Calvert & St. Mary’s County Public Schools

Fast-tracked application to substitute teach for government workers (CCPS)

Free and/or Reduced Price Meal eligibility (FARMS) CCPS

Free and/or Reduced Price Meal eligibility (FARMS) SMPS

Charles County-specific

Information and Guidance from OPM

My Fed Benefits (independent, free resources for Federal employees) –

Tax Assistance

Help with personal income liabilities and outstanding tax obligations

Community Support

Furloughed Connections of SOMD facebook group

Project ECHO

Canned goods, toiletries, bathroom tissue and vouchers to our thrift shop for clothing and household necessities. Contact: 410-535-0044 or

End Hunger in Calvert County

United Way in Maryland –


SMECO : Working with utility customers who are furloughed employees on utility arrangements or extensions. More info:

DC Water: Furloughed federal workers who are having hardship paying their bill can learn more about the various program offerings by contacting  customer service at 202-354-3600.

Dominion Energy: offering various forms of assistance, including payment extensions, long-term payment plans and bill payment assistance options. Assistance varies by state.

PEPCO: PEPCO is urging impacted federal workers to consider visiting their website to learn more about the available assistance programs being offered. They encourage those in need to consider applying for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program which provides utility assistance grants.

Washington Gas: offering impacted federal workers flexible payment arrangements, payment deferments, budgeting plan, and financial assistance to pay for their bills via The Washington Area Fuel Fund. Customers should contact Washington Gas customer service representatives at 1-844-WASHGAS for more information and to discuss their individual situations.  

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC): will be suspending all water service shutoffs, waiving late fees, and working one-on-one with customers impacted by the partial shutdown. Information on their assistance programs can be found at this link.

Childcare Services and Schools

College of Southern Maryland – Tuition assistance application

M-NCPPC – Will be waiving child care and preschool fees for dependents of furloughed employees during the shutdown. This includes before and after childcare fees at community centers, therapeutic recreation including Pre-School, Leisure Skills Development, Leisure & Life Skills, Kids Care, Morning Care, Kids Club, Extended Care, and Kids Day Out. In addition, facilities will be waiving the requirement for membership fees to use the fitness rooms (only) at any of the 45 community centers, Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center, Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex, and Allentown Splash, Tennis and Fitness Park. This is for Prince George’s County residents only with an official furlough letter.

Prince George’s Community College – Eligible students impacted by the partial shutdown can get tuition assistance, one-time grants, holds on accounts and more to support their academic and career goals for the upcoming semester. To learn more about the criteria and required documents, students should contact the Tuition Assistance Hotline at 301-546-0154. In addition, the college offers free individual services and workshops on financial planning, budgeting, debt management, housing counseling, tax preparation, and more.

Prince George’s County Public Schools – The Excellence in Education Foundation Established a ‘10,000 Meals Challenge’ fund that will help pay for student meals during the partial shutdown.

Assistance for Farmers

USDA will be reopening Farm Service Agency (FSA) for limited services during the shutdown, January 17,18, and 22, keep checking for more dates

Unemployment Benefits

Maryland Employees who are Maryland residents can file immediately and eligibility for benefits begins the week you file your claim. The claim becomes effective the Sunday of the week during which you apply for benefits. To apply, you may submit a paper or on-line application. This application has been designed solely for those Federal employees unemployed due to the Federal shutdown and will only be available during the shutdown period:  

U.S. Dept. of State                    

Furloughed employees handbook:                               

Wireless Carriers

AT&T:  Flexible payment options.  More info:

Sprint: Call Customer Care at 888-211-4747

T-Mobile: Customer Service: 1-800-866-2453

Verizon: Customer Service: 1-855-536-4658.


Bank of America: Government shutdown client assistance: 844-219-0690.

Chase: Assistance with avoiding negative consequences for missing a payment on a mortgage, credit card or car loan, such as being charged a late fee or reporting a late payment to a credit bureau.  Special care line: 1-888-356-0023. More info:

PNC Bank: Waiving of certain fees and take other appropriate actions for government employees who are experiencing financial difficulty due to the shutdown. PNC also makes available several forms of financing, including a short-term loan, that may assist customers with meeting their financial needs.  Contact: 1-888-762-2265 or

Wells Fargo: Fee reversals and waivers.  More info:

Navy Federal Credit Union: 0% APR loans are available for eligible federal employees and active duty members of the Coast Board.  For more info:


&pizza – All D.C. locations offer free pizza pies for federal employees between 6pm-8pm during the shutdown.

Baked by Yael – Across from the National Zoo, this popular bakery offers free coffee for federal workers and contractors, and free bagel sandwiches or small orders of soup each weekday to zoo workers working without pay. This is while supplies last. Free cake pop classes for federal workers and contractors.

Carmine’s – Downtown DC – Free order of meatball sliders from 2-4pm during the shutdown. Their happy hour menu will be offered all day long at the bar for as long as the shutdown lasts.  

Charlie Palmer – The steakhouse on Constitution Avenue is offering a free fried chicken sandwich to all government employees during the furlough with a government ID. Add a Blue Point Toasted Lager with fries for $12. Valid as long as the shutdown lingers for lunch guests at the bar only.

Chef José Andrés – All of celebrity Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup restaurants are offering different free sandwiches each day from 2-5pm, to federal employees until they get paid again. You don’t want to miss these tasty sandwiches. Participating restaurants include:  barmini by José Andrés, Beefsteak, China Chilcano, Jaleo DC, Oyamel, and Zaytinya.

Grilled Cheese DC – offering a free grilled cheese sandwich on Thursday, January 10 from 11 am – 3 pm, and at 4pm and each night afterward until the furlough is lifted, they will offer four cocktails at $5 – the drinks will be that price all night long. Must have government ID for offers.

Junction Bakery & Bistro – This Alexandria bakery if offering a free 12-ounce drip coffee to all federal government employees with work ID.

Pork Barrel BBQ – The award-winning pulled pork sandwich is being offered free of charge to furloughed federal employees and contractors until the shutdown ends.

Taco Bamba – The Chinatown location is offering a free traditional taco with your federal government ID card.

The Capital Area Food Bank – partnered with Giant grocery stores, free produce will be offered each weekend (as of January 12) from 9am-12pm until the end of the partial government shutdown to the first 250 furloughed federal workers and contractors (with work ID). The five Giant locations are: 7074 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748; 10480 Campus Way South, Largo, MD 20774; 1050 Brentwood Road, NE, Washington, DC 20018; 12051 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852; 6800 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306.

Z-Burger – offering a free single burger (plain, cheese, veggie or turkey) per person for federal workers at their Tenleytown location only, for those with a federal government ID card. This offer is not daily, so please check their Twitter page to learn about upcoming dates and offers.. The next date is Thursday, January 10, 11am-7pm.

BBQ Bus – Founded by a former government contractor, this Georgia Ave. NW BBQ location will slash 25% off the entire menu for federal employees and contractors.

Capitol Lounge – $5 drink specials and cocktails with cute names such as “Nothing Really Mattis” (Mad Dog 20/20 and Vodka) and “Mexico Will Pay For This” (Montezuma Blue tequila, OJ and grenadine).

Catch 22 – 15% off the final bill (excluding happy hour) for all federal employees during the shutdown.

City Tap – in Penn Quarter has extended happy hour with $5 draft beers, $6 house wine and $7 beer and shot combos.

City Winery – in Ivy City has $1 glasses of its own City Winery wines on tap..  

District Doughnut – on 8th Street in Southeast, Cady’s Alley in Georgetown, and at The Wharf, free coffee with any purchase as long as the shutdown lasts.

Fazoli’s – Through Sunday, January 13 – buy a drink and you’ll get a free fan-favorite Pizza Baked Spaghetti at participating locations with your federal government ID,

Granville Moore’s – on H Street – offers a 30 percent discount on draft beers until the government reopens.

Little Havana – Show your government ID and get half off all drinks every day until the shutdown is over at this new and colorful Cuban respite in D.C.

Pennsylvania 6 – on Eye St. NW – offering extended happy hour, from 3pm-9pm while shutdown lasts with special $5 mixed drinks, a draft beer and a house wine.

Sugar Shack Donuts – locations in D.C., Arlington and Alexandria will give federal workers with ID a free cup of coffee with any purchase.

The Brighton – in the Wharf – is offering 10% off its regular prices.

The Ugly Mug DC – offers ‘The Affordable Meal Act’ – each Tuesday starting January 15, enjoy $7 meal deals and drink specials starting at 4pm.

Free and Discounted Performance Venues

Arena Stage – For government employees affected by the shutdown, Arena Stage is offering a 40% discount on tickets to their next production, “Kleptocracy” — which begins January 18. Use offer code GVT40 and show your government I.D. when you pick up from the Box Office.

Millennium Stage – Catch up on some of the performing arts at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Created to make the performing arts accessible to everyone, their free daily programs begin at 6pm. No advance tickets are required unless otherwise specified. Read how the federal shutdown may impact The Kennedy Center’s hours, programs and employees.

Shakespeare Company – Offering 50 percent off tickets to performances to Noura and Hamlet if you use the promo code “shutdown.” You’ll need a federal government ID to pick up tickets, but can buy tickets to any of the shows which will continue into March.

Signature Theatre – On January 23, federal employees (both military and civilian) can enjoy a special discounted performance of its upcoming Judy Garland: A Star Is Born cabaret. There is a four-ticket limit per federal employee. Show your federal ID when picking up tickets. Tickets include a glass of wine or beer for those ages 21+ or non-alcoholic beverage for those under 21 years old. Get your tickets now.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company – Federal workers can take 15% off tickets to the upcoming BLKS, which opens February 4. Use promo code SHUTDOWN.