While a deal to end the government shutdown appears to be far off, many Westfield businesses are willing to offer furloughed federal workers a little relief, ranging from free food and coffee to free fitness and financial planning services.
Around 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or working without pay since December 21 and won't receive their next paychecks until the government reopens. January 11 was the first payday most furloughed employees missed.
Businesses across the country are offering free services -- meals, movies, and classes, among other things -- to all those impacted by what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
Locally, many Westfield businesses are generously doing something to help those affected. Here are details on how our local restaurants, stores and services providers are pitching in. (Check back frequently as this list will continually update.)
Note: Furloughed workers should simply show their federal ID to take advantage of these specials.
Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery: FREE cup of the “coffee of the day”, one per day. 104 Elm St., 908.232.7977. www.ahrre.com
Farinolio: FREE freshly baked bread to those federal employees impacted by the government shutdown. 121 E. Broad St. www.farinolio.com
Kika Stretch Studio: FREE stretch sessions at their Westfield location. Stretch away the stress and discomfort with Kika Stretch. Call or text the number provided, mention you are a government employee in need of a "Kika Boost" and they'll schedule your appointment. 66 Elm St., 908.376.9680. www.kikastretchstudios.com
Ono Bowls: FREE half bowls, oatmeal or juices. 107 Quimby St., 908.588.2087. www.onobowls.net
Ortho Care: FREE $15 Trader Joe’s gift cards for up to 10 active service members of the Coast Guard. Call in advance to arrange pickup of the gift card at the Ortho Care office and show your Military ID. Cards will be available until the shutdown ends! 10 Prospect St., 908.232.9910. www.facebook.com/ProstheticLimbsNJ
Outta Hand Pizza: Providing families up to two meals per week. 311 South Ave. W., 908.233.9300. www.outtahandpizza.com
S.F. Ehrlich Associates, Inc: Free financial planning services to anyone who is impacted by the shutdown. 37 Elm Street, Suite 5, 908.789.1100. www.sfehrlich.com
Westfield Area YMCA is offering all federal employees a free one-month membership during the shutdown. Please bring your government-issued federal employee ID and driver's license to the Welcome Center.
Westfield Eco Laundry will be offering a helping hand while government shutdown is in effect. Show federal employee identity and current employment paystub as proof. $1 Charge to avoid issue with the law. Hours: Monday 11am until 4pm,Tuesday 7am until 5pm, Thursday 7am until 4pm, Friday. 7 am until 7pm, Saturday 7am until 5pm . Contact Jean. 341 South Ave East, 908.232.0171.