Resources for Laid-Off Workers
General Information and Crisis Services:
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.
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.
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 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.
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 Heating 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.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.
Help for the Holidays:
The Piscataquis Santa Project, organized by Penquis, accepts requests for holiday gifts for children up to 16 years of age who live in any of the five school districts in the Piscataquis area (MSAD #4, #41, #46, #68, and Union #60). Any family needing warm winter jackets, boots, or a toy this holiday season may request help.
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