COVID-19 Resources & Updates



We are OPEN.

This COVID-19 pandemic has created an uncertainty that impacts all of us. This uncertainty is something that many low wage workers live with on a regular basis, worrying whether their next paycheck will be enough to keep them afloat or even where that paycheck might come from. Right now, that is a reality that so many people in Cleveland, and in the United States, are facing today as they are being displaced from their jobs due to the COVID-19 virus.

And today – Towards Employment’s work is more important than ever.  In the midst of all this uncertainty, there are a few things we are certain of:

  1. While our physical space is closed and we are abiding by CDC and State of Ohio orders, TE is OPEN – we will continue to provide individualized support for those still working, for those who have lost jobs and need help connecting to resources to stabilize their families, and/or to connect people to new jobs (yes there are still employers hiring!) with support for retooling resumes and additional skill building resources to prepare people for the future. The first step is to call (216) 696-5750. Please share this message in your networks.
  2. We are very grateful to have the continued support of donors, funders, volunteers, staff, and board members, vital support for our services in times like these. Thank you.


Towards Employment continues to provide essential services to new job seekers, current participants and TE alumni. We are working in coordination with community partners and local governmental offices like Cuyahoga County Jobs and Family Services, United Way of Greater Cleveland and Ohio Means Jobs | Cuyahoga County to make sure that those looking for work can connect to the new workforce needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updates for the state and county can be found on the United Way 211 website - click here.


HFLA of Northeast Ohio Interest Free Loan program (up to $1,500 for purposes including lost wages due to being unable to go to work, child care costs due to school closures, related medical costs)

Coronavirus Car Payment Relief Programs

Ohio Unemployment  & Ohio Unemployment FAQ/How-To


Greater Cleveland Food Bank, visit online or call the Help Center, Monday – Friday from 7am – 6pm, at 216.738.2067 if you are in need of food assistance

CMSD school lunches program


Cleveland Clinic, Metro Health, and University Hospital have nurses on call. Cleveland Clinic: (216) 444 2200, Metro Health: (440) 592 6843 University Hospital: (216) 844-1574


Free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students.

  • For Comcast, click here. Once your application is approved, may also be eligible for a low-cost computer, learn more.
  • For Spectrum, call (844) 488-8395 to sign-up.

Online E-Learning

  • Cuyahoga County Public Library offers free access to practice tests for professional certifications. Also, learn software applications, gain new job skills, and more with free access to and Learning Express Library. Free sign-up here.
  • 100 free online courses on Coursera
  • Free online courses with Kaplan. Enroll online and promo is added at checkout. These courses can lead to credit.
  • CompTIA and industry partner BenchPrep are providingfree 30-day licenses for the CertMaster Learn eLearning course for CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+). This pre-career certification helps determine if you have a competency for IT and whether a career in tech is right for you.

3 Ways You Can Help Towards Employment


Your donation will help us provide vital services to those struggling to find or maintain employment during the COVID crisis. Click above or call Adaora Schmiedl 216-696-7310.


Don't share germs, but DO share our social media posts to promote awareness of our services and mission. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn!


Interested in conducting mock phone interviews or other volunteer opportunities? Contact Jenn at