Kentucky Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari confirmed on his live show Wednesday that his foundation is providing financial relief to federal workers in Lexington who have gone unpaid as a result of the current government shutdown.
The news came out when a woman who works at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington called in to the show to voice her appreciation. She said she and her co-workers had received emails Wednesday night saying the Calipari Foundation was going to be offering them financial aid.
“I just wanted to say thank you to you and Ellen for this,” the woman said. “With us still having to report to work without pay, it’s huge for us so we really, truly appreciate it.”
Calipari said he and his wife were seeing news of the shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, and felt the need to get involved.
“Ellen and I grew up the same way, payday to payday, it was paycheck to paycheck,” Calipari said. “So as this thing kind of broke where we have federal people not being paid, they’re working, you’re not talking $200,000 jobs, you’re talking federal employees, so I kind of went and said, ‘well how many do we have in Lexington?’”
Calipari learned that there are about 400 federal employees in Lexington that are not being paid due to the shutdown. He said he hopes he’ll be able to help them all in some way.
Calipari said he hopes the shutdown will end soon.
“I don’t understand it, and I’m not being political, one side or the other, it’s both sides think they’re winning and it’s these people that are being hurt,” Calipari said.
Once the shutdown ends and federal workers are able to get back on their feet, Calipari said he hopes they will pay it forward by helping others in need.