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Federal Shutdown Assistance 2019

During the current Federal Government shutdown, United Way is deeply concerned about the federal employees and their families across Linn, Benton, & Lincoln counties who are impacted by certain services, programs and pay being either reduced or paused during this time. 

Community members and Federal Government employees affected by the shutdown can use the following resources to learn more about ways to access immediate assistance: 

Regional/Local Business Support

  • Oregon State Credit Union is offering to work with members who are in need of emergency assistance due to the Federal Government shutdown to find financial solutions that work for them. Click here for more information.
  • Washington Federal is offering to help our neighbors who are Federal government employees, whether you're currently a client or would like to be one. Click here for more information.

National Corporate Resources 

United for U.S.,  an emergency coalition convened by United Way Worldwide, brings together companies, employers, organized labor and others who want to minimize the shutdown’s harmful effects on furloughed workers and their families. To date, eight companies have joined the United for U.S. Coalition, and more are in the works. 

  • Wells Fargo has pledged $250,000 in grant support to help federal employees meet their most basic needs: food, bill assistance, shelter etc., in addition to waiving fees for customers who have direct deposit from the federal government, and offering short and long-term assistance for those who need extra time to make payments. Customers should call 800-219-9739 for help, or visit any branch. 
  • Bank of America is reaching out to affected clients to let them know of the bank's Client Assistance Program. Customers can call 844-219-0690, or schedule an appointment at a local branch. Bank of America has also pledges $10,000 to the United Way National Capital Area Emergency Assistance Fund. The funds will be directed to organizations in the Washington D.C. area that will help affected people with food, rent and utility assistance programs. 
  • Nationwide will institute a grace period and delayed payments for standard personal lines; expediate requests for withdrawals and loans to disburse money quickly; waive certain fees; and extend due dates for insurance premium and loan payments. Customers should refer to the contact information on their policy or contact their agent for more information. 
  • U.S. Bank is offering a new low-rate quick loan designed to help customers families impacted by the shutdown. Qualifies federal government employees can apply for a $100-$6,000 low-rate, quick loan, or find out about mortgage relief options. Customers should call U.S. Bank's designated federal government shutdown line at 877-760-6046.
  • Lyft is working in the Washington, D.C. area - home to 300,000 federal workers - to provide financial support, including donating food to local food banks.
  • Airbnb will pay hosts who are furloughed employees for an extra night (up to $110) for every three nights they rent out their house, apartment or room to travelers.
  • Sprint is encouraging customers struggling to pay bills because of the shutdown to call 888-211-4727 or go online at to talk with a customer care representative about short-term payment solutions to keep service uninterrupted.
  • Comcast urges federal workers to call 800-934-6489 to find a payment solution that works for them.

Call 2-1-1 Info

2-1-1 Info is committed to helping our communities impacted by the federal government shutdown. Federal employees and government contractors in need of social services and individuals with questions about availability of public benefits can call 2-1-1 Info to get help. 

2-1-1 Info  is committed  specialists can help vulnerable families connect to food pantries, health care services and utility and eviction prevention assistance. Callers can also receive information on mental health counseling, transportation, job training, substance use recovery services, child care, and more. 

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Local Agency Resources 

Food Boxes and Meal Sites in Linn & Benton Counties

Food Boxes and Meal Sites in Lincoln County 

    Furlough Guidance 

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), has prepared human resources guidance for agencies and employees in the event of furloughs. Click here to learn more.

    Unemployment Benefits To learn more about or to file for unemployment benefits, click here.