A Typical Profile of a COVID-19 Relief Campaign Grant Recipient

USBG National Charity Foundation Bartender Emergency Assistance Program COVID-19 Relief Campaign grant profileThe USBG National Charity Foundation has aggregated a profile of the average recipient of its Bartender Emergency Assistance Program COVID-19 Relief Campaign grant.

Grant recipients find themselves experiencing all or some combination of food insecurity, housing insecurity, and medical needs.

According to data pulled from the Foundation’s database, the average grant recipient:

  • 85% bartenders; 13% bar servers; 2% other
  • Is between the ages of 30 and 39
  • Has worked in the bar industry full-time for 10+ years
  • Has 1+ dependents
  • Has an average household income of less than $50,000 per year

Grants have been disbursed to recipients in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands

“Our industry is incredibly diverse, and this pandemic has affected every kind of bartender you can imagine,” said Kim Haasarud, USBG National Charity Foundation volunteer board member. “From those working at boutique cocktail dens to those pulling pints at the local pub; cocktail servers at strip clubs and bowling alleys to bottle service at high-volume nightclubs. It’s the Foundation’s mission to help as many people as we possibly can, and we call on everyone to continue helping us ease the burden on these hard-working people in their time of need. Our goal is to raise $18 million and every little bit helps, whether it’s $100 to $100,000.”

What is the purpose of the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program?

BEAP was created in 2015 and has since operated continuously to assist qualified bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers who are in need of financial assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship. The USBG National Charity Foundation adheres to a strict set of procedures in order to ensure that recipients are selected on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis.

What is the USBG National Charity Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Campaign?

Via the campaign, modest, yet meaningful emergency grants of $150-500 drawn from generous donations will be allocated to as many eligible applicants as possible so as to be as impactful as possible. It’s important to be clear that these emergency grants are intended to supplement federal relief programs that are designed to help with larger, sustained expenses.

For more on the USBG National Charity Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Campaign, check out our recap of the Foundation’s latest update.
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