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Here are Colorado organizations, restaurants offering freebies to furloughed employees
The government shutdown has left hundreds of Colorado workers in need of assistance. Several local organizations are stepping up to help.
Several organizations, restaurants and businesses are offering things like free meals and support to the hundreds of Colorado employees on furlough due to the partial government shutdown.
Their support comes on Day 21 of the government shutdown, tying it for the second-longest in U.S. history. The longest was in 1995, when Democrat Bill Clinton served as president.
Many Colorado workers have filed for unemployment and are struggling to make ends meet.
(Are you a business or organization offering freebies to furloughed employees? Tell us about it by filling out the form at the bottom of this article.)
Below is a list of organizations and what they're offering to assist furloughed workers:
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, 80205
Through the end of January, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough when they show their government ID in person at the museum.
"Not having a paycheck, not being able to go to work... the uncertainty of that is stressful," said spokeswoman Maura O'Neal. "And we hope that we are an opportunity to give people a respite from that. Come in, make some great memories, have a great time."
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 80204
The Denver Art Museum is offering free general admission to all furloughed federal government employees plus one guest through Jan. 31, 2019. "Dior: From Paris to the World" is not included in general admission and requires a separate ticket.
Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Pl., Denver, 80204
Free admission for furloughed government workers with a valid federal ID.
1000 14th St., #15 Denver, 80202 (at the Denver Performing Arts Complex)
To reserve tickets, present a valid government ID at the Colorado Symphony Box Office. Hours are Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
*Limit two complimentary tickets per ID. Some restrictions apply. Valid while supplies last and/or through 2/17/19.
1200 N. Broadway, Denver, 80203
The History Colorado Center is offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough and one guest when they show their government ID in person at the museum through the end of January.
El Pueblo History Museum
301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 81003
El Pueblo History Museum is offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough and one guest when they show their government ID in person at the museum through the end of January.
Ute Indian Museum
17253 Chipeta Rd., Montrose, 81403
The Ute Indian Museum is offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough and one guest when they show their government ID in person at the museum through the end of January.
Trinidad History Museum
312 E Main St., Trinidad, 81082
Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock St., Denver, 80204
Free general admission to all furloughed federal government employees plus one guest. Furloughed employees should show their federal ID at the museum welcome desk.
5530 Spine Rd., Boulder, CO 80301
The restaurant will provide a complimentary meal for any furloughed government employee/contractor and family, each up to a family of 4, we will provide a family meal per week per as long as the political shutdown continues. Please make a reservation 303-530-1326 for seating.
Participating Fazoli’s locations are doing what they can do to help. Starting today, Jan. 7, and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 13, Fazoli’s invites all furloughed federal government employees with a valid ID to come in for free pizza baked spaghetti with the purchase of a drink. The offer is valid at only participating locations, so call ahead.
Poor Richard's Restaurant
324 1/2 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, 80903
Government employees can get a free meal for themselves and their families with a valid ID.
The Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzaria
3901 Fox Street, Denver, 80216
Between now and the end of the day Wednesday, Jan. 16, Crafty Fox will give a free meal to those furloughed federal workers who show their employment ID. The meal consists of a 10-inch pepperoni pizza and soda, with a limit of one meal per employee.
"Our customers aren't just our customers," said owner Angelique Moyer. "They are our friends and our neighbors."
Curry N Kebob
3050 28th St., Boulder, 80301
Free meals to furloughed employees with federal ID.
Mint & Serif Coffee House
11500 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215
Free drip coffee for furloughed federal employees with valid government ID. One coffee per day as long as the government shutdown continues.
Food Bank of the Rockies
10700 E. 45th Ave., Denver, 80239
Food Bank of the Rockies will be adding three additional mobile pantries to their list in the next few days. The three extra days are in addition to their existing mobile food bank dates, and were added in anticipation of more people needing assistance due to the shutdown. However, you do NOT need to be a federal employee on furlough to receive help. You do not need to show a government ID.
Colorado Pet Pantry
The Colorado Pet Pantry is a pet food bank that offers food and supplies and is always free and open to the public.
Furloughed workers can pick up pet supplies and food at any of its upcoming events. Click/tap here to view the calendar.
8755 W. 14th Ave., Lakewood, 80215
The Action Center provides year-round assistance to residents of Jefferson County or those experiencing homelessness. Services include food, clothing, rental and utility assistance, as well as other support services that may help maintain stability."
Rep. Ed Perlmutter
12600 West Colfax Avenue, Suite B-400, Lakewood, 80215
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Golden) of Colorado said his district office in Lakewood would begin to offer breakfast and lunch meals, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., for his constituents affected by the shutdown.
He said his staff will also be on hand and able to answer any questions people may have.
Flex Yoga + Barre
2736 Welton St #200, Denver, CO 80205
Flex Yoga + Barre is offering free classes to all furloughed federal government employees during the government shutdown.Content originally published by KUSA on January 11, 2019.