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Governor Holcomb Announces Shutdown

When Governor Eric Holcomb announced that all restaurants and bars were ordered to close for dine-in service, something had to be done. 

In Indianapolis, Jeb Banner launched a Google form Monday morning for Indianapolis service workers to enter their name, workplace and Venmo account information. Then, would-be patrons can find their favorite restaurants and servers and give tips. He says the idea came when he was talking to friends about ways to help local businesses and workers financially survive the coronavirus outbreak. Read more.

In Muncie, our own Rachel Buckmaster and Silas Hansen followed suit with a localized version.

While this was a great way to get things started, ways to expand it and make it even more effective for workers, protect their privacy to encourage adoption, and provide ways for customers to interact with affected workers began to come into focus.

And here we are.

This is a work-in-progress that will definitely continue to evolve in the coming days, so please stay tuned, be patient with one another, and above all, be as generous in spirit as possible. We’re all in this together. #MuncieStrong

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  1. Thank you for this great idea! Is it specifically for Indiana, or can other states participate as well?

    1. Hi, Amanda!

      This site is specifically for Muncie, IN, but we can certainly replicate it for other communities. Where do you live?

  2. We love this!! Our local restaurants in Hickory NC are home away from home for many of us. Would like to know how to start this endeavor here? The servers, hosts, bartenders, cleaning crew and chefs need our help!

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