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Elina M
6901 Lynn Way
(Allegheny and Surrounding Counties)
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the project

As we face this holiday season, a time usually filled with packed dining rooms, holiday parties, and a boost in income that we rely on to support us through the next few months, instead we are facing a continued rise in COVID-19 cases, restauraunt closures, and increased restrictions on our businesses. So many of us are risking our own health to work for a fraction of our previous earnings, or staying home for our own saftey and to care for our kids and family members. Unemployment benefits have run dry for most, if we were able to access them at all, and continued assistance from our state and federal govenrment is nowhere in sight. We are literally being left out in the cold. This winter is going to be incredibly difficult for workers in our restauraunts and bars, and we need your support, now more than ever.

Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Aid provides resources and community support to restaurant and hospitality workers who have lost financial, housing, food, and healthcare security. Built as a coalition of service industry workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, our goal is to create a mutual aid network that can address the needs of workers in our industry, through this crisis and beyond, by distributing food, baby necessities, pet care items, cleaning and hygiene products, and small emergency cash grants. Our Distribution Center acts as a hub to collect donations from community members and partner organizations, assemble care packages, serve meals, allow neighbors to pick up groceries, and send out volunteer drivers with deliveries. Funds will pay for necessary cleaning and sanitation supplies to maintain a safe facility, packaging for safe food transportation, necessary requests that can not be filled by in kind donations (such as food for children with dietary restrictions), marketing to let our community know about our programs, fuel for volunteer drivers, facilities rental, and health department permits. These resources will aid restaurant workers who have lost income, so that they can maintain food security for themselves and their families during these times of crisis.

the steps

In response to initial restaurant closures due to COVID-19, PRWA established our Distribution Center and organized a network of volunteers to deliver resources to our community, especially those who can not easily leave home due to medical necessity, lack of transportation, or childcare responsabilities. Since then we have delivered, on average, over 100 care packages each week to the doors of households impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. This fund will support ongoing distribution operations, and allow us to expand so that we can help more people as this pandemic continues to ravage our industry. With continued support, we will be able to build a more permanant and sustainable home for our Distribution Center, bring on additional staff to coordinate our efforts as we grow, and provide more life sustaining resources to our recipients.

why we're doing it

This current COVID-19 pandemic has shown the hospitality industry’s weakness and it’s strengths. Food security, housing stability, access to health care and paid leave, and many safety nets that support workers during crisis were lacking before this virus brought our livelihoods to a halt, and will likely continue to be out of reach for many long after our restaurants reopen. Yet our industry is built on caring for others, and we have rallied to support one another even as our collective resources are strained. Through reaching out to our greater community for support, the folks who eat at our tables and celebrate at our bars, the communities around us that benefit from the vibrant culture created in our dining rooms and on our stages, we will be able to better recover from these hard times and welcome our guests back with open arms once it is safe to do so.



$4,230 - Distribution Center Rent and Utilities

$2,116.71 - Distribution Center Staff Salary

TOTAL RAISED = $6,578.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $196.29


Distribution center rent and utilities: $5,000.00

Supplimentary grocery and cleaning items for care packages: $2,500.00

Supplies to safely handle and package food items: $500

Support staff to expand our outreach efforts and deliver resources to our community: $2,000.00

ioby Platform Fee   $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE =   $10,000
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    


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