COVID-19 Resources (Real Time Updates)

  • The CARES ACT signed into law on March 27 contains several important tax provisions; the Paycheck Protection Program provision of the CARES Act offers businesses immediate access to liquidity through a new loan program tied to prior year payroll. (Details courtesy of Blum Shapiro)
  • UPDATE 3/28: The President approved a disaster declaration for Massachusetts, ordering federal assistance to help with recovery in areas impacted by COVID-19. The declaration makse federal funding and assistance available for emergency protective measures at the state, municipal and tribal level.

Commonwealth Resources

City of Worcester Resources

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Job Seekers: Register for Critical Need Jobs!

COVID-19 Job Seeker Resources & Unemployment Insurance Info

  • Register for our COVID-19 Critical Needs Jobs listing and get in touch with businesses hiring NOW!
Job Seekers: Register for Critical Need Jobs!

COVID-19 Resources for Employers, Businesses, & Partners

– Submit your critical need job(s) to our COVID-19 Critical Job Openings directory (see below)
Business opportunity: MA launches PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Procurement & Donation Program website
– NCMDC Offers Emergency Loans:
  • The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the North Central Massachusetts Chamber are offering emergency loans of up to $20,000 to small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.
  • The loans are in lieu of high-interest credit cards or expensive and unregulated online lenders. The NCMDC still offers its regular loans of up to $150,000 (these take longer to approve).
  • To qualify for the emergency loan, businesses must provide two years of tax returns and demonstrate a direct financial impact of Coronavirus on the business. Inquiries: Sandie Cataldo or Brendan Hannen at the North Central Chamber.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program: Up to $2M in low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits severely impacted by COVID-19. Free webinars on the EIDL application process:
    • Insights and guidance on applying for EIDL (courtesy Blum Shapiro)
    • At an interest rate of 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits, EIDL can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills which cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
    • EIDLs will now defer payments for the first year (twelve months) of the loan. This is a change from the initial loan structure, which allowed payment deferral for four months.
  • Express Bridge Loan Program: Authorizes SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited SBA-guaranteed bridge loan financing on an emergency basis in amounts up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes to small businesses who have applied for and await long-term financing (including the EIDL).
    • Small businesses already working with an SBA Express Lender may be eligible to apply to this streamlined program.
    • General info here; further guidance here.
    • Apply: Use the SBA’s Lender Match Tool to find an Express Bridge Loan Lender
– Massachusetts Special Small Business Loan Fund: As of 3/19 12:30 PM, this fund is no longer accepting applications.
– City of Worcester Community Development Block Grants: This fund is no longer accepting applications. The City received more than 160 applications. By early next week, the City will be scoring the eligible applicants for prioritization of the initial $500,000 of funding available.

– Guidance about Employer Unemployment Insurance, MA WorkShare, or MassHire BizWorks, contact the Central Area Rapid Response Coordinator or call 978-534-1481 (ext. 237) or 617-438-7894.

– Mass Workforce Association: Mass Workforce Association COVID-19 Info Sheet (flyer) for businesses to customize, post, and share.

– Submit your critical need job(s) to our COVID-19 Critical Job Openings directory (see below)

Employers: List Your Critical Need Job(s)

Employers in Central Massachusetts Need You: Apply Today!

If you’re in good health and not considered high risk* for COVID-19, please make a difference by filling any of these critical jobs. In some cases, you can apply today and start tomorrow. See table below for organizations seeking help, their critical staffing needs, and to apply.

* Older adults and people with severe underlying chronic medical conditions (e.g., heart or lung disease or diabetes) appear to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19.

OrganizationCritical NeedsWebsiteTo Apply
Amazon, Inc. (Milford)Warehouse Team MemberVisitMilford Warehouse HR:
You, Inc.Direct Care Residential staff; FT & PT Relief staff; various shifts ($14/hour) VisitMarcia Hurley: / 774-530-1716
Seven Hills Foundation & AffiliatesPT and FT positions w/in 10 miles of WorcesterVisitJessica Vermette: / 508-579-8235
Schneider CDL Drivers (CDL-A required), Office, Diesel Technician, and WarehouseVisitMichael Gagnon (Field Recruiting Manager): 603-341-8073 /
Extended Stay America (ESA) Westborough (West Main Street)Guest Services Representatives,
Overnight Laundry Attendant
VisitNick Guarino: 508-616-9213 /
North Suffolk Mental Health AssociationHuman Services positions available (FT & PT); Entry level to MA level: Residential Care; Outreach; Clinician; Peer Support; Child & Family Services; Emergency Services; Addiction/Recovery SupportVisitWanda Colon:
Table Talk PiesAccounts Payable ClerkVisitRene Gonzalez:
CVS HealthPharmacy Techs, Skilled Nurses, Customer Service, Prescription Delivery Drivers, Warehouse Distribution ProfessionalsVisitJon DaSilva: 617-423-5640;
Masis Staffing SolutionsWarehouse AssociatesVisitAdriana Simeaszko: 774-280-1202 /
Atalian Global ServicesCleanersVisitKim Bigonette:
Riverside Community CareHuman Service Professionals, Mental Health and Residential CounselorsVisitJoshua Mazur:
GE HealthcareMachine Operators, Quality Technicians, Production WorkersVisitAlexander Rymill:
Guardian Angels Senior ServicesHealthcare professionals (PCA, HHA, CNA, Nurses)VisitHeather Runions:
Internal Security AssociatesSecurity Officers
VisitCaptain Diana Cierpka:
UNFITruck Drivers, Shipping/Receiving AssociatesVisitAllie Schmidl:
Care-One (Millbury)Healthcare professionals (PCA, HHA, CNA, Nurses)VisitAl Bailey:
Prince Telecom LLC (Essential Services Provider)Cable Installation TechniciansVisitRob Sippola (Talent Acquisition Manager): 302-304-3421 /
Catania OilsMachine Operators; Forklift OperatorsVisitAnnemarie Abdo: / 978-391-8328
SALMON Health and RetirementIndependent Living, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing Homes seeking help keeping older adults entertained, well fed and receiving attention and care.VisitCourtney Sibinich:
Open Sky Community ServicesResidential CounselorsVisitNicole Wischhof:
Venture Community ServicesDirect Support Professionals; Drivers; Day Habilitation Professionals in Uxbridge & SouthbridgeVisitRoy Rodriguez (HR Hiring Manager):
Imperial Distributors
General Warehouse Team MembersVisit508-713-6515 /
United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI)Order Selector ($15/hr + OT)VisitAllie Schmidl (Talent Acquisition Partner): 860-779-2800 ext. 32722 /
Oriol Health CareCNAs and NursesVisitLynn A Oaks:
Umass Memorial Community HealthlinkNurses and Residential Counselors needed for 24 hour inpatient programs and urgent care.VisitMichelle Popp: 774-312-2711 /
CoWorx Staffing (Grafton, Auburn, Sterling, Worcester)Machine Operators (Grafton, Auburn); Production (Sterling); Material Handler (Auburn); QC Inspector (Worcester)VisitCarolyn Lariviere: 508-793-1560 /
CoWorx Staffing (Palmer)Machine Operator/Assemblers: 1st, 2nd & 3rd shiftsVisitSamantha Rossi: 508-347-1200 /
Community Resources for Justice (CRJ)Residential CounselorsVisitRandy Kearns: 617-423-2020 /
Riverdale Mills CorporationManufacturing Machine Operator (FT, 2nd & 3rd Shifts); Manufacturing Maintenance Mechanic (FT, 8 Hour Shift); Manufacturing Shear Operator (FT, 2nd Shift); Industrial Electrician (FT, Non-Exempt); Account ExecutiveVisitCarlo Bosco: 508-234-8400 /
CVS HealthAccelerated Hiring of: Retail Store Associates, Warehouse Distribution Workers, Customer Service Reps, Pharmacy Techs, RNs, Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Vocational Nurses, LPNs, Customer Service Reps, Pharmacists, and Corporate
GE Healthcare (Westborough)Cleanroom Production Operators (and more positions), starting at $18/hrVisitAlex Rymill: 508-366-0755 /