New Fund Helps Greater Hazleton Area Hospitality & Restaurant Workers Established in Response to New PA COVID-19 Restrictions


Thank you for applying for the Greater Hazleton Area Restaurant and Hospitality Emergency Fund Grant.  All available funds have been awarded at this time.  The list will remain active in the order in which the applicants have been received.  If and when additional funds become available, applicants will be processed in the order in which they were received.  Donations to the fund are graciously accepted.  Thank you and Happy New Year!


Greater Hazleton Area Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund

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Greater Hazleton Area Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted communities across the United States, causing business and school closures, health concerns, and staggering need.

Through it all, hospitality and restaurant workers have increased their health and safety protocols while navigating the uncertainty of employment and the stressors of everyday living in a pandemic.

In a show of appreciation and support to hospitality and restaurant workers for their contributions to our community United Way of Greater Hazleton has established the Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund.

As an offshoot of the organization’s Crisis Response Fund, 100% of all donations will be utilized in the form of direct mini-grants to workers.

All applicants must submit their personal and financial information to the United Way of Greater Hazleton unitedwayhelp18201@gmail.com beginning December 28, 2020 and continue as long as funds are available..  Applications will be reviewed on a first come-first served basis, determined by time and date received. 

Recipients are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible to expedite the possible distribution of payments.  Hospitality and restaurant employees are encouraged to apply if they have been furloughed due to the current Covid restrictions.


Where can I apply for relief fund

Visit www.unitedwayhazleton.org  to apply to receive relief funds. The application opened on December 28, 2020 at 10:30 am and will accept applications on a first-come first-serve basis.

What will I receive?
Eligible recipients will receive funds in the form of a $200 gift card. Gift cards can be used as cash anywhere major credit cards are accepted. Cards will be provided by email.

When will I be notified if I will receive a gift card?
If you have applied for the Hospitality and Restaurant Worker Relief Fund, you will receive an e-mail with information about whether it was approved or denied. Due to the volume of applications, we will not accept phone calls or emails requesting information about individual applications.

When do applications open?
Applications open December 28, 2020 at 10:30 am. Eligible applicants will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available.

Who is eligible?
All applicants must be 18 years or older and meet income guidelines.

Individuals who are currently employed or who have been employed in the last 60 days by a restaurant or hospitality business in the Greater Hazleton area are eligible to apply.

What do I need to apply?
Eligibility criteria includes proof of employment at a restaurant or hospitality business (paystub, etc), and a short description of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the applicant financially.

Can I apply if I am paid in cash?
All applicants must provide a paystub from within the last 60 days demonstrating their employment at a hospitality or restaurant business in Pennsylvania. If a paystub is not provided the application will not be processed.

How can I use the funds?
Recipient may use the gift card as cash anywhere that major credit cards are accepted and should use funds to address immediate basic needs of themselves or their dependents, including rent, transportation, medical expenses or food.

Can I apply more than once?
Individuals will only be eligible to receive a gift card once every 365 days. Gift cards will not be awarded to the same individual twice within a 365 day (one year) period.

Who can I contact if I need more help?
Hospitality and restaurant workers and their families may explore additional resources and options available by calling 211 or visiting 211.org for more information. Individual 211 agencies cannot apply for the fund on your behalf, you can only apply using our online application.

Where can I donate?
Visit www.unitedwayhazleton.org  to donate to the Greater Hazleton Area  Hospitality and Restaurant Worker Relief Fund.

Donor & Media Inquiries

For donors interested in contributing to the Fund, contact, Patrick Ward, United Way President & CEO. patrick.ward@local.unitedway.org

Donors are encouraged to contribute by check, cash, or other assets as well.

Our Partners

Thank you to our partners who are coming together from philanthropy, government, and business to support the hospitality & restaurant workers in our community.

To contact us:

United Way of Greater Hazleton, Inc.
134 South Wyoming Street
Hazleton, Pennsylvania 18201

570.455.9515 (phone)