Are you (or do you know of) a business that’s offering any special deals or programs to Pennsylvania employees because of the budget impasse? Post a comment under this article, or use the contact link above, and I’ll add you to this list. Whether you’re a bank offering zero-interest paycheck loans, a bar or restaurant offering drink or food specials, or a supermarket offering impasse specials, let us know! Read on for the list…
Many, if not all, of the offers from financial institutions require you to be a member of that institution prior to the budget impasse being enacted. If you join now, it is likely that you will not receive the offer.
- PSECU is offering zero-interest loans for qualifying state employees. You will need to pass a credit check, and the deadline to apply seems to keep getting unofficially extended.
- Belco CCU is quietly offering a low- or no-interest loan for qualifying state employees.
- ACBS FCU is offering interest-free loans for qualifying state employees. It appears you must live in Allegheny county and there is no credit check.
- Soverign Bank allegedly may allow affected customers with mortgages to defer payments until October.*
- Citi Financial & Citi Auto allegedly may allow affected customers to temporarily defer loan payments without penalties or interest.*
- The following financial institutions have been reported by OA as possibly offering assistance to state workers, either in the form of payment deferment or low- or no-interest loans: ACBA FCU, Altoona VA Hospital FCU, Americhoice FCU, Central Keystone FCU, Citizens Bank, Citizens & Northern Bank, Corning CU, Cross Valley FCU, Erie FCU, Erie General Electric FCU, First Capital FCU, Franklin-Johnstown FCU, Fulton Financial Corp (Fulton Bank, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, FNB Bank NA, & Swineford National Bank), GNC Community FCU, Grove City Area FCU, JSTC Employees FCU, Members 1st FCU, NE PA Community FCU, New Cumberland FCU, Norristown Bell CU, NORSCO FCU, Oil Country FCU, Orrstown Bank, Patriot FCU, PNC Bank, Superior CU, Tobyhanna Army Depot FCU, Wyrope Williamsport FCU, and Your Choice FCU. Terms and offers vary with each institution; contact the institution directly for more information. Note that most loans require credit approval, and most offers are only open to existing members of that institution.
- The Central PA Food Bank has opened its doors to affected state employees. Your local food bank may also be able to help.
- SNAP – certain affected employees may qualify for food stamps. NOTE: There is a lot of back-and-forth on this one. Call or visit your local office and ask.*
- AFSCME Local 2456 is offering use of the computer & phone at their Front Street (Harrisburg) office for individuals to complete welfare applications, contact creditors, or seek social assistance. Contact your steward.
- Allegheny Power allegedly may allow affected customers to temporarily defer payments without penalties or interest. This may depend on your location.*
- Windstream allegedly may allow affected customers to temporarily defer payments without penalties or interest.*
Retail / Service / Dining:
- Zembie’s Sports Bar is offering lunch & dinner to state employees; pay back when you get paid!
- Zips Dry Cleaners in Springettsbury Township (York County) is offering free dry cleaning for state employees & the unemployed.
- Auntie Anne’s Pretzels in the Capital City Mall is offering a free pretzel to state employees.
* – Entries marked with an asterisk are based on anecdotal claims and have not been verified.
This information is collected through word-of-mouth. Do not assume that these programs automatically apply to you; contact the bank, business, or organization directly and ensure that you are covered before taking action. Also, if you’re a state employee who isn’t feeling the pinch right this second, please consider volunteering. If you can’t volunteer at one of the charities helping us out, pick any charity that you feel is reputable and worthwhile. They would all be grateful for just a little bit of your time.