When workers at the EPA offices in North Carolina were told they couldn't come to work because of the government shutdown, they decided to make the best of a bad situation.
Despite receiving no paycheck, and not being sure when they'll be able to work again, these public sector workers are organizing a volunteer event every day to give back to the community. It is, in part, a way to keep busy.
Here's how Alison Davis, a furloughed employee, explained the volunteer actions to local news outlet WRAL:
I'd much rather be able to work. Right now, I'm trying to take it one day at a time and stay positive.
I've never worked anywhere where I've had colleagues who care as much about their roles and responsibilities. We're career public servants. We do what we do because we like to give back to our communities. When we're unable to do our jobs because of politicking in Washington, we worry about the projects that aren't happening and the work that isn't getting done. This seems like a way for us to continue to have a positive impact.
We don't really talk about it at work, and this isn't coming from our bosses. Word just spreads organically and people get together to do good because it comes naturally to them. Of course, I love my colleagues — so this is also a way for us to get together, stay in touch, and maintain team cohesion and mutual support during a stressful period in our lives.
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