Government Shutdown Assistance

Resources and Assistance for Local Federal Employees:

United Way has set up a special fund to support local federal employees during the government shutdown. Donate to this fund HERE.

All United Way Partner Agency February allocations have been accelerated to assist in enabling agencies to extend their resources to help local federal employees in need.


Furloughed federal employees are eligible to file for unemployment. To file, visit

If you are a furloughed federal employee and reside in Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson, GLoucester, Mathews or Lower York County you can contact the United Way First Call service at 757-594-4636. If you reside in Williamsburg, James City County, and Upper York County, you can contact the Community Resource Center at 757-229-2222.



If you need help with food, shelter, rent, utilities or other basic needs, call First Call.  This information and referral telephone hotline is staffed by operators who will talk with you to determine your needs and refer you to the community services that may be able to help. First Call works with United Way Partner Agencies and other community organizations to help those in need.


If you need help and live in Williamsburg, James City County, or upper York County, call the United Way Community Resource Center (CRC). The CRC provides direct assistance and referrals to other organizations and agencies for those needing assistance with:

  • Mental Health services
  • Medication
  • Services for the terminally ill and their families
  • Seniors and/or people with disabilities
  • Housing/homeless/evictions
  • Utilities 
  • Food/Clothing
  • Transportation
  • Veteran Services
  • Holiday assistance programs

To read the UWVP press release on the efforts to help during the government shutdown, click HERE.


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