Here’s how businesses, agencies are helping federal workers

Southeastern, NC (STAR NEWS)- The following businesses and agencies have announced responses to help federal employees left without paychecks during the government shutdown.

  • The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is offering courtesy adjustments to federal employees for late fees and is willing to make other financial arrangements regarding CFPUA bills received on or after Dec. 11, according to executive director Jim Flechtner. Affected employees should call CFPUA customer service at 910-332-6550.
  • Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, a nonprofit charity, serves as the official relief society of the U.S. Coast Guard. With support from a $15 million donation from the USAA insurance company, and in partnership with the Hero Care Center of the American Red Cross, CGMA will distribute interest-free loans of up to $1,000 to service members with dependents, and $750 to those with none, according to CGMA spokesman John Fagan. This assistance is designed to cover approximately 2 weeks of essential expenses. For more information, visit

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