EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE & EARLY VOTING Impact of Covid-19 Continues to Hit Many Sectors
COVID-19 continues to impact all of our lives and has caused a tremendous amount of disruption. As we continue to deal with the crisis, many more are suffering from job loss while the basic delivery of many services and events, including elections, has been upended. This week, I wanted to highlight a valuable resource to assist those who are unemployed, as well as share important information on early voting. My prayers continue for everyone who has been impacted by this pandemic.
According to a recent report, nearly 1.6 million Georgians have filed for unemployment benefits over the past seven weeks, representing over 30% of the March labor force. It was only a short time ago that the state had a historically low 3.1% unemployment rate. This sudden and dramatic job loss has created uncertainty, fear and economic challenges for many.
Dealing with job loss is difficult, and for many it means being forced unexpectedly to seek new employment for the first time in years. It's a process that can be very daunting.
I wanted to share information about Roswell UMC Job Networking, an organization in Roswell, Georgia that has been assisting job seekers for over 25 years. RUMC Job Networking is one of the largest ministries of its kind in the United States that attracts hundreds of job seekers at each meeting. They get together every 2nd and 4th Monday and now offer virtual meetings with 8+ hours of available events.
Now that the agency has gone virtual, there is no limit to the number of people it can serve. Due to Memorial Day, their next event has moved to Tuesday, May 26th. After that, meetings will be back to the regular schedule of Monday, June 8 and June 22, 2020.
Registration is at Roswell UMC Job Networking. Select "next event & agenda" for complete details. If you need help with LinkedIn, your resume, discovering your next career, finding job openings or interviewing skills or if you or someone you know is looking for a job, they can help.
As you are aware, COVID-19 has disrupted recent elections, but the state and Fulton County have taken steps to ensure that you have the opportunity to vote and that every vote will be counted. Beginning this Monday, May 18, early voting will begin for the General Primary Election which includes many national, state and local contests and will also include the presidential preference primary. If you voted early in the presidential preference primary, only the General Primary races will appear on your ballot.
Early voting and election day voting will be available at select locations for those who choose to vote in person. As a result of COVID and with so many people voting via absentee ballot for this election, the number of early voting sites has been reduced.
Fulton County Early Voting will take place weekdays beginning Monday, May 18, 2020 through Friday, June 5, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Polls will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020. On all other dates, polls will open at the following locations:
10 Park Plaza
Alpharetta, GA 30009
C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center
3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
Garden Hills Elementary School Gymnasium
285 Sheridan Drive
Atlanta, GA 30305
Sandy Springs Library
395 Mount Vernon Hwy NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
South Fulton Service Center
5600 Stonewall Tell Road
College Park, GA 30349
Fulton County District 2