COVID-19 Resources

There are resources available in Central Pennsylvania to help our community adapt to the social and economic changes due to the impact of COVID-19. This page will be updated as new resources become available, so please check back often. If you have questions about any resources shared, contact Haley Stanko, CPWDC Business Engagement Coordinator at hstanko@cpwdc.org or follow the links to find the specific contact person for the program you are interested in.

Preventing the Spread of Disease

  • The Centers for Disease Control website provides interim guidance to help prevent workplace exposures in non-healthcare settings: CLICK HERE
  • PA Guides to Responding to COVID-19: CLICK HERE

Announcements

  • NEW 9/1 Utilities Assistance for PA Residents: CLICK HERE
  • 7/16 Hazard Pay Grants for Front-Line Workers in Life-Sustaining Industries: CLICK HERE
  • 6/29 Rent and Mortgage Relief Applications Released: CLICK HERE
  • CARES Rent Relief Program and Applications: CLICK HERE
  • 6/26 Masks are Mandatory in Pennsylvania Businesses: CLICK HERE
  • 6/26 Last PA County will Move to Green on July 3: CLICK HERE
  • 6/23 Masks Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19: CLICK HERE
  • 5/04 COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program Provides Relief to Hundreds of Additional Businesses: CLICK HERE
  • 5/01 Reopening of 24 Counties Beginning May 8: CLICK HERE
  • 4/23 Guidance Issued as Construction Industry Prepares to Resume Work May 1: CLICK HERE
  • 4/20 Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Extended Until May 8: CLICK HERE
  • 4/20 First Round of COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program Funding: CLICK HERE
  • 4/20 List of Life-Critical Businesses: CLICK HERE
  • 4/14 Pennsylvania Begins Implementing New Federal Unemployment Benefits: CLICK HERE
  • 4/13 COVID-19 Job Hiring Portal for Jobseekers and Employers: CLICK HERE
  • 4/9 Schools Closed for Remainder of Academic School Year: CLICK HERE
  • 4/3 Department of Human Services (DHS) Launches Behavioral Health Helpline: CLICK HERE
  • 4/1 Families First Coronavirus Response Act: COVID-19 and the Workplace: CLICK HERE
  • 4/1 Mandatory Posting of New Employee Rights Poster: CLICK HERE
  • 3/26 Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal: CLICK HERE
  • 3/24 Health Insurance Special Enrollment Periods, Availability of Medicaid and CHIP Following COVID-19 Layoffs: CLICK HERE
  • 3/19 Closure of Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses: CLICK HERE

How to Help

  • PA Manufacturing Call to Action Portal: CLICK HERE
  • PA Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal: CLICK HERE.
  • Volunteering, Donations, and Private Sector Opportunities: CLICK HERE.
  • Companies that can donate can reach out directly to nbeoc@fema.dhs.gov
  • National Maker Responses for Design and Build of Medical Supplies: CLICK HERE.

PA CareerLink® Business Services

As always, the PA CareerLink® staff is available to assist you with job posting, recruitment, and other employment services. If you have immediate workforce needs, contact our team at businesssolutions@centralpacl.com  or if you have a staff contact, you may email them directly.

Business Resources

  • NEW 6/30 COVID-19 Relief Small Business Assistance Program: CLICK HERE
  • 5/11 COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses Flyer: CLICK HERE
  • 4/27 Paycheck Protection Program from the SBA: CLICK HERE
  • 4/22 SEDA-COG EDA COVID-19 Loan Fund: CLICK HERE
  • Catalyst Connection Back-to-Work Playbook: CLICK HERE
  • Apply for Disaster Assistance from the SBA: CLICK HERE
  • PA Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Disruption Recovery: CLICK HERE 
  • Small Business FAQ and Resources: CLICK HERE 
  • Webinar Training Opportunities from the SBDC: CLICK HERE
  • Shared-Work Program, an Innovative Alternative to Employee Layoffs: CLICK HERE
  • Pennsylvania Industrial Development Assistance (PIDA) Loans: CLICK HERE
  • Health Insurance from R.S. Associates: CLICK HERE

Industry Specific Resources

  • NEW Construction – Opportunity for General Contractors: CLICK HERE
  • Agriculture – Emergency Agriculture Assistance Grants: CLICK HERE
  • Manufacturing – Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN): CLICK HERE
  • Innovative Manufacturers’ Center (IMC): CLICK HERE
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) (Columbia County): CLICK HERE

PA CareerLink® Job Seeker Services

Staff at the PA CareerLink® are still on the job, ready to remotely assist you. Following are points of contact for each PA CareerLink® location in Central PA or, if you’ve been working with a specific staff member, you may email them directly. If you need assistance obtaining your staff contact’s email address, contact the staff person listed below for assistance.

PA CareerLink® Centre County

  • Ellen Struble, Workforce Specialist
  • estruble@tiu11.org
  • 814-548-7587 – leave a message and Ellen will return your call as soon as possible

PA CareerLink® Clinton County

PA CareerLink® Columbia/Montour
Counties

PA CareerLink® Mifflin County

  • Teresa Peters, Workforce Specialist
  • tpeters@tiu11.org
  • 717-248-4942 – leave a message and Teresa will return your call as soon as possible

PA CareerLink® Lycoming County

PA CareerLink® Northumberland/Snyder/Union Counties

Individual Resources

  • In the midst of COVID-19 closures, some companies are in need of essential workers. Apply for local jobs at PA CareerLink®: CLICK HERE
  • DHS Tool to help Essential Employees Find Childcare: CLICK HERE
  • COMPASS – Apply for Health and Human Service Programs and Manage Benefit Information: CLICK HERE
  • Learn More about COMPASS: CLICK HERE
  • Finra Investor Alert on Job Dislocation – Making Smart Financial Choices after a Job Loss: CLICK HERE
  • How to Get Healthcare Marketplace Coverage: CLICK HERE
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance: CLICK HERE
  • Facts for People with Substance Use Disorders (SUD): CLICK HERE

Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation

According to the PA Department of Labor & Industry, you may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation (UC) if:

  • Your employer temporarily or permanently closed
  • Your hours are reduced
  • You’ve been told not to work to help mitigate COVID-19
  • You’ve been told to quarantine or self-isolate

For regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) questions:

  • Email uchelp@pa.gov. Please include your full name as it appears on your claim, last 4 digits of your social security #, email address, phone # and a brief explanation of the problem.
  • Call 888-313-7284 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We recommend that you call on the lightest days of the week – Thursdays or Fridays.
  • LiveChat (call 888-313-7284 for a secure 6-digit code) Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) questions:

  • Email ucpua@pa.gov. Please include your full name as it appears on your claim, last 4 digits of your social security #, email address, phone # and a brief explanation of the problem.
  • Call 855-284-8545 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

CLICK HERE to learn about UC Eligibility and COVID-19, and click below to learn more.

  • Guidance & Resources from the PA Office of Unemployment Compensation (UC): CLICK HERE
  • Video on How to File for Unemployment Benefits: CLICK HERE
  • Employee UC Benefits and COVID-19 FAQs: CLICK HERE
  • Employer UC and COVID-19 FAQs: CLICK HERE
  • Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19 FAQS: CLICK HERE
  • UC Letter to Employers: CLICK HERE
  • Self-Employed, Contractors, and Gig Workers Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: CLICK HERE

Community Resources

  • NEW – Low Cost Internet Service from Comcast: CLICK HERE
  • Low Cost/Free Internet Service: CLICK HERE
  • Wi-Fi Available in Local Business/Organization Parking Lots: CLICK HERE
  • No Cost Lunches for Children, A Nine County Resource List: CLICK HERE
  • Guidance and Resources for School Communities: CLICK HERE

Community Action Agencies offer a range of coordinated programs designed to support families and reduce poverty. Click below to learn more about the resources they may have to help you if you’re impacted by COVID-19.

Central PA Community Action
Serving Centre County

Central Susquehanna Opportunities Inc. (CSO)
Serving: Columbia, Montour, and Northumberland Counties

The Center for Community Action

STEP, Inc.
Serving Clinton and Lycoming Counties

Union-Snyder Community Action Agency
Serving: Snyder and Union Counties

 

 

United Way organizations provide supports to help strengthen families and the community. Click below to learn more about resources that may be available to help if you’ve been impacted by COVID-19.

Centre County United Way
Serving Centre County

Clinton County United Way
Serving Clinton County

Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way
Serving Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Counties

Lycoming County United Way
Serving Lycoming County

United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties
Serving Columbia and Montour Counties

United Way of Mifflin-Juniata
Serving Mifflin and Juniata Counties

 

Reliable News Sources

  • PACast is the official state site for updates related to COVID-19: CLICK HERE
  • PA State Government Updates Responding to COVID-19 : CLICK HERE