WESTFIELD, NJ – With federal workers furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, local businesses are pitching in to help those people impacted.
Among the free goods and services being offered to impacted federal workers in Westfield are coffee, stretch sessions and financial planning advice.
Downtown Westfield Corporation, which represents businesses in the town’s special improvement district, announced Thursday the following offers, which federal employees can take advantage of by showing their employee IDs.
Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery is offering a free cup of the “coffee of the day,” one per day, at 104 Elm St. Call 908-232-7977 for details.
Farinolio is offering free freshly baked bread to those federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. The bakery is located at 121 E. Broad St.
Kika Stretch Studios is offering free stretch sessions at its Westfield location. Stretch away the stress and discomfort with Kika Stretch. Call or text 908-376-9680, mention you are a government employee in need of a “Kika Boost,” and the shop will schedule your appointment at the studio located at 66 Elm St.
Ono Bowls is offering free half bowls of oatmeal or juices at its shop at 107 Quimby St. Call 908-588-2087 for details.
Ortho Care is offering free $15 Trader Joe’s gift cards for up to 10 active service members of the Coast Guard. Call 908-232-9910 in advance to arrange pickup of the gift card at the Ortho Care office, 10 Prospect St., and show your Military ID. Cards will be available until the shutdown ends.
Outta Hand Pizza is providing families up to two meals per week at 311 South Avenue West. Call 908-233-9300 for more information.
S.F. Ehrlich Associates Inc. is offering free financial planning services to anyone who is impacted by the shutdown. The firm is located at 37 Elm Street, Suite 5. Call 908-789-1100 for more information.
Just outside of Westfield’s special improvement district, a local Laundromat is also offering aid.
Westfield Eco Laundry, 341 South Avenue East, is offering free laundry services to federal employees impacted by the shutdown. Federal workers are invited to use the machines for free on Monday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday from 7 – 5 p.m., Thursday from 7 – 5 p.m., Friday 7 – 8 p.m., and Saturday, 7 – 6 p.m. Call 908-232-0171 for additional details.
More resources for furloughed federal workers
With the federal government shutdown in its 28th day Friday, the Union County Freeholders announced resources available to those federal employees impacted, including details about food pantries, soup kitchens and diaper banks.
About 460 federal employees live in Union County, US Census Bureau figures show. Included in Union County’s guide to the shutdown are locations where the public can donate to food pantries and soup kitchens, which have been impacted by the shutdown.
Included as a location where donations can be dropped off is the Union County Police Department’s Froehlich Public Safety Building at 400 North Avenue East, in Westfield. For more information, visit the Union County assistance guide for federal workers during the shutdown at http://www.ucnj.org/federal-shutdown.