Furloughed workers volunteer during shutdown

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DURHAM, N.C. — About 30 U.S. Environment Protection Agency employees spent Wednesday morning volunteering at Herndon Park in Durham, pruning trees, putting down mulch and picking up trash.

According to WRAL, the EPA sent most of the 2,000 people who work at its complex of research labs and offices in Research Triangle Park home at noon Tuesday until Congress can settle its budget impasse. The facility is the EPA’s largest operation outside of Washington, D.C.

“I’d rather be able to go to work like everyone else. I’m just trying to take it one day at a time and be positive,” Alison Davis told WRAL.

The local employees said it’s tough not knowing when they will get their next paychecks, but volunteering helps them deal with the stress.

They have already set up other projects as the shutdown continues, such as working at the Ronald McDonald House later this week.

Read more: WRAL