The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (UWVP) launched a special initiative to support local federal employees during the government shutdown. UWVP has started a fund to help those seeking assistance with rent, mortgage payments, utility bills and groceries during the extended government shutdown. United Way has also accelerated part of the February allocation payments to their network of partner agencies to assist in enabling local agencies to extend their resources in helping local federal employees in need.
Donations directed toward this initiative will help those affected by the shutdown with emergency needs, including food, transportation and current utility payments. Monetary donations will be accepted at United Way’s office, 11820 Fountain Way, Suite 206, Newport News, or online at UWVP.org. All funds will be given to United Way partner agencies to directly assist relief efforts.
Furloughed federal employees in need that reside in Newport News, Hampton, Gloucester, Mathews, Poquoson or Lower York County can contact the United Way First Call service at 757-594-4636. Those residing in Williamsburg, James City County and Upper York County can contact the Community Resource Center at 757-229-2222.