With the turmoil and uncertainty created but the spreading COVID-19 virus, the service industry, and the beverage industry in particular, has been hit hard. The closure of bars, restaurants, and venues means that these vital members of our community are no longer able to earn wages and take home tips. It is imperative that we as an inclusive, amazing, extended beverage industry community, make sure that our bartenders can go back to serving drinks once all of this is over.
While bars and restaurants across the country have begun opening to varying degrees, the need in the bartending community for financial assistance remains high. We are seeing that bartenders and other bar industry personnel are left with either significantly reduced hours or no hours at all.
Our immediate priority is to fundraise in order to help as many of the eligible bartenders currently in our database as possible.