Hospitality & Restaurant

Worker Relief Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted communities across the United States, causing business and school closures, health concerns, and staggering need.

Through it all, hospitality and restaurant workers have increased their health and safety protocols while navigating the uncertainty of employment and the stressors of everyday living in a pandemic.

To show our appreciation to hospitality and restaurant workers for their contributions to our community, Pocono Mountains United Way has established the Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund. As an offshoot of the organization’s Crisis Response Fund, 100% of all donations will be utilized in the form of direct mini-grants to workers.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund as of 6-1-2021.


Application Process

Applications are no longer being accepted for the Hospitality & Restaurant

Worker Relief Fund as of 6-1-2021.

If you are a hospitality and restaurant employee and live OR work in Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon counties you may be eligible to apply for this fund.

Once you have applied for the Hospitality and Restaurant Worker Relief Fund, you will receive an e-mail with information about whether it was approved or denied.  Funding is not guaranteed, and will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Due to the volume of applications, we will not accept phone calls or emails requesting information about individual applications.

FAQ

Where can I apply for relief funds?

Applications are no longer being accepted for the Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund as of 6-1-2021.

What will I receive?

Eligible recipients will receive funds in the form of a $250 gift card, virtual gift card, or ACH transfer. Gift cards can be used as cash anywhere major credit cards are accepted. Funds will be provided via "Tremendous Rewards" via email or text message, with the option of choosing how you would like to receive the funds.

When will I be notified if I will receive money?

If you have applied for the Hospitality and Restaurant Worker Relief Fund, you will receive an e-mail with information about whether it was approved or denied. Due to the volume of applications, we will not accept phone calls or emails requesting information about individual applications.

When do applications open?

Applications opened on December 15, 2020 at 10:30 am. Eligible applicants are being approved on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.

Who is eligible?

All applicants must be 18 years or older and meet income guidelines.

Maximum Annual Income:
1 Adult: $39,100
2 Adults: $54,200
1 Adult, 1 Child: $57,700
2 Adults, 1 Child: $72,800

Each Additional Child, Add:
$5,300

Individuals who are currently employed or who have been employed in the last 60 days by a restaurant or hospitality business in the Pocono Mountains (employer located in Wayne, Pike, Monroe or Carbon County, PA are eligible to apply.

Individuals who reside in Wayne, Pike, Monroe or Carbon County, PA and who are currently employed or who have been employed in the last 60 days by a restaurant or hospitality business in Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.

What do I need to apply?

Eligibility criteria includes proof of employment at a restaurant or hospitality business (paystub, etc.), 2019 tax return, and a short description of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the applicant financially.

Can I apply if I am paid in cash?

All applicants must provide a paystub from within the last 60 days demonstrating their employment at a hospitality or restaurant business in Pennsylvania. If a paystub is not provided the application will not be processed.

How can I use the funds?

Recipient may use the gift card as cash anywhere that major credit cards are accepted and should use funds to address immediate basic needs of themselves or their dependents, including rent, transportation, medical expenses or food.

Can I apply more than once?

Individuals will only be eligible to receive a gift card once every 365 days. Gift cards will not be awarded to the same individual twice within a 365 day (one year) period.

Who can I contact if I need more help?

Hospitality and restaurant workers and their families may explore additional resources and options available by calling 2-1-1 or visiting 211.org for more information. Individual 211 agencies cannot apply for the fund on your behalf, you can only apply using our online application.

Where can I donate?

Visit PoconoUnitedWay.org/covid-19 and click on the Paypal Donate button to contribute to the Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund.

Donor & Media Inquiries

For donors interested in contributing to the Fund, contact Pocono Mountains United Way’s President/CEO Michael Tukeva at Michael@PoconoUnitedWay.org. Donors are able to contribute by check, cash, or other assets as well.

For media inquiries and interview requests, contact Pocono Mountains United Way’s Vice President, Community Impact Sarah Jacobi at Sarah@PoconoUnitedWay.org.  

Our Partners

Thank you to our partners who are coming together from philanthropy, government, and business to support the hospitality & restaurant workers in our community.

Total Raised to Date: $139,169


$50,000+

Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau

$25,000 - $49,999

Monroe County Government

$5,000 - $9,999

ESSA Bank & Trust
Karl & Ann Weiler
Mattioli Foundation
Mauch Chunk Trust
Serenite
United Way of Lackawanna & Wayne Counties

$2,500 - $4,999

Kevin & Erin Yurko
Pocono Mountain Education Association
The Dime Bank

$1,000 - $2,499

Ann & Joseph Farda Foundation
Baehr Family Financials, LLC
Dr. Joseph Conahan
Pocono Manor Investors
PPL
Ron & Jenette Sarajian
Stroud Township
Susan & Michael Lundquist

$500 - $999

Barth Rubin
Charles Cahn
Christopher Timmins
Donald Seiple
James Swetz
Marlyn Kissner
Regan Levin Bloss
Rene Mathez
State Rep. Maureen Madden
Tiffany Yori


$100 - $499

Barbara Dolhansky
Joni Oye-Benintende
Barbara Hoffmann
Judith & Frederick Jabara
Bill Bravo Automotive Portraits
Judy Kintz
Bindi Bhagat
Justin Fallenstein
Bob Schroeder Graphic Design
Karen Milan
Brian Coyne
Kathleen Steere
Brian Wallace
Lesley Decker
CareerLink
Leslie Underhill
Cecelia T Robedda
Lisa Sanderson
Century 21 Select Group
Lorraine Malfitano
Cheryl Feder
Lucas Ackerman
Chris Barrett
Lydia Thorne
Claire Dembinski
Martha Linne
Constance Moyer
Mary Pierce
Corey Marks
Mary Tirrell
Dale Ford
Mary Zecchino
David J Gonze
Maryanne Heeter
Debbie Lawrence
Mathilda & Steve Sheptak
Deborah Bermudez
May Ruthhart
Debra Barker
Melissa Miller
Donna Smith
Nancy Caiazzo
Eleanor Buff
Peter Andrews
Fran Jermain
Robert Uguccioni
Gregory Oberg
Ronald Miller
Iona Bartron
Sharon Keegan
Jacqueline Banahan
Sherri Bartholomew
Jeffrey Rossi
Todd Burns
Jeffrey Warmke
Virginia Broderick


$1 - $99

Alex Westner
Lisa Stand
Alice Adams
Mark Mckenna
Amanda Beam
Mary W. Altemose
Angel Cowell
Michael F. Russell
Antoinette Heitmann
Patricia Fretz
Betty Gambucci
Patricia Genovese
Camille Breslauer
Patricia Goucher
Christopher Fenn
Paul Kennedy
Craig Lafferty
Peter Kolson
Donna White
Quisqueya Reynoso
Elba Rodriguez
Robert Weidner
Elisa Tukeva
Ruth Olsen
Ilene Cook
Sheila Mearra
Iyanna Tyner
SmartWay America Inc.
James Agens
Suzanne Campbell
Kerry Moss
Wengang Ji
Krista Montgomery
Young Young
Linda Schwartz