Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation is an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers.
By addressing quality-of-life issues that disproportionately affect restaurant workers – 40% of whom live on poverty-level wages – we hope to strengthen the workforce and increase opportunities for advancement in the industry to more people. The restaurant industry is notorious for low wages, poor job mobility, high turnover, and burnout. Structural and cultural issues within the industry decrease quality-of-life and make long term work in the industry unsustainable for many. But it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s why we’re focused on:
Wage Fairness and Career Ladders
Gender Equity and Sexual Violence
Racial Justice and Support for the Immigrant Community
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Our Plans for 2019
Grow the Community of Activated Restaurant Workers
Build a website that states our mission clearly and articulates the needs of our community
Create a newsletter that keeps our community informed about the policies affecting restaurant workers and how they can get involved
Create a “good jobs board” that lets workers, managers and owners say what they know about the quality of their restaurant workplaces.
Build a database of engaged restaurant community members
Expand our Board of Directors and advisory committees to include more individuals working in under-represented areas of the restaurant community
Write opinion pieces and speak out on the issues at the core of our mission
Hold at least one big fundraiser to show support for our mission
Support Effective Nonprofits
We will continue our work raising funds to make grants to nonprofits that are providing career training, advocating for better workplace policies and helping restaurant workers deal with challenges of tough working conditions
Network with the community of funders who care about improving low-wage work and vulnerable communities to identify potential grantmaking co-funding opportunities
What We’re Doing:
We are advocates for doing things differently. Our public education seeks to change policy and workplace culture. One third of the funds we raise goes to our efforts to speak out for our community.
We are supporting other nonprofits that provide career training, conduct research on restaurant industry practices, and advocate for fair wage policies and worker rights. One third of our budget is dedicated to grantmaking.
We are using our dollars to affect the industry in two ways – supporting restaurant businesses that operate ethically and, eventually, using investment strategies to engage in shareholder advocacy. One third of our funds go to impact investing.
hOW YOU CAN HELP:
Sign up for our newsletter
Volunteer: join our board or committee
Tell your friends and co-workers about RWCF
Join the event planning committee and plan our first fundraiser
Get involved in participatory grantmaking efforts
Write about your experiences for our blog
Recommend potential grantees
Help us connect to major leaders in the restaurant industry who might want to support our work either by lending their name or financial resources