Mackinaw Area Public Library

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Helping Hands

Below is a list of links for those seeking assistance with a large variety of issues related to job skills, workforce education and social services.

Basic Computer Skills

Goodwill Community Foundation – innovative online learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve technology, literacy and math skills necessary for success.

Microsoft Digital Literacy – e-learning course for absolute beginners starting with the first course they need to begin to use a computer.

Common Craft Tutorials – learn the basics about a wide variety of computer and technology basics.

Computer and Internet Basics Tutorials – links to variety of online resources to help newbies and others learn computer software basics.  From the Flint Public Library.

Mouse Aerobics – online tutorial to help newbies learn how to use a mouse from the Monroe County Library System.

Computer Tutorials – a web guide with links to listings of computer tutorials including Microsoft applications, Internet searching, email, typing and using a mouse. Compiled by Newark Public Library.

Visual Tutorials – assistance learning Microsoft programs and other computer technology using pictures.

Internet Essentials - The Internet Essential program, offered through Comcast, offers low-income families digital literacy training, low-cost Internet service and the opportunity to purchase a netbook computer for under $150.  If your children are eligible for reduced price lunches as part of the National School Lunch Program, your family may qualify.

Job Seekers

Michigan Talent Bank – search for job openings or post your resume

Michigan Works Agency Locator Map -

Job & Career Accelerator – explore job profiles, create resumes and cover letters, assess interests and find jobs. (Click on the link on the left to access the program.)

Michigan eLibrary Business and Jobs Gateway -

Michigan eLibrary statewide job search resources - - new Educational opportunities for the unemployed

Career Zone Write Your Resume – from New York a one-stop way to create a resume and export it in pdf, or MS Word.

Cover Letter Generator -

My Skills, My Future from the U.S. Department of Labor

O*Net Resource Center - Occupational Information Network, is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics.

USA Jobs – Official Jobsite of the U.S. Government

LEARN - a free university e-learning and career re-branding courses for unemployed Michigan workers with a goal of preparing unemployed Michiganders to re-enter the workforce with a new career.

Financial Literacy

Michigan eLibrary Personal Assistance Resources – - U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education.

Greenpath – debt counseling and consolidation information

Money Smart a Financial Education Program – an easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer.

Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Small Business Administration – The United State Small Business Administration provides programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed in small business.

Small Business Administration Michigan District Office -

Michigan Business One Stop - information on starting and maintaining a business in Michigan.

Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs – help from the Harvard Business School

Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center – get counseling, find training and other assistance with beginning a business.

Entrepreneurs and Innovators Web Portal from Michigan Economic Development Corporation – find small business start up resources.

General Assistance and Social Services

Michigan Helping Hand - site helps Michigan citizens facing economic hardship find the services they need.

United Way 211 - free and confidential information and referral help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.

Michigan Department of Human Services – food assistance information,1607,7-124-5453_5527---,00.html

Michigan Department of Community Health - How Can I Get Free or Low Cost Health Care for Me & My Family?,1607,7-132-2943_52115---,00.html

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs – veteran’s assistance programs,1607,7-126-2362---,00.html

Michigan Unemployment Services and Benefits -

Webcasts for Unemployed Workers -,1607,7-118-53900-219607--,00.html The webcasts are designed to inform residents about Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency programs and services, and in some cases serve as guides or tutorials.

Michigan Attorney General Brochure on Avoiding Foreclosure -

Foreclosure Resources – links from the Dearborn Heights Public Library on avoiding foreclosure.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority -,1607,7-141--235359--,00.html

Michigan eLibrary: Michigan Personal Finance Resources – links to assistance sites for foreclosure, credit and more.

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