Support for Government workers impacted by shutdown (updated 1/25)

The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce reached out to our membership to gather a list of businesses and organizations providing support to workers and their families who have been impacted by the partial government shutdown.   Please share a link to this post via email and social media to help us get the word out to those affected.

This list will continue to be updated and distributed twice weekly during the shutdown.   If your business or organization should be added, please complete this short survey

Last update:  January 25, 2019

Thank you!

Federal Offices

Office of Senator Collins

Contact:  Deidre Grant:

Senator Collins Bangor office handles constituent casework dealing with a variety of federal agencies and would be happy to try to assist any furloughed federal employees and their families in determining whether there are any programs/ resources available to them.

U.S. Senator Angus S. King, Jr.

Contact:  Edie Smith:

Senator King’s Bangor office is available to those who need assistance accessing government services, have questions about the shutdown, and have stories/data on how the shutdown is impacting Maine residents and businesses.  Please call 207-945-8000, email Edie Smith at or visit the office at 202 Harlow Street, Suite 20350.

Financial Institutions, financial support, insurance

Acadia Federal Credit Union

Contact:  Michele Martin:

Acadia FCU is offering a simple option to Maine’s federally-employed workers who are facing financial hardships during the shutdown, via a newly-developed ‘shutdown loan’ designed specifically for those affected by temporary loss of income.  With proof of government employment, applicants are eligible for a special loan which boasts a 0% annual percentage rate for the first 90 days and a 4.99% APR for the remainder of the term. A maximum of $5,000 can be borrowed with up to a 12-month term.  Acadia FCU is also willing to work with existing federally-employed loan members to defer payments during this time.


Allstate Insurance

Contact:   Stephen Wilde:

Special Payment plans for insurance.

Bangor Savings Bank

Contact:  Stacey Haskell:

Any Bangor Savings Bank customer impacted by the government shutdown should contact our Bangor Support team at 1-877-226-4671.

Bangor Federal Credit Union

Contact:  Tina Morrill

We are offering varied resolutions and solutions to our current members on a case-by-case basis.

Brewer Federal Credit Union

Contact:  Dave DeFroscia:

Any member of Brewer FCU affected by the Federal Government shutdown or any recent job loss are encouraged to stop by either location to discuss their accounts and options available.


First National Bank

Contact:  Jennifer Stewart:

Customers of First National Bank that have been impacted by the shutdown should call us at 800-564-3195, or stop by their local branch, for information on special loan products we have available.


Katahdin Trust

Contact:  Deb Jacques:

Katahdin Trust encourages customers who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the shutdown to contact their local Katahdin Trust branch to discuss their options until they begin receiving their regular government pay. The Bank has already assisted a number of government employees by waiving fees, providing access to additional funds, and offering payment deferment on existing loans.


Maine Savings FCU

Contact:  Marcel Blais:

We are offering three different options:
We will defer payments on existing loans .
We will offer a 90 day time note at 0% interest ( Amount of note is based on monthly net pay.)
We will offer to refinance existing debt and not have the first payment come due for 90 days.


Machias Savings Bank

Contact:  Melissa Moffett Denbow:  207-255-9266

Customers of Machias Savings Bank who have been affected by the Federal Government shutdown are encouraged to stop by to discuss their accounts and options available.


Penobscot County Federal Credit Union

Contact:  Jess Francis:

Members of Penobscot County FCU, impacted by the government shutdown, should contact a loan officer at 207-827-3165 to discuss their options.


Seaboard Federal Credit Union

Contact:  Kyle Casburn:

  1.  No penalty for early withdrawal on CDs.
  2.  0% Personal loan for 3 months.  We will immediately bump the loan due date to the maturity date, so the member will not make any payments until the loan is due.  The loan amount will be limited to the employee’s historic take home pay for the same time period.
  3.  Bump existing loan due date up to 2 months.


American Red Cross and Partners

Contact:  Carol King:

With the support of a $15 million donation from the United States Automobile Association, the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance will disburse interest-free loans to Coast Guard personnel through the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces’ Hero Care Center’s electronic fund distribution process. Coast Guard service members with dependents will be eligible for a $1,000 loan, while unmarried service members will be eligible for $750. Those needing assistance should visit to learn more.  CGMA and the Red Cross currently partner to provide emergency financial assistance loans to tens of thousands of families in financial distress through the 24/7 availability of the Red Cross Hero Care Center and CGMA’s access to the Coast Guard Community. The Red Cross will administer this financial support program through the Hero Care Center, which will serve as the initial means to get these funds to applicants. The program will then transition to an online/self-service application with an automatic electronic funds transfers payment process.

Food, fuel, etc.

Good Shepherd Food Bank

Contact:  Melissa Huston:

Good Shepherd Food Bank is working closely with our partner agencies and collaborators around the state to monitor and respond to increase in need.   Community members who need assistance are welcomed and encouraged to visit their local food pantry. For a listing of GSFB partner food pantries please visit the link provided.


United Way of Eastern Maine

Contact: Shirar Patterson:

United Way helps to fund 211 Maine.  By calling 211 folks can access information about community resources and social service organizations that are offering support for affected workers.   “2-1-1 is committed to helping our communities impacted by the federal government shutdown. Furloughed federal employees and government contractors in need of social services and individuals with questions about availability of public benefits can call 2-1-1 to get help.


Health Equity Alliance (IN NEED OF DONATIONS OF FOOD)

Contact:  Andrea Littlefield:

As always, we provide free services to clients and we have an emergency food pantry (anyone from the community can access it every 90 days).


The Salvation Army Bangor Citadel Corp

Contact:   Diana Horton:

We provide a soup kitchen, food pantry, hygiene products and fuel assistance.


Contact:  Michael Keim:

Fedcap works with individuals who receive TANF in the Aspire Program. The Aspire program is a program that helps TANF recipients find employment that will pay enough to make it possible for them to get off welfare.


Moe’s Original Barbecue

Contact:  Dewey Hasbrouck:

Moe’s Original BBQ is offering $3 Sandwich Meals & Platter meals to TSA, Air Traffic Control, and Coast Guard employees during the shutdown.

Health and Wellness

Bangor Region YMCA

Contact:  Emerald Forcier:

To help government employees stay healthy and active during the longest government shutdown in US history, we’re offering FREE Memberships to government employees who are not being paid during this time.  “We want to support impacted employees during this difficult time! A free Y membership will give them an opportunity to focus on their health and wellness without adding to their financial strain, and provide an atmosphere of love and support for them and their families.” – Diane Dickerson, CEO of The Bangor Region YMCA.   The membership will remain free for government employees who are not being paid until the shutdown ends. For government employees to take advantage of their free individual or family membership, they must bring their government-issued badge with them to our Y when they sign up.


UBE Physical Therapy and Performance

Contact:  Molly Roy:

UBE we understand the struggles that may occur for federal workers during the government shutdown and to try and ease any struggle no payment will be required for treatment during this time.

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Contact:  Joan West:

Twinsfeather is offering the following DE-STRESSING options:

2 weeks of complimentary use of:  Far Infrared Sauna, Foot & Calf Massage,  Whole Body Vibration Therapy OR 4 Drop-In Passes for our GYROKINESIS Chair & Mat body movement method.

Current Classes:  TUESDAY Mornings from 8:30 am – 9:45 am & THURSDAY Lunch  12pm – 1:15 pm

Wear clothing you might wear to a yoga class, comfortable and moveable.  Bring your water bottle too! If you have a day and a time slot you would like to have a class, let us know and we can consider adding it to our class schedules.

DownEast Community Acupuncture

Contact:  Marie Amberg:

DownEast Community Acupuncture, a community acupuncture clinic on Verona Island, is offering free acupuncture to furloughed federal workers.


Epic Sports

Contact:  Brad Ryder:

Epic Sports believes exercise is good for the mind as well as for the body. We are offering up to two free rentals of snowshoes or cross country skis per day for Federal Employees until they return to work. Some restrictions apply. Please contact store for details.



Bangor Symphony Orchestra

Contact:  Brian Hinrichs:

The BSO is providing free tickets to our next concert to federal government workers currently furloughed or working without pay. The performance features works by Handel and Dvorak and will take place Sunday, January 27, 3pm at the Collins Center for the Arts. Those wishing to take advantage of the program can call 1-800-622-TIXX to reserve in advance, or arrive at the box office before the show with federal work ID. Up to 2 tickets each, while supplies last.


Maine Trailer, Inc.

Contact:  Rod Hathaway:

Free State of Maine trailer inspection and sticker.  Parts are not included but labor to install is also free.


Carden Kennels

Contact:  Janet Blanchard:

To our current daycare, grooming and boarding guests: If you are among the thousands of people impacted by the shutdown, and you still have to report to work, and you need us for your pets. Reach out to us and we will continue to care for your pets and you can settle up when you get paid. If you are in the group that isn’t getting back pay we can work something out.  Your pets still need care and grooming and we will help as best we can. While I’d love to take care of every pet everywhere, for now I need to limit our offer to existing clients. But I know most of the other pet facility owners and I’ll bet if you are their client and you reach out they may be able to help as well. We just want to support our dogs and their families 🐶💙

Bangor Daily News

Contact:  Joellen Easton:

The Bangor Daily News is offering all government employees who are not being paid during the shutdown free digital access to the Bangor Daily News, until the government shutdown is over. To claim, contact us using chat, or call 207-990-8002. We’ll ask you some questions to verify you are a federal worker, and get you set up. This offer applies whether or not you are a current subscriber.



2 replies to “Support for Government workers impacted by shutdown (updated 1/25)

  1. Brad Ryder says:

    Epic Sports believes exercise is good for the mind as well as for the body. We are offering up to two free rentals of snowshoes or cross country skis per day for Federal Employees until they return to work. Some restrictions apply. Please contact store for details.

  2. Deb Neuman says:

    This is great! I will add it to the post as well… Thank you

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