Job Seeker + Community Resources
In these challenging and rapidly-changing times, it’s hard to know where to turn for the assistance you need. Below are some resources to help.
Filings for unemployment insurance are at a historically high level. That means delays getting through on the phone and online. A little preparation before filing could save you time and reduce stress.
A few tips:
- Start by reading a list of Frequently Asked Questions WA State Unemployment Insurance FAQ.
- Then go to the unemployment website and review the checklist, watch the how to open a SAW account video, and see other resources. Spending a little time reading and preparing could make the filing process go more smoothly.
- An easy-to-read comparison guide lists some of the most common COVID-19 scenarios that may occur and the benefits that may apply (paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, paid family & medical leave, and industrial L&I insurance)
- Layoff assistance information
- Resources and FAQs for employees impacted by COVID-19
Update May 29: Governor Inslee extended until June 17:
- 20-21.3: Waives/suspends statues/rules relating to a one-week waiting period to collect unemployment insurance. (20-21.2)
- 20-30.3: Waives/suspends statutory job search requirements for applicants seeking unemployment insurance. (20-30.2)
Job Search + Training Support
We are available to assist individuals seeking job search and training assistance.
- Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Q&A for workers and employers
- WA State Department of Financial Institutions’ list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the coronavirus
- Clark PUD
- NW Natural
- City of Vancouver (water/sewer)
- Clark Regional Wastewater District
- Waste Connections
- Cowlitz PUD
Schools + Education
- K-12 schools across the State are closed through the end of the school year in June 2020
- School Districts
- Clark College and Lower Columbia College have moved to online instruction as of 3/17, and WSU Vancouver as of 3/23
- Kahn Academy has free tools for remote learning, daily schedules, online streaming, guides for parents and more
- Scholastic created a free “Learn at Home” website amid COVID-19 school closures
- If your child care facility closed due to COVID-19 concerns, contact Child Care Aware of Washington’s Family Center at 1.800.446.1114 or firstname.lastname@example.org for help searching for alternative child care. Child Care Aware is a nonprofit statewide child care resource and referral program for Washington State.
- Educational Service District 112 Child Care Resource and Referral line 360.952.3466
- If you are an essential worker or first responder and need immediate childcare, WeeCare is opening up its full directory across the nation and 24/7 service to find, locate and place you immediately at a home daycare for back-up care. To learn more visit https://weecare.co/daycare-near-me or call 310.929.9579.
Health and Health Care
- WA State Health Care Authority Options for COVID-19 testing and treatment of the uninsured
- Free or low-cost healthcare coverage Washington Apple Health
- Washington State Department of Health
(Note: State hotline available 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily at 800.525.0127)
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- Washington State Corona Virus Response including resources for businesses and individuals and multilingual resources
- Clark County Public Health
- Mental Health Resources
- Resources for Immigrants (some in other languages)
Resources for Hispanic and Latinx Communities
- Clark County Latino Youth Conference
- Fourth Plain Forward
- Latino Community Resource Group
- Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens
- Business Resources – Columbia River Economic Development Council
Where to find updated information on what steps local governments are taking in response to COVID-19:
- Battle Ground
- Castle Rock
- Clark County
- Cowlitz County
- La Center
- Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle’s Facebook Page
- Wahkiakum County