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Some industries — from shipping to online learning — are hiring to meet coronavirus-related demand. Here are some of the companies hiring right now.
- Jobs in Charlotte via Charlotte Agenda
- Jobs in Los Angeles via LA Jobs Portal
- Jobs in New Jersey via Jobs Portal
- New Jersey launched a website for people to find in-demand jobs at essential businesses during the pandemic.
- CVS said it was hiring 50,000 to meet exploding demand at its stores.
- Pizza Hut announced plans to hire 30,000 permanent workers
- Walmart announced it will hire about 150,000 temporary workers by the end of May for their stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers.
- Dollar Tree, which also owns Family Dollar, plans to hire 25,000 workers.
- 7-Eleven expects to bring on 20,000 new store employees.
- Amazon intends to hire 100,000 workers.
- Domino's is hiring more than 10,000 workers.
- The medical community is looking for as many health care providers as possible. New York City has even asked private and retired providers to help in hospitals. More than 1,000 answered the call.
- Grocery chains (including Kroger) are looking for workers, as are shipping businesses, online learning and remote work firms.
One-on-One with the US Small Business Administration
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Small businesses are scrambling to apply for economic relief now that North and South Carolina have qualified for Small Business Administration assistance. The Alliance’s Keva Walton asked SBA District Director Thomas Stith your most pressing questions
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Crown Financial Ministries Facebook Live Events
Friday at 6 pm EST and Saturday at 11 am EST
Our world is in shock.
We have all experienced some loss in the past 30 days, whether it has been a direct loss of business, a loss of value in our retirement funds, possibly a loss of your job, or a loss of your sense of safety. People are panicking. But there is hope!
Join me for two different Facebook Live Events this coming weekend. I will share scripture, answer important questions about your finances and the economy, and provide practical tips for navigating the days ahead.
Friday at 6 pm EST and Saturday at 11 am EST
Coffee with the Chamber via Zoom
Thursday, March 26 at 8:30 AM
You are invited!
Details: Join us for Coffee with the Chamber via Zoom, an hour of informal networking with other Charlotte Area Chamber members and guests. Join us for coffee wherever you are working right now! Open to the first 25 to register. A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent after registration.
For more information or to register:
Community Leaders Zoom Meetings - Response to Coronavirus
Faith and Nonprofit Leader Check-in #3 -- THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 11 a.m. -- Our now-weekly check in with nonprofit leaders about their priority needs and how houses of faith can support our most vulnerable neighbors in this challenging time.
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Technology Town Hall -- -- FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 8 a.m. -- As we all go virtual, what are the best platforms and best practices? We'll have tech experts addressing issues for houses of faith including -- virtual worship, remote administration, receiving donations and continuing collaboration. We'll have a brief presentation and then plenty of time for questions and answers.
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The Cabarrus Chamber will host a Facebook Live Town Hall Thursday, March 26 at 10 a.m. with Congressman Richard Hudson and other leaders from their community.
Charlotte Motor Speedway becomes COVID-19 Testing Site
Charlotte Motor Speedway became the first professional sports venue in the country to serve the community as a remote testing site during the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more
’Fragile population’ living in motels faces eviction amid COVID-19, but now there’s help
People living in hotels and motels will have access to short-term funds to avoid evictions, Mecklenburg County officials announced.
Crisis Assistance Ministry will pay for at least one week of costs to avoid immediate eviction threats during the coronavirus emergency that has shut down much of public life and caused significant job losses.
“This is already a fragile population that is vulnerable to homelessness,” said Stacy Lowry, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Director, in a statement late Sunday.
People needing help with hotel costs should call 704-371-3001 ext. 123.
Officials said in addition to immediate payments, they will work with the hotels and motels “to come up with a longer-term solution” and address the circumstances that led individuals to their current situation.
As of Monday afternoon, 566 families in 32 hotels had received the first wave of assistance totaling about $200,000, according to Crisis Assistance Ministry.
Orders from North Carolina’s chief justice halted new eviction and foreclosure hearings. Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden, citing one of those orders, said his office would not execute eviction removal orders until mid-April.
Charlotte Water, Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas will not disconnect services for non-payment, officials have said.
County Manager Dena Dioro said last week the county had leased a 123-room hotel to isolate people living in homeless shelters who may display symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been in contact with someone who has.
Fleeing New Yorkers Given Warning
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The White House's coronavirus task force is calling for those leaving New York City to self-quarantine for 14 days. As of Wednesday, more than 25,000 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in New York. The state — accounting for half the nation's total — has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S, although officials say a reason for the high number may be that New York has carried out more tests than any other state.
- Governor Andrew Cuomo said social distancing appeared to be helping slow the state's rate of hospitalization for the virus, which is now doubling every 4.7 days, down from every two days.
- New York City, whose 15,000 cases are the most of any locale in the country, reported that 95% of deaths from the virus involved underlying health conditions — there have been 200 such fatalities.
- Transit riders who touched metal surfaces in New York City subways likely accelerated the spread of the coronavirus in the region, according to Deborah Birx, the State Department physician.
National Real Estate Investors Association Webinar
Focus: evictions, late fees and other COVID-19 issues
Friday, March 27th at 4 PM ET
National REIA will be hosting 2nd webinar this Friday March 27th at 4 PM ET via Zoom with Charles Tassell, NREIA COO/Director of Legislative Affairs and Jeff Greenberger, Greenberger & Brewer LLP. This call will be recorded and shared with members that are unable to attend.
This call will focus on evictions, late fees and other COVID-19 issues.
We have been updating the website, www.nationalreia.org/covid-19-updates and working on the resources requested from our call last week.
Don't forget to join the conversation on COVID-19 on UnitingInvestors.org.
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Mecklenburg County is seeking Proposals from qualified vendors to perform Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services.
RFP for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT)
For more info, visit: www.meckprocure.com
Submission Due before 2:00p EST | 04/15/2020
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Mecklenburg County, located in the State of North Carolina, is seeking Proposals from qualified vendors to perform Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services.
Transportation is provided using MTS certified County drivers and vehicles. MTS also contracts with transportation vendors such as taxicab companies and private companies to transport DSS eligible consumers to their destinations. These vendors must meet all local Passenger Vehicle for Hire (PVH) guidelines. MTS has wheelchair equipped vehicles to help with specialized transportation needs. The following Transportation Service Programs may be provided to DSS eligible consumers:
Transportation Service Programs
• Medicaid Transportation
• Elderly Disabled Transportation Assistance (EDTAP)
• Elderly General Purpose (EGP) Transportation
• Rural General Public (RGP) Transportation
• Veterans Services Transportation
• Additional Grant/Contract Transportation
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19 Simple Ways To Love Your Neighbor
At the heart of Christianity is kinship, a sense of mutual connection and responsibility for one another. But just when our neighbors need it most, the new mandate of social distancing is challenging how we may normally practice kinship in times of crisis.
To help navigate this new landscape, our team has rounded up some easy ways you can support your community and foster relationships, even if you are high-risk or confined at home.
Here are 19 simple ways to love your neighbor in light of COVID-19.
1. Shop local: Call local businesses and restaurants to ask whether they’re open, and how you can (safely) support them. Order delivery, merchandise, or a gift card online for future use.
2. Give blood: Blood drives across the country have been cancelled, and the American Red Cross is reporting a severe shortage of blood. Contact your local Red Cross and find a location to donate.
3. Support the people that serve you: Go ahead and send an online payment to your hairdresser, babysitter, dance teacher, or anyone who regularly serves you or might suddenly be out of work. A little Venmo, PayPal, or Apple Pay donation goes a long way.
4. Tithe your essential supplies: If you were fortunate enough to buy extra toilet paper, wipes, disinfectant, and other essentials, consider donating 10% or more to neighbors in need, or local shelters.
5. Shop for a senior: Offer to help shop for food and pick up medications for seniors and others at-risk. Consider forming a group to help! Here’s how one DC woman is doing it.
Networking is still important. Here’s how to do it while you’re stuck inside
Written by Andrew Seaman
Your professional network is as important to your job search as your resume or profile. An active network can unlock opportunities and catapult you into a new job. The ongoing pandemic doesn’t change or lessen that importance. Yet, you may find that traditional networking avenues, such as coffee meetings or lunches, are out of reach while we’re all self-isolating due to the ongoing pandemic.
Fortunately, you can build relationships and activate your network without ever having an in-person meeting. In other words, don’t use self-isolation as an excuse not to network.
“Networking is important for a number of reasons,” said Dorie Clark, who is the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out. “The first, of course, is that it’s an important way to find out about job openings. A great many jobs are never posted publicly. If you’re strictly relying on publicly posted ads, you’d be missing out on a high percentage of opportunities.” Read more...
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What to do if you get laid off
Many people are navigating layoffs and furloughs as businesses close their doors or cut services due to the pandemic. While people who are laid off may feel the urge to immediately apply to new positions, Biron Clark suggests in the most recent #GetHired that job seekers take a couple of days to strategize. The founder of Career Sidekick says it’s also important to investigate unemployment benefits, activate your professional network and ask for letters of recommendation. Job seekers may also want to use this time to think about their careers and where they want to be in a few years.
Conference call with Governor Roy Cooper and his COVID Response Team
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Special Meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners scheduled and noticed for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. will convene at 1:30 p.m. in Conference Center Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center located at 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, N.C., 28202.
The purpose of the revised meeting time is to allow the Board to join a conference call with Governor Roy Cooper and his COVID Response Team to update County Officials on state response efforts and to discuss and receive information on the COVID-19 response and to take any action as may be deemed appropriate after convening the 2:30 p.m. Special Meeting.
Pursuant to the current State of Emergency, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center is closed to the general public. The public can access and view the live meeting by visiting https://mecklenburg.ravnur.com or watching the Government Channel.
Anyone needing special accommodations to view this meeting and/or if this information is needed in an alternative format, please contact the Clerk to the Board. The Clerk is located at 600 East Fourth Street in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 11th Floor, (980) 314-2900, fax (704-336-5887) or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We request at least 48 hours’ notice prior to the meeting to make the appropriate arrangements.
CEO Chat: Charlotte Regional Business Impact of COVID-19
We’re excited to introduce our new weekly podcast called CLT Alliance Talks. Each Monday, we’ll discuss the most pressing business topics with CEOs, industry experts and community leaders; sharing information and tools focused on building an economy for all in the Charlotte region. Our inaugural episode features Charlotte Regional Business Alliance CEO & President Janet LaBar.
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