A couple of months ago, we put the word out that we had five cash grants valued at $1000 to give to people in our industry doing it tough due to COVID-19. Over two weeks, we spent our evenings sifting through thousands of applications from hospitality workers who are doing it tough. 95% Of those applicants were in Victoria alone. There was no strategy needed - the need for help was strong enough for people to seek it out themselves.
From Owners to Kitchen Hands, from Executive Chefs to Junior Baristas; there isn’t one job role in this industry that hasn’t been grossly affected by COVID-19; high percentages of lost business, visa-holders ineligible for government assistance, lost jobs, lost dreams. It wasn't easy, but on the other end of the spectrum, we learned what these thousands of people love about hospitality, why they will return to this industry, and how they would spend their money if they were recipients. We had countless applicants who would spend their grant money on celebrating/helping their team members, the same team members who were there drive for returning to work. We also had applicants who loved the rush and the unexpectedness of working in hospitality, who would spend their winnings on bettering their business when they opened their doors again. All at once, it was harrowing and heartening, But oh, the tears and the happiness shared over $1000. This industry and the people in it need more help.
It’s been a hell of a reminder as to why Worksmith exists, and an excellent motivator for our team to work even harder to continue to grow our industry and to create a sustainable future for those who work in it.
We’re stoked to have been able to help our recipients below continue to grow within our industry. We’d like you to get to know them.