September 11, 2020
The Southwest TIMES
St. Vincent's 2020 Food Distribution
Fridays: Sept.25th, Oct.30th, Nov.20th, Dec. 18th. from 1:30pm-3:00pm
Mask must be worn and remain 6ft apart
Virtual Drop-in Sessions – we are introducing various opportunities for clients to “drop-in” for assistance via Zoom session.

View calendar dates and Click links below for a session of your choice.
Get counted #Bridgeport!

Together we can ensure our city gets the funds we need to support #education#health, programs for our community!

Complete the Census now:
☎️ 844-330-2020 (English)
☎️ 844-468-2020 (Spanish)

Virtual Job Coaching Services 
(Click link below for services)
Get One FREE Credit Report WEEKLY!
Through the COVID-19 Aid CARES Act, each person is now able to get one free credit report PER WEEK from EACH of the three credit bureaus (Experian, TransUnion, Equifax) through, enabling you to check your reports for accuracy as well as spot identity theft early: through April 20, 2021.

(Previously and after April 20, 2021, a person was able to get one free credit report per year from each of the three credit bureaus.) Today, our credit reports are used to make many decisions about our financial future including whether we can obtain a home, car, credit card or loan. It can impact interest rates, employment opportunities and the ability to rent a home or apartment. When reviewing your credit report, make sure that only accurate information is on the report. Look for unrecognized credit or collection accounts and unrecognized addresses or names in the personal information section. To learn more about protecting your finances through the coronavirus pandemic and checking your credit history,
Important News!
FREE Training for medical Positions
CT Community college offers free- fast track care programs :
The 30 students picked for the program were selected by Career Resources, a workforce development nonprofit in Bridgeport.

Those involved in the program receive weekly, personalized help from an achievement coach, who also provided career counseling. There are emergency funds available for unforeseen financial hardships that could interfere with the students’ ability to finish the program.

“We have a long history of creating programs that are uniquely designed to meet the needs of our community by pairing our high-quality, affordable community college education with local employment opportunities,” Carrier Bernier, executive director of the NCC Foundation, said in a statement.

Are you interested learning the English language ? Click below to learn about our ESL classes?
Are you interested in going back to school? You may be eligible for federal funding! Click below to learn about the pre-application process.
(Email our tech team if you are trying to fill out the WIOA pre-application and are having trouble uploading the necessary forms.
COVID Testing every Wednesday
Join us for walk-up #COVID19 testing days on Wednesdays from 9am-1pm with Southwest Community Health Center during the month of August.

Help us build healthy communities by taking action to: 
😷 get tested, 
✅ register to vote,
📲fill out your #2020Census with United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.
Ten Jobs That Are Booming Right Now!
If you’re looking for work right now, you have a lot of company. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 48 million workers have filed for unemployment benefits since March 2020, according to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This is the largest increase—and the largest total number of unemployment claims—since the Department of Labor started keeping track of unemployment data.

Who's Hiring Now 
On a positive note, the U.S. Department of Labor reported 4.8 million job gains in June, 2020. There were employment increases in leisure and hospitality, retail, education and health services, manufacturing, and professional and business services. Check out the link to see who’s hiring!