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Near Southside launches fund to assist workers in the district

Posted April 24, 2020

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With many of its retailers, restaurants, bars, breweries, entertainment venues and events closed or operating at reduced capacity, Near Southside creatives and service industry employees are experiencing significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Near Southside is now offering $250 relief grants to members of its community who need it most. The Southside CARES Fund was opened with a lead gift from Marilyn and Marty Englander, owners of Kent & Co. on Magnolia Avenue. The Englanders have pledged to match, dollar-for-dollar, every donation made to the fund up to $10,000.

The relief grants are intended for any person currently, or previously immediately prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, employed in the Near Southside who is facing a financial hardship in these professions: culinary, art, retail, entertainment, service and other. Apply for assistance online.

To make a financial donation to the fund, use the PayPal app on your phone and direct payment to @southsidecares.

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