Help and Resources for APS Families Impacted by the Federal Government Shutdown
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) estimates that 300 to 500 of our 6,000 full time and over 1,500 part time employees may have a spouse, domestic partner or household member employed by one of the Federal agencies or contractors in Georgia impacted by the Federal Shutdown.
Here’s How You Can Help
Atlanta Public Schools employees can help fellow APS employees whose spouse, domestic partner or household members* are losing pay due to the shutdown by:
- Make a tax-deductible donation to APS’ crowd funding campaign through Go Fund Me. The total amount collected will be distributed through Atlanta Partners for Education to eligible employees. This money can be used for whatever they need, such as buying food, covering bills, and reducing the need for loans and credit cards to make ends meet.
- Set up a meal train or a meal sign-up in your school or department for impacted employees to organize meal giving where one meal from one person is provided per day to help individuals facing a significant life event.
- Take food items to the Atlanta Community Food Bank or other local food pantries.
Here’s How to Get Help
Let us know you are an APS employee affected by the federal shutdown by clicking here no later than February 1, 2019. To qualify, you may be asked to provide certain information such as a work ID and/or last check stub of your impacted spouse, domestic partner or household member.*
- Substitute Teaching
- Consider asking your spouse, domestic partner or household member to work as a substitute for APS. This is a temporary job that would allow individuals to return to their federal government job as soon as the shutdown ends. Visit our substitute teaching website to learn more and email Angela Williams, APS Substitute Supervisor, at Angela.Williams@atlanta.k12.ga.us to let her know of your interest and furlough situation.
- Employee Discount Program
- Take advantage of APS’ employee discount program on goods and services, Sparkfly. Visit the Sparkfly Perks site to learn more.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Remember APS’ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides crisis counseling and legal/financial consultation services free of charge to APS employees through FEI Workforce Resilience program.
- Visit the Atlanta Community Food Bank Website
- Visit the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s website for a list of Atlanta area resources and support.
- Emergency Grants
- The Georgia Power Foundation recently announced a $50,000 donation to St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, a faith-based nonprofit, to help provide support to furloughed and unpaid federal workers and contractors in the state. Through the fund, impacted families can ask for assistance by submitting a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family First Credit Union is reaching out to help members in need in light of the Government Shutdown. FFCU is extending its “We Care Loan” for $1,200.00 to APS Employees. With this loan, FFCU hopes to help as many APS employees as possible. The attached flyer has more information about the “We Care Loan” for $1,200.00. This offer will run until 2/28/19 and will be available in addition to other loans offered by Family First Credit Union. If you currently have a We Care Loan, you will not be eligible to extend or take out another We Care Loan.
In order to apply for this loan, you must be a member or join the credit union. You’ll need to fill out the loan application either online by clicking the following link Family First Credit Union Website and then “Apply for a loan”, or in a branch for the amount you need. A loan officer will contact you about your application within 24 to 48 hours after the application is received. The branch locations for FFCU are as follows:
3604 Atlanta Avenue
Hapeville, GA 30354
1560 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30076
*Defined as a spouse, domestic partner or cohabitant above the age of 18 who resides at the same address as the APS employee and shares a portion of the household bills.
**The APS Office of Human Resources will verify eligibility to ensure that the named employer is one that is affected by the shutdown and the spouse, domestic partner or household member meets the definition. Verification will be required in the form of a recent check stub in the spouse, domestic partner or household member’s name from an affected federal agency or contractor showing $0.00 or less net pay with a mailing address matching the APS employees’ mailing address. Any verification other than the check stub will require approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer. APS employees determined to be eligible will receive an equal share of the allocated donations from the Atlanta Partners for Education (APFE) non-profit foundation.