Plaza Employee Relief Fund during COVID-19

Hello Plaza Community,

Many of you know that the Plaza is more than just movies. We’re also a job skills training program. Through our partnership with The Lift, we hire youth and young adults from under-resourced backgrounds and help them learn customer service, teamwork, and communication. For many of them, this is their first job, and many of our young employees rely on their paychecks to support themselves and their families.

While we support the order to close our doors in an effort to keep our neighbors healthy during the outbreak of COVID-19, we also find ourselves unable to pay our staff. As a small community theater run by two non-profits, we operate just to break even, and as much as we would like to support our employees in this stressful and overwhelming time, the resources simply aren’t there. Additionally, most of our staff aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits.

Therefore, we are setting up a Plaza Employee Relief Fund.

Our goal is to raise $5,000, one hundred percent of which will go directly to our employees whose missing paychecks will result in financial hardship. If you have the resources, please consider helping cushion the blow for our staff and their families during this time. The Lift will work with our youth and young adults to assess their needs and cover lost wages for those who won’t otherwise be able to get by.

This is one small thing we can do to support our young Maplewood and East Side employees who have found themselves in a tight spot due to this pandemic. We are so appreciative of your support, and we hope you stay safe and well.

Your friends at The Plaza Theater

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  • Julie Small 
    • $20 
    • 1 d
  • Esa Hytti 
    • $100 
    • 1 d
  • Hannibal Grim 
    • $7 
    • 1 d
  • Allie Hawley March  
    • $20 
    • 1 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $1,000 
    • 1 d
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Connor Unger 
Saint Paul, MN
The Lift Community Development Corporation (The Lift) 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are 100% tax deductible.
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