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Since launching the United for U.S. Coalition Jan. 11 to mobilize our corporate, labor and other partners around furloughed workers, United Way has received many inquiries from people who want to help.

In response, we launched the United for U.S. Fund to give individuals from all walks of life an easy, safe way to help civil servants and others impacted by the ongoing shutdown. Every dollar will be distributed to local United Ways serving furloughed workers to support critical needs like food, energy assistance, utilities, rent, health care, and more.

Support the United For U.S. Fund

This national fund will support basic needs for vulnerable workers in affected communities. To donate, click below or text SHUTDOWN to 40403.

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The 2-1-1 non-emergency service anchors United Way’s community support by providing information about local social services, including the availability of public benefits and corporate assistance programs. 2-1-1, which connects callers to resources and aid for monthly living expenses, continues to see an uptick in calls.


Are you helping federal workers? Would you like to find out how you can get involved? Please contact us.
United Way expresses our thanks to the following partners:

Local Services

United Way owes a debt of gratitude to all the federal workers who have supported their communities over the years. United Ways across the country are committed to standing by federal workers and others impacted by the shutdown in their time of need. Below are links to funds or details about what local United Ways are doing to support furloughed workers across the country. 

United Way of the National Capital Area (Washington D.C.) has provided $50,000 through its Emergency Assistance Fund to area nonprofits to meet people’s basic needs.  

United Way of Bay County (Bay City, Mich.)

United Way of Genesee County (Flint, Mich.) launched a fund to help federal workers with emergency needs, specifically food, transportation and current utility payments. Learn how you can help.

Mile High United Way (Denver, Colo.) has a variety of resources for workers through 2-1-1 to connect people to health care services, food pantries, mental health resources, childcare, and utility and eviction prevention assistance.

United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg (Richmond, Va.)

United Way for Southeastern Michigan (Detroit, Mich.) is directing federal employees who call 2-1-1 to available resources, and coordinating food box distribution with local food pantries.

United Way of King County (Seattle, Wash.) is participating in local resource fairs for federal workers organized by the Port of Seattle.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (Boston, Mass.)

United Way Suncoast (Tampa, Fla.)

United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (Newport News, Va.)

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette (Portland, Ore.)

United Way of Southwest Alabama (Mobile, Ala.)

United Way of Greater Pittsburgh

In the News

The lowest-paid shutdown workers aren’t getting back pay
Washington Post
January 29, 2019

How to assist federal workers impacted by the shutdown
Jan. 24, 2019

Government shutdown at one month: Where things stand for the average American
Jan. 22, 2019

Federal Shutdown Has Nonprofits Opening Services
The Nonprofit Times 
Jan. 15, 2019

211 Helpline getting calls from federal employees seeking help
Federal employees who’ve missed their first paycheck since the shutdown began are starting to feel the pinch.
Jan. 15, 2019

United Way Worldwide Launches ‘United for U.S.’ Coalition to Help Those Impacted by Government Shutdown
AP News
January 11, 2019