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Submitted by Austin Maloney
Posted by Joe Kelly, Bonfire
Hey there! I wanted to pass along our collection of RVA-based fundraisers that were launched by local restaurants and businesses who’ve been financially impacted by COVID-19. 100% of the proceeds go straight to these businesses. You can find the collection here: https://www.bonfire.com/shop/coronavirus-relief/richmond/
This collection is updated every day with new RVA fundraisers and is a great resource for anyone in the community who’s looking to support a local restaurant.
And if any restaurants are looking to launch their own fundraiser on Bonfire, it’s 100% free to do so. Learn more about how restaurants can start their own fundraisers here: https://www.bonfire.com/fundraising/
Hope this is helpful! Thanks!
Below is a running summary of information related to the Stimulus legislation signed into law in Response to COVID-19
Submitted by Chauncey Jenkins
Virginia Employment Commission Survey – collecting data from small business owners about the impact of COVID-19. Open until March 27th at 5pm.
Health officials launch coronavirus hotline to answer Richmond residents’ questions – 804-205-3501
Bon Secours Hotline for Questions and Guidance – 1-888-700-9011
From the CDC: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
Virtual private health coaching from Hannah Bass at Project Green Being. Sliding scale rates or pay what you can (recommend $20) for 30 minute health coaching calls addressing your health goals and concerns, immune support, and how to properly fuel your body with food (on a budget) during this time. Includes follow up with a recap & personalized recommendations. https://projectgreenbeing.com
Articles: “COVID-19: How to Manage the Anxiety, Uncertainty, and Stress”
Free Weekly Workouts on November Project RVA IG Fit On – free exercise app
Maiden Motion – 12:30 pm barre classes, streaming live on IG and FB, evening virtual dance classes at 6pm on Zoom (link at IG)
S3E Crossfit – Daily at-home workouts with notes posted online
Free Online Yoga Source Classes
Marisa Atula Yoga: Sliding scale payment (incl. free options) for online classes Free Online YMCA classes (adults and kids)
Free Les Mills On Demand
Idle Hands Bread – twice/week free loaf of bread of people whose hours have been cut (check IG account for schedule)
Soul Taco Shockoe will be selling fresh produce at “reasonable” prices for people to avoid the supermarkets. Plus family meals and taco kits.
Balance RVA is open (as of 3/19) and has prepared over 500 free “snack kits” for children in need of food, anyone struggling with sudden loss of income, health care workers, delivery employees… anyone in need of respite. Bags can be picked up via “no contact” delivery in our parking lot at 10431 Patterson Avenue.
From Reddit: VCU and Code Beats offering free online code camp for middle schoolers 3/30 – 4/3.
Google Arts & Culture – Free tours of national parks
GRTC suspends fare collection
Here’s another great list of resources supporting the food industry:
Restaurant/bar owners & managers! If you need social media images, website updates, etc to promote takeout menus, merch, or whatever else you’re doing to try to stay above water, I’m offering pro bono design services this week and next. Hit me up and pass it on. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey y’all I’m Sam Truitt I’m a junior graphic design major at VCU and freelance designer. Like y’all I’m feeling the hurt. Most of my clients come from the food and beverage industry I mostly work with clients out in Austin, Texas. I would love to offer up any services during this time to help get the word out there and help the Richmond community. Richmond is built on small businesses like yourselves so seeing some of these places go away would be truly heart breaking. It’s times like these where community really matters. Please reach out for help!!
Submitted by Chauncey Jenkins
“Now What? Business Ops Guide For Restaurants Webinar”