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Blog Post: Language Access in Times of Crisis: Getting Started With Video Remote Interpreting

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 15, 2020
Topic(s): Case Management, Cultural Awareness, Digital Inclusion
Subtopic(s): Interpretation
For many providers continuing to serve non-English-speaking clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, language access is a significant challenge. Videoconferencing technology, although far from perfect, can help us provide services without losing all of the human-to-human contact that typically facilitates communication. Below are a few tips for getting started with video remote interpreting (VRI). Choosing the …

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Blog Post: Remote Job Readiness Resources: Tips and Materials for Clients with Online Access

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 14, 2020
Topic(s): Digital Inclusion, Employment
Subtopic(s): Job Readiness
As we continue practicing social distancing amid COVID-19, you may be wondering how to stay in touch with your clients and continue job readiness training. While you may not be able to resume your job readiness classes in person for some time, there are many online resources you can share to keep your clients engaged and focused on their career paths. This blog post provides suggestions tailored towards clients who have computers or smartphones, internet access, and higher levels of digital literacy.

Blog Post: Helping Refugee Clients Cope During the COVID-19 Crisis

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 2, 2020
Topic(s): Health, Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
This blog post offers tips on how to help your clients cope during the COVID-19 crisis, including suggestions for sharing information in a trauma-informed way and supporting clients’ mental health and wellbeing.

Blog Post: Helping Refugee Children and Parents Cope During the COVID-19 Crisis

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 2, 2020
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services, Health, Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Wellbeing, COVID-19
This blog post offers tips on how to help families cope during the COVID-19 crisis. Helping children begin to develop coping skills in response to COVID-19 stressors can not only help them get through this volatile time, but also positively manage feelings during uncertain times in the future.

Blog Post: Helping Your Clients Navigate Economic Hardship During the COVID-19 Crisis

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 31, 2020
Topic(s): Employment, Financial Capabilities, Health
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
While resettlement staff may have the option of working from home, many clients do not. Many industries in which our clients work have been profoundly impacted by COVID-19. Unfortunately, for many clients, this will mean reduced hours or even loss of employment. As clients face challenges related to employment and reach out to you with questions, we want to help you be prepared. Here are some resources to get you started on helping clients to understand their rights and access federal and state benefits, as well as information about other non-governmental resources.

Blog Post: Making Remote Work Successful: Tips for Employees Working Remotely

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 20, 2020
Topic(s): Organizational Development
Remote work is a growing reality for organizations around the world. It presents a challenge, but it also presents an opportunity. With the right tools, approaches, and habits, individuals and teams working remotely can be even more productive than teams who work together in the same location. This post offers tips to employees working remotely. …

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Blog Post: Making Remote Work Successful: Tips for Managing Remote Workers & Teams

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 20, 2020
Topic(s): Organizational Development
The need to create teams of employees who can work together effectively across locations and distances is a growing reality for organizations around the world. It presents a challenge, but it also presents an opportunity. With the right tools, approaches, and habits, individuals and teams working remotely can be even more productive than teams who …

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Blog Post: Making Remote Work Successful: 6 Tips for Being IT-Ready to Work from Home

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 20, 2020
Topic(s): Organizational Development
Remote work is a growing reality for organizations around the world. It presents a challenge, but it also presents an opportunity. With the right tools, approaches, and habits, individuals and teams working remotely can be even more productive than teams who work together in the same location. This post offers tips to employees working remotely. …

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Blog Post: Resource List: Multilingual Resources on COVID-19

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 10, 2020
Topic(s): Digital Inclusion, Health
Subtopic(s): COVID-19
This blog post contains fact sheets, posters, multimedia resources, and links to live updates in multiple languages about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how to prevent it. Key CDC resources are listed first, followed by materials from other sources organized by type (sources include federal, state, and local government agencies, and selected nonprofit organizations).

Blog Post: How to Help Clients Complete the New 2020 Form W-4

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: January 30, 2020
Topic(s): Employment
Subtopic(s): Job Readiness
As you may know, in 2019, the IRS announced changes to its Form W-4. These changes will apply to all employee wages in 2020. The W-4 is the IRS form that new employees fill out to let their employers know how much money to withhold from their paychecks for federal taxes. Chances are you may …

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