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The Government Shutdown: What You Can Do

October 15, 2013

Today marks the start of the third week of the government shutdown. We are also staring down a financial disaster if Congress doesn’t make a move quickly to raise the debt ceiling. But quickly and Congress are two words that shouldn’t be used together these days.  In fact, the harm caused by these congressional battles has already been done to many employers, nonprofit organizations, individuals, and families.

While it is true that congress agreed to provide back pay for those government workers not currently receiving pay, that doesn’t extend to the many companies that provide contract services to government agencies through contract employees.  That doesn’t extend to the local tourism-related industries and their employees.  That doesn’t extend to employees of nonprofit organizations that provide critical services in our region who have been furloughed due to the lack of funding of federal contracts.  The damage has already been done.

So the question for those of us who want to support our community through this crisis is what do we do now?  It is clear that individuals who live paycheck-to-paycheck are looking for help where they can get it – at the doorway of nonprofit organizations that provide critical services such as food and emergency financial assistance for rent, mortgages, or prescriptions.  We are at the very beginning of the Fall giving season and our nonprofit partners who are key to our region’s already fragile safety net need your help.

If you were planning on making a gift at the end of the year, you might consider making it now.  Or, maybe the bull financial markets have afforded you more charitable dollars and you can make an additional gift that will make a difference to the nonprofit organization of your choice and the individuals they serve.  Maybe, both of these are options, but you’re not sure who to give to.  Below is a list of nonprofit organizations serving the region, that provide emergency services – food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance – to help people get over the hump. 

It’s times like these that confirm the need for a sustainable safety net, because “life” happens.  It’s unfortunate, however, when the difficulty happens at the hands of our own government.

(Please note the list below is not exhaustive, but includes many of the nonprofits that we have funded through our Safety Net efforts and Neighbors In Need Fund.)

Washington, D.C.

Bread for the City

Bread for the City

http://www.breadforthecity.org

Calvary Women’s Services

Calvary Women’s Services

http://www.calvaryservices.org

Capital Area Food Bank

Capital Area Food Bank

http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org

Community of Hope

Community of Hope

http://www.communityofhopedc.org

Covenant House

Covenant House

http://www.covenanthousedc.org

DC Central Kitchen

DC Central Kitchen

http://www.dccentralkitchen.org

District Alliance for Safe Housing

District Alliance for Safe Housing

http://www.dashdc.org

Miriam’s Kitchen

Miriam’s Kitchen

http://www.miriamskitchen.org

N Street Village

N Street Village

http://www.nstreetvillage.org

So Others Might Eat

So Others Might Eat

http://www.some.org

Maryland

 

Community Crisis Services, Hyattsville

Community Crisis Services, Hyattsville

http://www.communitycrisis.org

Community Support Systems, Brandywine

Community Support Systems, Brandywine

http://communitysupportsystems.org

Housing Initiative Partnership, Hyattsville

Housing Initiative Partnership, Hyattsville

http://hiphomes.org/wp

Identity, Inc., Gaithersburg

Identity, Inc., Gaithersburg

http://www.identity-youth.org

Interfaith Works, Rockville

Interfaith Works, Rockville

http://www.iworksmc.org

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Prince George’s/Montgomery County

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Prince George’s/Montgomery County

https://www.lssnca.org

Manna Food Center, Gaithersburg

Manna Food Center, Gaithersburg

http://www.mannafood.org

Shabach! Ministries, Inc., Landover

Shabach! Ministries, Inc., Landover

http://www.shabachministries.org

United Communities Against Poverty, Inc., Capitol Heights

United Communities Against Poverty, Inc., Capitol Heights

http://www.ucappgc.org

Western Upper Montgomery County Help, Inc. (WUMCO), Poolesville

Western Upper Montgomery County Help, Inc. (WUMCO), Poolesville

http://www.wumcohelp.org

Virginia

 

Action In Community Through Service of Prince William, Inc., Dumfries

Action In Community Through Service of Prince William, Inc., Dumfries

http://actspwc.org

Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington

Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington

http://www.afac.org

Carpenter’s Shelter, Alexandria

Carpenter’s Shelter, Alexandria

http://www.carpentersshelter.org

Doorways for Women & Families, Arlington

Doorways for Women & Families, Arlington

http://www.doorwaysva.org

Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services, Fairfax

Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transitional Services, Fairfax

http://facetscares.org

Food for Others, Fairfax

Food for Others, Fairfax

http://www.foodforothers.org/about.html

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Alexandria

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Alexandria

http://www.goodhousing.org

Herndon-Reston FISH, Herndon

Herndon-Reston FISH, Herndon

http://www.herndonrestonfish.org

Northern Virginia Family Services, Oakton

Northern Virginia Family Services, Oakton

http://www.nvfs.org

Cornerstones, Reston

Cornerstones, Reston

http://www.cornerstonesva.org

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