COVID-19 Updates

Dress for Success Columbus Updates

  • March 24, 2020 (link)
  • March 20, 2020 – Volunteer Update
    • In alignment with the Mayor’s State of Emergency, requiring only essential services workers leave home, we will follow suit and will work from home. We will continue this delay in services through Friday, March 27th, and are anticipating it maybe lasting through Friday, April 3rd. In addition, the March Volunteer Open House has been cancelled. We are thankful for your continued passion and love for the Dress for Success Columbus mission, as well as your trust and support. We greatly look forward to inviting you to once again empower with your sisters! We will keep you posted on the latest updates as soon as they become available.
  • March 19, 2020 – Suiting Update
    • While some organizations may postpone interviews, we know first-hand from our clients that interviews in some industries are still taking place.  During this challenging time, Dress for Success Columbus is following CDC, state and local government guidelines. Instead of 1-2 hour suiting sessions, we will take key information over the phone and our fabulous stylists will select your looks and pre-package them for quick, at the door pick-up. Please call 614-291-5420 Extension 16 and Dress for Success Columbus will empower with you to keep your career moving forward.  
  • March 17, 2020 (link)
  • March 12, 2020 (link)

Community Resources

Employment-related information

  • How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits – There are 2 ways to apply for unemployment benefits in Ohio; Carefully review all required documents when you are submitting online so that you will not experience a delay. If you are calling expect long wait times and consider filing online instead.:
    • Online at This website is available 24/7.
    • By calling 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408 (excluding holidays) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    • Governor Dewine has expanded flexibility for Ohioans to receive unemployment benefits during Ohio’s emergency declaration period. Unemployment benefits are now available to employees impacted by coronavirus in the following ways:
      • Employer shut down operations
      • Employees were laid off by employer because of coronavirus 
      • Individual was requested by a medical professional, local health authority, or employer to be isolated or quarantined
    • In addition, the waiting period for eligible Ohioans to receive unemployment benefits will be waived so benefits will be received immediately.

Utilities & Internet

  • Many utilities and internet providers are working with the community to be flexible during this time of economic uncertainty. This does not mean that you should not pay your bill if you have the ability to do so.
    • City of Columbus Utilities: As of Friday, March 13th, Mayor Ginther has announced that The Department of Utilities will be suspending water and power shut-offs until further notice.
    • AEP Ohio: They have temporarily suspended disconnections for non-payment. If you anticipate problems paying your electric bill, please contact them so you can work together on a plan.
    • Columbia Gas of Ohio: They have voluntarily suspended shutoffs for nonpayment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Columbia Gas will offer its most flexible payment plans to customers who indicate either an impact or hardship as a result of COVID-19 and will suspend late payment charges until June 1.
    • Spectrum/Charter Communications: They are offering FREE Internet Access to qualifying homes with students – call 1-844-488-8395 to learn more or enroll. In an effort to ensure Americans have necessary access to online resources, qualifying households with students can get 60 days of FREE access with a Spectrum Internet account. Available for households with K-12 or college students, limited to new accounts who do not already have a Spectrum Internet subscription, free installation options available.
    • AT&T Services: All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data.  Additionally, they will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through their Access from AT&T program. They’ve expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. Additionally, and they are offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.
    • WOW: Until further notice, they will not disconnect WOW! services for customers in non-payment status. If you are having difficulty paying your bill, contact them and they will arrange a payment plan, they will also not be charging late fees until further notice.