09 Jan 2019

Volunteering & Giving:

More Furlough Specials Around the Neighborhood

Photo by @MonikerDC via our Instagram hashtag, #thehillishome

Yesterday, we told you about Music on the Hill’s gift to those of you who are furloughed: Free music lessons! You can read more about that here– lessons started today!

We’ve also shared a citywide link from our friend, Barred in DC, about ongoing furlough specials.

A few businesses have sent us special deals they are offering to Federal workers who are furloughed. Is your business offering something special– community, food, music, joy, commiseration? Email us at info@thehillishome.com!

Wisdom, 1432 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Are you a federal employee? Need a drink to handle the ongoing government shutdown? Wisdom is giving all federal workers 15 percent off when they present a valid federal ID.
You can commiserate with other people who worry too much about a wall on Sunday nights, starting January 13. Wisdom screens episodes of Game of Thrones, seasons 6 & 7, starting at 7 p.m.

The Ugly Mug, 723 8th Street SE
The Ugly Mug, one of the few remaining “dive bars” on Capitol Hill, throws it back every Tuesday beginning January 15 with The Affordable Meal Act, a nod to “intern nights” of old where young staffers can get a meal they can afford with their meager earnings, stipends, and allowances.

These affordable meals are just $7 and that includes a side of fries. Guests have four meal options created by Executive Chef, Ryan Hackney: DC Carryout Burger, topped with smoked cheddar, sautéed onions, bacon and house-made mac sauce; “Tropic Thunder,” half a basket of fried chicken thighs and mambo sauce; “KFC or Korean Fried Chicken which includes five chicken wings coated in Korean BBQ sauce and sprinkled with peanuts; or a Veggie Fried Rice Bowl full of seasonal vegetables. The Affordable Meal Act is available from 4pm-close. But early arrival is suggested. From 4-5pm, rail drinks, house wine, and a selection of beers are available for $2. The price goes to $3 from 5-6 p.m., and $4 from 6 p.m. to close.

Healthy Fresh Meals (online-based local business)

Healthy Fresh Meals wants to do their part in helping furloughed government employees with free meals during this difficult time with the shutdown.

Founders, Shana Greenbaum and Luba Hansen are both former USDA contractors, and know how hard it can be on people not receiving paychecks. Both went through two shutdowns when they were working at USDA, and are still in touch with many former colleagues who have not seen a paycheck in weeks.

Healthy Fresh Meals wants to offer 5 FREE meals (each) to the first 150 employees, and a discount of 25% off for everyone that can provide a government ID and proof of not working during the shutdown.

Workers can contact Healthy Fresh Meals via a special email set up for this: HFMShutdown@gmail.com

DC Water 

If Federal workers need help or flexibility when it comes to paying their water bill, DC Water can help in the following ways:

  • Extended payment plans. Call 202-354-3600 to and work with customer assistance team.
  • SPLASH (Serving People by Lending A Supporting Hand) SPLASH is a DC Water program that helps customers maintain critical water and sewer service in times of financial emergencies.
  • DOEE Customer Assistance Program. This new program launched on January 1 and builds on the longtime Customer Assistance Program offered by DC Water for any customer in need. This and the newer versions of the program are administered by the city’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).

Impacted federal workers can learn more about options by calling customer service at 202-354-3600. More details on customer assistance options can be found at https://www.dcwater.com/customer-assistance

Canal Park/Capitol Riverfront

The Capitol Riverfront BID wants to extend some love to our #furloughed friends 💕 The first 20 people to show their government ID at Skate with Slapshot on Sunday will receive FREE admission all federal employees will receive free rentals during the event.

The Daily Rider

Furloughed Fed? Netflix queue empty? Let’s work on bikes!

Sitting at home is nice for a while. But wouldn’t it be nice to take your bike out for a ride to forget about everything for a while? Wait, are those tires flat? When was the last time that chain saw oil? Last Summer? The last administration? The Clinton administration?

Come into the shop on Tuesday the 15th of January at 10:30AM and we’ll go over the basics of bike maintenance. Bring your bike and we might use it as an example. We’ll even let you use some of our tools!

Space is limited, so please let us know if you’re coming. Email us or hit us up on social media.

Kraft will be distributing bags of groceries to goverment workers at 1287 4th Street NE (two blocks from Union Market) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Hill Center

If you’re furloughed, email programs@hillcenterdc.org.

Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour with King Bullfrog
Friday, January 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Free for furloughed feds and their kids
Patterns: The Art of Zentangle
Sunday, February 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Free for furloughed feds
Basic Drawing Techniques: Drawing From an Image
Tuesdays, February 5-February 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Free for furloughed feds


Plant-based, vegan-friendly eatery Pow Pow, 1252 H Street NE, is offering 10% off food and drink with a valid Federal ID.

Via Allison on Twitter: January 14: Those affected by the shutdown and their families are welcome to pick up a free meal catered by Capitol Hill Restaurants (like Ambar and Cava Mezze) and area churches.
Email proof of furlough or proof of being affected by the shutdown in any capacity to shutdownmeals@gmail.com by 12 p.m. on January 14 (or note that you will bring ID)
Go to Skillzone (709 8th St. SE) to pick up your meal! 6:30- 8 p.m. on Monday, January 14

The next event for shutdownmeals@gmail.com will happen January 24 from 7-8 p.m. at Hype Cafe. Email your story to them and be ready to pick up your meal on Thursday 1/24.

Lavagna, 539 8th Street SE, is offering 10% of all Wednesday, January 23rd + 30th Sales to help Furloughed Employees.Reservations appreciated.

A pop-up called the FREEtique is open until 4 p.m. at 7900 Eastern Avenue NW. They are offering free personal care products and help with DC Health Link registration. Hot meals are also available.

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