(WDTN) – Samuel Adams is bringing its Restaurant Strong Fund to 19 additional states, funding over $2 million in contributions to restaurant workers across the country.
The brewery said in a release Thursday in one week, nearly $500,000 has already been distributed to workers thanks to The Greg Hill Foundation’s mission to provide immediate assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the COVID-19 closures.
Following the success of the Massachusetts launch in mid-March, Samuel Adams is donating the money to kickstart funding in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont.
Samual Adams said there are more than one million restaurants in the U.S. employing more than 15 million employees who are especially vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 closures. During these unprecedented times when many establishments are forced to close their doors for the greater good of our community, Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation said they recognize those who will take the biggest hit and offer our support.
Initially unveiled in Massachusetts on March 18th on the heels of mandated Covid-19 closures in Boston, the original Restaurant Strong Fund raised nearly $500,000 from 2,000 individual donors in its first week, with support from athletes David Ortiz to Jimmy Develin and chefs Ming Tsai, Chris Coombs and Ken Oringer, according to organizers. Samuel Adams said it quickly realized the need was widespread and desire to support was even stronger.
Samuel Adams and The Greg Hill Foundation said it plans to support restaurant industry workers by providing as many $1,000 grants to eligible grantees as possible.
To qualify for grant assistance, you must satisfy all of the following requirements:
            ·  Completed Application Form in employed state
            ·  Full-time restaurant employee (Min. 30 hours/week, can be multiple restaurants)
            ·  Employed for 3 months or longer at the same location
            ·  Worked in a restaurant, bar, cafe or nightclub
           ·  Submit the last two pay stubs received
To join in donating, apply for a grant or learn more, visit www.restaurantstrong.org.  Donations and applications will be accepted starting Friday, April 3 through April 24.
Bricktown Team Members Wichita Falls:

Due to the severe impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on our business, and several city and state mandated shutdowns, as well as recent government guidance to not eat out in restaurants or gather in groups larger than ten, we are forced to close several locations.

We additionally will need to furlough our employees. This means that we do not have work for you currently nor will we able to pay you while we are closed and not working. We fully expect our economy to return to normal after COVID 19 runs its course and we want to bring you back as soon as business recovers from the current situation.

We want to be able to pay our employees the money they are owed, and we are going to do everything we can to keep as many people working through this crisis. 

We truly appreciate your hard work and employment with us and while we would like to offer a better solution, we feel it’s important to be truthful and open about the situation.

In the effort to give you as much access to all benefits that you can receive during this time of non-work, we will consider you as separated from the company. Your manager will stay in regular contact with you to provide updates on the company’s situation and when we anticipate recovery to a point to be able to bring you back to work. Your manager will also communicate to you if we determine that this lack of work becomes permanent.

The list below are the most common questions that we expect you will have regarding this separation:

  • Compensation – you will be paid all hours worked as per normal payroll processing on regularly scheduled pay dates (unless otherwise required by state law)
  • Paid Time Off or Vacation Pay – at time of separation all PTO/Vacation pay is forfeited and will not be paid (unless otherwise required by state law)
  • Benefits – employee benefits will remain in effect until the end of the current month and you will be eligible for COBRA. While we cannot advise you, this loss of benefits would mean that you have a qualifying event that would make you eligible for state or federal benefit programs. You can check this out at www.healthcare.gov
  • Unemployment – you will be eligible for unemployment and you can find more information out on your local state’s unemployment website
  • Additional Resources – Employee Connect; help with financial concerns, stress/anxiety management, or child/elder care
  • Online: Visit www.GuidanceResources.com (user name = LFGsupport; password = LFGsupport1)
    Phone: Call 888-628-4824
          Unemployment Benefits Finder
Again, we appreciate your hard work and efforts as a team member and want to keep an open line of communication during the next weeks/months.

If you have additional questions that are specific to your situation, please contact Nora Alvarez at 405-778-6878 Ext. 317.

Buck Warfield, President
Bricktown Brewery Restaurants

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