The Toms River Branch will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 1 in preparation for "Links with the Masters," an Ocean County Library Foundation mini golf fundraising event.

Information for those impacted by the current government shutdown.

More resources will be added as they are made available.


Financial Resources

Medical Expenses

NJ Restaurants, Eateries, & Food Banks Lending Support


NJ County Libraries



NJ 211

NJ 2-1-1

A statewide information and referral service that has developed a guide specifically intended to help those impacted by the government shutdown. This service is free, confidential, multilingual and always open. In addition to the guide entitled Resources for those Impacted by the Government Shutdown, the organization maintains a database of over 10,000 local programs and services. NJ 2-1-1 is able to connect people in need with services that can help. If you need help with basic needs, during the shutdown or at any time, dial 2-1-1; text your zip code to 898-211; or go to


Financial Resources

Atlantic City Electric

AC Electric is offering assistance in South Jersey through LIHEAP.


For customers affected by the shutdown, you are eligible for flexible payment options to keep your service running.

Bank of America

Their Client Assistance Program is available to you for personalized financial assistance, tailored to your specific situation and needs.


Chase will automatically waive or refund overdraft and monthly service fees on Chase checking and savings accounts if an employee’s salary from an affected federal agency was direct-deposited into the account in November, 2018.

Middlesex County College

If you or your family have been adversely impacted by the government shutdown, apply for tuition assistance today.

Navy Federal Credit Union

The credit union is offering assistance to Federal government employees and active duty members of the Coast Guard whose pay has been disrupted by the shutdown, and have an established direct deposit account. Navy Federal will also continue to accept registration for the program until three days after the scheduled pay day.


OceanFirst customers experiencing financial hardship due to the U.S. Government shutdown should contact our Mortgage Relief Team at 732.240.4500 x7714 for possible assistance.

Provident Bank

The Bank will offer eligible customers financial assistance during the shutdown.


Allowing 60-day grace periods to furloughed employees. Call 1-800-510-3102 or 211.

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center: Supporting furloughed federal government employees by offering immediate temporary employment opportunities and free meals.


Sprint Customer Care is prepared to work with federal government employees seeking short-term payment solutions.

Sturdy Bank


Short-term account assistance is available to be tailored to meet the needs of customers who are federal workers.


Waiving late fees and agent assist fees for federal government employees directly impacted for the duration of the shutdown.

Wells Fargo

The bank will work with customers whose income is disrupted as a result of the shutdown.


Medical Expenses

Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce that we will waive co-pays and deductibles for emergency visits at all of our network hospitals and urgent care centers for furloughed federal employees and their insured family members.

RWJBarnabas Health

Waiving Co-Pays, Deductibles and Additional Eligible Patient Care Balances for Furloughed Employees andTheir Dependents


NJ Restaurants, Eateries, & Food Banks Lending Support

JBJ Soul Kitchen, Red Bank and Toms River

Food Bank of South Jersey

fulfill (Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean County)

SNAP Benefits



Count Basie Theater

The Count Basie Center in Red Bank is offering free tickets to show through mid-February to federal workers who are furloughed during the government shutdown

Philadelphia Museum of Art

With a government ID, you can get a free ticket to the museum, plus an additional one for a friend. The deal lasts through the duration of the shutdown. Kids 12 and younger are always free.

Museum of the American Revolution

The museum is open during the shutdown, and federal workers can take up to three guests for free to the museum for the remainder of the shutdown. A government ID must be shown at the front desk.

The Academy of Natural Sciences

The museum is offering pay-as-you-wish admission for employees with a government ID. The offer is valid for up to four people in a party. The rate is available until Jan. 31 or until the government reopens.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Federal employees will receive $2 off of their admission when they purchase tickets online using the code "OPENINPHL."

University of Pennsylvania Museum

General admission is free for government workers with a valid ID and up to five of their family members.

Independence Seaport Museum

Employees of the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Park Service will receive free admission to the museum, as well as all other employees affected by the shutdown. A valid government ID equates to free admission for you and up to three guests.

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters are offering free tickets to all affected workers, so they can attend upcoming Harlem Globetrotters events.


NJ County Libraries

Atlantic County Library
Resources made compiled by the Atlantic County Library System.

Cape May County Library
Accepting donations at all locations for Coast Guard personnel and their families.

Gloucester County Library
Resources made compiled by the Gloucester County Library System

Mercer County Library
Resources made compiled by the Mercer County Library System