ATLANTA – The Georgia Power Foundation has donated $50,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Georgia in Chamblee to help provide support to furloughed and unpaid federal workers and contractors in Georgia impacted by the partial government shutdown.
"We understand the shutdown may have affected federal workers, contractors and their families across the state," said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. "We hope this partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Georgia will help provide some peace of mind during this time."
Through the fund, impacted families can ask for assistance by submitting a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each email request should include the requestor’s name, contact information, and a brief summary of situation.
St. Vincent de Paul Georgia works to help to those in need so they may achieve stability and move toward self-sufficiency. The non-profit organization runs many programs benefitting citizens across the state including Family Support Centers in North and Central Georgia, benefits screenings, direct aid support and more.
Around 800,000 federal government workers are furloughed or working without pay, and the shutdown is affecting many more Americans — though the government has taken steps to limit harm wherever possible. Friday is the first payday for the affected workers without a paycheck.
A total of nine federal agencies have a lapse in funding, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Treasury Department, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Agriculture.
This latest partial government shutdown is already the longest in modern history. President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats are at odds over the president’s proposed billion-dollar southern border wall. Trump has vowed the shutdown will last as long as it takes for him to win Congressional funding.
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Patch staff writer Feroze Dhanoa and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, waves to members of the media as he arrives for a Senate Republican Policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)