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Expanded services for Government Shutdown

These extraordinary CBOs are stepping up to support Lancastrians affected by the shutdown

In the midst of the historic government shutdown, nearly 800,000 government employees and contractors across the country are being forced to go without pay. Residents of Lancaster County are not immune from the hardship, but fortunately we live in a community with organizations who have expanded their services to provide assistance to those experiencing difficulties.

Here are some of the expanded services and resources being offered:

The Lancaster Family YMCA has generously opened their space for government workers affected by the shutdown to use their facilities free of charge through February 28. If they are already members of the YMCA, their monthly fee will be waived.

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The United Way of Pennsylvania has compiled a comprehensive list of resources and programs available for those affected by the shutdown in Pennsylvania. The resources include information on financial services, food banks, unemployment assistance, resources for paying utility bills, and more.

Check out the list

In addition to providing normal food services, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will add federal shutdown services to two locations in Harrisburg and Williamsport.

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We will continue to update this post with additional programs and resources as we find them! If you’d like to contribute an entry, please contact us.

Though we don’t know when the government shutdown will end, we do know that Lancaster County is a community of tireless innovation, steadfast determination, and fearless welcome. We’re proud to call Lancaster our home, and honored to support its residents. We hope for a speedy resolution to this hardship, and are monitoring the situation in our community closely to address needs as they arise.