COVID-19 Rhode Island Hospitality Relief Fund

This emergency fund was created for our hospitality members of Providence, Rhode island who have been directly affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you are a hospitality employee, we are also setting up FREE CHILDCARE over the next few weeks.

 My name is Leishla Maldonado, and I started this GOFUNDME to help my fellow Hospitality industry members with assistance through this time. Over the last 72 hours, we have already seen over 100+ layoffs within the hospitality industry. Our tourism has halted, and the locals are beginning to fear eating out. Businesses are making major cut-backs, because they realistically, can't afford to take another loan. 

This last week has been a real tough one for Rhode Island. We are the smallest state, where our communities are run by a majority of small business owners. The small business owners here in lil' Rhody are what make this little state one of the greatest places to dine and explore, and within that, our employees are the backbone to the Creative capital. 

While schools began closing, grocery stores were being wiped clean, and resources are becoming less and less available, hospitality employees are met with the hard reality that we were next. Childcare has become too expensive, sufficient meals per day are becoming optional, and bills are climbing. This community shut down has affected every single person in this state.

If you've had a great cocktail, an incredible meal, or just an overall great experience dining out, you know who these people are. Rhode Island is an incredibly supportive community, and right now we need your help to support our community members at an incredibly stressful time. Please consider donating so we can help support the people that make Rhode island great. 

If you are requesting assistance, please reference this link for guidelines and criteria.

Due to an overwhelming response for assistance, the request form is closed. 

To clarify, all recipients will be recieving all assistance via Paypal or Venmo. All extra monetary donations will be donated to charity.

Love you, like you.
Thank you for your support.

Donations ()

  • Laura Westberg 
    • $50 
    • 2 d
  • Clementine’s Ice Cream 
    • $300 
    • 3 d
  • Michelle Grove 
    • $50 
    • 3 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $15 
    • 3 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 4 d
See all


Leishla Maldonado 
Providence, RI
  • #1 fundraising platform

    People have raised more money on GoFundMe than anywhere else. Learn more

  • GoFundMe Guarantee

    In the rare case that something isn’t right, we will refund your donation. Learn more

  • Expert advice, 24/7

    Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more