This month FlexJobs is proud to feature and donate to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation.
Each month during 2020, FlexJobs is highlighting a fantastic nonprofit organization that we feel strongly about, and we will be donating $6,000 throughout the year! Come back each month to read about our selected nonprofit and see how they are helping to shape a better world.
This month, we’re donating to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, a group dedicated to addressing quality of life issues in the restaurant industry through education and advocacy.
Hard Work, Little Pay
Nearly 10% of the U.S. workforce (13.49 million employees in 2019) works in the foodservice industry. These aren’t just the people that cook your food. It’s also the hosts and hostesses that take your reservations and seat you. It’s the bartenders, wait staff, food runners, bussers, dishwashers, and more.
Working in the restaurant industry requires a lot of hard work. Contrary to popular belief, most people in the industry do not receive tips and are only paid an hourly wage. In 2018, the median pay in the restaurant industry was $10.45 an hour, with some people earning as little as $8.34 per hour.
This, unfortunately, means that nearly 40% of all restaurant workers live at or below the poverty level.
Fair Wages and a Brighter Future
The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF) was founded as an advocacy and action nonprofit by restaurant workers. As industry veterans, they know what needs to change to make the restaurant industry better for all employees.
Through their work, the RWCF is committed to creating a better foodservice industry by:
- Advocating for fair wages
- Decreasing burnout by helping the industry create clear career paths
- Promoting gender equity and racial justice
- Stopping sexual violence
- Helping employees cope by addressing mental health and substance abuse issues
Making an Immediate Impact
Right now, the restaurant industry and its employees have been gravely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though many restaurants are trying to remain in business, the BLS reported that in March, 417,000 jobs in the foodservice industry were lost.
The RWCF is taking action. They’ve created a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to help. The funds will be distributed directly to workers, nonprofit organizations that help restaurant workers in crisis, and as zero-interest loans to restaurants to help them get started again.
A First for Many
There are many benefits to working in the restaurant industry. For some, it’s their first “real” job, teaching them communication skills, time management, accountability, and more. For others, it’s a way of life that provides a creative outlet and a career path.
We’re proud to support the RWCF and their COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund and their efforts to make an immediate impact in a time of crisis.
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