Spokane County United Way Secures $41,000 to Support Bar and Restaurant Workers
Spokane County United Way has secured $41,000 to help support local bar and restaurant workers in our community. United Way received $31,000 from Georgetown Brewing, who raised money for workers across Washington State through sales of their Manny’s Pale Ale. Locally, the Avista Foundation increased the amount of funds available by gifting United Way an additional $10,000.
Kristine Meyer, Executive Director of the Avista Foundation said, “The Avista Foundation is pleased to partner with United Way and other local agencies in this assistance strategy. We know that this coordinated effort is important to reach as many people from the hospitality industry as possible who have been impacted by the pandemic.” Georgetown Brewing is partnering with United Ways across the state because they know “United Way has the reach and resources to serve the greatest number of people.” With food prep and serving making up 21% of all unemployment claims Tim Henkel, President and CEO of Spokane County United Way said, “All of these grant dollars will be used to aid workers and sole proprietors whose livelihoods have been hit so hard by the pandemic.”
Spokane County United Way brought local nonprofits together to identify recipients for small grants from this fund who may not have been eligible for other financial assistance or unemployment benefits. United Way is proud to be working with AHANA Business Educational and Training Program, The Big Table, Hispanic Business Professional Association Foundation of the Inland Northwest, and Pacific Islander Community Association.
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