Resources for Laid-Off Workers


General Information and Crisis Services:

211-Maine is a state directory of over 8,000 health and human services available in Maine. Simply call 211 with your questions (toll free 24 hours/day, 7 days/week) or visit the website.

Community Health & Counseling Services provides 24-hour crisis service including phone, face-to-face, and crisis stabilization beds. Services are available in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties and are accessible through 1-888-568-1112.

Re-employment Services:

The TriCounty Career Center in Bangor has a wealth of resources for recently unemployed workers, including information on unemployment benefits, job seeking tips, interviewing workshops, and job postings.

The Maine State Library - Getting a Job website provides information on how to do an online job search, including posting resumes to websites, drafting cover letters, and obtaining computer skills.

Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) -Eastern Maine Development Center (EMDC) hosts general information sessions about our services that may be able to help you get training or find a job. Click here for a list of workshops and classes.

Education and Training:

Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) offers a variety of degree and certification programs, as well as continuing education coursework.

EPIC Maine (Exploring Pathways to Industries and Careers in Maine) is a unique career exploration event to motivate and engage young adults to think about potential career tracks. It takes place April 2, 2014 at Eastern Maine Community College and is geared towards young adults ages 16-24.

Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community offers guidance, classes, and workshops on starting a business, career building, money management, and leadership development. Their services are not just available to women; they also work with displaced workers, the unemployed and underemployed, and those facing major life transitions.

MaineStream Finance, a Penquis subsidiary, offers extensive training and education on starting a business, personal finance, and other related topics.

Foreclosure Assistance:

Foreclosure Counseling through Bangor-based MaineStream Finance - certified foreclosure counselors work with you and your mortgage provider what options may be available. Free service.

MaineHousing's website on Preventing Foreclosure provides information on how to avoid foreclosure, what to do if you're facing foreclosure, and rescue scams to avoid.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance offers a Foreclosure Prevention Toolkit and other helpful information on foreclosure.

Food Assistance:

Good Shepherd Food-Bank - find food pantries in your area using their online Food Map

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, provides funds to low-income people to purchase food. Must meet eligibility requirements.

Women, Infants and Children's Nutrition Program (WIC) provides nutritious food to pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5. Must meet eligibility requirements.

Heating and Utility Assistance:

Good Neighbor Fund for Heating Assistance

Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP) - pays a portion of the participant's home heating costs. Eligibility is based on household size and income, energy costs, and other factors.

Electrical Utility Assistance - Offered by Penquis, this program assists income-eligible households in managing electricity costs through special discounts or credits.

SafeLink Wireless Phone Program - SafeLink Wireless makes wireless telephone service more affordable by offering qualified customer a free SafeLink Wireless phone and up to 250 free monthly minutes with no commitments, contracts, or bills.

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