List of El Paso businesses, agencies helping furloughed government workers

BBQ for furloughed government employees

With the shutdown entering its second month, several agencies and businesses in El Paso and Las Cruces are offering help and relief.

Here is a complete list to help you:


El Paso Electric: Workers can call El Paso Electric’s Customer Care at 915-543-5970 or 575-526-5555 to make payment arrangements. It is handled on a case-by-case basis. 

Texas Gas Service: Customers can call 1-800-700-2443 to discuss deferred payments or flexible payment plans. 

El Paso Water Utility: Customers can call 915-534-5500 to discuss deferred payments or flexible payment plans.

Las Cruces Utilities: is offering help to furloughed federal workers impacted by the shutdown. They say that all you have to do is provide them a copy of your federal government ID, name, address, account number and phone number. 

Banks and Credit Unions

Various financial institutions are offering support options during the shutdown

GECU, 915-778-9221  
TFCU, 915-843-8328
First Light Federal Credit Union, 915-562-1172
Navy Federal Credit Union, 888-842-6328
USAA, 800-531-USAA (8722)
Bank of America, 844-219-0690
Chase, 888-356-0023
Wells Fargo, 800-TO-WELLS
BBVA, 877-218-7254

Unemployment benefits and temporary employment

Texas Workforce Commission: apply for benefits at 24 hours a day or by calling 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, go to

Workforce Solutions Borderplex: 915-887-2600 or for a list of employees hiring federal workers for a temporary basis.

YISD: The Ysleta Independent School District says government employees will have priority for substitute teacher jobs. To qualify, you must have 60 college credit hours and pass a criminal background check. You can apply online on the district’s website

Food assistance

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger: 915-298-0353

Kelly Memorial Food Pantry: 915-261-7499

Operation HOPE: Group will host a food giveaway at 10 a.m. Saturday at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Headquarter on Justice Dr. 

Food City: $5 Shutdown package with five items for government employees. Federal workers can also get vouchers for discounts on food. 

El Paso ISD, Socorro ISD, and Ysleta ISD: Families affected by the ongoing government shutdown may be eligible for free and reduced-priced school meals.

Las Cruces Dental Solutions: Hosting a barbecue and food drive to assist workers affected by the shutdown from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Las Cruces Dental Solutions offices on East Lohman Avenue. They are also offering any furloughed government employee or family member to schedule a free, limited dental exam. 


The YMCA of El Paso is offering free family memberships to furloughed employees. 

Dr. Richard Nevins is waiving co-pays for government workers as long as he accepts the insurance. 

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