A new group called Together Wenatchee is taking proactive steps to help local businesses and nonprofits being hit by the fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak.
Peter Spadoni, an attorney with JDSA Law in Wenatchee, said the idea is to be a place where businesses owners can reach out for help for both themselves and their employees.
“We can help find for them resources and advice and assistance,” Spadoni said. “Everything from just general advice to actual financial assistance.”
Beth Stipe, executive director of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, said they also want to make sure they have the nonprofit side of things covered. Many nonprofits also are struggling, she said.
“We’ve had several of them that have had to cancel their big fund-raising events and those dollars haven’t been replaced at this point,” Stipe said.
For-profit business and nonprofits go hand-in-hand, she added.
The Together Wenatchee website has a wide range of ways people can help out local businesses and nonprofits. That includes lists of restaurant and stores still open, or open for delivery and take-out only.
There also is a Facebook group called Wenatchee Area Curbside, Takeout & Delivery Restaurants that has information on restaurants still operating.
The group includes many pictures, menus and testimonials from diners.