Government Shutdown Direct Relief Fund

The money raised on this GoFundMe will be distributed to nonprofit organizations across the country that are offering general relief to government workers, including but not limited to, food, counseling, and housing support.

Show our American federal workers that you stand with them.

Across the country, hundreds of thousands of government workers are furloughed or forced to work without pay.

They are honest, hard working Americans serving our country. They are showing up to work protecting our coastal waters and keeping our airports and skies safe, among other important duties as civil servants and contractors.

They’re going through a very tough time through no fault of their own. They put in a full day, and when they come home they have to figure out how to pay rent, put food on the table, or afford diapers for their newborn.

We all read these stories and feel helpless. We are stuck because we don’t know what to do.

We want to provide a place for people to take action and help someone in need, because, together, we have power to make a difference and provide critical short-term relief. The over 800,000 federal workers furloughed or working without pay don’t deserve this hardship, but we have the opportunity to take action and deliver a message of hope and solidarity.

Our country’s civil servants shouldn’t have to stand in a line at a food pantry, wonder where their next meal is coming from, or wonder if they have enough diapers to make it through the night with their newborn.

It’s not right, but there’s something we can do: We can take action. Deepak Chopra and GoFundMe partnered to create a relief fund providing donations directly to nonprofits that are focused on helping government workers impacted by the shutdown.

The money raised will be distributed to nonprofit organizations across the country that are offering general relief to government workers, including but not limited to, food, counseling, and housing support.

This fund will also provide donations to the National Diaper Bank Network, a nonprofit that is supplying diapers to new parents impacted by the shutdown.

Additionally, due to the concentration of federal workers in the DC Metro Area, a portion of the funds will be transferred to the World Central Kitchen, providing free meals to federal workers affected by the shutdown.

The full list of nonprofit recipients will be released in the coming days.

Funds will be collected and administered by the Direct Impact Fund, a U.S. public charity, and all donations are subject to its variance power.  See the applicable policies of Direct Impact Fund here . U.S. donations are tax-deductible.

Please consider making a donation or sharing this campaign with your friends and family online. More importantly, leave a message below. Tell the federal workers that you stand with them.

If you are a nonprofit servicing federal workers due to the shutdown, we want to hear from you. Please reach out to contact@gofundme.com.

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