BE COUNTED! 2020 CENSUS
WHEN: Thursday, March 12 – Friday, July 31, 2020
WHERE: Everywhere in the United States!
WHAT: The census is a count of every single person in the country – regardless of immigration status – conducted by the US Census Bureau (a nonpartisan government agency, similar to the US Postal Services). It’s important, because it’s a tool to create more equity in our country! Census information is a critical component of how the government allocates funds for things like food stamps and affordable housing. Census data helps determine public transportation routes, where to build new homes and improve neighborhoods, and where to build businesses to create new jobs. And the results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets – so your response directly influences our political power!
Timeline/How to be counted:
- Starting March 12, people will receive invitations in the mail to respond to the census.
- After April 1, census takers will visit residences to help count anyone who hasn’t responded.
- You have three ways to participate: 1) phone, 2) mail, or 3) online.
- The easiest way to be counted is online – and you can complete it online up until July 31.
Everyone counts: Your safety & privacy
- The 2020 Census does not ask whether you or anyone in your home is a U.S. citizen.
- The 2020 Census does count everyone living in the country, including noncitizens.
- The law prevents the Census Bureau from sharing your information with law enforcement.
- Your answers are only used to create statistics about our country – they cannot be used to impact your eligibility for government benefits.
- The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to protect your personal information and keep it strictly confidential. That’s every answer, to every question.
MORE INFO: Visit www.2020census.gov for lots of information, including Census 2020 Language Guides in many different languages. You may also call one of these toll-free language lines to be counted and/or ask questions about the census.
- Arabic: 844.416.2020
- Chinese (Cantonese: 844.398.2020; Mandarin: 844.391.2020)
- English: 844.330.2020 (Puerto Rico residents: 844.418.2020)
- French: 844.494.2020
- Haitian Creole: 844.477.2020
- Japanese: 844.460.2020
- Korean: 844.392.2020
- Polish: 844.479.2020
- Portuguese: 844.474.2020
- Russian: 844.417.2020
- Spanish: 844.468.2020 (Puerto Rico residents: 844.426.2020)
- Tagalog: 844.478.2020
- Vietnamese: 844.461.2020
- Telephone Display Device (TDD): 844.467.2020
KING COUNTY NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CALL CENTER
WHEN: Open daily, 8am-7pm, PST
WHAT: Due to confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, King County has opened a call center to answer questions. While the vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough, a much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions. The best source of information for you and your family during this evolving situation is Public Health- Seattle & King County.
QUESTIONS? Who to call:
- If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you’re a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact the Novel Coronavirus Call Center: 206.477.3977.
- For general questions about COVID-19 or Washington State’s response, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800.525.0127.
- If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Isolate yourself and wear a mask before leaving your home. Do not go to the emergency room; emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
- If you are having a medical emergency, call 9.1.1.
MORE INFO: Visit www.kingcounty.gov/COVID and alert.seattle.gov for the most up-to-date information, and sign up for @AlertSeattle, the City of Seattle’s emergency notification system, to receive customized alerts via text, email, voicemail, Facebook, or Twitter (msg and data rates may apply).
SOUTH KING COUNTY HIRING FAIR WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 9-11:30am WHERE: King County Department of Community & Human Services (645 Andover Park West, Tukwila, WA 98188) ½-mile south of Southcenter Mall • Plenty of parking • Served by KC Metro bus route 150 & Rapid Ride Line F WHAT: An event featuring local employers hiring now for job openings in Seattle & South King County, with onsite interviews with select employers. Bring your résumé. This event is free and open to all; language interpreters available upon request (by March 5). RSVP NOW! Space is limited! RSVP today to see a list of employers and reserve your spot. QUESTIONS? Contact email@example.com. This event is a partnership between: King County Veterans Program • King County Jobs Initiative • Career Connections • Communities of Opportunity
SWISSPORT USA IS HIRING
WHEN: Wednesdays March 11 & 25, 2020, 10:30am – 12:30pm
WHERE: Airport Jobs Office at SeaTac Airport (17801 International Blvd, Room 6626, SeaTac, WA 98158, Mezzanine Level, Room 6626, far north end above Alaska Airlines ticketing counters)
WHAT: A Swissport USA Recruiter will be at the Airport Jobs’ office to help answer questions about open positions and assist interested job seekers in completing job applications. All positions start at $16.34 per hour, and all training is paid!
Current available positions for Swissport USA are:
- Fueling Agent – Full time with benefits; requires a valid drivers license.
- Cargo Warehouse Agent – Full time with benefits; requires a valid drivers license.
- Ramp Services Agent – Full time with benefits; requires a valid drivers license.
- Passenger Service Agent – Part time; high demand for people bilingual in Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, and Thai.
CONQUERING YOUR INTERVIEW! WHEN: Monday, March 16, 1-3:30pm WHERE: Shoreline Hopelink Center (17837 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133) WHAT: A workshop to help you CONQUER job interviewing! Free and open to the public. We will explore: How to think like the employer How to market your skills and experience First impressions and personal presentation Building your confidence RSVP NOW! Registration on Eventbrite is preferred but not required. QUESTIONS? Contact Rhonda Knuckey at 206.487.5457 or RKnuckey@hopelink.org for more info.
TSA’S INFO & APPLICATION ASSISTANCE EVENT WHEN: Friday, March 20, 2020, 9am-2pm WHERE: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, TSA Administrative Offices, Lower Plaza (18000 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188; parking will be validated) WHAT: Join TSA and discover the rewards of a public service career with integrity, respect, and commitment. As a Transportation Security Officer (TSO), you’ll be eligible for great federal benefits, a parking or transit subsidy, plus opportunities for shift differential pay and potential pay increases after six months. Full-time and part-time positions start at $21.48 per hour. APPLY TODAY! Text “SEA” to 95495 or visit TSA Jobs Seattle. QUESTIONS? Call 877.872.7990.
YOUNG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2020
WHEN: Application deadline: Monday, March 30 at 11:59pm; Program dates: Sunday, July 12 – Wednesday, July 15, 9am-5pm (+ evening activities)
WHAT: The University of Washington Foster School of Business is offering a unique opportunity for rising high school seniors interested in studying business. During this 3.5-day academic /residential immersion program, young women will take their first steps into the business world at one of the top public universities in the nation. The Foster Young Women’s Leadership Summit focuses on leadership development, networking to create student and alumni connections, team building activities, and faculty lectures in the areas of finance, information systems, and operations and supply chain management. In the evening, the fun continues with exploration activities around the residence halls and the university. Join us and connect with other like-minded young women while exploring the world of business through faculty and current student interactions!
Student Program Fee = $250: The cost of the 3.5-day program includes accommodations, meals, activities, and program materials. A scholarship application is available for students with demonstrated financial need. First generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Be a rising high school senior (Class of 2021)
- Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (unofficial transcripts are required). Note that a lower GPA does not automatically disqualify you; please take the opportunity to share why your GPA may be lower in your application.
- Participate in extracurricular activities (as showcased through your activities and achievements submission in the application)
- Have a demonstrated interest in learning more about business (either through activities, coursework, or as exhibited through the personal statement)
- Submit a fully completed online application before the deadline (this includes a parent/guardian permission form, if applicable)
TO APPLY: Complete the online application at wlsfoster2020, and submit your unofficial transcripts.
QUESTIONS? Contact Andrea Pesola, Student Engagement Program Manager, at 206.543.4625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCC CENTRAL DISTRICT JOB FAIRS
WHEN: Various dates from March 14 – April 6, 2020
WHERE: Douglass Truth Branch – The Seattle Public Library (2300 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122)
WHAT: Join PCC at one of our upcoming job fairs. Meet with our hiring team about full- and part-time positions at our Central District location, opening this year. Applications will be accepted from candidates ages 16 and over.
- Saturday, April 4: 10:30am – 1:30pm
- Monday, April 6: 3:30 – 6:30pm
PCC Community Markets is Seattle’s original – and the nation’s largest – certified organic, community-owned food market. We’re a passionate community that believes in the power of good food and the potential of good people; a place where the best of the Northwest comes together, from the produce we stock to the people we hire – and we’re now hiring at multiple Seattle-area locations.
⇒Competitive wages ⇒Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance ⇒Paid vacation and sick time ⇒15% staff discount ⇒Free membership in the co-op ⇒Reduced rate on ORCA cards ⇒Retirement plans ⇒Free PCC Cooks classes
APPLY NOW! Save time by applying in advance at pccmarkets.com/jobs.
QUESTIONS/MORE INFO: Please do not hesitate to connect! Contact Alyssa Moore, Recruiting Specialist at Alyssa.Moore@pccmarkets.com or 206.717.6527.
EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT & COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR
WHEN: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 10am-12:30pm
WHERE: Kent Regional Library (212 2nd Ave N, Kent, WA 98032)
WHAT: Exploration! Connections! Possibilities! The South Side Community & Technical College (CTC) Navigators invite you to join our Resource Fair! This event will bring together partners for employment, education, and community resources. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” -C.S. Lewis
- Open to ALL community members, including individuals potentially affected by changes to SNAP/Basic Food Assistance
- Access to local resources for employment
- A variety of organizations will be onsite to discuss services and resources
- Connect with representatives from local colleges
- Opportunities available for adults of all ages, including refugees, immigrants, and second-chance job seekers
RSVP: Visit the event page at qrco.de/opportunity.
MORE INFO/QUESTIONS?Contact Riley Sorensen, Organizer, at 206.934.5455 or email@example.com.
** ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES **
CANCELLED until further notice!
TENANT SERVICES DROP-IN CLINIC WHEN: Every 3rd Wednesday (except holidays), 5:30-7:30pm WHERE: Solid Ground (1501 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103) WHAT: Drop in for an informative Rent Smart workshop geared to renters facing issues that could result in eviction (presented by Solid Ground & the Tenant Law Center of Catholic Community Services). Learn about: 1) Pre-eviction notices
2) Lease terms
4) Court process
5) Order of limited dissemination (overview) Attorneys will address the following issues in 10-minute sessions: 1) Housing subsidy terminations
4) Lease terms MORE INFO: Visit solid-ground.org/tenant for more info on tenant rights in Washington state. Can’t drop in? Solid Ground’s Tenant Counselors provide advice on Washington state landlord/tenant law via our Tenant Services message-only line, 206.694.6767. Call with your questions during current message line open hours, M & Th, 10:30am – 1:30pm, PST, and they will respond as soon as possible.
WA STATE PAID FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE
WHAT: New Washington state legislation means Paid Family & Medical Leave is available when you need time off to care for yourself or a family member. There are three main types of paid leave available: Medical Leave, Family Leave, and Military Leave. Each one is related to a different type of “qualifying event” – the thing that happens to you or a family member that qualifies you for paid leave.
MORE INFO/TO APPLY: Visit the Washington state Paid Family & Medical Leave website to find out how it works and to apply, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
FAMILY MATTERS CLINIC FOR LGBTQ+ FAMILIES
WHEN/WHERE: Ongoing; meeting times and locations are set when families are matched with attorneys
WHAT: QLaw Foundation supports all of the ways that our community makes families. We serve parents who are low income, QTPOC, formerly incarcerated, trans/nonbinary, poly, immigrant/refugee, and/or living with disabilities. We have no limitations based on citizenship or income level.
The Family Matters clinic for LGBTQ+ families in King County is a full-representation clinic for:
- people who are parenting, but who don’t have legal recognition of their role
- families recognized under Washington law who want an adoption or parentage order just to be safe
- families parenting kids from their partner’s prior relationship
- parents not married to the kids’ other parent who want to make sure their relationship with the children is protected in a worst-case scenario
- families with three or four (or more!) people parenting children who want to make sure each parent has legal recognition
MORE INFO: Contact email@example.com or 206.483.2725.
WA GET PROGRAM OPEN ENROLLMENT
WHEN: 2019-2020 enrollment runs through May 31, 2020
WHAT: The Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program is Washington state’s 529 prepaid tuition program that helps families save today for future college costs. It offers a guarantee tied to in-state tuition prices, backed by state law. It also offers tax benefits, flexible payments and a nationwide choice of colleges. GET provides families the opportunity to start saving for future college costs while their children are young. While GET account values keep pace with in-state tuition, beneficiaries have the freedom to follow their ambitions wherever they choose, as GET can be used at nearly any public or private university, community college, or technical school in the country.
MORE INFO: The unit purchase price is $121. GET’s website offers details, charts, planning tools and answers for questions that families may have about the program. Washington residents who want to help a student save for future education costs can open a GET account online with no enrollment fee.
CONTACT: GET Contact Center staff at GETInfo@wsac.wa.gov or 800.955.2318.
COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS
WHAT: Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is the largest, most comprehensive, and most successful broadband adoption program in the nation. It provides low-cost internet ($9.95/month) to low-income families and individuals within the Comcast service area.
Eligibility: To qualify, applicants simply need to show they participate in one of more than a dozen different government assistance programs, including: ⇒Medicaid, ⇒Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and ⇒Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Comcast also accepts applications from households that: ⇒have a student eligible for the National School Lunch Program, ⇒live in public housing, ⇒receive HUD Housing Assistance (including Section 8 vouchers), or ⇒participate in the Veterans Pension Program, as well as low-income seniors in select pilot markets.
MORE INFO/TO APPLY: Visit the Internet Essentials website for eligibility information and an application – or call 1.855.846.8376.
HAS YOUR FAMILY LOST ACCESS TO TANF?
If you were kicked off TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) due to:
- sanctions that led you to be permanently disqualified OR
- the 60-month limit, and you and your family are currently homeless
… you are again eligible for TANF, due to changes in the law effective July 28, 2019.
To reapply for TANF, you must submit an application either in person, by mail, or online. Visit washingtonconnection.org for an online application, or bit.ly/dshs-offices for a list of DSHS offices throughout the state.
If you’re being denied these new benefits, here are some legal support resources:
- King County residents: Contact Solid Ground’s Benefits Legal Assistance: 206.694.6742.
- Residents outside of King County: Contact CLEAR Legal Hotline: 1.888.201.1014.
OPEN ORIENTATION FOR CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM
WHEN: Every Tuesday, promptly at 9:30am
WHERE: FareStart (700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101). Ring the buzzer at the Virginia Street entrance for receptionist.
WHAT: FareStart is a free culinary training and placement program. Our job placement rate is currently 90%! No referral or appointment needed; simply attend an orientation to get started.
- 16 weeks of hands-on culinary training in working professional kitchens
- Coaching to become successful in your work and help finding a job
- Support services for personal needs, including housing assistance
QUESTIONS? Visit the FareStart website or contact them at 206.267.6218.
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