Spokane Workforce Council and local partners serve those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak

SPOKANE, WA: The Spokane Workforce Council (SWC) funds and directs the WorkSource System in Spokane, including WorkSource Spokane, the Spokane Resource Center, the Next Generation Zone and the Talent Solutions Center, which collectively are known as the Spokane WorkSource Campus. Due to the social distancing measures necessary to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in our community, the SWC has closed the campus to customers. However, the SWC and campus staff have been working to maintain service delivery for those in need in our community.

WorkSource Spokane: Our team is working rapidly to increase online resources, including putting workshop offerings online. Visit www.worksourcespokane.com to find out more. Our team is also available to assist local workers affected by business closures or loss of hours to connect to their unemployment insurance benefits and answer other questions. We are standing by to take calls at (509) 532-3120. We are also gathering feedback from workers who have been affected, and the SWC is taking part in conversations at the state level about policies and resources that can help our local workers weather this storm.

March 23 update: visit https://worksourcespokane.com/covid-19 to access a list of businesses that are currently hiring as well as other resources, updated daily.

Spokane Resource Center: The Spokane Resource Center brings community resources together in one place to help people in our community avoid becoming homelessness or overcome barriers when facing unexpected challenges. That mission is more important than ever during the COVID-19 outbreak. Although our doors are not physically open, our teams are still on-site, ready to make referrals and help connect those in need with available community resources. Call us at 509-867-8188.

March 23 update: we have compiled a list of available community resources, including meal sites, wifi hotspot locations, housing information, and more on our special COVID-19 web page. Visit https://spokaneresourcecenter.org/covid-19 to find out more.

Next Generation Zone: During mandatory school closure, our team is working to connect students to resources available through our area school districts, and our GED classroom is utilizing technology to make online classes available to our students. Updates are being posted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NextGenZoneSpokane.

Talent Solutions: Many businesses are facing difficult decisions about temporary closures, furloughs, layoffs, and more. We have resources available to help businesses navigate, including the Shared Work program and other state programs. We also recognize that some sectors, including healthcare, grocery, and shipping, are short-staffed and looking to hire. If your business is hiring, we can connect you to qualified workers, fast. In either case, let our team help yours – reach out to us at (509) 532-3186 or visit https://worksourcespokane.com/covid-19/business-resources.

For community members, organizations and businesses that want to help reach those in need during this time, the SWC can rapidly deploy funding, goods and services. We are accepting cash donations, technology donations (phones, tablets, and computers are a huge need), food, and more. If you would like to contribute, please visit our donation page at https://spokaneworkforce.org/donate-now/ , and we will ensure your donations reach people in need in our community.

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Note: This release may be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

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