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The United for U.S. Coalition launched January 11 to mobilize our corporate, labor and other partners around furloughed workers during the longest U.S. government shutdown. United Way then responded to inquiries from people from all walks of life who wanted to help by opening the United for U.S. Fund on January 23. Every dollar that we have raised is being used by local United Ways serving furloughed workers and impacted individuals to support critical needs like food, energy assistance, utilities, rent, health care, and more.
We are grateful to the more than 1,300 donors who contributed during the shutdown.



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 were 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 did to support furloughed workers across the country. 

United Way of the National Capital Area (Washington D.C.) 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.

Mile High United Way (Denver, Colo.) had 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.) directed federal employees who called 2-1-1 to available resources, and coordinated food box distribution with local food pantries.

United Way of King County (Seattle, Wash.) participated 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