Taken from montecitocashmob.com.
It takes a Village to Save a Village
In response to the economic crisis related to the Covid-19 pandemic, Montecito Journal, with help from the 93108Fund, the Coast Village Association, and the Montecito Association, present Montecito’s May Day Virtual Cash Mob on Friday, May 1st, through Sunday, May 3rd.
Help bring economic relief to your favorite restaurant, boutique, gallery, and shop along Coast Village Road and the Upper Village of Montecito. By purchasing a gift card from these local merchants, we can help ensure that our local businesses stay in business until their doors can reopen and serve the community.
The celebratory spending weekend will culminate with a Montecito Community “Zoom Happy Hour” at 7 pm on Sunday, May 3rd. When you spend $500 or more, your name will be entered into a raffle to be eligible to win prizes from your favorite local merchants. Expect to see some local celebrities at the virtual happy hour, stepping up to help breathe energy into our local economy. Winners must be present on the call to win.
Money received for May Day Cash Mob cards is given to business owners, who will, in turn, contact you directly and issue your gift cards.
What is the 93108Fund?
The 93108Fund.org is a 501c3 giving cash grants to hourly wage earners in Montecito who lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 closures. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the funds raised go directly to hourly wage earners. CLICK HERE to Donate.
The 93108Fund is a non-profit started in 2018 after the debris flow to get much-needed cash into the hands of desperate hourly workers or workers who have lost their jobs.
“We are trying to make the process as speedy and efficient as possible,” said Montecito resident Ron Blitzer, who started the 93108Fund after the debris flow in January 2018, and re-started it late last month after the COVID-19 stay at home orders closed many businesses in the Upper and Lower Villages of Montecito. Blitzer noted that the online application is very simple and that the first round of cash payments were in the hands of workers within 4 days of the project starting. “It’s critical that we get money into these workers hands fast,” he said. “But to do that, we need to raise more money as soon as possible.”
How Montecito’s May Day Virtual Cash Mob works
Click here and choose a merchant of your choice. Your gift card monies will be sent to the vendor and they will contact you directly with a gift card from their establishment.
You can also donate directly to the 93108 fund here.
See you on May 3rd and when we are back frequenting Coast Village Road and the rest of Montecito!