MIMA COVID-19 Update No. 30

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April 21, 2021
No. 30

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Keeping You Informed

During the response to COVID-19, MIMA is providing biweekly updates of information related to public services and resources available for our communities!  For the latest multilingual information regarding the city’s response, follow us on Facebook

Thank you volunteers

Thank you to our volunteers!

It's National Volunteer Week! Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who have given of their time both virtually and in person in the past year!

In 2020, MIMA’s volunteers dedicated over 170 hours to document translation and over-the-phone assistance to help immigrants apply for rent support, emergency relief funds, small business grants, and restaurant grants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last few months, volunteers have helped canvass neighborhoods to share information regarding resources like cash assistance, rental assistance, COVID testing, COVID vaccination, and more. During the 2020 census, volunteers participated in seven neighborhood canvasses and helped 270 households get counted. The pandemic has been especially hard for our communities, but having volunteers work alongside us has helped us reach our constituents and have an even bigger impact.

Do you want to join the MIMA volunteer team? Apply now!

Immigration status is not a factor - get vaxxed

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

All Baltimore City residents age 16 and up can now pre-register for a vaccine appointment! To register for the vaccine, visit covax.baltimorecity.gov, available in English & Spanish. If you speak Spanish and are unable to register through that website, please call the Esperanza Center (667-600-2314) for assistance.

All Marylanders age 16 and up can also pre-register for a vaccine appointment with the State by visiting covidvax.maryland.gov, or call 1-855-MD-GOVAX (1-855-634-6829) to be connected with vaccine appointments as they are available, including at the M&T Bank Stadium mass vaccination site. 

Residents 60 years or older can call Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-396-2273 to sign up. Telephonic interpretation should be available. Visit Baltimore City’s COVID vaccine website for more information and updates. The state has created a tool to help you find vaccines.

Have questions about the vaccine? Check out vaccine FAQs in English, Spanish, French, Korean and Arabic on our Facebook page. Recordings of COVID-19 vaccine information sessions in English and Spanish, and a town hall for immigrant youth are on our Facebook page! 

What’s going on with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine? 

Maryland and Baltimore City have paused use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to possible evidence of a link to very rare blood clots in women. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are still protected from COVID-19. You can find additional information in English & Spanish on MIMA’s & the Baltimore City Health Department’s Facebook pages.

JandJ vaccine

What's New This Week?

ITIN Earned Income Tax Credit Maryland

ITIN holders can now file for the Maryland Earned Income Tax Credit!

Check to see if you are eligible to file for the EITC using this tool. If you have an ITIN and already filed taxes, the State will review your information and automatically apply for the EITC if you qualify. The State income tax filing deadline has been extended until July 15, 2021.

Violence Prevention Framework and Plan Virtual Feedback Session for the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community

Co-producing public safety starts with hearing from you! The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) wants to gather groups of folks who represent ALL of our city to get feedback on the draft Violence Prevention Framework and Plan. On April 29 at 7 PM, MONSE will host a feedback session specifically for the Asian American Pacific Islander community - sign up for the live Zoom session on the Eventbrite page. Translators will be available, and capacity will be limited to the first 100 people who register. The event will be broadcasted on MONSE’s Facebook

Join MIMA for our Biweekly Update call!

MIMA has been inviting stakeholders and community partners to join a call every other Friday to share information that may benefit community members. Join us on April 23 at 11:30am via Microsoft Teams here or call-in:+1 667-228-6519, code: 192 572 409#. 

MONSE violence prevention feedback sessions

Job Opportunities

Energy Program Tech Job ad

Energy Program Technician II, Mayor's Office of Children and Family Success

An Energy Program Technician II conducts intake, reviews applications to determine eligibility for energy assistance, or conducts energy conservation education workshops. Work of this class involves no supervisory duties or responsibilities. Deadline to apply is May 3rd. Spanish language skills a plus! See the full job description here.

Community Health Navigator, Esperanza Center

The Community Health Navigator will work at the Esperanza Center on their COVID-19 Hotline team, which connects primarily Spanish-speaking immigrant residents of Baltimore and surrounding counties to COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and other community resources. This position is full-time, and will most likely be a combination of remote and in-person work, as the COVID-19 landscape develops. The project will run through December 31, 2021. Apply here!

Maryland Refugee Organizer (Part-time, Remote, Maryland based), Church World Service

The main responsibilities of the Refugee Organizer will be to develop and implement a strategy to increase support for refugee resettlement among policymakers in Maryland. The Organizer will help build relationships between policymakers and community members, including refugees, employers of refugees, faith communities, and other supporters. The Refugee Organizer will also help refugees and supporters educate policy makers and the public about refugees and refugee resettlement and increase positive media messaging about refugees and refugee resettlement. The Organizer will be able to work from any location in Maryland, with a preference for locations close to Baltimore County or Anne Arundel County. The position will be paired with CASA de Maryland (CASA) and will require close coordination with Refugee Congress, including joining meetings and calls as appropriate. Fluency in languages spoken by refugees in the United States (ex: Somali, Nepali, Karen, Arabic, French) preferred. Visit this website for more information and to apply.

Language Specialist, International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, the 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency. The Language Specialist will provide interpretation services to the IRC and agencies requesting interpretation through the IRC. They may also conduct cultural orientation, translate documents and perform other tasks as assigned. Fluency in English and at least one common interpreting language (Amharic, Burmese, Dari, Farsi, French, Pashto, Swahili, Tigrinya, Nepali, etc.) required. Read the full job description and apply here

Outreach Programming Assistant, Enoch Pratt Free Library (Bilingual Spanish/English preferred)

The Pratt Library is in search of talented and motivated candidates for the position of Outreach Programming Assistant for dynamic community engagement in an outreach capacity. This program seeks to connect Baltimoreans to resources and programming in their communities to promote literacy, digital inclusion, and access to information. The ideal candidates will possess a strong technical, customer focused background in support of an engaging learning environment.

  • Provide  technology instruction in one-on-one and small group settings
  • Assist customers with basic technology troubleshooting 
  • Actively engage with children and deliver basic literacy and educational programming
  • Develop and provide programming in response to community interest 
  • Provide responsive reports on activities, needs, and recommendations 

For more information and to apply, click here

Program Coordinator, Baltimore County (Dundalk), Soccer without Borders (Bilingual Spanish/English preferred)

This position will be responsible for planning and leading implementation of after-school programming at Dundalk Middle School and summer programs at 2 Baltimore County high schools. Programming will include English-integrated soccer practice, community building activities, and homework help. The continued success of this program will depend heavily on the relationships developed between the Coordinator, students, school partners, and families. Additionally, the Program Coordinator will support the organization through administrative and program support roles. Soccer Without Borders is looking for the best fit for this young program and aims to maximize the strengths of the person in this position. Applicants can send a meaningful email introduction including how you heard about this position along with a resume to SWB Maryland Director Emily Sherman at baltimore@soccerwithoutborders.org. Please put “SWB Program Coordinator” in the title. Applications will be accepted until March 31st, with priority given to earlier applicants. Read the full job description here

Therapist Case Manager (Bilingual- English/Spanish), Healthcare for the Homeless  

This position provides direct mental health therapy and case management services to children and families experiencing homelessness with various medical needs and psychosocial stressors. The overall purpose of this role is to assist these individuals in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing and achieving other important health-related and psychosocial goals. This TCM will function in a variety of settings, including in-clinic, at community-based sites (e.g., family shelters and mobile clinic) and via telehealth. Apply here

Pediatric Registered Nurse (Bilingual- English/Spanish), Healthcare for the Homeless

The Pediatric Registered Nurse works in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to improve the health of children and families through direct nursing care, health education and care coordination. This position will function in a variety of settings, including in-clinic, at community-based sites (e.g., family shelters and mobile clinic) and via telehealth. Apply here.

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