CONNECTING YOU TO OPPORTUNITY

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COVID-19 Update

Due to the widespread impact of the COVID-19, the Job Connector by MIT has gone virtual for the safety of the Cambridge community.

We are still available via video conferencing! Schedule a time online now or reach out to us directly for additional availability.
 

We've also compiled these helpful resources for local services and hosted a seminar series on Unemployment in the time of COVID-19.

Unemployment

Help from the recently passed CARES Act:

  • Stimulus Check  Cash payment of $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for married couples, with an additional $500 per child.
  • Unemployment Supplement $600 per week in addition to your regular unemployment compensation through July 2020.
  • Expansion of Unemployment Extends unemployment eligibility to self-employed individuals with a program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

Small Business Relief

 

 

  • Paycheck Protection Program Loan to maintain cash-flow and keep your staff on payroll. It can be forgiven without need for repayment if all rules are followed.
  • Debt Relief Program Six months of loan payment relief for current and new non-disaster SBA loan holders.
  • Economy Injury Disaster Loans & Grants $10,000 cash advance grant when you apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan
  • Small Business Tax Provisions Two options: 1. a refundable payroll tax credit or 2. a delay in payment of employer payroll taxes.

 

Other Local Resources

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Local Services

Financial resources for nonprofit organizations and volunteer opportunities for local residents.

Local Services

Resources curated by MIT for teaching and learning online, meant as a rapid response to the need for online resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Local Services

Provides access to a variety of digital services available to Cambridge residents with a Cambridge Public Library card.

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Government Benefits

Contact request form for individuals who have issues filing for unemployment and wish to speak to a representative.

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Provides free tax preparation for individuals and families with low to moderate income.

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Local Services

Provides emergency food to over 16,000 individuals and families each year. The emergency food pantry provides low to moderate income individuals a two week supply of food twice a month.

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Transitional jobs program designed to serve 18-35 year olds who have had difficulty finding or keeping jobs.

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Local Services

Emergency relief fund created to fill the gaps in servicing the most vulnerable members of the Cambridge Community

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Link to application for a special program helping HUD eligible retail, food, personnel services and creative for-profit businesses with a grant of up to $6,000.

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Employment Opportunity

Micro Center is the nation’s leading computer and electronic device big box retailer. They are seeking a variety of retail associate positions in the Cambridge, MA location as of 3/20/20.

Educational Opportunities

Even when schools are closed, your children can keep learning with these Scholastic's Learn at Home. Every day includes four separate learning experiences. Kids can do them on their own or with their families.

Employment Opportunity

Opportunities for remote positions in software development.

Employment Opportunity

Creative freelance/gig opportunities.

Employment Opportunity

Freelance opportunities in a range of fields.

Employment Opportunity

A resource for more freelance opportunities in a broad range of fields.

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Department of Unemployment
Employment Opportunity

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) oversees the unemployment insurance (UI) program. Given the surge of unemployment applications, the department is hiring. Contact us to learn more.

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Food Resources

Rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and creates new distribution channels to under-served populations with an emphasis on utilizing school systems to reach those in need.

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Food Resources

Toll-free FoodSource Hotline is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger.

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Local Services

A one-stop for transportation needs; public, private and accessible options.

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Local Services

Kendall Square Association has listed a number of resources and initiatives in response to COVID-19, including a local business support page.

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Local Services

Aid network advertising neighborhood services individuals can provide or services they need (ex: childcare, food, extra rooms etc.)

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Local Services

The East Cambridge Business Association has resources for all businesses in East Cambridge

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Local Services

The Chamber is providing a free special topic conference call series throughout the spring. Additionally, the Chamber has a number of resources for small businesses in Cambridge

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Government Benefits

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) oversees the unemployment insurance (UI) program, which provides temporary income assistance to eligible workers in Massachusetts. DUA also determines and collects employer contributions to the UI program.

Educational Opportunities

Online educational resources offered free of charge during school closings.

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Working from Home

In response to emergency measures associated with COVID-19, Internet Essentials is providing 60 days of free internet, followed by reduced cost internet for $10 a month. It also provides low cost computers ($150). The program is eligible to all who receive government benefits

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Local Services

Find It Cambridge is an online resource to easily find the activities, services, and resources you are looking for in Cambridge.

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Government Benefits

The Massachusetts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food allowance to Massachusetts families.

Working from Home

A Sloan School of Management article providing advice on balancing work and home life for those working from home

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Educational Opportunities

Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization that provides a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

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Employment Opportunity

CSQ Live is hiring local residents to conduct short online classes in various subject matter from their homes. Open to newly unemployed, artists, small business owners, and other freelance workers.

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Government Benefits

Web source of benefit information to help citizens understand which benefit programs they may be eligible for; disaster relief, financial assistance, healthcare and medical assistance

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Local Services

Updated MBTA schedule changes as a result of COVID-19

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Government Benefits

Resource for finding government services, relevant nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources.