April 24, 2020

Front-line Employee Resources


The TRT program is here to express our condolences and offer support as the hospitality industry recovers from the effects of COVID-19. We have compiled the following resources in the hope that it may be helpful to you and your family during this challenging time. 



En Español:

¿Habla usted español? El Programa de Investigación Dirigida (TRT, por sus siglas en inglés) se dedica a proveer recursos para ayudar a los empleados en la industria de hospitalidad a navegar este momento difícil. A continuación, encontrará enlaces a recursos que pueden ayudarlo a usted o su familia. Los recursos pueden ayudarle a mantenerse actualizado con información sobre COVID-19, encontrar asistencia financiera, encontrar empleo alternativo durante este tiempo, o lidiar con el estrés o las dificultades de salud mental. El Programa TRT no ofrece ninguna garantía sobre la disponibilidad o idoneidad de esta información para su situación y cualquier acción que usted realice al consultar la información en este sitio web es estrictamente bajo su propio riesgo. La información contenida en estos sitios web no refleja necesariamente las opiniones del programa TRT ni de nuestra agencia de financiación, el Centro de Educación e Investigación Sunshine, o el Instituto Nacional de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional. Estamos dedicados a proveer recursos para empleados de hospitalidad que no hablan inglés. Muchos de los recursos a continuación se ofrecen en español y han sido traducidos por sus fuentes originales. Estas fuentes tendrán este ícono [ICON GOES HERE] junto a su título. Para cualquier recurso que no esté traducido en su fuente original, puede usar el navegador Google Chrome para traducir el material. Un video a continuación, ofrecido en español, muestra cómo usar el navegador Google Chrome para traducir material del inglés a otro idioma.




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The following resources provide information regarding what to do when you lose your job, as well as assistance programs that may be available to you.


“What to Do When You Lose Your Job” by Alyson Doyle


How to apply for unemployment in Florida:


“Worried About Making Rent? Here are Assistance Programs Available in Central Florida During Coronavirus Pandemic” by Sarah Wilson

The following resources provide ways you can make a bit of money from the comfort of your own home, as well as information regarding job opportunities in Florida.


“Top 10 Reasons to Participate in a Research Study”


MTurk Worker Opportunities


Learn about Clinical Studies

Job Searching


Talent Exchange

  • If your work has been impacted by COVID-19, this platform can help you find new employment quickly, as well as stay up-to-date with the most current job listings in your area. Please see the following link for more details.

  • https://eightfold.ai/talent-exchange/


Job Listings


The following information can help you handle your finances during this difficult time.


“Protect Yourself Financially From the Impact of the Coronavirus” from Consumer Finance Protection Bureau


GreenPath Financial Wellness

  • A national non-profit organization that provides learning opportunities and resources to support individual’s financial wellness. Free resources include budgeting worksheets and articles on preparing for financial emergencies and dealing with income loss.

  • https://www.greenpath.com/


The following resources can be of value to your loved ones, from free meals for your kids to fun activities you can do as a family.


Free meals for your kids!

  • Many Florida schools are offering free meals to students 18 and under during coronavirus closures. Click here to find locationsMany Florida schools are offering free meals to students 18 and under during coronavirus closures. Click here to find locations

  • https://summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com/


“Interventions for Online Therapy with Youth”


Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links


Florida Department of Education Free Resources for Families and Teachers

Improve Sleep: Tips to Improve Your Sleep When Times are Tough


The following lists hospitality industry-specific guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting in light of coronavirus.


Cleaning and disinfecting guidance for hospitality – COVID-19

If you find that you have some extra time on your hands, you may want to work on continuing to develop your skills and further your education. The following resources can provide a structured means for you to achieve those goals.


Coursera | Build Skills with Online Courses from Top Institutions

  • This resource provides access to free, online educational courses that allows users to learn skills and earn certificates or degrees.

  • https://www.coursera.org/


The following provide helpful mental health-related resources and recommendations to manage stress, anxiety, and more from both a prevention and intervention perspective.


UCF Restores offering mental health assistance during coronavirus outbreak:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mental health-related recommendations regarding the management of anxiety and stress:


National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Resources and Recommendations:


Coronavirus and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks


“Coronavirus: Overcoming the Loneliness of Social Distancing” by Kathy Gurchiek SHRM


Build Your Resilience in the Face of a Crisis

Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19:


Florida Department of Health: What you need to know about COVID-19 in Florida


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For more questions about the Sunshine Education and Research Center and the Targeted Research Training Program, please contact Dr. Mindy Shoss at targetedresearch@ucf.edu.