How To Help Federal Workers Going Without A Paycheck So They Survive The Shutdown
Some 800,000 federal workers are now living through the longest government shutdown ever, and all without pay. Some have been furloughed and are at home waiting out a solution, while others have been forced to show up at work anyway — even though they're not getting paid. For many, this is a serious financial hardship. Luckily, though, there are ways you can help. Here's how to help federal workers going without a paycheck.
TSA workers, who were deemed necessary and have been working throughout the shutdown, have been calling in sick and even quitting so that they can get other work. They're also getting $500 and one day's pay from Dec. 22 meanwhile — far from enough to meet obligations.
Some are in such a serious situation that they are relying on food banks to feed their families. Washington D.C., home to many federal workers, has seen longer-than-usual lines at its food banks. Capital Area Food Bank told NPR it has organized pop-up events to help federal workers, specifically, and has had some workers promise to donate back what they take once they get paid. They just don't have anything to eat right now.
These are some of the ways you can help these workers make it through to their next paycheck. Until President Trump and Congress come to an agreement, they're in dire straits.
1) Donate To Food Banks
Check and see if your area food bank is helping federal workers. If so, donate there. You can also give a monetary donation to the food bank in D.C.
2) Ask Your Bank To Help
3) Contact The White House
4) Contact Your Representatives & Senators
5) Support The Unions
Government workers are not allowed to strike, so their unions must advocate for them in other ways. Some unions are going further and providing food and other necessities to federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay. Check with one near you to see if you can help in that effort.
6) Thank Companies That Help
There are companies like wireless providers that have agreed to let federal employees affected by the shutdown pay their bill when they finally get a paycheck. Send them a thank you on social media to encourage others to do the same.
7) Give To Workers Directly
One White House official said over the weekend that federal workers are "better off" because of the shutdown. Based on the many places workers have had to turn to for help, that doesn't seem to be the case. Take a look over this list and consider doing and giving what you can.