Breaking News... Calling all Hospitality Workers who Work on Fort Myers Beach! Please download a form by clicking a button below (available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole) to qualify for the gift card distribution. Or workers can request to have them emailed to them. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information OR if emailed versions are needed.
Workers must pre-register at email@example.com by submitting the form (a photo of a filled-out form will be accepted) along with a photo of their paystub dated March 13 going forward. VERIFIED registrants will be notified via phone or email of the gift card distribution site. Time and location to be announced. VERIFIED recipients will be emailed time and location as well. Gift card distribution begins Friday, March 27. There may be another day and time added.
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Shirts: $15.00 each or $21.00 each-shipped
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#WeAreFMB News Update
The #WeAreFMB initiative only six weeks old as of April 27, continues to grow because of a generous community who continue to purchase shirts and hats or donate to the #WeAreFMB movement. The level of support from business leaders, affected workers, locals and seasonal locals continues to be incredible and such a help to the displaced Fort Myers Beach (FMB)hospitality workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Restaurant employees, housekeepers at hotels, beach rental workers and even performers have lost their livelihoods or have had their hours reduced. As of April 24, over $43,000 has been raised in t-shirt sales and donations from the greater FMB community.
To date, 424 FMB hospitality workers have applied with Hospitality Worker Forms available in three languages, English, Spanish and Haitian Creole and provided paystubs from March 13 going forward. This number grows by the hour. 284 gift cards have been distributed at various distribution sites on Fort Myers Beach. Workers whose employment is verified receive an email from the all-volunteer organizers with the date, time and location of the distribution center.
This labor of gratitude couldn’t be possible without the volunteer organizers, Janeen Paulauskis of Barefoot Event Group, former mayor and business owner, Anita Cereceda, Tanya Keller of me jane pr and the shirt distribution queen, Jan Fleming and distribution center diva, Kelly Jones Smith, the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation and support and partnership of several local business leaders. Find us on Facebook at @WeAreFMB2020. Workers can send completed forms and paystubs dated March 13 going forward to email@example.com. To donate or to order a shirt and have it delivered locally or shipped, please visit the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation at FortMyersBeachcf.com.
Breaking News ~ #WeAreFMB Takes Off
FMB business leaders mobilize for displaced hospitality workers being generated
WHO: Fort Myers Beach business leaders rally around their hospitality workers Fort Myers Beach business leaders rally around its HOSPITALITY COMMUNITY which may experience forced closures and reduced hours
WHAT: #WeAreFMB t-shirts will be sold for $15 ($21 to be shipped) by businesses that remain open. 100% of the profit will go to displaced workers in the form of gift cards for groceries. The 100% proceeds will be deposited into a fund managed by Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation with the support of a local CPA who will be donating his services.
WHEN: This full court press effort spearheaded by the local FMB business leaders kicks off Wednesday, March 18 at 10 a.m.
WHY: “These are our friends, neighbors and people we see each day as Islanders. We've been approached by Janeen Paulauskis with Barefoot Event Group to help in a project that will benefit our displaced workers, “said Anita Cereceda, a local business owner.
MORE: Monies raised from the T-shirt sales would allow disbursement of grocery store gift cards to those in need. This effort is being led by a team of local business leaders in partnership with Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation. For more information, please email or visit www.fortmyersbeachcf.com.