As the government shut down drags on, many are looking for ways to help others who are furloughed. Here are a few ways — and  we’ll continue to add to this list as we learn of more opportunities. (Know of another way to help? Email us.)

Are you a family affected by the shutdown? Check out our list of freebies and discounts for furloughed families.

Want to Help a Family Affected by the Shut Down? Here’s What You Can Do

Donate to the Maryland Food Bank

Federal workers and contractors in Maryland are facing hunger during the Shut Down. Working closely with their network partners throughout the state, the Maryland Food Bank increasing food distribution to ensure there is enough food for impacted Marylander. To aid this effort, they’ve held, and are scheduling, emergency Pantry on the Go events — which takes their mobile food bank around town. To support them, the Safeway Foundation is generously matching every donation to the Maryland Food Bank, dollar for dollar, until Jan. 25. Donate here

Want to donate food? Take items off the Food Bank’s Wish List to your local Enoch Pratt Library Branch through the end of the month. 

Hire a Freelancer/Kick Your Own Goals into High Gear

Local Baltimore mom Charlena Smith is connecting families affected by the shut down with those looking for freelance work. Looking for a freelancer? Just fill out this online form and your information will be shared with people that are affected by the shut down who are looking for ways to make extra income. Since Charlena’s husband is furloughed, she’s decided to kick her side hustle into high gear, too. She’s helping women set — and crush – their goals. Her motivation? To help women live their best, most inspired lives and shattering glass ceilings one conversation at a time. If this sounds like you, join her for a FREE online master class on Wednesday (but you do have to register in advance).

Support A Side Hustle

For many furloughed employees, their side hustle (or their partner’s side hustle) is now their income source.  These two Maryland moms started a Cheesecake business.  Dave from Dave Taylor’s 3D Wood Art is supporting his family through his wood art. Scan your Facebook feed. Chances are you know someone who could use a little extra support with their side gig.