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How is the federal shutdown impacting your work? Please let us know.

by Jennifer Gray

There’s a lot in the news about federal workers who aren’t getting paid, yet the story doesn’t end there. Nonprofits are a critical part of our nation’s community infrastructure and are also experiencing serious challenges to fulfilling their missions. During the shutdown, nonprofits across the country aren’t receiving reimbursements for their work while demand for services is increasing and no decisions are being made about funding proposals. It’s time to let our Congressional leaders know the extent of the problem.

You can help us with our advocacy efforts in Washington D.C., along with our colleagues at the National Council of Nonprofits and other state associations:

  1. Take this survey. We will share the results with our Senators and Representatives as well as the news media to help tell a more complete story of the shutdown’s impact.
  2. Contact Maine’s Senators and Representatives directly let them know if and how the shutdown is harming your nonprofit and your community and to urge them to work with others in Congress and the White House to end the shutdown as quickly as possible.
Senator Susan Collins
Washington, D.C. (202) 224-2523
Augusta 622-8414
Portland 780-3575
Bangor 945-0417
Biddeford 283-1101
Caribou 493-7873
Lewiston 784-6969
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
Washington, D.C. (202) 225-6116
Portland 774-5019
Waterville 873-5713
Senator Angus King
Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5344
Augusta 622-8292
Bangor 945-8000
Presque Isle 764-5124
Scarborough 883-1588
Congressman Jared Golden
Washington, D.C. (202) 225-6306
Caribou 492-6009
Lewiston 241-6767

Thank you for your consideration and help. The longer this continues, the more harm will be done to the people and communities nonprofits serve. We hope that by combining our voices with those of our colleagues and many others in nonprofits and businesses across the U.S. will start to make a difference. Let’s urge our leaders to end this national crisis – on a bipartisan basis – and agree to an end of the shutdown.

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