Charlottesville Restaurant Community Fund


Restaurants are the heart and soul of our town. In Charlottesville, they are your neighbors, friends, moms, dads, sisters, and brothers. They are your family, your happy place, your spot that feels like home. A community of collective voices and ideas. They take care of others before themselves, they work long hours, and they work hard. They are there for us in times of celebration, and times of need. Whether it's a comforting meal after a tough day, a drink & convo when you need someone to listen, celebrating a special moment, or a coffee to start your day. Restaurants are there. Day and night. Night and day. 

It's our turn to show up for them. To lend a helping hand, to offer a shoulder to lean on, to provide a warm meal, to provide relief, and to help a neighbor. To make sure they feel the same love and warmth given to them, that they provide to us. 


The local restaurant community needs our help now, more than ever. No contribution is too small. No act of kindness goes unnoticed. Reach out to your local restaurants. Ask how you can help. Dine out when you can, tip graciously, buy a gift certificate to use for later, offer a ride, and share resources. Many will have trouble paying rent, affording a trip to the doctor, and providing for their families. If you have the time, resources, and ability to help, we need helpers. 

Charlottesville you're full of helpers, thank you for your time. Thank you for showing up for your community. Thank you for supporting local. Be well, wash your hands, take care of each other, spread love & joy.


Your contribution will allow a restaurant employee to pay an important bill, pay their utility bill, afford a doctor's visit, buy a week's worth of grocceries, buy formula for their baby, buy feminine hygiene products, cover the cost of a prescription, take an Uber to work, put gas in their car, and so much more! There are a lot of restaurant employees that live paycheck to paycheck & depend on their cash tips to survive. 

*All money donated will go directly to the individuals (local restaurant workers) who need the monetary support the most. Funds will be dispersed to these individuals as they come in. GoFundMe usually allows funds to be received in 2-5 business days. We will try to help out wherever we can. We are partnering with local restaurant owners to see which individuals are in need of assistance the most, and asking individuals to reach out to us as well. No contribution is too small.
Please feel free to reach out -

thank you,

Kate Ellwood
former GM Citizen Burger Bar
industry enthusiast
CIC Entrepreneur Workshop student


I’m blown away by the support shown so far to our local restaurant community. Thank you, thank you!! I’ve had a few questions about the GoFundMe funds & how they will be distributed. When you set up a GoFundMe account, you have to distribute the money into one set account, UNLESS you have specific individuals already set up to donate to.

Our funds are being distributed to local restaurant workers that need the most assistance during this time. Giving them mini grants of $200 each. The names are being submitted to me via email by restaurant owners, staff, and individuals themselves. We want to help the most people possibly, wherever we can. We also want to protect the privacy of these individuals who are asking for support. If they would like to share their story, that is their personal decision. We will start distributing the money to individuals this week from the donated funds via checks to the individuals.

If you have any specific questions I would be happy to answer them, and if there’s any questions about the validity of the account, you can always reach out to the GoFundMe team yourself if you wanted to go that route.

At the end of the day, it’s just me with the support of the community, trying to do my part to help a community in need. It feels good to help; thank you to all of the helpers in this community. ✨

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  • Judith Gardner 
    • $100 
    • 1 hr
  • Maria Henderson 
    • $100 
    • 2 hrs
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    • $1,000 
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    • $50 
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Kaitlin Ellwood 
Charlottesville, VA
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