Press Release: GoFundMe Contributes $50,000 to FEEA #Shutdown Program
Alexandria, VA, January 24, 2019 – FEEA: The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund today gratefully accepted a $50,000 contribution from GoFundMe to assist federal employees affected by the shutdown. The donation is part of GoFundMe’s first round of grants from its Government Shutdown Direct Impact Fund, which is partnering with nonprofit organizations who are providing support to civil servants and contractors currently furloughed or working without pay.
“In just a few days, the GoFundMe community came together and raised enough money for tens of thousands of meals, hundreds of thousands of diapers, and other critical resources for federal workers and contractors struggling to get by,” said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon. “I hope this shutdown ends. In the meantime, we will continue to support our federal workers and contractors during the shutdown.”
FEEA Executive Director Joyce Warner said of the donation, “On behalf of struggling federal employees across the country, FEEA thanks GoFundMe and its contributors for this much needed grant, which will allow us to increase our impact for feds at this difficult time.”
GoFundMe’s contribution will help provide micro grants to some of the lowest income federal employees across the country who are currently not receiving a paycheck due to being furloughed or working in excepted status. Many federal families were already living paycheck to paycheck before the shutdown and are now struggling to meet the basic needs of their families, like buying groceries, diapers, and gas.
Even with this generous donation, FEEA is still desperately in need of additional funds to meet the needs of impacted feds who don’t know when they will finally be back to work and receiving a paycheck. Those who would like to support FEEA’s efforts directly can do so at www.feea.org/give (via credit card or echeck) or by mailing a check to: FEEA, 1641 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314. FEEA is a 501c3 charitable organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
FEEA wishes it had the resources to assist all who are suffering and fervently hopes everyone will be back to work and getting paid before the financial situation becomes more critical for so many federal families. In addition to offering the $100 furlough grants through its existing emergency assistance program, FEEA will continue to do what it can to assist those facing other emergencies in addition to the shutdown through the emergency hardship loan program www.feea.org/emergency, and to provide resources and information of use to all feds in need at www.feea.org/shutdown, where we are collecting both national and regional resources.
FEEA is the only independent, national, charity for federal employees and by federal employees. All FEEA’s programs, are made possible by our generous individual and organizational sponsors who donate directly and pledge to CFC #11185 each year.