Service Industry Relief Fund North Carolina SIWANC

Service Industry Workers Advocates of North Carolina Inc. (SIWANC) is a non-profit corporation based out of Chapel Hill, NC 

Purpose and Mission Statement:


There's no denying that novel virus Covid-19 (Coronavirus) will become one of the greatest challenges we have ever faced as a nation. Almost everything has been brought to a stand still, for fear of the people we love getting ill.  Millions of people will catch the virus. Thousands, if not more, will die. Social distancing will be the new normal until we get a vaccine or antibody testing. 

The thing is, while all of this is terrible, one group of people who are often overlooked during socioeconomic disasters 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 - have completely lost out on their livelihood. So, how to help such a large group of people? It won't be easy, but Service Industry Workers Advocates of North Carolina is up to the task. Along with other great community funds and resources that have sprung up out of necessity, we can collectively help a lot of people stay afloat during this unprecedented time in our history. 

North Carolina is home to five major metropolitan areas, multiple music and arts festivals, RTP, and some of the best college basketball, food, music, and scenery this country has to offer. With that comes a lively and robust service industry with over 420,000  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 terms "social distancing" and "stay at home" being ordered as 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 since their places of work have been forced to close, or cut back hours, 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 lofty - we need to raise as much money as possible in order to give help to those who need it most, right now.  After this initial quarantine, as we grow our non-profit, we hope to raise enough money to get some amazing programs started - continuing education resources, skill workshops, child care and medical relief programs, and trade seminars geared towards best practices and fellowship. Until then, every dollar we raise (less expenses for paper, stamps, checks, fees, licenses, etc) will go to service industry workers who apply for aid with us.

With a combined population of over 10 million people, if half the working adults 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. The NC DES is overloaded, along with other government programs, and a lot of these tipped employees aren't even qualifying for state or federal aid. This is why we need funds like this! 

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 siwanorthcarolina@gmail.com 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. 

Additional Guidelines for Aid  Distribution:

Applicants must have been employed by a food and beverage related business when the NC Covid-19 state of emergency was declared. Applicants must be able to provide proof of employment in the form of paystubs or a letter of employment, etc. from an officer or manager of the company you worked for. 

How Funds are Collected: 

Funds will be deposited into Service Industry Workers Advocates of North Carolina's bank account, where it will be used to send financial relief to those who need it now.

Are Donations Tax Deductible? 

They will be as soon as we are approved by the IRS! We we have submitted our 1023 Request for Tax Exempt Status, and are just waiting to hear back from the IRS. As soon as we are approved, I will let all the donors know through an email update from this campaign. Additionally, the CARES Act now allows for a 2020 deduction of up to $300 for charitable purposes. Meaning, anyone who donates less than or up to $300 can write it off regardless of whether the IRS has approved our status. That being said, we are confident that we will be approved as a 501(c)3 organization very soon.

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, and now, one non-profit corporation thanks to this fundraiser! 

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

A big "THANK YOU" to Visit Chapel Hill, for allowing The Video Slab to produce a truncated version of their video segment from "Local Heroes" to help promote this GoFundMe. Visit their website at https://www.visitchapelhill.org for all things Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Hillsborough related! 

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  • Jamie Tripp 
    • 400 $ 
    • 1 hr
  • Eric & Susanna Henley 
    • 100 $ 
    • 1 d
  • Earl Ritchie 
    • 150 $ 
    • 5 d
  • Anonymous 
    • 300 $ 
    • 6 d
  • Matthew Tolmie 
    • 300 $ 
    • 7 d
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Fundraising team: SIWANC INC (9)

Nick Stroud 
Organizer
Chapel Hill, NC
Alex Joustra 
Team member
Angela Kalo 
Team member
Ashley Cohn 
Team member
Jeff Richmond 
Team member
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