Resources for Hospitality Workers & How you can Help Them During Covid-19
Updated: Oct 27, 2020
With a quarantine in place due to Covid-19 many hotels have had to make the difficult decision to furlough or lay-off their employees and operate with a skeleton staff to keep their doors open.
Because of this, many organizations have started funds for those workers in hospitality who are facing hardships during this time.
We’ve compiled a list of some relief resources for those in the hospitality industry that have been affected by the pandemic below.
If you are in need of those resources or if you are able to help those in need and are looking for a way to do so, check out the websites below & their description.
**We will update the list whenever a new resource is found or brought to our attention. If you know of any hospitality relief funds out there that are not listed, please feel free to reach out via social media or our website so we can add them.**
Please be aware that there may be GoFundMes set up for your local hospitality groups and the best way to find out about those is to contact your local hotel/restaurant!
Let’s serve those who serve us!
The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund
Supported by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation this fund is designed to assist employees of Michigan's restaurant and lodging industry who are in need of support after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The North Carolina (NC) Restaurant Workers Relief Fund
Established and managed through the NC Restaurant & Lodging Association Foundation. Their goal is to provide immediate financial assistance to those in the hospitality/restaurant industry who are in distress due to this pandemic.
The Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association COVID-19 Hospitality Workers Relief Fund
This Philly based fund provides gift cards for local grocery stores and pharmacies to be distributed to hotel employees who have been furloughed, laid off or lost their jobs.
The AL Hospitality Workers Relief Fund
This fund is for hospitality workers in Alabama and provides emergency assistance to hospitality workers facing hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic, through financial support from the community and business partners.
A great way to help out your local service industry workers! Follow the link and choose a random worker to tip based on your state & city or just have the site pick a random worker from anywhere. ”Every time you have a drink or meal at home during social distancing, consider tipping a local service industry worker through Venmo or Cash App.”
Big Table gives a list of some additional resources for restaurant and hospitality workers along with resources for San Diego, Seattle and Spokane.
Hospitality Industry Covid-19 Support Facebook Group
This facebook group is an online space for hospitality professionals to come together and discuss how they are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 in our industry.
One of the best sites to find resources for hospitality workers. This site has over 400 resource links and adds more every day. You can filter by state to see what relief initiatives are going on in your area or pick from any of the numerous funds to donate to.