Shutdown Discounts

Government Shutdown Discount Program

In support of workers and staff furloughed or impacted by the federal government shutdown, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT is compiling a list of discounts from local restaurants, hotels, and service providers in an attempt to help provide relief.

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Available Discounts

Americana Furniture
35 Great Neck Road, Waterford
50% off manufacturer’s retail price


Buon Appetito
386 Norwich-Westerly Road, North Stonington
30% off Sunday to Thursday. Cannot be combined with any other offers.


Charter Oak Federal Credit Union
We realize the federal government shutdown can cause financial difficulties for our members. If you’re experiencing any hardships affecting your ability to make payments to Charter Oak, we’re here to help. Please call our Contact Center at 860.446.8085 or 800.962.3237 or email ContactCenter@cofcu.com so a Member Service Representative can assist you.


Chelsea Groton Bank
Multiple locations throughout eastern CT
Chelsea Groton Bank reminds customers who have been affected by the government shutdown that they may be eligible for relief in the form of fee rebates, waived fees and access to cash. Customers are encouraged to call the Bank’s Program Hotline at 860-448-4195 (Monday – Friday: 8am – 7pm, Saturday: 9am – 1pm) or to stop by a local branch to discuss individual situations and how Chelsea Groton may be able to help.


Clinton Glass
221 E Main St, Clinton
20% off materials used for completion of job


Connecticut Humane Society
Multiple locations throughout eastern CT
The CHS will be distributing free food for cats, dogs and small critters across the state, and asking the public for assistance in boosting the available food supply. Federal workers in need of CHS’ Pet Food Pantry assistance are asked to fill out an online form on CHS’ website CTHumane.org with their name and contact information, as well as the number of pets who need food and their breed and size. They will be asked to present their federal employee ID when picking up their food. Federal workers can pick up the pet food on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 2-5 p.m. at CHS’ Newington location at 701 Russell Road, and at the Robin I. Kroogman New Haven Animal Shelter, 81 Fournier Street, New Haven. CHS distributed pet food and supplies to the Coast Guard Thursday, Jan. 17.


The Custom House Maritime Museum
150 Bank Street, New London
Free admission to furloughed employees and their families.


Dream Vacation Travels
(860) 887-6481
Save $50 on any cruise, tour or all-inclusive package with a value of $1,000 per person or more, exclusive of air and taxes.


Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
289 State Street, New London
As a respite for those furloughed or working without pay during the government shutdown, we are offering free tickets (with government ID) to our Saturday, January 26 concert to all federal workers. Just present your government employment ID at the Garde Arts Center box office or the ECSO office and receive two free tickets.


Escape Room
14 Clara Drive, Mystic
From January 23 to February 1 Mystified will provide one free admission for furloughed government employees and Coast Guard staff, as well as provide a free ticket for one guest. Call or email Mystified to make your booking. (860) 501-6556, info@mystifiedct.com


Enterprise Computer
83 West Main Street, Clinton
As long as the government is shut down and you are an affected employee, just show proof and we will bill you later for any labor charges. Payment will be due 30 days after the government re-opens. If Congress doesn’t approve your back pay we will take 50% off the labor charges. See store for details or email rholton@enterpc.com. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.


Fairfield Inn & Suites Uncasville
2255 Norwich New London Turnpike, Uncasville
15% off – please mention Chamber of Commerce when making reservations.


Flander’s Fish Market
22 Chesterfield Road, East Lyme
We are offering Free Fish & Chips or Chicken & Chips with a soft drink for any active duty Coast Guard personnel until the shutdown ends, as well as a free kid’s meal for any children of said personnel. For those who would like to help we are also holding a drive for these families in our lobby. Any non-perishable food items or gift cards are welcome!


Frank’s Gourmet Grille
56 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic
Please contact for offer.


Groton Utilities
Groton Utilities will not charge late payment fees (1.5%) for any outstanding balance for as long as the shutdown continues to any federal employee who has been furloughed or are working without compensation. Customers will need to verify that they are federal employees and furloughed or working without pay by showing a pay stub or federal identification at Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light and Power during regular business hours


il Pomod’Oro
117 Boston Post Road, East Lyme
30% off Sunday to Thursday. Cannot be combined with any other offers.


Yale New Haven Health Lawrence and Memorial Hospital
Yale New Haven Health is waiving copays, deductibles or coinsurance for any furloughed government employee who seeks emergency treatment in one of our emergency departments, urgent care or walk-in centers as long as they present their federal ID at the time of service


Mr. G’s Restaurant
452 Williams Street, New London
Mr. G’s is offering a 10% discount to all coast guard employees and service members affected by the government shutdown. On Friday, January 25 from 6:00 am to 10:00 am, Mr. G’s will be hosting a free breakfast buffet for all Coast Guard Employees and servicemembers affected by the government shutdown.


Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic
Mystic Aquarium will offer free weekday admission to all government employees affected by the federal shutdown beginning Monday and lasting through the duration of the shutdown.

Government employees must show a valid work identification. The offer is redeemable at the gate and is valid for government employees only.


Mystic Seaport Museum
105 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic
Mystic Seaport Museum is offering free admission to all furloughed federal workers and one additional guest throughout the remainder of the partial federal government shutdown. In order to receive free admission, federal employees must bring a government identification card and present it at the admission desk upon entering the Museum.


Nana’s Byrek
316 Boston Post Road, Waterford
15% off to furloughed employees and Coast Guard personnel.


Ocean Community YMCA
316 Boston Post Road, Waterford
Furloughed employees facing financial hardship due to the government shutdown will have their membership fee waived at the Ocean Community YMCA. This policy will remain in effect until the furloughed worker’s compensation is restored. The YMCA will also be offering free trials to furloughed employees during the shutdown if they are not currently members. Furloughed workers should bring their government I.D. and any furloughed documentation to the Welcome Center of the YMCA location they will be attending. Participating branches: Westerly-Pawcatuck, Naik Family, and Acadia.


Re/Max Home Team
262 Boston Post Rd, Waterford
Receive up to $500 toward a home or rental purchase. Purchase must be made through Re/Max Home team.


Right Path Organic Cafe
147 Bank Street, New London
We are proud of our CGA here in New London. It’s not much but please come in and have a coffee on us. We appreciate all that you do especially now in this time of political division.


Slater Memorial Museum
108 Crescent Street, Norwich
Free museum admission.


Studio33 Art & Frame Gallery
140 Bank St, New London
Receive 40% off a pewter whale tail ornament.


Webster Bank
Multiple locations in eastern CT
Webster Bank will be providing interest-free loans to essential federal employees in CT who aren’t being paid during the shutdown. Visit or call your local branch for full details.


2Wives Brick Oven
45 Huntington Street, New London
Coast Guard appreciation night, Monday, January 21, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, includes free pizza and salad buffet. *while supplies last


Person’s taking advantage of these offers may be asked to provide proof of government employment or contract.

Other Resources

Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc.
TVCCA is aware of the impact lost wages due to the government shutdown can have on a household’s budget and overall well- being. Please note that there are community resources to help. Programs are available to address home heating costs, housing, and nutrition. Call (860)425-6577 for more information.

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
2-1-1
Need help, but not sure where to start? Call 2-1-1 for information about community services, crisis intervention and referrals to health and human services.
 
Mobile Food Pantry
 
Emergency Food Programs