COVID-19 Business Support
The Worthington Partnership is proud to announce the new Worthington Dollars eGift Card, a community-based digital gift card that makes it fun and easy to keep local spending local. Purchase a Worthington Dollars e-Gift Card here to use at any of the participating shops in Worthington.
Worthington has many of your favorite retailers, restaurants, services, and entertainment in one place. Use the Worthington Dollars, an eGift card at all participating locations in the city — there is truly something for everyone!
Our friends at FCBank have donated funds to cover bonus dollars for our launch of this new program. While supplies last, buy $100 in Worthington Dollars and receive a bonus gift of $25 courtesy of FCBank.
Non-Profit Community Grants
Based on findings from the Worthington Community Coronavirus Survey conducted in August and September, mental health and financial impacts are the top concerns of Worthington citizens. See key findings and the full data report here.
To help address these concerns, the City of Worthington created the Community Support & Relief Grant Program to support our local non-profit organizations in addressing the impacts of the pandemic on our community. This program provides cash grants to eligible not-for-profit organizations for expenses and programming directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The review team used findings from the Worthington Community Coronavirus Survey conducted in August to identify mental health and financial impacts as the top concerns of Worthington citizens. The program ultimately awarded $100,000 in funding to 11 Worthington-area organizations focused on food insecurity, physical and mental health, personal protection equipment, and personal finances.
Jodi Bopp, Vice President of Advancement at I Am Boundless shared “All of us at Boundless are excited to be partnering with the City of Worthington for this project, using the funds to create a podcast and virtual discussion groups. As Worthington’s largest provider of mental health services, Boundless hopes we can provide useful tools, tips, and a safe and supportive community to address the unique stressors facing Worthington residents and families during this extraordinary time”.
ReBoot Grant Funding
Small business grants were recently made available through a third round of ReBOOT Grant funding from the City of Worthington to assist small businesses and non-profit organizations in Worthington. The goal is to retain jobs, spur economic activity and offset revenue losses attributed to COVID-19. The funds were made available through federal coronavirus relief CARES Act funding.
ReBOOT Worthington successfully distributed $300,000 in financial assistance to more than 60 local businesses. “We are so thankful for the opportunity to receive this grant. It has helped us significantly in various ways to get through this difficult time. We used some of the funding to help socially distance our clients, purchase personal protection equipment, and even pay our rent” shared Ashley Landers, owner of Oasis Face Bar.
About the Worthington ReBOOT Initiative
Our top priority is helping your business reopen safely and successfully. To support this effort, the City of Worthington, the Worthington Partnership, and many other local business experts have collaborated to form the Worthington Responsible Business Opening & Operations Team, aka the ’Worthington ReBOOT’.
Worthington ReBOOT was created to engage and assess the needs of our business community during this challenging time. The feedback we received has been used to identify new resources and programs that the City has quickly implemented to help our small business community. This includes the "We’re Open" marketing campaign and the ReBOOT Worthington Grant Program. We hope that you will consider sharing your thoughts with our team!
"We’re Open" Campaign
We’re excited to share that many of our businesses have reopened! Look for the "We’re Open" and "Open to All" signs in the window of your favorite Worthington store.You can also find a curated list of local Worthington businesses and their current hours and offerings at http://experienceworthington.com/small-business-support