Our COVID-19 resource guide shares useful links for workers who may need help or have questions regarding unemployment, stimulus checks, mental health and more.
If you’ve been laid off from your job, like millions of workers have been, your first step should be filing for unemployment. This will help provide an income while you wait to return to work or find a new position.
Click here to learn about unemployment, including how to file, COVID-19 related benefits, continuing your healthcare coverage, and more.
Stimulus Check Info
The stimulus check, more formally known as “Economic Impact Payments”, is technically a tax credit, but does not affect your normal tax refunds. According to Business Insider, you’ll receive a check if you:
- Have a Social Security number.
- Have filed taxes in 2018 or 2019, or don’t earn enough to file but receive Social Security payments.
- Earned less than $99,000 for single filers, $136,500 for heads of household, or $198,000 for married filers according to the most recent tax return filed.
- Are not claimed by someone else as a dependent.
If you haven’t received your stimulus check, click here to get an update on your payment. Click here to see how much you’re eligible to receive. And this website provides troubleshooting for the IRS website if you run into issues.
If you’re one of the aforementioned workers who were laid off or you’re looking to supplement your current income, there are several companies continuing to hire during the pandemic. Below are some helpful links:
19 Companies Hiring During the Coronavirus Pandemic (including Aldi, Domino’s, Walgreens/CVS, and Walmart)
Here are the companies mass hiring during the coronavirus pandemic (including Target, Slack, and Zoom)
For those of you who want to make extra cash without getting fully hired on with a new company, check out 8 ways to earn extra income (mostly from home).
Mental Health Resources
People around the world have seen a spike in their anxiety and other mental health related illnesses due to the coronavirus. With our uncertain future, and the fact that many of us have been stuck inside for weeks (possibly alone), it’s completely understandable if you’re feeling anxious, sad, or scared.
The PsychHub and the ADAA websites provide resources including support groups, telehealth options, and more. And remember, your friends and family are just a phone call (or a text, email, zoom, etc) away – don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
A Little Fun
You deserve a break from the day-to-day stresses, and we think these links may help:
100+ Fun Things to Do at Home Right Now, From Virtual Tours to Animals Cams and More
Avoid Cabin Fever With These 125 Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During the Coronavirus Crisis
What to Quaran-Stream If You’re Staying In to Avoid Coronavirus
Easy DIY Crafts from Pinterest
We know that one day, our lives will return to normal (whatever normal may look like); until then, we hope this resource guide provides useful information and removes a little bit of your stress.