Columbus is known for being a highly collaborative city, with residents and local businesses going the extra mile for each other in good times and bad, all for the well-being of the greater community.
In these ever-changing times, many retail and service industry employees, students and residents are feeling the brunt of the restrictions sweeping the city. Fortunately, in true Columbus form, many local companies and organizations are making the effort to provide some relief. Here are a few local COVID-19 causes to get excited about.
Mid High Market’s Local Love Tee: Thr3es Above High and local apparel brand Mid High Market are celebrating Ohio pride and giving back with their Local Love T-Shirt. 100% of proceeds from the shirt’s sales will be donated to unemployed staff of the following locations: Bier Stube - Buckeye Donuts - Cazuelas Mexican Cantina - Chumley's - Ethyl & Tank - Formaggio - Fours on High - Fourth Street Taproom & Kitchen - Hendoc's Pub - Ledo's Tavern - Leo's on the Alley - Lucky's Stout House - Midway on High - Old North Arcade - Oldfield's North Fourth Tavern - Out R Inn - The Library Bar - The Little Bar - The Thirsty Scholar - The Ugly 2 - The Village Idiot - Thr3es Above High - Varsity Club. More info ››
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Associate Relief Fund: 100% of online Cameron Mitchell Restaurants gift card sales through March 31, 2020 will be distributed evenly amongst the brand’s 4,000 employees. More info ››
Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern, Associate Relief Fund: 100% of online Rusty Bucket gift card sales through March 31, 2020 will be distributed evenly amongst the eatery’s 1,300 employees. More info ››
Columbus Tavern Group / Mid-Ohio Food Bank Fund: For every dollar “tipped” to this GoFundMe cause, 50 percent will go to Columbus Tavern Group employees (approximately 125 employees between three Yogi’s Bar & Grill locations, The Filling Station Bar & Grill and Novak’s Tavern & Patio). The remaining 50 percent will be given to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. More info ››
Union Cafe, Axis Nightclub, Hubbard Grille Employee Relief: Employees at Union Cafe, Axis Nightclub and Hubbard Grille have been displaced until further notice. This GoFundMe campaign is to raise money to help all the hourly workers get by until they can return to work. More info ››
Echo Spirits’ US Bartenders Guild Fund: Echo Spirits is offering extended shop hours and donating a portion of proceeds to the US Bartenders Guild's COVID-19 Relief Campaign, supporting restaurant and bar employees. The Spirit Shop is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and noon - 7 p.m. weekends. More info ››
NXTSTOR Storage Support to Displaced OSU Students: Peer-to-peer storage platform NXTSTOR has launched a program to provide storage space to students who have been displaced from their dorms due to Ohio State University closures. Participating students will be connected with host who has volunteered their extra space for storage, and if necessary, a driver to transport items. More info ››
Apple Spice Feed the Frontlines: Through this program, newly opened restaurant Apple Spice is providing a way for people to show their appreciation by providing as many meals to front-line responders and caregivers as possible. For every $10 donation, they will provide a boxed lunch meal to a working nurse or first responder in the Columbus area. Deliveries will go out for each $100 increment (10 meals.) More info >>
The Roosevelt Coffeehouse Healthcare Worker Bags: Healthcare professionals will be inundated these next few weeks, so The Roosevelt Coffeehouse is asking for the community's help in giving them the gift of coffee. Anyone interested can buy as many limited edition healthcare worker bags ($9) as they want and Roosevelt will deliver them, or patrons can buy a bag of coffee for themselves and Roosevelt will donate a bag to a healthcare professional for free. Roosevelt asks that in the space provided at checkout, supporters please write a note of encouragement that can be handwritten and then taped to the bag for delivery. More info >>