COVID-19 Fundraising and Community Actions
Compass Realtor, Chamber Board Chair and Community Advocate
So much of Danville’s charm comes from the small business community. Due to COVID-19 SIP restrictions, our treasured restaurants and shops are struggling to stay afloat while still doing their best to serve their neighbors. In an effort to drive business to local restaurants through take-out, the Burgess Team has initiated a campaign where one lucky winner each week in April receives a $100 gc to a local shop/restaurant.
Our #GivingTuesday promotion has been well received, driving awareness of the many to-go and online ordering options Danville’s creative restaurateurs have designed to safely support dining out during quarantine. To date, we’ve partnered with Gianni’s Italian Bistro, Harvest Danville and Old Towne Danville Bakery. We look forward to continuing our promotion and reminding our community that there are many ways to keep our small businesses thriving through thick and thin!
If you’d like to participate in our weekly contests, please follow us on Instagram; @thepatburgessteamdanville.com.
Stay safe and thank you for your ongoing support!
Here’s your chance to support local businesses in style and do your part to help your friends and fellow residents make it through this current crisis! Due to the State of California’s Shelter In Place order, the majority of Danville’s businesses have been forced to close, cut off from their ability to generate revenue. In order to preserve our beloved community, now is the time to act to help and support the small business owners who have made our area what it is today! The Danville Area Chamber of Commerce has started a Small Business Relief Fund to help those hardest hit by the impact of COVID-19 in Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville and Diablo. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Community Bank of the Bay, profits from every T-shirt purchase will go directly to the Relief Fund and help us help the Danville Area merchants, restaurants and more in their efforts to keep their doors open!
Purchase T-shirts from the link below. T-shirts will be shipped following the completion of the campaign at the end of May 2020.
Small Business Relief Fund
The importance of small business to our local community is emotionally rooted in the act of buying and selling with and from our friends and neighbors. This is most represented by our local restaurants, service providers and specialized retailers. All of these businesses are the fabric of our community, providing us with materials and services that we all need on a daily basis, while giving back to the community through fundraisers, donations, sales tax revenue and overall community financial health! When we patronize local small businesses, we are essentially giving money back to our own local community. This money is then used for local police and fire departments as well as our great schools. Our thriving small businesses also help to improve and maintain the property values throughout the community, improving every homeowner’s bottom line while generating more property taxes for our local government and services.
All of this is currently in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 crisis! As you know, with the Shelter In Place order, the majority of our businesses are on a forced closure. Without the ability to generate revenue many businesses are pivoting their daily offerings to compliment the current climate but that is, unfortunately, the exception, not the norm. If we want to preserve the community that we LOVE, we need to act NOW to help and support the small businesses, that are responsible for creating that same community that we’ve enjoyed for so long!
To help our businesses the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce has started a Small Business Relief Fund to help our members and those businesses hardest hit in Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville and Diablo.
Are you a local area business owner in need of additional support? Please email the form below to our President/CEO, Zae Perrin:
Run for Danville
My name is Ethan Vorhauer, I am a Danville resident and student at Monte Vista High School. During these uncertain times, I’ve found getting daily exercise and fresh air essential to keeping a positive attitude every day. I’m a runner on the MV Cross Country and Track Teams and run about 30-35 miles per week. I love running through our community and neighborhoods but have started to see many of the businesses are suffering or closing during this time and I wanted to find a way to help! I’ve decided to partner with Staycation Races to raise money for the Danville Chamber of Commerce Small Business Relief Fund to help those local businesses in need. It’s important to me that anything I raise supports the local merchants in the neighborhood I call home. Once I meet my fundraising goal of $1000 I will commit to running a virtual Marathon throughout the week of May 25th.
Please consider a donation to help our local community!
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Does your company have a gift matching program? Check with your HR department to see if your company matches employee gifts. If they do, take advantage of this opportunity to double your contribution!
Hi, I’m Lindsey Lonergan. I’m a junior in high school, and the founder of, “Community Cup”. Like so many people before the pandemic, my daily routine included stopping at the local coffee shop to grab a cup of coffee before starting my day.
With COVID-19 shutting businesses down, my spot, as well as so many other businesses aren’t making any money. That’s why I came up with, “Community Cup”. Since we can’t go buy a cup of coffee, why not use that money you would have normally spent and give it directly to local businesses? It’s your chance to help!
It’s as easy as clicking on the Community Cup Go Fund Me link. All money raised will go directly to your Chamber of Commerce, which will use it to help local shops bridge the gap to reopening.
Soon, we will all be able to support our favorite businesses in person. Until then, pour a cup of compassion, knowing every dollar donated, flows directly to your downtown!
Primo’s Pizzeria & Pub created a GoFundMe to raise money to feed first responders while also supporting Downtown Danville independently-owned restaurants. Here’s a note from Drew and his team:
We’ve created the Primo’s Community Foundation Feed Our First Responders GoFundMe to help support our Danville community ❤. Our goal is to raise money to help feed the first responders who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also supporting Downtown Danville small businesses.
Courageous men and women from local hospitals, clinics, fire and police departments continue to put their lives on the line for our community, and we want to do our part in collaboration with other local small businesses.
Your donations to the Primo’s Community Foundation Feed Our First Responders GoFundMe will allow our team to purchase meals every day from local and independently-owned restaurants in Downtown Danville, many of whom are struggling to stay afloat. Many downtown restaurants do not offer in-house delivery, so experienced Primo’s Pizzeria & Pub delivery drivers will pick up the food from the restaurant of the day and deliver the food to the frontline staff of this crisis.
So far, Primo’s has been delivering meals to hospitals, clinics and firehouses, but we want to expand our efforts to includes other local small businesses and feed even more first responders. But we need your help!
We can do our part as a tight-knit community by feeding health heroes bellies and putting smiles on their faces during these uncertain and demanding times.
Please consider donating to this gofundme with the comfort of knowing that 100% of your donations will go to help nourish our local first-responder on the front lines while also supporting your local independently-owned Downtown Danville restaurants.
Feed Our First Responders GoFundMe: https://bit.ly/2yB5cWb.
Growler Community Meals & Employee Relief
Join Ruggie and Carol, the owners of the The Growler and Simple Elegance Catering, as they partner with Loaves and Fishes to feed those in need! Donate to the GoFundMe campaign here!
Here’s a message about their effort!
Do you want to thank our essential health workers? So does The Peasant & The Pear! Log onto The Peasant & The Pear meal ordering platform and you can donate directly to help fund a meal, or two, for one, or many, of our local hospitals!
A message from Deliver Danville:
We Love This Town
If you’ve ventured outside lately on an essential trip, you might have seen this sight: a deserted Downtown Danville.
While it’s easy to think that this is temporary, if we don’t take the right steps now, many of the restaurants and stores that make up our vibrant town will be gone—permanently. The idea that our future downtown could look this empty all the time breaks our heart.
So we started #DeliverDanville.
#DeliverDanville is an effort to help our town persevere, recover, and thrive. Even though we are in the midst of the Coronavirus, we need to start helping our Danville small businesses survive NOW—one day at a time.
Like you, we’re Danville locals who love this town. We’re an independent, grassroots group of creatives who work at The Den, right on Hartz Ave., and our favorite part of the workday is seeing downtown come alive during lunch hours and when the sun starts to set (there’s nothing quite like a quaint Downtown Danville happy hour). We want to make sure the amazing businesses (many of them family-owned) are still here once we’re done sheltering-in-place.
That’s why we put together the #DeliverDanville Challenge—where each day for the next month we focus our support on 30 local businesses. The goal? By participating you are committing to give business to at least 10 of the 30 restaurants or shops.
Take the #DeliverDanville Challenge now by downloading the checklist below and sharing your progress on Instagram and Facebook!
Stay in the know and find out how to help support the community during this pandemic! Danville Social has a variety of ways to support local! #DanvilleSocial on Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date on where to order take out, how to support our local businesses, and how to give back to our wonderful community! Head to their website for resources around Danville.
Save Small Business Fund
***Please note that as of 4/16/2020 our Area is not considered a “vulnerable community”. Please use the zip code finder to check your business’s eligibility. We are hoping for a distinction change and will update this as the information is updated. ***
To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – is working to
provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund.
The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative to offer $5,000 grants that provide short-term relief for employers across the United States and its territories.
A recent poll conducted by the Chamber and MetLife found that more than half of small businesses (54%) have closed at least temporarily or will close in the next two weeks. One in four (24%) are two months or less away from permanently closing. They need resources and relief — and they need it now.
That’s why the Save Small Business Fund is providing $5,000 grants to help as many businesses as possible meet their most pressing needs — from rent, making payroll, or for overall business operations.
Eligibility and Timeline:
• The application will go live on 4/20/20 at 12:00 PM PT/3:00 PM ET.
• Visit savesmallbusiness.com for more details and to get an email reminder when the application launches.
• To qualify, a business must:
o Employ between 3 and 20 people
o Be in an economically vulnerable community
o Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
• Grants will be distributed on a weekly, rolling basis until all funds have been allocated.