Since the partial government shutdown began on December 22, 2018, the subsequent weeks have proven challenging for many furloughed federal employees, their families, as well as millions of affected federal contractors. As this year’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) draws to a close, we are spreading the word that our CFC-supported charities and organizations are here to help all in need – including the federal community.
Here are just a few examples of the ways CFC-supported charities are helping those affected by the partial government shutdown (click through to read through summaries and identify sources of aid):
- Collecting and distributing food for individuals and families.
- Offering free memberships for programs and services.
- Providing financial and therapeutic counseling.
- Feeding and caring for the four-legged family members through free pet food and supplies.
IF YOU ARE A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE WHO NEEDS HELP:
We support you and understand the difficulty of this situation. Regulations prevent us from promoting any specific charitable organizations. However, you can use the CFC online charity search to find organizations in your area that might be able to help. Click here to search. Limit your search by zip code and use keywords to narrow down to the type of help you are looking for. You can then connect with the charity via their website or provided phone number.
Other resources and outreach materials with information on how to get help can be found:
- On social media, searching tags such as: "#helpingfeds," "#shutdown," "#chefsforfeds," "#federalemployees," "#foodforfeds," "#federalworkers," "#governmentshutdown," and "#furloughed" may direct you to some resources and organizations.
- Browse charity websites, pulled from our Charity Listing, Virtual Charity Fair, or Charity Search.
- Read through newsletters you are subscribed to from NGOs.
- Search Email folders for alerts from unions or your FEB.
IF YOU ARE A CFC ORGANIZATION THAT CAN HELP:
Reach out to us, via [email protected] and tell us if and how you are offering aid to the federal community. Additionally, consider announcing and promoting your services and programs to the federal community via one of these methods:
- Website (with a bulletin, banner, or alert on homepage)
- Social media posts, especially using #tags
- Newsletters or other org-created publications
- Emails to Federal Executive Boards (FEBs) and Labor Unions