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COVID-19 Resources

Unemployment Resources

 

Our team put together a starting place of helpful tips and links whether you find yourself without a job or you are a business owner/manager helping employees. Note: If you run a business, be sure to read the COVID-19 Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist here and also found in this Business Toolkit section under Stay Safe. Stay Local. Stay Informed to learn about Economic Disaster Injury Loans and the Payroll Protection Program.

 


Steps to Take if You Become Unemployed During COVID-19
Apply for Unemployment

If you find yourself furloughed, laid off, or have seen your hours significantly reduced, you should research filing a claim for unemployment benefits. All relevant resources to file a claim for unemployment benefits are online at the Alabama Department of Labor.

https://labor.alabama.gov/unemployment.aspx

Eligibility Information

 


Plan Financially

Whether it is budget planning, retirement planning, mortgage planning, or any other financial planning, now is a crucial time to work with your primary bank, accountant, or financial planner to create a short-term or long-term plan. There are many of these entities that are members of the Mobile Area Chamber. For a list of this members, please use the following links:

 

Mobile Area Chamber Member Banks

Mobile Area Chamber Member Accountants & CPAs

Mobile Area Chamber Member Financial Planners & Consultants

 


Communicate with your Utility Providers

During this difficult time, our utility partners are here to help. If you should have questions about your monthly bills, you can contact your utility companies through the following links. Many of the webpages have updated information on COVID-19.

 

Power

Alabama Power

 

Gas

Spire

 

CMC Natural Gas

 

South Alabama Utilities

 

Water

MAWSS

 

MCWS

 

Prichard Water Works

 

Saraland Water

 

Satsuma Water

 

Le Moyne Water System

 

St. Elmo Irvington Water

 

Kushla Water District

 

Grand Bay Water Works Board

 

Dauphin Island Water

 


Take Advantage of Community Programs

There are many organizations in our community offering assistance – from food banks to charity organizations. Below are various links to community programs offered for COVID-19 assistance:

 

City of Mobile Parks and Recreation  – Providing meals for youth

 

The Community Foundation of South Alabama

 


Mobile Area Disaster Relief Fund for those affected by COVID-19

 

Feeding the Gulf Coast – Providing meals for families

 

Lifelines Counseling Services – Family counseling and crisis services

 

Mobile County Public School System – Providing meals for youth

 


Make an Appointment with a Local Staffing Agency

There are still opportunities for employment. Many of our local staffing agency members are continuously looking for individuals with different skill sets. If you should find yourself needing additional employment opportunities, make sure to reach out to one of the following members to find the opportunity that is right for you.

 

Mobile Area Chamber Member Employee Assistance

Mobile Area Chamber Member Employee Benefit

Mobile Area Chamber Member Employee Leasing

Mobile Area Chamber Member Employee Staffing

Mobile Area Chamber Member Employment Agencies & Consultants

Mobile Area Chamber Member Employment Contractor

Mobile Area Chamber Member Employment Services

Mobile Area Chamber Member Employment Services – Employee Lease

Mobile Area Chamber Member Employment Training Center

 

Other Resources

Monster

 

Indeed

 

LinkedIn

 

PeopleReady

 


Update your Resume

There are many resources available to assist you in updating your resume. The Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment (SWAPTE) and the Alabama Career Center are partnering to offer individuals businesses many free resources. Find it here.

 

SAPTE

 

Alabama Career Center

 

Mobile Works

 


Train for a New Career at a Local Community College:

During this time, take advantage of the multitude of training opportunities in the Mobile area. Whether you want to learn a new trade, increase your skill set, or improve your capabilities, our partners at Bishop State Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College and AIDT have you covered.

 

Bishop State Community College

Career Technical Education Programs

Health Science Professions

Other Programs of Study

How to Apply

 

Coastal Alabama Community College

Aerospace Industry

Other Programs of Study

How to Apply

 

AIDT

Maritime Welding Classes

Other Classes

 


Useful Webinars:

Workforce Recovery – COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Webinar

Contact Information

The Mobile Area Chamber has resumed regular office hours, Monday through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guidelines are still in place to follow the Alabama State Health Officer’s guidelines of social distancing and limited occupancy of our meeting rooms to no more than 50 percent. Find the directory to reach us here.

 

David Rodgers – Vice President of Economic Development

251-431-8657

 

Cheryl Nichols – Director of Workforce and Education

251-431-8651