Supporting Furloughed Federal Workers

The Federal government shutdown has created a financial crisis for many furloughed Federal workers in our region.

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is currently accepting donations to the Emergency Relief Fund and will quickly distribute them to local nonprofits that have stood up impactful, effective programs meeting this urgent need.


We also encourage you to donate directly to our nonprofit partners. Below is a list  of local organizations serving Norther Virginia and requesting urgent support. This list will be updated continuously as we learn of additional opportunities for funding support.

Arlington Thrive

Arlington Thrive delivers same-day emergency funds to our neighbors in crisis, so they can be secure in their jobs, health, and homes and thrive in a caring community.
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Grocery gift cards (mailed or hand delivered to our office) and cash donations via our website (used for utility/housing bills paid directly to the vendor) are the most efficient ways to help quickly. 
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Capital Area Food Bank

During the partial government shutdown, thousands of our neighbors could have a difficult time affording food. To help meet the additional need, we’ve set a goal to provide 600,000 extra meals by raising $300,000 in January. Together, we can ease the impact on our community.
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Central Mission

Central Union Mission is providing emergency groceries to any furloughed worker or SNAP recipient – when their benefits run out. During this crisis, together with other desperate families, we have surged to serve over 100 people on an emergency basis for $7,900 per week.
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Due to the partial government shutdown, 42 Easterseals families are experiencing financial hardship and at least 9, including 3 families in Northern Virginia can’t make childcare tuition payments while furloughed. It’s critical that these families continue receiving care at our inclusive child development centers, like the one in Fairfax/Falls Church, Virginia, which serve veterans, children with disabilities and special needs, and low-income families.
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Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc. 

HRFISH requests financial donations to support households in short term financial crises as a result of federal government closures.
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Hope for the Warriors

Daily, Hope For The Warriors is receiving more than 80 requests for support from Coast Guard families affected by the government shutdown. We believe it’s our mission to support these families and want to continue to be a source of support, however, our relief funds are running low as the shutdown continues. We believe that until funding is fully restored and backpay is received, requests for financial assistance will continue. We have worked diligently to earn our 8th consecutive four star Charity Navigator rating, placing us in the top 3% of all listed U.S. charities; it is this fiscal integrity that allows to support our service members and their families.
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Loudoun Cares

As part of our Information & Referral program we help to coordinate emergency financial assistance. Typically we reach out to our faith-based partners for funds to cover residents that cannot be served by Department of Family Services, have exhausted their resources, or are only helped partially. With the increase in those needing assistance our faith-based partners are feeling the strain. We are willing to set up a donation fund that would go to support these cases with financial assistance. Many of our callers are federal contract workers that have lost hours due to the shutdown. At this time we do not deal directly with funds but rather advocate to the faith-based partners on behalf of the residents.
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Northern Virginia Family Service

With over 800,000 federal workers across the nation impacted by the government Shutdown, Northern Virginia Family Service stands ready to assist our current clients and neighbors throughout the region. For nearly 100 years, we have provided high quality assistance to individuals and families in crisis and are well prepared to assist those affected by current circumstances.
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Shenandoah National Park

The Shenandoah National Park Trust is in need of emergency funds to keep bathrooms at two of the national park's most heavily used trails--Old Rag and Whiteoak Canyon--open and clean during the government shutdown. Donations are being accepted at
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Texas Diaper Bank

Employees & contractors affected by the shutdown (some driving 200 miles each way) were provided a 6-month supply of diapers & feminine hygiene items. In the 1st week, 86 families and 106 children were served. We expect this number to rise steadily.
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Additional Resources:

The Catalogue for Philanthropy

The Catalogue for Philanthropy has a list of member organizations requesting support for its programs:
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The D.C. Bar

The D.C. Bar is offering a free CLE class to furloughed attorneys during the month of January. The class may be taken in person or via webinar. Upcoming session topics include class actions 2019, a litigator's guide to negotiations, statute drafting, and estate tax developments.
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Contact Us:

If your organization has a program you would like for us to share, please contact Marcus Wilson at or call 703-347-7427.