Creating Social Distance: SIWANC - The Triangle

Purpose and Mission Statement:

There's no denying that novel virus Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is here or that it will become one of the greatest challenges we have ever faced as a nation. Travel bans have been implemented, schools and work places shuttered, and white collar employees have been asked to work from home. Wall Street and the banking systems are in a free fall, and large gatherings - from sporting events to music festivals have been cancelled or postponed. Not to mention this virus could infect at least one third the population and has a 3% mortality rate. 

The thing is, while all of this is terrible, one group of people who are often overlooked during emergencies are service industry workers. These hardworking people - who serve you with a smile on their face despite the tremendous amount of financial pressure they are under - will completely lose out on their livelihood over the coming weeks, if not longer. But, how to help such a large group of people? I think we need to look at our individual communities.

So, this GoFundMe is for The Triangle in North Carolina: home of Hopscotch and Moogfest Music Fests, RTP, The Wolfpack, The Blue Devils, The Tar Heels, and some of the best food and music this country has to offer. With that comes a lively and robust service industry with over 120,000 employees, according to a 2017 Census. These jobs include bar backs, bartenders, chefs, cooks, prep cooks, back and front of house supervisors, runners, counter workers (cafes and cafeterias), servers, hosts and hostesses, dishwashers, and counter attendants for restaurants. 

With the term "social distancing" being used as one of the best examples of how to slow the spread of Covid-19, it is not a huge leap to guess that service workers will be one of the groups hit the hardest, especially if their places of work have been forced to close as part of the quarantining efforts of the government. No one will be going out for a while, and service workers will be left with no way to make a living.

So, yes, thats why the goal for this campaign is $12M - because if everyone in the service industry in the Triangle came to collect, they would all receive $100 if this goal is met. This might seem like a drop in the bucket, but this amount could help each of them eat and keep the lights on for a month. 

With a combined population of almost 2 million people, if everyone donated what they would have tipped on their next meal out, we could easily meet this goal, or go beyond and really help our service industry workers survive the coming chaos. This is the most "put your money where your mouth is" approach I can think of to trying to solve a huge social side effect of this pandemic. 

If you have read this far, then I hope I have convinced you to hit the "donate" button. If you can't donate, please hit the "share" button and let's set an example for the rest of the country to follow! Thank you so much for your time, and God bless. 

How to Apply For Funding: 

If you or someone you know would like to apply for assistance, please email us at with subject "Assistance". There will be a brief process to verify employment, and aid will be distributed on a first come first serve basis after verification has taken place.

When Money is Distributed:

For every $10,000 raised, we can help about 100 service industry workers. We will repeat this process until the CDC or US and States Governments proclaim that we can all get back to our lives.

How Funds are Collected: 

Money will be collected on behalf of SIWANC by the Baxter Bar and Arcade, the founder of SIWANC's business, until we receive the proper credentials and tax ID's to open SIWANC's bank account. This is being done so that we can start sending aid as soon as possible. As soon as we open SIWANC's account, all remaining funds will transferred or rerouted to that account, where it will continue to aid service industry workers in NC's Triangle! 

Are Donations Tax Deductible? 

We are waiting on our articles of incorporation and tax ID numbers, so that we may then write our company by-laws and apply for 501(c)3 status, or a charitable organization. All donations taken prior to the approval to operate as a 501(c)3 will be a tax write-off as soon as we receive said approval. I will reach out to the donors of this campaign via email to inform them when we have been approved! 

Who am I? 

Hi! Nick Stroud here. With 18 years in the service and hospitality industry, and 6 years as a small business owner, I have literally worked every bar, venue, and restaurant job there is. I own three bars in Chapel Hill, NC, and have lived in the area since 2007. I am married to a fellow small business owner who has three retail clothing stores in Richmond, Chapel Hill, and Durham. We have three cats and one dog. 

This fundraiser is not meant for salaried employees of restaurants. Hourly and tipped employees only. 

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    • $15 
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Fundraising team: Carrboro Chapel Hill Durham (9)

Nick Stroud 
Raised $3,204 from 62 donations
Chapel Hill, NC
Alex Joustra 
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Raised $400 from 11 donations
Matthew Gawthrop 
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Raised $235 from 3 donations
Zach White 
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Raised $120 from 2 donations
Matthew Holtry 
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