Safe at Home: Information & Assistance

The library staff has compiled these resources to guide you to valuable information and sources of assistance.

Finance & Government
Job Search

Small Businesses
 

Finance & Government

CARES Act
Learn more about what The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is and how it helps American individuals and businesses at this time.

Complete the 2020 Census
Your response impacts federal funding for our community.

Connecticut Department of Labor COVID-19 FAQ
Includes information on unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, FMLA, and more.

Connecticut Department of Labor – File for Unemployment Benefits
Start a new claim or file a continuing claim.

Economic Impact Payment – IRS Payment Info Form for Non-Filers
If you are not required to file taxes, fill out this form to speed up your economic impact payment deposit.

Economic Impact Payment Status
Verify your bank account information for the fastest direct deposit.

VITA Virtual Intake
Free tax assistance is available virtually for those who earned less than $56,000 in 2019.

 
Mortgage Information:

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has information on programs related to the CARES Act mortgage relief for homeowners with federally-backed loans.

Connecticut Department of Banking has information for CT homeowners and links to non-federally backed mortgage servicers that are participating in CT state programs.

 
Renter Information:

There are options for renters who live in rental units financed by FREDDIE MAC or FANNIE MAE.

The Connecticut State Government has issued some additional protections for renters within Connecticut.

 
Student Loan Information:

Federal Student Loan Aid information through the CARES Act includes relief information related to forbearance and repayment options for federal loans. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau also put together a FAQ page with more information about what this program covers. MyFedLoan also has some information on relief options on federally held loans that they service for the Government.

Privately held student loans and other non-Federal student loan relief can be found at the Connecticut Department of Banking. They have coordinated information for CT residents with private loans servicers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has additional information on where to go to ask questions or find out more information, and may have more information as the federal response changes.

 

Job Search

The Wallingford Public Library has a number of excellent tools and resources to help you navigate everything from getting a resume created to learning new skills. Click on the links below to see what amazing tools the library offers! Some do require a library card to access, but all are free and some even have ways to earn certificates.

JobNow! (requires Wallingford Public Library card)
This is a library resource for those looking to get help creating and editing different types of job-related materials. They offer free review of resumes and cover letters, as well as templates for documents and helpful tips in the interview process.

Learning Express (requires Wallingford Public Library card)
This tool has career preparation tools, including resources on different job-specific exams. From Civil Service to CDL exams, Learning Express has some great options for prepping to take different exams required for some careers.

Lynda.com (requires Wallingford Public Library card)
The Library’s subscription to this service allows patrons to access 5,775 different tutorials on a number of business and technology subjects, to help hone new skills. Tutorials vary in length and experience level, so there is something for every user. Courses range from tech-focused courses on Python to learning how to be an Online Instructor.

ReferenceUSA (requires a Wallingford Public Library card)
This is a database with historical and current contact information for many businesses around the country. It can be a useful resource in a job search when finding a mailing address is difficult. Some businesses also list senior management.

Universal Class (requires Wallingford Public Library card)
This tool has over 500 tutorials for both business and leisure topics. Want to learn more about Accounting? From Bookkeeping 101 to Business Analysis, Universal Class has 40 tutorials on this topic alone. Learn how to use programs like Excel and Word, with tutorials from novice to expert.

 

Free Online Resources

These are some resources outside of the Library that can help job-seekers with training, learning new skills, and resources to navigate a job search remotely:

American Job Center
This site includes links on how to file Unemployment Benefits online, as well as online employment and training services through Workforce Alliance while the physical buildings are closed. There are also a number of slideshows from public workshops, including Exploring Careers Through Social Media. While many of the typical resources available through the Job Center are currently suspended, job-seekers can click the Job Opportunity Events page for more information on upcoming events.

State of Connecticut Employment Connection
Access services, information, and search openings for the State of Connecticut. The Connecticut Department of Labor also offers many employment and training services to residents.

Indeed Career Guide
Indeed has put together a guide to help job-seekers navigate a job search during COVID-19.

Jobs For Teens HQ
This site is geared specifically for teens looking for work. It includes information on work permits, creating your first resume, and resources specific for first-time workers.

AARP Work and Job
This link has great resources for older adults looking to return to the workforce, tips on how to work remotely, and search features to find jobs.

The Goodwill also offers free resources to all job-seekers:

Goodwill – Career Coaching
Goodwill Employment Resources – Southern New England
Goodwill Community Foundation – free job and career tutorials and resources
 

Other resources to consider:

Alumni Associations and Career Services Office from schools, universities, or institutions may be able to offer additional support for alumni and current students.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is maintained by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics and is a great resource for those interested in learning about different jobs or careers.

My Next Move is a resource designed to help individuals find jobs in different industries based on skills that you have or things that you like to do.
 

Links to Job Posting Sites:

AARP
Career Builder
CollegeGrad
Connecticut Department of Labor Job Listings
CT Hires
CT Post Jobs
Glassdoor
Hartford Courant
Idealist
Indeed
Military Connection
Monster
Record Journal
Senior JobBank
Simply Hired
Upwork
USA Jobs
Workforce Alliance
ZipRecruiter
 

Small Businesses

The U.S. Government’s Small Business Administration has put together some relief for small businesses experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are resources to help understand what’s available and the different ways the Small Business Administration (SBA) is helping small businesses during this time. The SBA also has links to find local assistance.

Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
This site has some general information on ways the SBA can help small businesses during this pandemic. Links to resources on CDC guidelines, general information on how to continue operating a business during this time, and economic relief options are included.

Paycheck Protection Program
This SBA loan program is centered on helping small businesses keep their payrolls active. This site has information on common questions and the general process of applying for these loans. The Connecticut Department of Banking also has some FAQ resources on this program.

SBA Express Bridge Loans
This site has information on how to apply for SBA loans while waiting for their Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance.

SBA Debt Relief
This SBA resource has information on options for debt relief for small businesses.
 

The Federal and Connecticut state government are also offering different resources and information for businesses of various sizes.

Main Street Lending Program
This program is coming soon and will be administered by the Federal Reserve. Click on the link to access more information from the government site and to check for updates on this program. Here is some general information about the program.

Governor Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Banking recently had an update and helped clarify some of the various small business programs available to Connecticut employers, including information directed at sole proprietorships.