List of El Paso businesses, agencies helping furloughed government workers

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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:

Utilities

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 ui.texasworkforce.org 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 https://twc.texas.gov/files/jobseekers/federal-shutdown-2018-twc.pdf.

Workforce Solutions Borderplex: 915-887-2600 or borderplexjobs.com 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. 

Others

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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