1. If you are not already receiving unemployment insurance, you can apply here: https://des.az.gov/services/employment/unemployment-individual/apply-ui-benefits
2. If you have an Annuity account with the IATSE National Benefit Funds, hardship withdrawals have been extended to include those who have lost work because of COVID-19. If you have lost work, been laid off, or had other losses or expenses due to the virus, you are eligible for immediate withdrawal in the amount of your loss. In order to obtain a hardship application please email Annuity@iatsenbf.org. Once the application has been completed, you must email the application back to Annuity@iatsenbf.org.
3. Assistance for IATSE members is available from The Actors Fund (for everyone in entertainment, not just actors). If you already applied and received a grant from the Actors Fund, there is a second round of grants available Here.
4. Check with the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona for the resources that they have available.
5. For job opportunities, visit the Pima County Community Services Employment and Training Department. They have staff dedicated to helping laid off and unemployed workers find jobs: https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=20435
6. Please check out this list of available Food Pantry locations in Tucson. These locations will provide bag of various food staples, some tolietry items and sometimes various fresh produce is available. In addition there are two other locations that are not directly connected to the Community Food Bank but run their own Pantry service. They are:
Northminster Presbyterian Church - 2450 E. Ft. Lowell Rd. | 520-327-7121 | Tuesday mornings 9am - 11am
Chinese Baptist Church - 2411 E. Ft. Lowell Rd. | 520-276-6535 | MTTh 10am - 2pm. W 3-6pm
Please call the locations before you go to verify their operating times.
7. There are free meals available every day of the week. Check out this link to see when and where meals are being served near you.
8. Do you have other needs that we have not addressed above? Please check out 211.org or dial 2-1-1 for a list of various other agencies in Tucson that can help you.
9. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who is seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
10. Unemployment Benefits Finder
11. IATSE C.A.R.E.S. https://iatsecares.org/ is a new program designed to provide support for at risk, elderly, and disabled members during the COVID crisis. The service can be used to have supplies, groceries, or other needs delivered, and sets up a buddy system for members to check in on one another.