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United Way’s 211 Crisis Line is open 24/7 and can help connect people with services ranging from utility assistance and eviction prevention to finding food pantries and other services. You can reach a specialist by visitng 211.org, dialing 211 or texting your zip code to 898-211. The 211 website also has a list of phone companies and banks offering help for workers.
The American Legion will help Coast Guardsman with families who will not be getting paid starting this week. Head to the Legion website to find out how to apply for funds through the Temporary Financial Assistance Program.
The American Legion’s Project: VetRelief will help provide financial assistance for single Coast Guardsman without children who live in Florida. Membership in the legion is not required, just be active-duty military or a veteran. An application can be found on the Project: VetRelief website.
Second Harvest Food Bank has a food finder tool to find local food pantries, and a community resources on their website. It also has information on SNAP benefits and other government nutrition programs.
Duke Energy has partnered with local agencies for payment assistance programs. You can find more information on the Duke Energy website. Customers can also request payment deferments by calling the customer service line at 1-800-700-8744, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Florida Power and Light has a payment extension program for its customers. Head to the FPL website to request an extension.
Orlando Utilities Commission customers can also get payment extensions. To make the arrangement, Orlando/Orange County residents should call 407-423-9018. St. Cloud/Osceola County residents should call 407-957-7373.
Most banks and credit unions are offering loans or other kinds of help to federal employees. They include: Bank of America, Capital One, Chase Bank, Citi, Fairwinds Credit Union, Fifth Third Bank, Launch Federal Credit Union, Navy Federal Credit Union, SunTrust, Synchrony, Wells Fargo.
Pharmaceutical company Lilly has a program for anyone that needs help paying for insulin. Find more information on the Lilly website.
Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar: Any furloughed government employee with proper identification can get a one-time $20 credit. The deal is good through the end of the shutdown. More details are on the Rocco's Tacos Facebook page. There are Rocco's Tacos locations on Sand Lake Road in Orlando, and on Westshore Boulevard in Tampa.
Rock & Brews: The rock-inspired restaurant founded by KISS musicians Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley is offering a free pulled pork sandwich or strawberry fields salad to TSA workers with proper ID, now until the workers are paid again. There are three Rock & Brews locations in Central Florida: Kissimmee, Orlando, and Oviedo.
Madame Tussauds and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium: Free admission offered to federal workers affected by the shutdown. Workers must show a valid ID to receive one free ticket.
Tortuga Pools: The pool care company in Brevard County is offering free pool care to unpaid government employees. Call 321-405-9360 for more info.
Central Florida Zoo: The zoo in Sanford is offering free single-day admission to federal employees impacted by the shutdown plus up to three guests. The offer also includes contractors who work within the federal government. Guests must show a valid ID badge or ID and must be redeemed in person.
G.I. Tax Service in Melbourne is partnering with Marco's Pizza to offer $1 one-topping medium pizzas for furloughed and government workers. To get the pizza, visit one of the two G.I. Tax locations to pick up a card, good for the pizza at one of two Marco's Pizza locations.
3600 N. Wickham Rd. Ste. 106, Melbourne
2539 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne
3600 N. Wickham Rd., Ste. 107, Melbourne
4320 S. Babcock St., Melbourne
Sorelli Hair Studio and Spa, Melbourne: The salon is offering free haircuts and half price color retouch services for people furloughed and their immediate families.