Local employers, customers start GoFundMe pages for closed Milwaukee area businesses

Posted at 4:36 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 17:36:04-04

MILWAUKEE — Many business owners, and even local customers, are starting GoFundMe pages to help struggling businesses during this Safer at Home order.

Because of COVID-19, and this Safer at Home order, small businesses are being forced to close up shop and lose revenue for at least the next month. Now, those same businesses, and even their customers, are creating fundraisers to help stay afloat.

According to GoFundMe, they've been seeing many trends when it comes to small business fundraisers. Those trends include:

  • Business owners raising funds to keep their doors open
  • Communities raising funds for service workers and restaurant staff who have been laid off
  • Local performing arts venues facing extreme financial hardship
  • Independent contractors without work
  • The cancellation of sports events and conferences creating a ripple effect of lost gigs and funds

Some of these verified GoFundMe pages have raised thousands of dollars and they're still growing. At times like this, these businesses need help and support. That's why we're sharing a list of some of the fundraisers that you can donate to.

1. Ashling Employee Fund
2. Harp-Trinity-Vagabond Tip Jar
3. Stag Barbershop Employee Relief Fund
4. Cactus Club and Employee Relief Fund
5. The Bartolotta Restaurants Employee Support Fund
6. Rogues Gallery x Elwood's staff relief TIP JAR
7. The Vanguard Staff Relief Fund
8. Hospitality Democracy Employee Relief Fund
9. Nail Bar Milwaukee Employee Relief Fund
10. Duke’s and Scooters employee TIP JAR
11.Strange Town Business/Employee Relief Fund
12. High Dive Employee Relief Fund
13. Ca'Lucchenzo Employee Fund
14. Hooligans Bar Milwaukee Employees Fund
15.Paulina Esthetics Boutique
16.Stonetender Tip Relief Fund
17.County Clare Employee Relief Fund
18. Stubby's Virtual Tip Jar
19. Tonic Bartender Relief Fund
20. Finks Employee Relief Fund

This list came directly from GoFundMe, who has teams working diligently to make sure these funds are distributed appropriately and in a timely fashion.

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