We received a link from the Bangor Chamber of Commerce with a constantly updated link that shares all the businesses in the area that are doing whatever they can to help out government workers that have been furloughed by the shutdown. See that list right here, and feel free to spread the word!

As one might imagine, there are probably lots of stories running through your Facebook feed about folks lending a hand to furloughed government workers. Famous people have been reaching out, like Jon Bon Jovi, who has been personally donating time, money, and services to folks who are deeply affected financially by the shutdown.

But right here in our back yard, lots of local businesses and organizations have been trying to do their part as well. Federal workers are about to go their second pay period with no money coming in, and many more are forced to continue doing their jobs without pay, which probably feels like an even bigger slap in the face.

Looking at a recent article in the Bangor Daily News, it was heart-warming to see how may local businesses were trying to help folks out. Restaurants like Moe's BBQ in Bangor, Twin City Pizza in Brewer, and all three Angler's locations. The Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Penobscot Theater Company, and the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor are all offering free tickets to events for furloughed workers.

All sorts of other types of services are jumping on board too. For instance, Dunnett's in Bangor is offering free appliance repair to any government workers that need it. As well as Maine Trailer in Hampden. They're offering free inspections on trailers, and free labor for repairs, though folks would still need to pay for parts.

And there so many more that are trying to help their neighbors and friends out. As the shutdown goes into it's second month, there doesn't seem to be any end in sight. But it's amazing to see the community get together and step up to help folks out that they may not even know.

Maine is a cool place. I know other folks that live in other states are doing the same thing, but we rule up here. We excel in doing right by our fellow Mainers. So keep it up!!!