Hospitality Workers Emergency Fund

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The Hospitality Workers COVID-19 Fund will help essential workers impacted by COVID-19.

The Hospitality Workers Covid-19 Emergency Fund was established through the collaboration of United Way, BEST HTC, and UNITE HERE Local 26.  The Fund will mobilize resources for emergency financial assistance with a focus on hospitality workers who have lost jobs or income due to the pandemic.  The fund will quickly deploy resources through BEST, a nonprofit career training program that provides individuals with the education, skills, and job placement to excel in the hospitality industry.   

WHY SUPPORT HOSPITALITY WORKERS?  

Hospitality workers were the first to lose their jobs when the pandemic hit, and they will be the last to be rehired. Since March, we have been doing all we can to help local families and individuals who have been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 virus.  Currently, 90% of the hotel workers who belong to Local 26 are unemployed. It is estimated that at least 4,000  will not be able to return to work in the hospitality industry for at least a year. Most are immigrant women with children. 

HOW WILL THE HOSPITALITY WORKERS COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND WORK?

Donations to the Hospitality Workers Covid-19 Emergency Fund will provide grocery cards for hospitality workers who are trying to decide whether to pay rent or buy food. The BEST Hospitality Training Center, in partnership with Local 26, will distribute the cards. 95% of all proceeds (less credit card processing fees) will go directly to helping hospitality workers in need and their families.  

Many of the people facing job loss have been cleaning rooms or working other front-line service roles for decades. Hospitality workers have taken care of us for years. While providing temporary relief now, the fund partners will also assist workers in applying for unemployment and other benefits, if eligible, and make referrals to other workforce resources. 

HOW CAN I GIVE TO THE HOSPITALITY WORKERS COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND?

You can donate to our fund by clicking the yellow GIVE TODAY button or by clicking here. All gifts are tax-deductible and 95% of the proceeds (net credit card fees) will go to individuals seeking assistance via nonprofits already working in our community. You may also give via your Donor Advised Fund by including “Hospitality Workers Covid-19 Emergency Fund” in your recommendation details. Our tax ID number is 04-2382233.

You can also send a check to the following address: United Way of Massachusetts Bay, P.O. Box 412866, Boston, MA 02241-2866. Please make checks out to “United Way of Massachusetts Bay” and include “Hospitality Workers Covid-19 Emergency Fund” in the memo of your check.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I NEED ASSISTANCE?

United Way is pleased to be partnering with BEST HTC to launch the Hospitality Workers Covid-19 Emergency Fund. To apply for assistance from this fund, please contact Joan Abbot, BEST Hospitality Training, 617-542-1177, x203.  If you need immediate help, please contact United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline or visit mass211.org for comprehensive information and referrals related to the virus.

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Your donation will help individuals and families stay afloat during these uncertain times.

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