Direct aid to staff; ongoing expenses during closure
I'm so tired of making gofundmes. It's like begging for the lives and basic dignity of people I care about. Hi, I'm Cara. You may remember me from such fundraising efforts as friends' medical treatments and the now-quaint Charmington's hot water line break last year.
Along with my business partners, Dan and Amanda, I'm one of the active owners of Charmington's Cafe in Baltimore, MD.
Our neighbors have asked how they can help. Please pay attention to local and national campaigns to provide massive assistant to small businesses: more than going out of pocket, we need to organize broad support for this kind of relief.
At the same time, our staff is all out of work. They are eligible for unemployment benefits, but we anticipate at least some roadblocks or delays due to the load on that system.
The cafe will still incur expenses while the doors are shut, although we are cancelling nonessential services. (Sorry to our vendors. Looking forward to their gofundmes.)
I set a goal of $20,000. Up to $10,000, it will go to covering emergency aid to non-owner staff. Over $10,000, and we'll apply it to ongoing expenses to try to hang on until we hit a new normal. We will also have other avenues to support the shop and for direct aid to non-owner staff.
Last time we did a gofundme, we split the funds equally among non-owner staff regardless of hours worked. This time we may have to weight it in some way, due to having some having some super part timers, and some full time staff where the cafe was their only source of income.
Please stay safe, stay home, wash your hands, prepare to organize. We love you and are grateful for your support.
- Cameron MacKenzie
- Sarah Smith
- Minhe Oum