A NOTE TO OUR FRIENDS AND DONORS:
When I first started the fundraiser in March, the demand was enormous. Together, we filled a much-needed gap and took care of our neighbors in a time-sensitive manner, while they were waiting for government relief programs to kick in. Ten weeks later, request for mini grants are trickling in, slowly. I am hearing of new needs that are arising from the restaurant worker community. It is clear there is still a prevalent need for help, although it is changing. I want to remain responsive to the community the Fund was designed to serve but I also want to honor the donation you made and its intended purpose.
All donors, prior to today, will receive a personal note asking your persmission to use the remaining funds to support restaurant workers through two new efforts:
1) The “Fill the Apron” campaign will provide all “back” and “front of house” staff returning to work with a new apron filled with face masks, hand sanitizer, snacks, pens, coupons, and other local goods to lift their spirits & provide needed supplies that are in high demand/low supply.
2) A local-independent restaurant is providing take-out, family-style meals to help restaurant workers and their families who are facing food insecurity because of their loss of income. The restaurant is centrally located and near a bus stop for those that rely on public transportation. Our contribution would help increase the number of meals they can provide.
All donations as of today, will be directed toward these two efforts.
Our plan going forward is to continue promoting and accepting applications for mini grants until May 25th. After that time, we will process the requests on a limited basis and refer individuals in need to alternative resources. This GoFundMe page will continue to accept donations until June 11th, if you wish to contribute to the two new efforts.
Sincerely, Kate Ellwood firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurants are the heart and soul of our town. In Charlottesville, they are your neighbors, friends, moms, dads, sisters, and brothers. They are your family, your happy place, your spot that feels like home. A community of collective voices and ideas. They take care of others before themselves, they work long hours, and they work hard. They are there for us in times of celebration, and times of need. Whether it's a comforting meal after a tough day, a drink & convo when you need someone to listen, celebrating a special moment, or a coffee to start your day. Restaurants are there. Day and night. Night and day.
It's our turn to show up for them. To lend a helping hand, to offer a shoulder to lean on, to provide a warm meal, to provide relief, and to help a neighbor. To make sure they feel the same love and warmth given to them, that they provide to us.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The local restaurant community needs our help now, more than ever. No contribution is too small. No act of kindness goes unnoticed. Reach out to your local restaurants. Ask how you can help. Dine out when you can, tip graciously, buy a gift certificate to use for later, offer a ride, and share resources. Many will have trouble paying rent, affording a trip to the doctor, and providing for their families. If you have the time, resources, and ability to help, we need helpers.
Charlottesville you're full of helpers, thank you for your time. Thank you for showing up for your community. Thank you for supporting local. Be well, wash your hands, take care of each other, spread love & joy.
HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED & DISTRIBUTED:
Your contribution will allow a restaurant employee to pay an important bill, pay their utility bill, afford a doctor's visit, buy a week's worth of groceries, buy formula for their baby, buy feminine hygiene products, cover the cost of a prescription, take an Uber to work, put gas in their car, and so much more! There are a lot of restaurant employees that live paycheck to paycheck & depend on their cash tips to survive.
*All money donated will go directly to the individuals (local restaurant workers) who need the monetary support the most. Funds will be dispersed to these individuals as they come in. We are responding to emails in the order they are received, with our focus on the highest priority individuals; those who are in emergency need of assistance first. We are partnering with local restaurant owners & managers to see which individuals are in need of assistance the most, and asking individuals to reach out to us as well. No contribution is too small.
Please feel free to reach out - email@example.com
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ABOUT BLUE MORNING
Blue Morning is a 501(c)3, public charity based here in Charlottesville. They seek to unlock positive change in Charlottesville by supporting the growth of mission-driven ventures (businesses that seek to do good while also making a profit). With the onset of COVID, they have shifted their focus to provide FREE infrastructure support to several grassroots efforts that are helping address food insecurity, strengthening our local food system and addressing the needs of those who are now unemployed becomes of COVID.
By working with Blue Morning, we are being MORE impactful with donor dollars:
· Blue Morning is charging NO FEES.
· As a certified charity on GoFundMe all donations are tax-deductible with reduced fees
Blue Morning is allowing the Fund to distribute funds faster by floating the amount of the balance. It can take a week or more to receive the funds from GoFundMe.
Blue Morning is providing free accounting and bookkeeping services. This frees Kate up to process the request quicker and give her additional time to reach out to the restaurants and restaurant workers to make sure everyone know we have resources to help them.
Gofundme does charge a transaction fee for every fund listed on its site. The fee is 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction. If you would like make a tax-deductible contribution by check to avoid any fees please email Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org she will provide you the mailing address.
MORE DETAILS BELOW ABOUT DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS
I’m blown away by the support shown so far to our local restaurant community. Thank you, thank you!! I’ve had a few questions about the GoFundMe funds & how they will be distributed. When you set up a GoFundMe account, you have to distribute the money into one set account, UNLESS you have specific individuals already set up to donate to.
Our funds are being distributed to local restaurant workers that need the most assistance during this time. Giving them mini grants of $200 each. The names are being submitted to me via email by restaurant owners and managers. We want to help the most people possibly, wherever we can. We also want to protect the privacy of these individuals who are asking for support. If they would like to share their story, that is their personal decision. We are distributing funds as fast as we can; the Fund will stay open as long as the help is needed. We anticipate months, at least.