The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has hit everyone where it hurts, but we’re all in this together. Spokane is a community filled with people willing to roll up their sleeves, work hard, suck it up and get stuff done. We successfully hosted a World’s Fair in 1974, for crying out loud! We got this. With each passing day, we all realize the recovery time will be arduous. Let’s soften the blow. There are myriad ways to help right now. From ordering take-out from a local restaurant to donating to the food bank to purchasing 2021 season tickets to the symphony, you can help. Now more than ever we need to support our local businesses.
Consider take-out for dinner, get your growler filled at a local craft brewery or buy a case of wine to hole up with at home. Whatever you can do, let’s help our businesses get through these tough times.
The Inlander has compiled a list of restaurants providing take out and delivery. We can't dine out, but we can show our support by dining in.
This grassroots effort provides next day emergency meal needs for those who have not been able to be helped through channels like their school districts or food banks. Visit their website to see how you can help.
Rock 94 1/2 has compiled a great list of locally-owned restaurants providing take out as well.
Head to this site and tip a local server, bartender, or another industry worker struggling to make ends meet. The site is managed by local volunteers. You can read about the vetting and sign up process here.
For nine years, Big Table has helped restaurant and hospitality employees in times of need. Visit their website for ways to help and for COVID-19 resource lists.
SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS
Now is the time to think of #ShopLocal as #SaveLocal. If you can afford it, purchase a gift card to a local spa, salon, or boutique to carry them through these challenging times. Just think, you could finish some Christmas shopping in spring!
Nominate businesses in need or make a donation on this win-win site sponsored by our region's chambers. Gift cards are purchased from businesses temporarily closed then donated to non-profits in the community.
Non-profit Mobius Children's Museum & Science Center is offering a discount on new membership and asking for support through early renewals from current members and donations. We know how excited parents are to have their doors re-open!
SUPPORT THE ARTS
The arts are the cherry on top of a community and Spokane has artists, musicians, and actors struggling through this difficult time. Create something wonderful and consider donating to help see them come out on the other side, ready to entertain and delight.
Donations to the Spokane Symphony Musicians’ Relief Fund and Annual Fund are tax-deductible and may be made online under the “Support” tab on the home page, and then “Give Now.” Checks may be sent to the Spokane Symphony at P.O. Box 365, Spokane, WA 99210.
Osprey Restaurant & Bar BBQ-ing for The Bing Mention The Bing Theatre when you order and 10% goes to support Friends of The Bing.
People need assistance all over Spokane County. If you don’t have money to donate, perhaps you might be willing to donate your time. Here are some ideas to help those who need it most in the community.
Until we dine, shop, meet, greet, and celebrate in person again, stay #SpokaneStrong!
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