EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING
We have Career Navigators standing by to help you find a new job, temporary employment or guide you through training options that may be a good fit if you’re considering a career change or going for a promotion once consumer life is back to normal.
Have you ever considered what a professional certification might do to your job prospects or negotiating ability? PWC has access to more than 100 certification prep courses (most include exam fees!) for IT, project management, human resources, healthcare administration, and more. These online courses are FREE for veterans, military spouses and active duty personnel so complete the form at the bottom of the link to get more information.
SC Department of Employment and Workforce
Have employment questions regarding Coronavirus? SC DEW has information about their SC Works Centers and Unemployment Benefits HERE. You can call SC DEW and apply for unemployment benefits over the phone at 866.831.1724 Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Scammers
While navigating the changes Coronavirus has brought to the world, be on the lookout for possible scams from people taking advantage of the situation. Agencies such as SC DSS and USDA, for example, will not request your bank information over the phone to reimburse purchases. Learn more about protecting yourself from scams during this pandemic HERE.
Eviction Suspension Relief
The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced on March 23, 2020 eviction suspension programs to keep renters in their homes during this difficult time. The program will provide mortgage forbearance for property owners who suspend evictions for renters unable to pay rent due to impacts of Coronavirus. You can learn more about this program HERE.
Trident United Way has an excellent website with 1000+ web links to governmental, corporate and nonprofit agencies who can help with rental assistance, mortgage guidance and more.
Bored at home? Join SC Thrive on social media each day to see a new idea or resource for your self-care during this tumultuous time. They are sharing everything from shared Netflix viewing options to virtual tours of museums and aquariums. Big lifestyle changes from social distancing and stress from worldwide events can put a strain on your mental health; don’t forget to take time to care for yourself.
Student Internet Access
Students (K-12 and/or college students) who are currently without internet access are being offered free internet access for 60 days through Spectrum. To enroll call 1.844.488.8395 or learn more HERE.
There are many resources for nonprofits during this unprecedented time. TogetherSC has put together a page of nonprofit resources that you can access HERE. The South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development has put together a page of resources for businesses and nonprofits that you can access HERE.
SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Have legal questions relating to Coronavirus? SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center has put together a Coronavirus resource guide for South Carolina available in English and Spanish. You can find their general information page HERE. They have also prepared a Coronavirus resource guide for immigrants in South Carolina available HERE.
With the announcement of schools across South Carolina remaining closed through April 30, you may have questions about your child’s homework. The South Carolina State Library is offering tutors.com services through their virtual library for free to South Carolina students. You can access this free tutoring service or learn more HERE.
Apply for Benefits Over the Phone
If you are practicing social distancing or can’t get to a location to apply for SNAP or Medicaid, you can call the SC Thrive Contact Center to apply for benefits over the phone. The SC Thrive Contact Center can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at 800.726.8774.
SC Department of Health and Human Services
On March 17, SC DHHS announced policy changes related to Coronavirus. These changes will help cover testing and patient costs, allow prescription drugs to be refilled early, allow telehealth visits, and more. Learn more about these specific policy changes HERE.
Districts across the state want to make sure students who need food have access to healthy meals. SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center has put together information about current meal distributions plans across the state in both English and Spanish. Find your district’s meal distribution plan HERE.
SC Chamber of Commerce
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce has put together a page of resources for the business community as it relates to Coronavirus. If you run a business or organization, you can learn more about business resources HERE.
Online Tax Filing
Practicing social distancing, but haven’t filed your taxes yet? With SC Thrive, you can file state and federal taxes absolutely free if your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is less than $65,000 ($95,000 if your filing status is married filing jointly). They opened up the option for our neighbors from North Carolina to file with us as well. You can file your own taxes now at scthrive.org/filetaxes.
Tax Filing Deadline Extended
The IRS and SC Department of Revenue have extended the federal and state tax filing deadline to July 15 in light of Coronavirus If you need to file your taxes, you can file online for free at scthrive.org/filetaxes from the comfort of your own home.
Paid Sick Leave
On March 24, 2020, The US Department of Labor announced information about how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will offer relief to families starting on April 1, 2020. Under the FFCRA, employees of businesses with 500 or fewer employees qualify for paid sick time if they are unable to work, or to telework, due to COVID-19. This can cover employees being sick themselves or needing to take care of someone who is sick. Employees and Employers can learn more HERE.
Small Business (and Nonprofit) Disaster Loans
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses and nonprofits who have suffered a substantial economic injury due to Coronavirus. You can learn more or apply for these loans HERE.
The 2020 Census is underway and the most important thing you can do is respond online, by phone, or by mail when you receive your invitation. Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up. It is easier than ever to complete the Census online, by phone or by mail. Despite rumors, your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for any government benefits, including any potential stimulus package. You can respond to the census or learn more about ways to respond HERE.
Immigrant Healthcare Rights
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) makes sure that anyone who needs to be tested for Coronavirus can get tested, even if they don’t have insurance. Coronavirus testing, treatment or preventative care will not be considered in a public charge inadmissibility determination, even if the services are covered by Medicaid. Learn more from the National Immigration Law Center HERE and check out THIS FLYER from Protecting Immigrant Families about immigrant healthcare rights.
FEMA Public Assistance
On March 13, President Trump declared the Coronavirus pandemic an emergency declaration. This declaration allows for state, territorial, tribal and local government entities and certain private non-profit organizations to be eligible to apply for Public Assistance. You can learn more about the FEMA Public Assistance program HERE.
HEALTHCARE & CORONAVIRUS-RELATED HEALTH INFORMATION
Use Telehealth Options
If you think you have contracted Coronavirus, call your doctor to see what steps their office would like you to take. If you do not have a primary care provider or a telehealth option, several health systems has added COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, to the list of conditions you can be screened for through Virtual Care. Anyone in South Carolina who has COVID-19-like symptoms can use the online system for free by using the promo code COVID19 through MUSC Health Virtual Care, McLeod Telehealth, Prisma Health Virtual Visit and Roper St. Francis Healthcare Virtual Care. Access free telehealth public options HERE.
Caregiving during the Pandemic
Are you a caregiver? Caregivers across the state have a different perspective when it comes to Coronavirus. The Family Caregiver Alliance has put together a resource page for Family Caregivers during the pandemic that you can find HERE. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has put together a guide for parents and caregivers regarding infectious disease outbreaks that you can find HERE.
Child Mental Health & Coronavirus
If you are a parent, there are resources available to help you talk to your kids during this time. Manuela Molina has written THIS BOOK to help support and reassure children under 7 regarding COVID-19. COVIBOOK is available in English, Spanish and 20 other languages. SAMHSA has also put together a downloadable fact sheet for helping children manage their stress during the outbreak. You can find that fact sheet HERE. This resource from SAMHSA covers children from 0-19 years old.
Mental Health Coping Strategies during Coronavirus
Coronavirus can affect everyone’s mental health, but it can be especially difficult for those of us already suffering from mental health issues. Learn about some of NAMI’s suggestions for coping with mental health during this pandemic HERE.
Coronavirus for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Mothers
The CDC has put out information specifically for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers concerning Coronavirus. You can learn more HERE.
Coronavirus & Mental Health
Coronavirus and the pandemic in our world can put a strain on our mental health as well as the threat to our physical health. Mental Health First Aid has a host of resources and blogs available that address mental health in light of Coronavirus. You can access that HERE.