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 dfw_press@impactnews.com. This story will continue to be updated.

Here are some of the offerings:


McKinney








Third Monday Trade Days
4550 W. University Drive, McKinney
972-562-5466
www.thirdmondaytradedays.com
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 lewismtd@aol.com.





Splash and Dash Groomerie and Boutique
6710 Virginia Parkway, Ste. B-220, McKinney
214-592-0060
www.splashanddashfordogs.com

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
469-424-0050
www.duinocoffee.com
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.





The city of McKinney
972-547-7500
www.mckinneytexas.org
https://twitter.com/CityOfMcKinney/status/1086285864248975360





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.





Richardson








Washington Federal
1920 N. Coit Road, Ste. 201, Richardson
972-231-6085
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








Frisco Family Services
8780 Third St., Frisco
972-335-9495
www.friscofamilyservices.org
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
214-387-7717
7000 Preston Road, Frisco
www.gpbankok.com
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
469-252-4532
www.friscomasjid.org
The Islamic Center of Frisco is offering local grocery store gift cards to furloughed government employees. Those affected can email contact@friscomasjid.org for help. Gift cards will be offered up to two weeks after the resolution of the shutdown.





Zahn Chiropractic
2770 Main St., Ste. 261
972-987-6194
www.zahnchiropractic.com
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.





Grapevine








GRACE
837 E. Walnut St., Grapevine
817-488-7009
www.gracegrapevine.com
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 sschaefer@gracegrapevine.org.





The REC of Grapevine
1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine
817-410-3450
www.gograpevine.com
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.





Plano








Minnie’s Food Pantry
3033 W. Parker Road, Ste. 116, Plano
972-596-0253
www.minniesfoodpantry.org
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


MOST RECENT

The Learning Experience is a national academy of early-childhood education. (Courtesy The Learning Experience)
Early-education school The Learning Experience is now open in Richardson

The 10,000-square-foot facility includes 10 classrooms with indoor and outdoor play areas for students ages 6 weeks to 6 years.

Students and staff who show symptoms while at school will be able to get tested for the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Richardson ISD launches rapid COVID-19 testing program

Symptomatic students and staff members can now get tested at school.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a campaign to address declining college enrollment numbers across the state since the pandemic started. (Courtesy Pexels)
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board launches campaign to boost college enrollment

The decline in college enrollment across the state of Texas has prompted several agencies to partner up and create online resources for students and counselors.

As of Nov. 30, patients confirmed to have COVID-19 filled 16.1% of hospital beds in Trauma Service Area E, which includes Collin, Denton, Tarrant and Dallas counties among others. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
North Texas hovers above key COVID-19 hospitalization threshold as further restrictions loom

North Texas businesses could face additional restrictions—including the closure of some bars—if area hospitals do not see a reversal in the number of COVID-19 patients within a matter of days.

The restaurant opened Nov. 25. (Courtesy Chipotle Mexican Grill)
Chipotle Mexican Grill opens location with drive-thru in Richardson

A Dec. 2 fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. will support Berkner High School by raising money for student technology fees and school supplies.

Meals on Wheels Collin County expects to serve about 300,000 meals to homebound seniors and disabled adults throughout the county during 2020. (Courtesy Meals on Wheels Collin County)
Meals on Wheels expects to serve 300K meals in Collin County this year

Meals on Wheels Collin County is on pace to provide 300,000 meals this year to nearly 2,000 seniors.

Blueberry Cheesecake, Cookies n' Cream and Caramel Crack are among the most popular flavors at Tongue in Cheek Ice Cream. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local firefighter serves up one-of-a-kind flavors at Tongue in Cheek Ice Cream in Richardson

The business offers 24 flavors ranging from traditional, such as chocolate and vanilla, to unique, such as Banana Cream Pie and Caramel Crack.

Artio Birth Care opened in October at 614 S. Edmonds Lane, Ste. 205, Lewisville. The education center offers classes and groups for people preparing for childbirth. (Courtesy Artio Birth Care)
Artio Birth Care opens in Lewisville, plus 7 more DFW business updates

Here are eight recent business updates from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

D'Ambrosio's #1 Pizza Pub will offer customers a friendly environment to enjoy a more contemporary style of Chicago deep-dish pizza. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
D'Ambrosio's pizzeria opens in Grapevine and more DFW news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

The city has adjusted its facility hours and services for the upcoming holiday. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Here is what Richardson residents need to know about city services heading into Thanksgiving

The city of Richardson has altered its facility hours and trash and recycling pickup ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, according to a news release.

Here are coronavirus updates from Dallas County. (Community Impact staff)
Dallas County continues to break record for most new COVID-19 cases in a day

The county broke its single-day record Nov. 20 with 1,974 confirmed cases. The next day, it broke it again with 2,183 confirmed cases.