Mutual aid fund for hourly cinema workers
Application now open!
Support the people who keep Chicago screens lit!
As efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 shutter cinemas across the nation, concerned members of Chicago’s film community launch a fund to benefit laid off employees from dozens of local theaters. As one of the country’s most vibrant film scenes, Chicago is home to hundreds of theater employees, who face a loss of work and income indefinitely.
The new Chicago Cinema Workers Fund, formed in partnership with fiscal sponsor Full Spectrum Features, and organizations Chicago International Film Festival and the Nightingale will provide financial relief and support for the cinema employees whose skills are the backbone of this city’s many film venues.
Donations to the Chicago Cinema Workers Fund are tax-deductible. Relief funds will be available to any worker who was recently laid off or furloughed from a movie theater in the city of Chicago due to COVID-19 who submits their information via the online Google Form before May 1, 2020.
The fund is launching with an initial fundraising goal of $15,000, to be distributed equally among eligible applicants. The initial goal is to provide 50 workers with $300 relief, equivalent to 20 hours of work at $15 an hour.
Interested donors and aid applicants can find more information at chicagocinemaworkers.com Please direct all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow @chicineworkers on Instagram and Twitter for updates.
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