Mid-Ohio Valley-based online magazine Clutch MOV is looking to help workers in the service industry who've recently lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic by launching a virtual tip jar that allows community members to donate to them.
As most servers and bartenders in the US make a low hourly income and rely heavily on tips, losing out on them can take a huge toll, and initiatives like Clutch MOV's virtual tip jar allows for a greater connection between community members and servers. Those in the service industry who are interested in being added to the virtual tip jar can do so through the Clutch MOV website. Here, users can also submit a donation to the virtual tip jar by selecting the worker they'd like to donate to, and then sending the amount of their choice to their Venmo or Paypal account.
Sarah Arnold, Clutch MOV's owner and founder, spoke to her decision to include the virtual tip jar by saying "A lot of my friends in the service industry felt uncomfortable asking for help but [the virtual tip jar provides] a little bit of structure and allows them to be apart of a system [that benefits them]."
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