Free Services for Westchester Residents Facing Covid Challenges

Published Thursday, January 7, 2021

Many Westchester residents are struggling due to job loss, anxiety, food insecurity, and other challenges caused by the Covid pandemic. WJCS is offering free services provided by The COVID Relief Hub, a UJA-Federation of NY initiative, The COVID Relief Hub, powered by WJCS, is designed to assist Westchester residents who have critical needs due to the far-reaching impact of the pandemic. 

Career guidance workshops, job search support, emotional support workshops, counseling, kosher home-delivered meals to homebound seniors, and access to community resources to assist with food insecurity, cash assistance, and financial counseling are being offered free of charge.

Please review our list below of free workshops available in February and March.

Career Services 

Tuesday, February 9
1:00 - 2:00 pm


Rethink and Reinvent Your Resume
 
This workshop is for those who are new to the WJCS Covid Relief Hub, as well as for those who have not updated their resume in a while. Join this small group to learn more about the program and to discuss the current trends in resume writing to effectively present your qualifications to potential employers. Learn about the latest techniques to help your resume stand out from the competition and be noticed. This class is a requirement before meeting individually with a career specialist. Please send a copy of your current resume to [email protected].

Facilitated by: Naomi Koller, WJCS Career Specialist 

Please RSVP for Workshops Here


Wednesday, February 10
10:00 - 11:30 am


Don’t Go It Alone: Build Your Board of Directors -
Learn How to Network Effectively


Career success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You can lay the foundation for future professional success by learning how to work the key relationships you have and identifying the knowledgeable professionals you would like to know. Networking is 3x more likely to get you a job than applying directly. Finding a job is all about warm contacts (people who are familiar with your skills, strengths and professional goals to refer you and will answer a phone call or email).

What’s a Board of Directors? A board of directors (BoD) is a group of individuals, elected to represent a company’s shareholders—or in this case, YOU! Their primary functions are to establish policies for corporate management and oversight, and to make decisions on major company issues. Your personal BoD isn’t just a group of people who work for companies you’re interested in—they’re personally invested in the same issues that drive you, offer mentorship, guidance or wise counsel. And you’ll find them through networking.

Our speaker:
Fran Berrick, https://www.spearmintcoaching.com/who-we-are, founder and head coach at Spearmint Coaching, is a career catalyst, helping both job seekers and organizations navigate today’s complex and evolving job market. She brings a laser focus to moving clients forward to reach their identified goals, including career coaching, professional development, leadership engagement, and career outplacement. An accomplished global business leader and entrepreneur, she has worked with and advised notable global brands, organizations, and their leaders across all executive levels and understands the constant challenge of improving performance and meeting goals.

Please RSVP for Workshops Here

 

Wednesday, February 17
10:00 - 11:30 am

Learn how to use Meetup from the CEO himself, David Siegel

 

 

We are proud to welcome David Siegel as our keynote speaker! Meetup is a service used to organize online groups that host in-person and virtual events for people with similar interests.
 
Join David Siegel, CEO of Meetup, for a discussion on career advancement. David will talk you through his path to becoming a CEO at the age of 40, including how he networked, set attainable goals, and sought advice to further his career. You’ll also hear about how you can use Meetup to boost your career, no matter your field. A Q&A will follow.   

Please RSVP for Workshops Here

 

Wednesday, February 24
10:00 - 11:30 am

Your Resume’s Summary Statement
 
A resume has both functional purpose and generally accepted aesthetic guidelines.  The first ‘read’ of your resume, however, may last but a few seconds and stop by the end of the summary
 
Your ‘executive’ summary statement must reflect your value, the one that connects with that reader, who may be the next step in landing an interview.  It is also the baseline for a consistent brand that you can carry throughout your employment communications. 
 
The workshop is designed to provide a perspective that may help you with framing your resume summary.  We hope it will generate ideas and interaction. 
 
Facilitated by Michael Weiss, WJCS Career Specialist

Please RSVP for Workshops Here

 

 

Mental Health Services


Tuesday, February 9 at 10:00 am 

Feeling Isolated During the Pandemic?


Many individuals are faced with feelings of social isolation, loneliness, anxiety and stress during these uncertain times.  Please join us for a supportive discussion about stress management, anxiety reduction and finding ways to remain socially close while we are physically distant.

Please register by contacting Jennifer Schmelkin, LCSW: [email protected]

SIGN UP FOR A WORKSHOP HERE

 

3 Tuesdays, February 9, 16 and 23
7:30 pm

College Student Support Groups


Many college-aged students are learning remotely and are missing social connections and peer support.  One of the challenges during the COVID pandemic is managing feelings of social isolation and loneliness.  Please join us for an ongoing support group series to discuss coping strategies and foster social connections with others.

Please register by contacting Jennifer Schmelkin, LCSW: [email protected]

SIGN UP FOR A WORKSHOP HERE

 

4 Wednesdays, February 10, 17, 24 and March 10
11:00 am-12:30 pm


Living the Legacy: Our Encounter with Parental Loss (a safe and confidential group for rabbis and cantors mourning a parent’s death)

We will create a safe space in which to share the grief of losing parents, the sustaining memories, and the legacies that survive. Facilitated by Gillian Rittmaster, LCSW, and Rabbi Pamela Wax.

Please register by contacting Rabbi Pamela Wax at [email protected].

SIGN UP FOR A WORKSHOP HERE

 

Wednesday, February 10
1:00 - 2:00 pm


Caregiving During COVID: Take Care of Yourself

Jane Slevin, LMFT, will address caregiver burnout, challenges of caregiving during COVID and the importance of self-care. Registration and details for zoom links available through Scarsdale   Public Library by calling (914) 722-1300.

For more information, please contact Claudette Gassler, Scarsdale Public Library, at [email protected], or Maryellen Saenger, Aging in Place Coordinator [email protected].

SIGN UP FOR A WORKSHOP HERE

 

Wednesday, February 24
7:30 pm

 

Parenting During the Pandemic

Parents are describing feelings of being depleted and stressed as they juggle work, remote learning, and the demands of raising children. Join us for a discussion about how to help children deal with disappointments due to the stress of the pandemic, as well as explore ways to nurture self-care and strategies to raise resilient children.

Please register by contacting Jennifer Schmelkin, LCSW: [email protected]

SIGN UP FOR A WORKSHOP HERE

 

Thursday, March 25
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Empty Seat at the Seder Table: A Program for Bereaved Jews
A pre-Passover gathering to share your loss with others and to discuss how to utilize the Passover seder as a healing modality. Facilitated by Gillian Rittmaster, LCSW, and Rabbi Pamela Wax.

Please register by contacting Rabbi Pamela Wax at [email protected].

SIGN UP FOR A WORKSHOP HERE

 

4 Wednesdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28
1:30 - 3:00 pm


Disenfranchised Grief: When Will Healing Come?

There are few support systems or traditions that honor the grief we may experience for deaths other than those of parents, children or spouses.  If you are mourning the death of a friend, a sibling, a grandparent, an in-law, an ex-spouse, an aunt or an uncle, please join us for this special bereavement group to explore and honor your loss. Facilitated by Gillian Rittmaster, LCSW, and Rabbi Pamela Wax.

Please register by contacting Rabbi Pamela Wax at [email protected].

SIGN UP FOR A WORKSHOP HERE

 

For More information about:

Employment Services, contact Lisa Morris at [email protected]

Mental Health Services, contact Jen Schmelkin at [email protected]     

                 
 
Meet the COVID-19 Relief Hub Team:

Sherry Birnbaum, LCSW
Assistant Executive Director, Jewish Programs Division

Lisa Morris
Program Coordinator, Career Specialist

Jill Schreibman, LCSW
Social Worker

Naomi Koller, MBA
Career Specialist

Michael Weiss, MBA
Career Specialist

Sylvia Davi
Administrative Assistant

If you have a financial, emotional or employment concerns, please contact Lisa at 914.761.0600 X2150 or [email protected]

If you would like to speak with a mental health professional, please contact Jen Schmelkin, LCSW at [email protected].

 

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