Wood River COVID-19 Service Industry Relief Fund

**Update 4/15** As of 4/15, $54,100 have been donated. $1000 was donated to Chef Sean Temple's F&B Family Meal/Grocery drive, and the rest is being donated to 315 recipients via 40 local businesses.
We have increased our goal to $100,000 to start Round 2! Any donations from this point on will be disbursed early May to the current recipients that still need financial assistance. Need to be added to the list? Please read the original Story below. Service industry Managers/Owners, please reach out by April 30th if you need to add or remove any employees.

Federal Stimulus Checks
If you received a stimulus check, and are in a position where you don't need this "Found Money", please consider donating to a local charity or support a local business. Doing so will have a profound positive impact on our citizens in need, our community, and local economy.
Here is a list of organizations and avenues you can help out our Valley:


Spur Foundation Community Response Fund

The Hunger Coalition

The Senior Connection Meals on Wheels

The Advocates—Urgent Needs Fund

Blaine County Charitable Fund—Emergency Assistance

Want to support an affected local business that is temporarily closed? Try contacting them to purchase a gift card! This will help provide some cash flow to help get through the shutdown.

Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/groups/506650956887196/about/

**Update 4/6** Since reaching our goal of $40,000, our total donations has ballooned to over $51,000.  Incredible!!! 100% of these extra donations will go to relief efforts in the valley. We will work closely with the Blaine County Charitable Fund and our current list of recipients to best allocate any future donations to ensure we are helping those who need it most.  So far, we will allocate $1000 to the Food and Beverage Family meal organized by Chef Sean Temple, which will provide produce from local farms to our beloved service industry workforce. Thank you for putting this together Sean!

**Update 3/31** We have had the final people reach out to bring our total recipients to 310 people! Our 297 donors brought the total donations to $41,740. After GoFundMe’s fees, we will be distributing $40,438.78 which comes out to $130.45 per recipient. 

Original Story:
Our valley heavily relies on the service industry, which has been the first casualty of the COVID 19. Unfortunately, unemployment income for the service industry is drastically lower because it doesn't account for tips.
Please help us raise money for the service industry that make our valley such a great place to live! 100% OF DONATIONS WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE THAT WORK IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRY WITHIN THE WOOD RIVER VALLEY.

If you have been affected by COVID-19, please contact your manager to include you on their list of recipients. Managers, please email [email redacted] NO LATER THAN 11:59PM ON Sunday 3/29. All we kindly ask is please only include those in need, with no other source of significant/livable wages. That way we can dedicate more funds to each person that need it to live.

We will equally distribute 100% of the donations to those who reach out via their manager. The target date is 3/30. I am relying on managers to send a list of their employees that are affected. 

**Please do not send pay stubs or anything else with sensitive information** Please reach out to your manager to contact me.

Donations (343)

  • WR Inclusive Catholic Community Inc
    • $500 (Offline)
    • 4 yrs
  • Tom and Amanda Morgan
    • $1,000 (Offline)
    • 4 yrs


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