Season of Sharing gives mother of three confidence that she can ‘survive next week’

By Gaither Stephens

For the last seven years, Angelica Solivan’s job has been to help families in North Port find support through programs as a social worker.

She never thought she would find herself in need of those same community support services one day.

Once the COVID-19 pandemic began to shutter businesses and schools, the day she would need to ask for help came not long after. As a caseworker to 17 families, Solivan said it was as if she forgot she could be eligible for help, too.

Through a combined sum from Season of Sharing and federal CARES Act dollars, Solivan was able to pay three months of rent in June, July and September and a Florida Power & Light bill. The help allowed her a break from the constant worrying, she said, after nearly six months of wondering how she could financially get by for another month.

“I was able to breathe a little bit. I felt like I was drowning, and I was able to put my head just a little bit above water,” Solivan said.

UPS Seasonal Hiring is Beginning!

By Gaither Stephens

SEASONAL HIRING IS BEGINNING, SO MAKE SURE YOUR EMPLOYFLORIDA ACCOUNT IS UP TO DATE OR PLEASE CREATE ONE. ALSO, PLEASE COMPLETE THE BACKGROUND PORTION IN YOUR EMPLOYFLORIDA PROFILE. INSTRUCTIONS ARE ATTACHED.

• EMAIL MICHELE ([email protected]) TO REQUEST A REFERRAL FOR:
• JOB #11268930-Driver Helpers/Package Handlers-$14.50
• JOB #11269543-UPS Drivers and Personal Vehicle Drivers-$21.00 (PVD-plus .45 cents mileage reimb.)
• JOB #11269543-Golf Cart Drivers-$14.50
• BRING (2) FORMS OF ID WHEN YOU ARE SCHEDULED TO COME IN FOR ONBOARDING. YOU WILL BE GIVEN A DAY AND TIME FROM RASHEKA- UPS SEASONAL RECRUITER.

CARES Act Individual Assistance Application Deadline Oct. 31

By Gaither Stephens

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2020) – The CARES Act individual assistance application deadline is Oct. 31.

Charlotte CARES offers individual financial assistance to residents who have suffered financial crisis due to COVID-19. The Community Organizations Active in Disaster has been offering online access to assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities and other needs since March 17, 2020 with Charlotte County Human Services processing applications submitted through the COAD website www.coadfl.org and the Gulf Coast Partnership assisting with unmet needs.

VITA Tip Sheet 2020

By Gaither Stephens

Tax season will be here before you know it.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax preparation services to individuals and families making $66,000 or less.
VITA saves you the cost of paid tax preparation and helps you claim all the tax credits available to you.

Plan to schedule your VITA appointment as early as February.