Many of our friends, family and neighbors have lost their jobs since the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to the Commonwealth. If you’re out of work or are still employed but have concerns about your rights or benefits, here are a list of organizations that might be able to help.
The Governor’s office put together a helpful FAQ about essential workers, unemployment and other workforce-related questions.
Virginia Career Works
Virginia Career Works is a network of centers around Virginia aimed at helping workers and employers navigate the workplace. VCW put together a presentation summarizing several programs and services available to help workers during the coronavirus pandemic, including:
- Dislocated Worker Program
- Unemployment insurance
Virginia Department of Social Services
If you or your family is having trouble meeting basic needs like food or medical care, Virginia’s Department of Social Services has assistance programs to support you. In some cases, like with the supplemental nutrition assistance program, benefits have increased during the pandemic.
Virginia Employment Commission
If you’ve lost your job or have had a reduction in hours due to the coronavirus, you can file a claim with the Virginia Employment Commission here. If you have issues with the website, you can also contact customer service at 1-866-832-2363.
Virginia Poverty Law Center
The Virginia Poverty Law center also has pulled together information that may be helpful to you. Here’s the link.