As states across the country begin lifting restrictions that were imposed in order to stem the spread of COVID-19, we have heard from many summer seasonal employers that they will be opening, albeit with recommended safety protocols put in place. In the month of May, 111 employers posted jobs on the site. So this is the good news! However, with that said, many employers are also expecting fewer guests, and with the safety protocols and the need for social distancing, they will be needing less staff overall than previous summers.
If you’re a hospitality worker currently out of work and unable to secure a job for this summer, here is a list of resources that we hope will help you to get through this difficult time.
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment.
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: RWCF is an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers. Out of work restaurant workers can apply for direct financial assistance for short-term needs.
The United States Bartenders’ Guild Emergency Assistance Program: The USBG Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) to use funds raised through the COVID-19 Relief Campaign for use in making emergency financial assistance grants to qualified members of the hospitality industry. Also see this state by state guide that lists a variety of assistance provided in each state, including food, rent, utility, and medical assistance.
The Restaurant Strong Fund – Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation are bringing the successful Restaurant Strong Fund to these 20 states in total to aid the restaurant workers impacted by the Covid-19 closures: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont.
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund: From the One Fair Wage Website: “Are you a service worker struggling amidst the coronavirus crisis? We’re here to help! We are actively raising money for this emergency fund and will be making temporary cash gifts to workers as funding becomes available.”
Covid-19 Relief Resources for Employees – Gusto, a provider of small business software and support, has compiled this comprehesive list of financial and health resources for individuals in any employment status (currently employed, underemployed, or unemployed).
We hope you’ll be able to find the help you need among those resources. Do keep an eye on the site as new jobs are being posted daily.
As always, we’re here for you, we’re thinking about you, and we’re sending you big love and hugs.