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WEB EXCLUSIVE: The best way for Raleigh to get through these trying times is for residents to rally together as a community to do what we can for those in need. Here are several ways to help our neighbors who have lost their jobs or who have had to close their businesses.
FEED THE FIGHT
STIR Raleigh partnered with Washington, D.C. nonprofit Feed the Fight to provide meals for local first responders and community members in need. Individuals can purchase a meal through STIR, who then delivers those meals to charity partners to be distributed to the communities they support. Participating organizations and charities include Oak City Cares, Raleigh Women’s Center, Raleigh Rescue Mission and 911 Call Center. The program helps to ensure the people in need receive fresh meals while alleviating the budget pressure many local charities are currently facing due to COVID-19. To make a meal donation, visit stirraleigh.com/feed-the-fight.
NC ARTIST RELIEF FUND
This fund, created by VAE Raleigh, Artspace, PineCone and the United Arts Council, supports artists whose gigs and exhibitions have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. To donate or to apply for relief, visit vaeraleigh.org/artist-relief-fund.
VIRTUE SALON RELIEF FUND
Virtue Labs, a Raleigh-based hair salon, started a GoFundMe for hairstylists and salon employees within the Virtue Community who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. While salons are closed, lend a helping hand by donating at gofundme.com/f/virtue-labs-salon-workers-relief-fund.
Help out Raleigh’s unemployed hospitality industry workers by purchasing one of Catering Works’ Gift-A-Meal options. A $49 donation provides four meals (four entrees, sides and desserts) to those in need, a $99 donation provides eight meals and a $199 donation provides 16 meals. Apply for the program or donate at cateringworks.com/additional_services/gift_a_meal_support.
TRIANGLE RESTAURANT WORKERS RELIEF FUND
The Frankie Lemmon Foundation’s fund is open to those who have experienced wage disruption or layoffs in the Triangle restaurant industry due to coronavirus-based restaurant closures. To donate or apply visit frankielemmonschool.org/restaurantworkersrelieffund.
BUY A T-SHIRT
100 percent of the net proceeds from Humbly Made Clothing’s T-shirt sales goes to local hospitality workers impacted by restaurant and bar closures due to the spread of COVID-19. Order the T-shirt at humblymade.com/products/support-hospitality-workers. Additionally, Triangle Pop-Up is selling “Support Small” t-shirts to raise funds for all local small businesses affected by the pandemic. Get one at https://trianglepopup.com/product/supportsmall/ through April 3.
SAVE LOCAL RESTAURANTS
Sign the Independent Restaurant Coalition’s petition to Save Local Restaurants, with the goal of pressuring congress to pass a bill that will provide a 6-month income replacement valued at $440 billion at saverestaurants.co.
RALEIGH MUSIC VENUE EMPLOYEE FUND
Donate to the Raleigh Music Venue Employee Fund to support the staff at The Pour House, Kings, Lincoln Theatre, Slims and The Wicked Witch. Venmo a donation to @Raleigh-Downtown-Music-Venues. 100 percent of the funds will be distributed to employees.
DONATE TO A LOCAL NONPROFIT
Many of Raleigh’s nonprofits are working hard to respond to COVID-19 and take care of those in need. Make a donation to the following non-profits to help them in their missions:
Activate Good has several ways for healthy people to volunteer for COVID-19-related causes throughout the Triangle on its website. Stay up to date with opportunities at activategood.org/covid19.
The Center for Volunteer Caregiving is looking for volunteers to do grocery shopping and medication pick-up for seniors. Complete the volunteer form at volunteercaregiving.org/volunteer-2/#volunteer-signup.
Starting March 31, Meals on Wheels of Wake County needs drivers to attempt to deliver five frozen meals for the week to all 1,400 Meals on Wheels clients. To help, complete the volunteer form by March 26 at wakemow.org/volunteer-application-mow-wake-county.
We’ve updated our dine listings to reflect which restaurants are offering takeout and/or delivery at this time. Support these local businesses by placing an order—and make sure you tip well! View the listings at raleighmag.com/updated-dine-listings.
TIP SERVICE INDUSTRY STAFF
Many of Raleigh’s servers, bartenders, dishwashers, bussers and other hospitality workers have lost their jobs or taken significant pay cuts due to the mandated closing of all restaurants and bars in North Carolina. You can tip Raleigh-area service industry workers through Venmo, CashApp or Paypal at dtr.tips. If you were impacted by the shut down in Raleigh and would like to be included in the application to receive tips, fill out the form at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTgrdbkaDny4bAi7jkq5ox87uaS-OelcE9hVzQjzHtpsKrBg/viewform.
SAVE INDEPENDENTLY OWNED RESTAURANTS
The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) started this national movement to help save independently owned restaurants and their 11 million employees across the country who have been affected by COVID-19. The IRC is asking people to join them in creating a united voice to speak to lawmakers about getting a six-month income replacement grant for restaurant staff valued at $440 billion. Visit saverestaurants.co to learn more and get involved.
CHILD CARE RELIEF FUND
Child Care Services Association (CCSA) in Chapel Hill founded the COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist families and childcare programs throughout the state with urgent and long-term expenses during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes families who have lost their jobs or taken pay cuts and are struggling to pay for childcare and childcare programs that are unable to pay staff. Donate to the cause at childcareservices.org/ccsa-covid-19-relief-fund.
Continue to support local businesses while maintaining social distancing by doing your shopping online rather than in person. Many downtown Raleigh retailers offer online shopping, pick-up and delivery. View Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s full list of participating retailers at downtownraleigh.org/covid-19/resources/shopping. View Redress Raleigh’s list of local online shopping retailers at https://www.redressraleigh.org/local-retailers-with-online-shopping for more opportunities to give back to local businesses.
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