History of the Workers Relief Fund
In March 2020, the NC Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) Foundation created the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund to address the devastating and immediate effects on our industry’s workforce due to widespread shutdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, over $1.5 million has been donated to support this relief effort, and close to 3,000 grants were administered to those in need.
The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) is a 74-year-old organization that advocates and provides support for the NC hospitality industry, which generates $27.3 billion in sales to support the state’s economy and employs 11% of the state’s workforce. North Carolina restaurants and hotels provide jobs for more than 550,000 of our state’s citizens, which comprises 11% of our state’s workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in catastrophic losses for these businesses and their workers, and the NCRLA Foundation worked quickly to provide support and resources to our workforce.
The NCRLA Foundation sees the need to continue to support our workforce through the NC Hospitality Workers Relief Fund for financial emergencies due to unforeseen hardships, not just related to COVID-19. The fund will now operate under the updated name of NC Hospitality Workers Relief Fund and will serve to help those qualified purchase essential commodities or services. The NC Hospitality Workers Relief Fund is run through NCRLA’s long-standing, well established 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization, NCRLA Foundation.
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