Resources for Federal Workers

Resources for Federal Workers


United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in our community.  Today we offer these resources for workers impacted by the government shut-down.
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Discount prescription and over the counter medicines

FamilyWize Discount Drug Service  

United Way and FamilyWize have partnered to provide prescription discounts for people in the community. The FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card acts like a reusable coupon, allowing uninsured and underinsured individuals and families to receive discounts on prescription medications. More than 60,000 pharmacies voluntarily provide discounts and savings on medications to FamilyWize card participants. The FamilyWize program has helped 42,000 Treasure Valley residents save nearly $6 million over the past decade.

Use the card or download the mobile app.  This is a free service.  No membership or sign up is required.  Use the same number for every member of your family and share with friends.  Use the online/mobile app to find the best price for medications you take and to activate discounts on most medications.  FamilyWize works for people with and without health insurance. More information here and at

Truly Free Tax Filing Resource
Individuals and households who earn less than $66,000 a year can file their state and federal taxes for free on United Way’s MyFreeTaxes program, in partnership with H&R Block, aims to help people save money on costly tax preparation and filing services. MyFreeTaxes is free, easy to use, and secure. Powered by H&R Block’s tax-filing software, MyFreeTaxes walks you through each part of the process, and makes sure you are aware of tax credits and deductions you may qualify for. 
This service is very easy to use.  You may file your state and federal income tax return on your mobile phone or online.
Food Assistance Locations
To locate food assistance near you enter ‘Food Pantry Near Me’ in your browser search or go to the Idaho Foodbank dedicated page. Food assistance locations are found throughout the area.  Hours and days of operation vary.
Short-Term Financial Assistance
Several local Credit Unions and Banks are offering low-cost to no-cost short term financial assistance during the shut-down period.  Contact your financial institution to inquire about resources.  Be sure to follow these tips to avoid unexpected or costly surprises:
- Ask for a list of all terms and conditions and read them.
- Avoid programs that are not specifically created for Federal workers during the government shut down period.
- Avoid programs that are offered by email, web pop-ups or other unsolicited online tactics.
- Work locally if possible.  Visit the financial institution in person.

Idaho Careline

Search from over 11,000 resources to find free or low-cost services or resources near you, including rental assistance, energy assistance, medical assistance, food and clothing, child care resources, emergency shelter, and more. Visit their website at

About United Way of South Central Idaho.
United Way of Treasure Valley is a local nonprofit organization.  United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our communities.  We win by uniting resources in our community and bringing those resources close to people who will benefit most.