More than 5,500 federal workers across Alabama were furloughed, or are working unpaid during the government shutdown. About half of these work for Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, with 95 percent of NASA employees furloughed.
In an effort to help furloughed workers and their families, several businesses and restaurants here in the Tennessee Valley are stepping up to provide services.
Newest information is at the top. We suggest you check with individual business on availabilty of offers.
Dove Family Health: Dove Family Health is providing free primary care to federal employees at no charge until the government reopens.
Harlem Globetrotters: The teams is offering complimentary tickets to furlough workers for their January 27, 3:00 p.m. show. Contact the VBC box office for details.
Beauregard’s: Beauregard’s is offering free family meals to ATF, FBI, NASA, EPA, and DOJ employees affected by the government shutdown. Family meals include 36 chicken nuggets and 4 orders of fries. In-person carryout only, must present valid ID. Order between 3pm and 5pm. Maximum of 25 family meals per day.
Burritt on the Mountain: Free admission for furloughed employees and their immediate families.
ApproXie Urgent Care-Madison: They are waiving visit co-pays for furloughed families. Must show NASA or FBI ID.
Paul Mitchell School Huntsville: Complimentary shampoo, haircut, and blowdry for all government furloughed employees. Present government ID when checking out.
New Orleans Lunchbox Restaurant: 50% off to all furloughed employees with proof of ID.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church: The church will prepare dinner on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for families who are furloughed. Please call (256) 881-7223 by 1 p.m. to let them know you’re coming, to help with the head count. Please bring your work badge with you. St. Stephen’s is located at 8020 Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville.
Mango’s Caribbean Cookhouse is giving half off the buffet price to furloughed employees. The restaurant is located at 1426 Paramount Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806.
Urban Cookhouse is offering 50% meals for all furloughed workers and family members. Please provide a badge. Restaurant is located at Bridge Street Town Centre.
Chocolate Indulgence Arab: They are offering a special free dinner for furloughed workers and affected contractors and their families on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Progress Bank: Progress Bank is offering a Furlough Loan to help those affected by the partial government shutdown. For more information on how to apply, call 1.888.513.2288 or visit a local branch.
Liberty Tax: They are offering specials on tax refund advances and tax preparation fees for government workers furloughed or woring without pay. Federal government workers furloughed in Huntsville or working without pay due to the government shutdown access to an immediate tax refund advance of $500 with no interest or fees if they have an expected net Federal tax refund of at least $1,001. In addition, Liberty Tax is offering a $50 discount on their tax preparation fee. Learn about details and restrictions by calling 866-871-1040 or visiting www.libertytax.com.
Farm Burger: All Farm Burger locations across the US, including the one right here in Huntsville, are participating in #FurloughFridays, which includes a free chicken burger, fries and an iced tea to federal government employees who show their valid Federal ID. They will be offering free meals to furloughed federal employees all day every Friday (while supplies last) until the government shutdown ends.
Food Bank of North Alabama: The food bank has resources to assist those needing help. You can contact the food bank at 256-539-2256.
Project Share Initiative from Huntsville Utilities: Customers who may have difficulty paying their bills due to the shutdown should call Huntsville Utilities at 256-535-1200.
Redstone Federal Credit Union: Redstone Federal Credit Union® is standing with its members affected by the current government shutdown by offering low-interest loans and other benefits.
Avadian Credit Union: Avadian is offering 0% APR loans to help those affected by the shutdown.
The Heart of the Valley YMCA is offering financial assistance to Y members who have been furloughed and free admission to non-members who are employed but currently off the job.
Chick-fil-A: The Chick-fil-A on University Drive is offering a 50% discount to furloughed FBI and NASA workers.
Huntsville Utilities : Huntsville Utilities is asking customers who may have difficulty paying their bills due to the shutdown to give them a call, and they’ll work with you to explain what options you have. The phone number is (256) 535-1200.
Huntsville Botanical Gardens: The Garden invites furloughed workers and their immediate family members to enjoy the peace of the garden free of charge.
Huntsville Museum of Art: in a press release issued Tuesday, Jan 22, the Museum stated that they will be offering free admission to furloughed government employees Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To receive free admission, guests must show their driver’s license, proof of employment by the federal government and proof of their furlough status to the Guest Services personnel. The offer will be valid fro the remainder of the furlough and may only be used during the time frame indicated. Offer is not valid on weekends, during Museum events or during $5 After 5p Thursdays.
Nothing But Noodles: All furloughed workers can get 50 percent off their entire meal. Work badge or ID must be provided. Offer good at both Huntsville locations: 4800 Whitesburg Drive and 6125 University Drive.
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