DFW-area businesses, nonprofits offer assistance to local furloughed federal workers, their pets

Several DFW area businesses are helping furloughed federal workers during this government shutdown.

Several DFW area businesses are helping furloughed federal workers during this government shutdown.

Updated at 2:17 p.m. Jan. 25: A deal has been reached to temporarily reopen the government and end the shutdown that began Dec. 22.

Original: In light of the partial federal government shutdown, several area businesses are offering additional services or help for local furloughed federal workers.

Businesses wanting to be added to this list can email details to [email protected]. This story will continue to be updated.

Here are some of the offerings:


Third Monday Trade Days
4550 W. University Drive, McKinney
Third Monday Trade Days is donating spaces to those who would like to sell their personal, household and outdoor items to individuals affected by the government shutdown. The next market will be Feb. 15-17.

Those interested in applying for a space may call 972-562-5466 or email [email protected]

Splash and Dash Groomerie and Boutique
6710 Virginia Parkway, Ste. B-220, McKinney

This local dog spa is offering to postpone subscription fees for current monthly members who are affected by the government shutdown.

Members will also remain eligible for unlimited baths for their pets, and services will not be disrupted. Existing and new customers who are furloughed because of the shutdown may bring their pets in for any grooming service, and payments will be postponed until after the shutdown.

Duino Coffee
7650 Stacy Road, McKinney
Duino Coffee is hosting a live music event Jan. 25 with guitar player and vocalist Thomas Ruiz, who is a furloughed federal worker. Ten percent of proceeds from the event will be donated to Minnie's Food Pantry. Federal workers will receive a 10% discount at Duino Coffee during the event. Live music will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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American Federation of Government Employees, Cookies in Bloom and Yummy Life Naturals
The local American Federation of Government Employees is partnering with Cookies in Bloom and Yummy Life Naturals to create care packages for 68 United States Department of Agriculture inspectors who are working during the furlough without pay. These USDA inspectors are scattered throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area as far as Waco. The AFGE is covering postage costs, Yummy Life Naturals is donating soaps and bath products, and Cookies in Bloom is donating cookies for the care packages.


Washington Federal
1920 N. Coit Road, Ste. 201, Richardson
Washington Federal is offering quick-relief loans with 0 percent interest for the first 90 days to furloughed federal government employees. Eligible workers must provide their furlough notice, their last zero-balance paystub from December and their government badge. Government contractors are not eligible.

The loan is good for 12 weeks worth of take-home pay, according to a company representative. After the first 90 days and through the end of the year, interest rates increase to 5 percent, then to 10 percent during 2020.

Additionally, the bank is permitting existing mortgage clients who are also furloughed federal workers to skip their January payment, the representative said.


Frisco Family Services
8780 Third St., Frisco
Frisco Family Services invites furloughed government employees to contact the agency office for information on receiving necessities during the shutdown. The nonprofit organization is also seeking donations, either financial donations or needed items for the community food pantry. Needed items include boxed meal helpers, hygiene products and cleaning products. More information can be found here.

Frisco ISD

FISD parents furloughed by the government or working without pay can apply for meal benefits for their children. Students of eligible families can receive free or reduced school breakfasts and lunches for the remainder of the school year. Parents can apply here.

Great Plains Bank
7000 Preston Road, Frisco
Great Plains Bank is assisting those affected by the government shutdown on a case-by-case basis. Examples of assistance include the bank waiving overdraft fees up to the amount of an individual’s federal paycheck, up to 90-day zero percent interest loans up to the amount of their federal paycheck or waiving deferral fees on loans for federal workers.

Islamic Center of Frisco
11137 Frisco St., Frisco
The Islamic Center of Frisco is offering local grocery store gift cards to furloughed government employees. Those affected can email [email protected] for help. Gift cards will be offered up to two weeks after the resolution of the shutdown.

Zahn Chiropractic
2770 Main St., Ste. 261
Zahn Chiropractic is offering free wellness care to furloughed federal employees. Wellness visits are by appointment only, and federal employees must bring a valid federal ID.


837 E. Walnut St., Grapevine
The nonprofit Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange is offering food and monetary assistance to government employees who have not received paychecks or other funds.

GRACE is providing this aid but is also asking the community and those who want to help to donate to the organization's newly created GRACE Federal Employee Assistance Fund. Click here to donate.

Those affected or those looking for more ways to help can email GRACE CEO Shonda Schaefer at [email protected]

The REC of Grapevine
1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine
The REC of Grapevine, a recreation facility that includes more than 7,000 square feet of fitness rooms, is offering free services to federal employees. The employees must be Grapevine residents and will be granted full access to The REC and amenities free of charge.

Employees must bring their federal ID for access.


Minnie’s Food Pantry
3033 W. Parker Road, Ste. 116, Plano
Plano-based nonprofit Minnie’s Food Pantry is provided food assistance for federal employees affected by the governmental shutdown. Minnie’s is offering nonperishable goods, fresh meats, produce and more.

Those seeking assistance should bring a zeroed-out pay stub, government ID and a utility or lease bill.

By Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.