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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.

Internet Options for the Economically Disadvantaged

CenturyLink Internet Basics - provides affordable internet for $9.95 per month plus taxes and fees, with a 12 month contract at speeds up to 1.5 Mbps. Eligiblilty requirements include: household income at or below 135 percent of Federal Poverty Guidlines OR someone in the household participates in one of the following programs: National School Lunch Program, Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) or Section 8, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance or Tribal TANF.  Other requirements include not having outstanding debt with CenturyLink and live in an area where CenturyLink Internet Service is available.

Comcast's Internet Essentials Program - provides affordable internet for $9.95 a month plus tax, with no term contract, no credit check, no installation fee, with in-home Wifi.  Eligiblilty requirements include: having at least one child that qualifies for the National School Lunch Program, not having outstanding debt with Comcast and live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available.

AT&T Access provides low-cost internet to qualifying households in Michigan for $5-$10 a month depending on options in your area.  Eligibility requirements include: at least one member who participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), not having outstanding debt with AT&T for internet service within the last six months or outstanding debt incurred under this program.

EveryOneOn lists information on discounted computers for qualified families and local training opportunities.  Visit to learn what internet options are available for low income families in your area, including mobile hotspots.

Opportunities are also available for discounted service for eligible applicants without home or mobile phone service.  Connectivity is available thru the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC)'s :ifeline Support Program.  More information is available at

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.

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.

Job Seekers

Michigan Works Agency Locator Map -

Job & Career Accelerator – explore job profiles, create resumes and cover letters, assess interests and find jobs. (Scroll down to the Gateways column at the bottom of the page, then click Jobs.) - 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.

Financial Literacy - 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 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.

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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 -

Michigan Attorney General Brochure on Avoiding Foreclosure -

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

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Upcoming Events
The Anishinaabe Way - Exploring Native American History Oct 08, 2016 01:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Main Branch - Michigan Room
Native Treaties - Shared Rights exhibit Oct 15, 2016 12:00 AM (US/Eastern) — Main Branch
Open paint and art at the main branch Nov 02, 2016 03:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Main branch Community Room
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