Government Shutdown. Here’s help.

Government Shutdown. Here’s help.

Local organizations helping:

Resthaven Funeral Home and Memory Garden: Will be hosting an opportunity for the community to donate non-perishable food that will then in turn be available for families to come by and shop for their needs. Donations will be accepted at Little Chapel of the Roses located in Resthaven Memory Gardens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day until the shutdown ends. At the same time, families of anyone affected by the shutdown will be able to come and shop during these same hours. Enter the cemetery south of the intersection of 104th and Western.

The funeral home, along with members of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a Hamburger/Hot Dog Dinner for families affected by the shutdown. From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, families are invited to the Family Center at Resthaven to have a free hamburger/hot dog dinner. Families will also receive a free meal that can be taken home and prepared for the family at a later date.

The Resthaven Family Center is located at Southwest 104th and Walker. If the shutdown is over by the time of the dinner, it will still take place due to lasting effects of this event.

OKC Dodgers: The Oklahoma City Dodgers will serve meals featuring their famous Dodger Dogs Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Will Rogers World Airport from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Dodgers will feed working TSA agents and administrators, as well as other federal aviation employees. Team mascots Brix and Brooklyn will be present to help serve the meals.

Isola Bella Apartments: Provides complimentary housing in January for Federal Aviation Administration students training at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, all Hopdoddy locations will be offering workers with a federal government ID a free meal at the restaurant. This will include a burger, regular fries and a non-alcoholic beverage. For the remainder of the shutdown, government workers will be able to show their Federal government ID at Hopdoddy for 25 percent off their meal.

The Oklahoma City Zoo: Federal employees and their families are invited to explore the zoo’s wildlife and wild places for free during the shutdown.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum will offer free admission to all federal employees throughout the shutdown, regardless of whether they have been furloughed or are otherwise affected. For free admission, federal workers should show their ID at the admissions desk.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art: Beginning Wednesday, the museum will offer free admission to federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown.

Wellness: The University of Central Oklahoma will offer free access to the Wellness Center for those impacted by the partial government shutdown through the end of the shutdown. Federal employees affected may bring proof of employment or federal ID to the UCO Wellness Center, located on Central’s campus.

Banks: Legacy Bank is allowing customers who are furloughed government employees to overdraw their accounts fee-free up to the amount of their back pay.

Officials with First Oklahoma Bank are pledging to treat their customers who have depository accounts and rely on regular checks from the federal government as if those funds had been deposited on schedule.

Yukon Public Schools: The district will cover cost of background checks and substitute teacher training for any federal employee currently furloughed. Officials will also pay them at the certified substitute rate for the duration of the shutdown.

Shawnee Public Schools: Furloughed federal employees with children in the school district may contact, School Nutrition, 405-878-1028, for free or reduced-priced meals that will be provided to qualifying applicants.

Food banks: The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma wants to assure anyone impacted by the shutdown can seek food assistance at more than 1,300 community-based partner agencies throughout central and western Oklahoma.

“We have reached out to our partners in 53 counties and asked that they extend assistance eligibility to anyone who has been impacted by the shutdown,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.

Those impacted by the shutdown can enter their ZIP code online to find nearby food pantries or they can call 405-972-1111.

Infant Crisis Services: If you have a child under 48 months and are in need of assistance, call the organization at 405-528-3663 to make an appointment.


Nationwide organizations helping:

Bank of America: For Bank of America customers affected by the shutdown, the company is offering a Client Assistance Program with personalized financial assistance, tailored to clients’ specific situation and needs. Call 844-219-0690 for personalized assistance or schedule an appointment to meet with a specialist.

Discover: Discover Card customers affected by the shutdown are asked to call for assistance any time at 1-800-DISCOVER.

AT&T: For AT&T customers affected by the shutdown, the company says they are eligible for flexible payment options to keep their phone service up and running.

Chase: Chase Bank says it will waive or refund any overdraft and monthly service fees for customers who are furloughed government employees.

Pet food: Several animal organizations are pledging to provide free pet food for animal owners who have been impacted by the shutdown. Check with your local humane society to see if they are participating.

Verizon: Impacted government employees can apply for Verizon’s “Promise to Pay” feature, which allows customers to set up a future date to pay a bill.

YMCA: Several YMCA locations across the country are offering free workout locations for furloughed government workers and their families.

Unemployment compensation: According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, federal employees may be eligible for the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program. The program is administered by state unemployment insurance agencies acting as agents of the federal government.


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