The government shutdown has entered into its 28th day, and 800,000 federal employees have been working during the shutdown without getting paid. 

In West Michigan, local businesses are giving discounts and offers to furloughed government employees affected by the shutdown. 

Here is a list of the companies that are offering help:

CARE Ballet (Grand Rapids): Free tickets to this weekend's performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to federal employees and their immediate family members impacted by the partial government shutdown. Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to performances with a valid federal ID. Performances are January 26, 11 AM & 3 PM and January 27, 3 PM at East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center, 2211 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506.

Consumers Energy: Consumers Energy is encouraging federal workers who are facing hardship because of the shutdown to contact them immediately for assistance, including flexible payment arrangements or extensions that provide more time to pay a bill. 

We are committed to helping all Michigan residents stay safe and warm this winter. If you are facing a hardship due to the ongoing government shutdown, contact us immediately for assistance. We will...

Founders Brewing (Grand Rapids): Founders is offering government employees 10 percent off food and $1 off class one and class two pints. 

See more details here. 

Grand Armory Brewing (Grand Haven): The brewery is giving all active duty Coast Guard members two pints for $1. 

Edit: Due to MLCC Regulations, we have been told that we cannot comp beer. However, we can offer the two pints at $1.00 rates! Thank you again for everything that you do! Attention all active...

Grand Finale Desserts & Pastries (Grand Haven): All active Coast Guard and military members can get a free donut. 

All active Coast Guard and Military members are welcome to stop in for a free donut for themselves and their family. We appreciate your service and would like to extend this offer as long as the...

Grand Rapids Griffins (Grand Rapids): The Griffins are offering free tickets to games on Wednesday, Jan. 23 or Friday, Jan. 25 for federal workers who are on furlough and working without pay because of the shutdown. 

The Griffins are offering free tickets this week to federal workers in the West Michigan area who are on furlough or working without pay due to the government shutdown. Read more:

Keystone Pharmacy (Grand Rapids): Keystone Pharmacy and Portage Pharmacy are allowing federal workers affected by the shutdown to defer medication copays. 

Laughing Tree Brick Oven Bakery (Muskegon): The Muskegon bakery is offering a free loaf of bread. 

A quick reminder here friends. We'll be at both the Sweetwater Local Foods Market and the downtown Muskegon market this weekend with lots of fab, organic, naturally leavened bread AND if you are a...

Morning Star Cafe (Grand Haven): The Grand Haven restaurant is offering a free egg breakfast for all Coast Guard members and one guest. 

See more details here. 

Small Town Sandwich Shop (Spring Lake): They are collecting non-perishable food items and donating them to local families with furloughed workers. 

🇺🇸🇺🇸All Customers! We were able to reach out and find out which items are needed for these families affected by the shut down, some of these items we are able to order on tomorrow's truck so we will...

Southtown Car Wash & Oil Change (Grand Haven): Coast Guard members can get a one time offer of $15 of gas for free. 

Spring Lake Presbyterian Church (Spring Lake): The church is making its food pantry available to all government employees affected by the shutdown. 

See more details here. 

Sweet Temptations (Grand Haven): The Grand Haven-based ice cream shop is offering free ice cream to workers and their families affected by the shutdown. 

caringforcoasties Calling all coasties - let us treat you and your family to an ice cream cone during the shutdown. All you need is your govt id. Come everyday until it's over! This is the...

Tanger Outlets (Byron Center): The outlet mall is giving free $20 giftcards to federal workers through Jan. 28. 

TANGERCARES HAPPY PERKS for Government Employees Impacted by Government Shutdown Now through January 28th, Tanger Outlet centers across the US will be offering a special TANGERCARES - HAPPY PERKS...

20 Monroe Live (Grand Rapids): The venue is offering complimentary general admission tickets with a valid government ID at the box office. The shows include Thunderstruck (1/18), Imposters In Effect (2/8), Candlebox (2/15), Sixteen Candles (2/16) & Panama (2/23).

GREAT NEWS! Government employees can pick up COMPLIMENTARY GA tickets (up to 4 per person) by showing your valid government ID at the box office for the following shows: Thunderstruck (1/18),...

If you know of another business offering deals and discounts to furloughed workers that is not on this list, email with the details. 

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