COVID-19 Information and Resources

This page contains dated updates from CWD Director Thomas Schulte.

Thursday March 26, 2020 6:00 pm

Monroe County Job Portal

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello announced a job portal that will connect essential businesses who are looking to expand their workforce during the COVID-19 crisis and individuals across the community who are healthy and looking for work.

While the local economic impact of COVID-19 is already visible, Bello announced a concerted effort to direct both employers looking to hire workers and residents seeking work to a single platform.

Both businesses and job seekers should visit https://jobboard.rochesterworks.org/index.php to post and explore job opportunities. Residents with limited internet access are encouraged to call RochesterWorks at (585) 258-3500.

Tuesday March 17, 2020 10:40 am

COVID-19 Impacts – Community Resources & Information

General Information & Hotlines:

Basic Needs/DHS:

  • Visit the DHS information page for application information: https://www2.monroecounty.gov/hs-coronavirus
    • Most Face-to-face interviews have been suspended, replaced with phone interviews
    • Applications can be dropped off, or sent via mail, fax, email (see below)
      • PUBLIC ASSISTANCE
        • If already scheduled for in-person interview the week of March 16, applicants may call 753-6960 to move to a phone interview.
        • Fax: 585-753-5315
        • Email: dfa2a26.sm.monroe.C.D.M@dfa.state.ny.us
      • EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
        • Fax: 585-753-5315
        • Email: dfa2a26.sm.monroe.C.D.M@dfa.state.ny.us
      • TEMPORARY HOUSING
        • Fax: 585-753-5315 or 585-753-6078
        • Email: dfa2a26.sm.erhous@dfa.state.ny.us
        • If scheduled for in-person interview the week of March 16, applicants may call 753-6229 to move to a phone interview
      • HEAP & HERR
        • Fax: 585-753-6102
        • Email: dfa2a26.sm.monroe.C.D.M@dfa.state.ny.us

Food:

  • SNAP (copied from https://www2.monroecounty.gov/hs-coronavirus)
    • SNAP recipients of households with children who would otherwise receive free or reduced-price meals if not for schools being closed are eligible for emergency benefits.
      • To request this benefit, call the SNAP Workgroup: 585-753-2740 – or –
      • Email dfa2a26.sm.monroe.team41@dfa.state.ny.us
      • Individuals in need of a benefit cards should call 585-753-6006 for a card
    • Those without SNAP can apply online: https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/mybenefits/begin
  • Check with individual school district (see “School District Info” section below) for free meal pick-up times and locations
  • The City of Rochester and Foodlink are providing pre-packaged breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, at the following city R-Centers between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.:
    • Adams Street R-Center, 85 Adams St.
    • Avenue D R-Center, 200 Avenue D
    • Carter Street R-Center, 500 Carter St.
    • Tyshaun Cauldwell R-Center, 524 Campbell
    • Frederick Douglass R-Center, 990 South Ave.
    • Flint Street R-Center, 271 Flint St.
    • David Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.
    • Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center (Clinton-Baden), 465 N. Clinton Ave.
    • Thomas Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.
  • Food Pantries still open include:
    • North Greece Road Church of Christ
      • Wednesdays 12-2 pm
      • 1039 North Greece Road
    • Center for Youth
      • Weekdays 9 am – 6 pm
      • For youth (under age 24) and families with children
      • 905 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
      • (585) 473-2464
    • Mac’s Pizza Shack offering free breakfast to children starting 3/16 and until school resumes
      • 3290 Canandaigua Rd., Macedon, NY

 

Child Care:

  • The Child Care Council provides referrals in Monroe, Livingston, & Wayne Counties
    • They will begin contacting providers on 3/17 to determine current vacancies
    • Call 654-4720 or visit childcarecouncil.com
  • YMCA Emergency School-Age Care (see “YMCA” section below)
  • DHS Childcare subsidies (from https://www2.monroecounty.gov/hs-coronavirus)
    • Current childcare subsidy recipients with school age children are eligible to have their care authorizations updated to include full time care during the day while school is out if their provider can accommodate them.
      • Email at: dfa2a26.sm.monroe.ChildCare-DHS@dfa.state.ny.us
    • For families not currently in receipt of subsidy, childcare eligibility certificates can be provided to allow for use of subsidy to pay for childcare by eligible providers during school closures. Must provide the childcare application and proof of employment

 

Internet:

  • Charter will provide free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 students and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps
  • Charter will also open their Wi-Fi hotspots for public use

 

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Sunday March 15, 2020 12:14 P.M. IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM CWD Director: COVID-19

Due to the ongoing local concerns regarding the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Center for Workforce Development will be closed indefinitely to all students starting Monday, March 16, 2020.  This includes all Literacy, ESOL, Career Job Training, and evening Continuing Education programs.

We are closely monitoring this situation and working with our county partners to determine an appropriate time to restart programming.  Evaluations will happen on a week by week basis and updates will be communicated through all channels possible, including on this website.

Current students – We will continue to work with all governing bodies to ensure that this disruption does not negatively impact your successful completion of your program(s).  We are fully committed to supporting you to reach your education and career goals!

Please continue to frequently monitor our website for critical updates. This page will be updated with information from the CWD Director, each update will be dated.

 

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES is aware of concerns in the community about the spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus.

We are closely watching this situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the Monroe County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

For more information from BOCES 2 Superintendent and resources go here: https://www.monroe2boces.org/CoronavirusResources.aspx