Businesses stepping up to help Federal employees impacted by the government shutdown

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- As the partial Federal government shutdown continues, about 800,000 Federal employees are still furloughed or working without pay, and they won't receive their paychecks until the government reopens.

"Politics aside, it's got to be really tough for people who aren't collecting a paycheck," said one man. "We're not talking about the millionaires and congressmen, senators. We're talking about the working people that make this country go."

So now, more businesses across the country are offering free passes and financial assistance to help these employees and their families out.

Now some local businesses and organizations are stepping in. Octane Raceway in Scottsdale is offering a free race or virtual reality game session.

"Octane is all about fun," said J.P. Mullan, General Manager for Octane Raceway. "If we can turn people around that might be in a tough position, have a tough time, some issues, opportunity to all family members, so they can all experience it together."

Octane Raceway's offer was only good for Monday, January 14, but the Arizona Science Center is also offering free admission for Federal employees, through January 21.

"A way to get their mind off the government shutdown, and really have some fun," said Sari Custer with the Arizona Science Center.

Government workers can bring one guest to the science center, ranging from family-friendly events, to adult-only events like its Speakeasy party.

"Something for everybody, ranging from exhibits on physics to health, body, we've got our laser shows in the evening. We also have science with a twist, a 21 and over event," said Custer.

There's even more local "furlough freebies" or "shutdown specials", such as a free movie at Alamo Drafthouse in Chandler and Tempe, and free laser tag in Mesa at Stratum Laser Tag. OneAZ Credit Union is offering loan deferments and modification programs, and nationally, many major wireless providers including Sprint, TMobile and Verizon are also offering deals.