Counselor will provide reassurance that someone is there to listen.
Senior food options
Many local stores have started dedicating their first hour open to seniors so they can shop without being exposed to everyone else. (Or everyone else's nonsense.) A list of these stores includes:·
Dollar General - Preferred hours for seniors, daily, 8a until 9am
Target - Wednesdays, open an hour early for elderly or others who have underlying health conditions.
Walmart - Tuesdays, customers aged 60 or older, is open an hour early for seniors. It starts Tuesday, March 24, through April 28.·
Whole Food Market - Open to seniors age 70 and older 1 hour before the public each day. (That means the uptown Charlotte
Whole Foods is open to seniors 70+ from 7a-8a before it opens to the general public at 8am.) Here are a few options for seniors to pick up food
- Mar 20th -12:30 - 1:30 - Parker Heights Apartments: 1505 Parker Dr.
- Monday - Friday 12:00 - 1:00 - Christ Resurrection Church: 4527 Freedom Drive ( Senior citizens can be signed up for preference - on their website: christresurrectionchurch.org or call 704-398-3244 and a meal will be reserved)
Meals for a kids·
CMS, at a long list of schools, you do not have to pick up from your kids' actual school but the kids must be present to pick up. See list:
· Various restaurants spearheaded by Loyalist Market. Here on the West Side, the locations where you can stop in and pick up a lunch for kids:
- Cuzzo's, 11a-3p, Tue-Fri. Kid must be present. 12 years or younger.
- Enderly Coffee, 11a-2p. Mon-Fri, for any child on free lunch program, child does not need to be present.
- Noble Smoke, 11a-2p, Mon-Fri, for any child on free lunch program, child does not need to be present.·
- St Luke Missionary Baptist and Sacred Souls Community Church. Mon-Fri. 12p-2p. Child must be present.·
- Food within Walls at Movement Center (2225 Freedom Dr). Grab and Go Lunch and Breakfast Items. 11a-1p. Kids not required to be present.
DSS offices are closed to the public but staff continues to work onsite or remotely to provide services. For questions call 704-336-3000. More specific info included below.
Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) – Intake & Redeterminations
We encourage customers to apply online at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do or through a mail for all applications and recertifications. To receive a mail-in application and assistance in applying for benefits, call 704-336-3000. Recertification paperwork is automatically mailed to the customer's last known mailing address. Completed recertification packets should be mailed to 301 Billingsley Rd Charlotte NC 28211. If recertification paperwork was not received and the case is due for recertification, customers can complete the process online using ePASS at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do Customers can also call Customer Connect at 704-336-3000 for recertification assistance.
Adult and Family & Children's Medicaid
Customers can apply online using ePASS (https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do). After the application has been submitted online, a DSS employee will reach out to complete the interview by telephone.
Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
Customers can apply online through ePASS at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do or complete a mail-in application. To receive a mail-in application, call 704-336-3000.
Mecklenburg Transportation Services (MTS)
For transportation scheduling, call 704-336-4547.
Senior Congregate Nutrition Program (SCNP)
SCNP has closed all congregate meal sites and is delivering meals to food insecure customers. For confirmation on a food delivery, call 704-432-1111. The Department of Social Services hotlines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to receive reports of suspected abuse or neglect. To report abuse of seniors or the disabled, call 704-336-CARE (2273). To report abuse, neglect or human trafficking of children, call 980-31-HELPS (43577).
Center for Community Transitions:
LifeWorks! classes and support groups are suspended. We'll have a small team to direct and inform clients and refer them to emergency basic needs. Networking clients will still be able to sign in and receive gift cards and bus passes. For Formerly Incarcerated Transitions (FIT) clients, we're taking precautionary measures and shifting to virtual support via telephone, text and email. (704) 374-0762
Community Culinary School of Charlotte:
On Monday, March 16, at the recommendation of the Health Department, we sent our students home until further notice. It's our intention to provide support for our students and our alumni staff, many of whom are in fragile financial circumstances, in the interim. We will make a decision about resuming training based on future guidance from experts and public health officials.And, following Governor's orders, our Café is open for TAKEOUT ONLY, offering curbside service, from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm Monday – Friday. We want to serve you, so call us at 704-375-4500 to place your order
Central Piedmont Community College:
For the college's coronavirus updates, please visit www.cpcc.edu/coronavirus
As of March 18, Central Piedmont Community College suspended classes that require face-to-face, in-person instruction until further notice. College faculty and staff are working to move as many classes as possible to online delivery, with these online classes re-starting on March 23.All Central Piedmont classes that can be offered remotely will be provided via online delivery. All classes that require in-person instruction will be suspended for now. Central Piedmont remains open, however, its campuses and centers will be accessible only to employees whose presence is required to perform essential functions related to the operations and business of the college. Read the complete message at www.cpcc.edu/coronavirus Contact Information: 704.330.6888
Effective Thursday, March 19, we are suspending our face-to-face client services in all locations. On Monday, March 23 we will begin to offer our client services exclusively online and by phone until further notice.
- Participants can sign up for job training and employment programs on our website. They can start with filling out the application form at https://goodwillsp.org/train/job-connections/client-service-application/ or by calling (704) 916-1608.
- Participants in current classes have instruction on how to continue their learning online.
- Workforce services team members will provide coaching and support virtually using Google phone numbers and video conferencing.
Community Table Bistro is suspending all dine-in, according to the executive order from the NC governor. The bistro is offering take-out, which you can access through the ChowNow ordering system, or by calling (980) 636-1000.
Gracemar: Offices are currently closed.. Staff is working onsite or remotely. If you have questions about upcoming trainings or job openings they can be reached at 980-867-8675. www.gracemar.org
NCIA: As of this week all training is happening remotely and staff are available via phone and email. If you are interested in information on upcoming vocational training contact: Christine Poltawsky 704-287-4243, [email protected]
Charlotte Area Fund has suspended programming for the next two weeks and staff are working remotely. If immediate assistance is needed please contact Deborah Frink at (704) 372-3010 ex. 210 or email [email protected]
Mecklenburg County Community Support Services offices will limit public-facing services including the closing of our Valerie C. Woodard Office.
Suspended Services: Domestic Violence Adult Services/Programa Confianza, Domestic Violence Children's Services, NOVA (New Options for Violent Actions), Violence Prevention, Substance Use Services, Veterans Services
Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange Center: No new referrals for this service at this time. Services continue for existing clients. Contact the center at 980-314-8680.·
Homeless Resource Center: Will provide boxed meals on Monday, Thursday and Friday nights outside of the building.· Coordinated Entry: This service is currently suspended for in person assessments. Customers can call 211.·
Shelter Plus Care – Subsidies: Landlords and customers should contact Kenya Dawson, Program Supervisor, at 980-215-3694.
Park and Recreation
All Park and Recreation centers, including aquatic, nature and senior centers, are closed. Park and Recreation is postponing all planned public meetings and presentations until further notice. Residents will be notified of rescheduled dates through the County's calendar. Activities and events that anticipate more than 50 people in attendance will also be canceled until further notice. Event organizers and registrants are being notified.
All County parks, nature preserves and greenways are open to the public except for organized athletics (practices and games). The department will honor existing reservations at picnic shelters and indoor pavilions for events under 50.
Emergency Assistance, General Assistance and Crisis Intervention
With utility companies temporarily halting disconnections and NC courts stopping evictions and foreclosures, Crisis Assistance Ministry (CAM) will close all facilities effective March 17, 2020 until further notice. After the COVID-19 threat has passed, struggling families will still need support. Should you like to help, financial contributions can be online anytime at https://www.crisisassistance.org/donate/challenge/
Substance Use/ Mental Health
Service is currently suspended. For mental health emergency response, call Atrium's Behavioral Health Help Line at 704-444-2400 or Mecklenburg County Mobile Crisis at 704-566-3410 and select option 1 for support. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/youth/
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
As of 5 p.m. on March 17, 2020, all Library locations and material/book drops will be closed until further notice. Customers with borrowed items should hold on to those materials at this time. No fines will accrue for items due while the Library is closed and return dates will extend until the Library re-opens.
Please watch the Library homepage and social media platforms for updated information. We encourage everyone to stay safe during these unprecedented times. Below, we provide a list of digital resources to help you enjoy the Library during this closure.By now, you are probably aware that the world is facing a global pandemic caused by COVID-19, also known as the "Coronavirus." COVID-19 is a respiratory infection with flu-like symptoms that is new to humans, spreading quickly and putting great stress on the global community.. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control offer more information and advice about COVID-19 here. --- Find resources on COVID-19 in other languages here --- Encuentra recursos EN COVID-19 en otros idiomas aquíYour Library's mission is to improve lives and build a stronger community. Access to resources is important – even while practicing social distancing (limiting physical closeness to others to reduce the risk of exposure to disease). With recommendations to stay home and avoid crowds, this is a perfect opportunity to explore the world of e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, music, newspapers, magazines and more resources you can access for FREE, from anywhere, with your Library card. Don't have a Library card? Sign-up for one now.Stay well and stay engaged with digital resources you can access today:*
E-books & More
hoopla (10 borrows effective now)
Kanopy Kids (unlimited borrows effective now)
OverDrive/libby (20 borrows effective now) Looking for titles on OverDrive that are always available? Click here.
RBdigital magazines (unlimited borrows effective now)Learn a skill at home
Find storytime videos at our Digital Branch!Additional resources
Need help navigating Library resources? Click the green flag labeled "Resource Tutorials" to the right of the Resources page to access our Niche Academy tutorial videos.Wi-Fi remains available at all Library locations. Wi-Fi signal will be extended at each branch to reach the perimeter of the facility.Questions? We can help you. Online chat is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m-6 p.m. Click "Ask a Librarian" on bottom of the cmlibray.org website.
Simple Things You Can Do To Stay Healthy
1. Get plenty of sleep. When we're stressed, we need more sleep.
2. Drink extra water. It's allergy season and most of our sinuses are working overtime. Help them stay flushed by drinking plenty of water.
3. Enjoy the sunshine when you can. Sunshine and fresh air are beneficial for your immune system. If you have a backyard, use it to avoid contact with other people. Walking on the sidewalks is fine but remember to keep your distance from other people.
Keeping a journal helps you create order when your world feels like it's in chaos. You get to know yourself by revealing your most private fears, thoughts, and feelings. Look at your writing time as personal relaxation time. It's a time when you can de-stress and wind down. Write in a place that's relaxing and soothing. Look forward to your journaling time and know that you're doing something good for your mind and body. Try these tips to help you get started with journaling:
- Try to write every day. Set aside a few minutes every day to write. This will help you to write in your journal regularly.
- Make it easy. Keep a pen and paper handy at all times. Then when you want to write down your thoughts, you can. You can also keep a journal in a computer file.
- Write whatever feels right. Your journal doesn't need to follow any certain structure. It's your own private place to discuss whatever you want. Let the words flow freely. Don't worry about spelling mistakes or what other people might think.
- Use your journal as you see fit. You don't have to share your journal with anyone. If you do want to share some of your thoughts with trusted friends and loved ones, you could show them parts of your journal.