Snow Mountain Ranch offering free day passes for workers, families affected by federal shutdown |

Snow Mountain Ranch offering free day passes for workers, families affected by federal shutdown

Snow Mountain Ranch Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
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YMCA of the Rockies is trying to help alleviate some of the stress currently facing families affected by the government shutdown.

At both their Granby and Estes Park locations, YMCA of the Rockies is offering free day passes for those affected by the shutdown. Furloughed federal employees and their families are invited to participate in a day of free on-site activities and even enjoy a free meal as long as the shutdown lasts.

“We wanted to offer the passes because we know that many of our neighbors are federal employees who are facing the financial and emotional stress of not working and not being paid,” Lisa Neujahr, spokesperson for YMCA of the Rockies, told Sky-Hi News on Wednesday. “It is our way of offering some respite from that.”

Federal workers may visit any day of the week to pick up a day pass at the front desk of the administration building at Snow Mountain Ranch or Estes Park Center. A Grand County or Estes Valley address and federal employment ID must be presented.

Other institutions are providing similar relief for furloughed workers, including the Glenwood Springs-based Alpine Bank.

The bank announced last week that it would offer interest-free loans to furloughed employees, setting aside $5 million for the current loan program.

According to the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, Alpine Bank, which has 40 locations across Colorado, has offered similar short-term loans during previous government shutdowns in 1996 and 2013. But because of Alpine’s recent expansion and the historic length of the current budget impasse in Congress, this time the program could have a much larger impact.

Short-term rental management company Airbnb also recently announced they would launch a “Night on Us” program, which would give all executive branch employees who use their home to host an Airbnb user for at least three nights, anytime between Dec. 18 and March 18, an extra night of income.

That extra income is worth up to $110, according to Airbnb.

With its proximity to federal lands and services, Grand County is home to many federal employees, some of whom have been furloughed.

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