Northeast Ohio businesses offering freebies for federal workers during government shutdown

More than 6,500 employees have been impacted by the shutdown

Northeast Ohio businesses offering freebies for federal workers during government shutdown

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -Friday marks the third full week of the government shutdown and roughly 800,000 federal employees will miss their first paycheck.

Northeast Ohio businesses offering freebies for federal workers during government shutdown

Many are getting nervous about how to make ends meet in the meantime.

TSA employees must also continue to work without pay because they are considered essential.

They are among the lowest paid federal employees.

Thursday, workers protested in Washington D.C. and cities across the country.

In Ohio, the shutdown impacts about 6,500 federal workers. The hardest hit agency is the NASA Glen Research Center in Cleveland.

As the shutdown continues some businesses are offering free services and other types of assistance to federal employees.

Lago East Bank:

The Italian restaurant is offering free spaghetti and meatballs to all federal workers. Marketing Manager Megan Girvin said the owners wanted to help people who needed the assistance in the Cleveland area. Just come in and show a valid government ID. 1091 West 10th St., Cleveland.

Corus 45:

The Beachwood based gym is giving federal workers access to three studio classes.

Banking:

  • Chase-  Waived or refunded overdraft fees and monthly service fees available. 
  • Bank of America- The bank’s Client Assistance Program is offering personalized financial assistance and can be reached at 844-219-0690
  • Wells Fargo - Mortgage, loan, and credit customers may qualify for forbearance or other payment assistance programs based on their individual circumstances, the company posted on its website. Call 1-800 TO-WELLS 

Wireless Providers:

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