Find help here for everything from Coronavirus to online schooling, to available jobs and more. We will add information as it becomes available.
An updated Coronavirus Pandemic Resource Guide for New Jerseyans (Compiled by the Office of U.S. Senator Cory Booker).
COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Information for seniors age 65+ (Info current as of 3/17/21).
Hotline number to share with those who need to register for the COVID-19 vaccine without a computer or email
Starting Monday, January 25th, from 8 AM until 8 PM, the State of NJ will have a hotline number to assist the elderly without email addresses or people w/o access to a computer to register for the vaccine. The state will have 250 agents registering residents via phone at 1-855-568-0545.
NJ Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS)
Click this NJ Health link to register for the COVID-19 vaccine.
L2B Initiative Showcases Calendar of Free Online Events for Business Community
Free Webinars! Please check out this amazing free service: a hub for online presentations providing information helpful to individuals, small businesses and entrepreneurs — during these challenging times.
“Libraries are playing a vital role in helping NJ businesses and residents recover in the wake of economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many New Jersey libraries have banded together in order to continue to act in the way that they have for centuries: as a conduit for information. The calendar housed on this website represents combined efforts and expert insights from government entities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and individual experts.”
Division of Local Government Services (DLGS)
DCA is pleased to announce the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which will provide temporary rental assistance to selected low and moderate income households who have experienced unemployment or reduced income due to the pandemic. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit https://www.nj.gov/dca/
Middlesex County to aid local businesses impacted by COVID-19 through Small Business Grants Program
For more information, or to submit an application beginning June 3, 2020, please visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov/
Niche Academy, a library vendor, is making the resources on their Reopening Lives Academy free to all libraries in the U.S. There is no password or geo location necessary to access the materials. The library community curated the resources, which include COVID 19 resources, such as cleaning and disinfecting, paycheck protection program, virtual programming and much more.
Omnigraphics’ Government Support Index
Omnigraphics’ Government Support Index is a comprehensive online resource covering all federal domestic programs offering financial and non-financial assistance, with searchable categories of need and application deadlines by each overseeing agency with locations and contacts.
They´ve added updated information on programs created by the CARES Act. Referred to as “phase III” of the federal government relief, the CARES Act is in response to the massive public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19
- User-centered search that locates and retrieves public assistance programs that match need-based purpose.
- Identification of new programs.
- Program discoverability based on applicant eligibility, beneficiary characteristics and application deadlines.
- Identification of additional program attributes such as fund status, accomplishments, fund size, assistance and program types.
- Family tree of department, agency, regional and local offices with current contact details.
- Financial charts and tables of program funding history.
Government Support Index is available to you at no charge from now until Friday, May 15th.
More Middlesex County COVID-19 Resources
Business Information Related to COVID-19 in Middlesex County
Middlesex County is here for you as you navigate the business environment during this COVID-19 crisis. We’re committed to providing businesses with the most important,
up-to-date information and listing of resources available to you.
If you’d like individual guidance or have questions, please feel free to call or email us. We want to help County businesses in this challenging time and beyond.
“The NJEDA Entrepreneur Support Program”
The NJEDA Entrepreneur Support Program is a $5 million program that encourages investment by encouraging private sector investors to provide additional working capital loans to NJ-based entrepreneurial businesses in which the investor is already an equity holder. The program provides a guarantee of an investor loan advanced for working capital to an entrepreneurial company that has been impacted by COVID-19.
To see whether you might qualify for this program,
CLICK HERE TO APPLY
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES
Economic & Business Development, Division Head
Phone // 732-745-3890
Cell // 732-803-9975
Office of Career Opportunity, Director
Phone // 732-745-3601
Business Engagement Manager
Cell // 732-427-4399
Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Ronald G. Rios, Director
Kenneth Armwood, Deputy Director
Claribel A. Azcona-Barber
Charles E. Tomaro
Information About Current Operations of the Middlesex County Board of Social Services During the Period of the COVID-19 State of Emergency:
Hours of Operation:
The Board is currently staffed from 8 am to 4:15 pm, Monday through Friday. Staff is on the phones taking applications, calling and answering questions about applications, cases and other requests.
To contact specific departments, temporary phone numbers have been established:
Although the public does not have access to the building, they are able to pick up paper applications and drop off completed applications and other documents at the front of the building during the hours of 8:30 to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
- Department specific phone numbers (see above) or
- The agency’s main phone line: 732-745-3500
For Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), General Assistance or Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF)
For NJ Family Care
For Child Support Services
When an application is filed online, a follow up telephone interview will occur as part of the process. General information regarding the Middlesex County Board of Social Services with this additional information on the state of emergency.
Michael Joseph Davidson, MSW, LSW
Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC) Coordinator,
Div. of Housing, Community Development & Social Services
Office of Human Services
Department of Community Services75 Bayard Street, Second Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families has posted information on the Family Helpline answered by trained volunteers from Parents Anonymous of New Jersey. They will provide a listening ear and refer you to resources in your community, if needed. Any parents who are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed can call for support.
New Jersey Department of Health – Main Page
New Jersey Department of Health – Information for Schools and Businesses
New Jersey Department of Health – Travel Information
Virtual Tutoring and Technical support for parents Available!
” We’re here to support our community! Tutoring is now available for students k-12; also Technical Support for Parents to help navigate different platforms. ”
United Way of Central Jersey – Remote Tax Preparation now Available Online Anytime:
” Dear Taxpayer,
United Way of Central Jersey continues its free VITA tax preparation using a New Online Platform for households & individuals with Income of $65,000 and less. Please scroll for the Spanish translation below. This information should be passed along to any clients, or agencies inquiring about tax help.
This platform requires patrons to give consent, and to upload their documents to a secured portal site with United Way. Taxpayers can expect a 7-10 day turnaround.
Taxpayers/patrons from all VITA hosts locations are invited to have their returns prepared remotely: Alexander F. Jankowski Community Center, Anshe Emeth, Carteret Public Library, Edison Township Library (Main), Elijah’s Promise, Highland Park Senior Center, Jamesburg Public Library, Jewish Renaissance Foundation, Middlesex County College, North Brunswick Library, Perth Amboy Library, Piscataway Senior Center, Puerto Rican Action Board, The New Brunswick Public Library, The South Amboy Library, Sayreville Senior Center, Silverline, United Way of Central Jersey, Westergard Library.
Please forward to someone in need of this FREE service. This program is open to all regardless of county or state. Thank you
*NOW WITH ACUITY ONLINE REMOTE SCHEDULING: https://UWCJTaxPrep.as.me/ or call United Way of Central Jersey at 732 247 3730 and leave a voicemail for a callback, OR send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for any issues scheduling an appointment. “
NEW! State of NJ COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
The State of New Jersey has developed a centralized resource to match talent with opportunities in industries on the front lines of serving New Jerseyans during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire.
To learn more about who is hiring in your community, visit the NJ COVID-19 JOBS AND HIRING PORTAL
Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake.
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