USBG NATIONAL CHARITY FOUNDATION: BARTENDER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM GRANT ALLOCATIONS HAVE MORE THAN TRIPLED
Volunteers have spent more than 10,000 hours screening applications for emergency relief
HENDERSON, NV (APRIL 28, 2020) - The USBG National Charity Foundation announces today that the dollars distributed for grants under the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program’s COVID-19 Relief Campaign have more than tripled since the first funds were sent out and that its team of more than 500 volunteers has logged more than 10,000 hours screening applications.
Since distribution of funds began on April 8, the allocation of funds has increased more than 300% week-over-week, every week. By the end of April, the USBG National Charity Foundation expects to have issued $1.5 million in grants.
“The amount of time our volunteers have committed to making sure those most in need receive emergency economic relief is nothing short of extraordinary.“ said Kim Haasarud, USBG National Charity Foundation Board Member. “And as we have become more efficient and faster at screening applications, the amount of money we’ve been able to get to bartenders, bar backs, and cocktails servers in need has increased exponentially. I’m incredibly proud of our team.”
Statistics as of April 28, 2020:
Total initial applicants: More than 285,000
Total donors: 3,900
Total $ committed: $6.5 million
Total volunteers: More than 500
Link to donors and supporters to date: HERE
More information on the USBG National Charity Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Campaign can be found HERE.
WEEKLY BRIEFING: Haasarud will host the USBG National Charity Foundation Instagram Live briefing this Thursday, April 30 (3 p.m. Eastern, Noon Pacific). Tune in at @usbgncf.
What is the purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program?
BEAP was created in 2015 and has since operated continuously to assist qualified bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers who are in need of financial assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship. The USBG National Charity Foundation adheres to a strict set of procedures in order to ensure that recipients are selected on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis.
What is the USBG National Charity Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Campaign?
Via the campaign, modest, yet meaningful emergency grants of $150-500 drawn from generous donations will be allocated to as many eligible applicants as possible so as to be as impactful as possible. It’s important to be clear that these emergency grants are intended to supplement federal relief programs that are designed to help with larger, sustained expenses like rent.
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About the USBG National Charity Foundation
The USBG National Charity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, advances the lifelong stability and well-being of service industry professionals through education and charitable activities. The USBG Foundation accomplishes this mission through programming that focuses on social responsibility, community service, and philanthropy. The USBG Foundation was formed in 2012 to expand the charitable impact of the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) community. You can learn more about the USBG Foundation at www.usbgfoundation.org.
About the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
The purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program is to assist those in the bar industry who are in need of assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship. Fire, weather, medical, national crisis, or a family emergency, the BEAP is here to assist bartenders in their time of need. Our goal is to assist as many qualified industry members as possible each and every year. We are striving to ensure that the BEAP is sustained as a safety net for those in the industry who need it most. Our hope is that you will support us to "help us serve those who serve us.” www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
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