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Tourism Industry Help

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association are proud to support the hundreds of thousands of airline, cruise line and travel and tourism employees that are the lifeblood of Miami’s hospitality industry and our economy. We are committed to getting the travel and hospitality industry help as quickly as possible.

Salute to our Front-line Responders

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association are grateful for the hospital workers, medical professionals, fire fighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers and National Guard who are putting others before themselves during this critical time. Thank you to our front-line heroes for their tireless efforts. Make sure to check out the special offers, discounts and deals the community has set up just for you.

Relief Efforts

Below are some of the many relief efforts available to help those in need. If you are aware of any additional efforts to add to this list, please email them to Partner@GMCVB.com.

  • United Way Operation Helping Hands: The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association have partnered with the United Way Operation Helping Hands for a tourism component to the Miami Pandemic Fund
  • CARES Act: The largest economic relief package in our nation’s history, was signed into law on March 27 and includes major provisions U.S. Travel fought for to deliver economic support to travel businesses, travel workers and their families.
  • SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund: To provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
  • Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: Will provide grants to restaurant industry employees who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, financially, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment.
  • United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG): Has a relief campaign for effected bartenders.
  • Restaurant Worker Relief Fund: Raising awareness and funds to provide grants to restaurant workers in Miami-Dade County.
  • No Kid Hungry: Offering emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need.
  • One Fair Wage Emergency Fund: Supporting tipped workers and other service workers and delivery drivers.
  • Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: has established a COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund to be distributed as follow: 50% for immediate, direct crisis relief assistance to individual restaurant workers; 25% for nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis; and 25% for zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running.
  • Feeding South Florida’s COVID-19 Response Fund: Will “provide food and services to all who need it.”
  • Americans for the Arts: Includes list of relief funds and financial assistance for artists and arts organizations.

Job Resources

This list identifies some of the many job resources available to help those in need. If you are aware of any additional resources to add to this list, please email them to Partner@GMCVB.com.

  • Career Source South Florida: CareerSource South Florida is gathering some of the latest, most relevant information and resources available for our community.
  • Reemployment Assistance Due To COVID-19: A federally funded benefit program that assist individuals who become unemployed as a direct result of a disaster.
  • Management Online Certificate Program - Waived Costs and Fees   To assist industry professionals whose employment has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is now offering its Hospitality and Tourism Management online certification program free of charge. To learn more or register, click here. Registration deadline: April 7, 2020
  • National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWG): Discretionary grants awarded by the Secretary of Labor, under Section 170 of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). DWGs provide resources to states and other eligible applicants to respond to large, unexpected layoff events causing significant job losses
  • Short Time Compensation Program: A voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees.
  • U.S. Census: Available jobs include: census takers, census field supervisors, clerks.
  • Dollar General: They plan to hire up to 50,000 new employees across the country by the end of April.
  • Domino’s: Domino’s is looking to hire 10,000 workers to meet increased demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Walmart: Walmart plans to hire 150,000 U.S. hourly workers for its stores and distribution centers through the end of May.
  • Amazon: Amazon says it needs to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. to keep up with a crush of orders as the coronavirus spreads and keeps more people at home, shopping online. That includes workers at its warehouses, delivery centers and Whole Foods grocery stores, all of whom make at least $15 an hour. 
  • Pepsi: The beverage giant said it plans to hire 6,000 new, full-time, full-benefit frontline employees across the U.S. in the coming months.
  • Walgreens: Said it was hiring for about 9,500 existing full- and part-time roles in stores across the United States, including pharmacy technicians.
  • Outschool (for teachers): Outschool is hiring thousands of teachers to meet demand.
  • Kids Online Learning: Now that over 30 million children are out of school, it’s boom time for online schools, which are swiftly expanding capacity. Outschool is hiring thousands of teachers to meet demand.
  • Teachaway: Now that over 30 million children are out of school, it’s boom time for online schools, which are swiftly expanding capacity. Outschool is hiring thousands of teachers to meet demand.
  • QKids: Now that more than 30 million children are out of school, it’s boom time for online schools, which are swiftly expanding capacity. Outschool is hiring thousands of teachers to meet demand.
  • Instacart: Will bring on 300,000 shoppers for its grocery delivery platform over the next three months.
  • Shipt: Seeks to add hundreds of shoppers.
  • Burpy: Food and grocery delivery services are hiring shoppers.
  • Grubhub: Food and grocery delivery services are hiring drivers.
  • UberEats: Food and grocery delivery services are hiring drivers.
  • DoorDash: Food and grocery delivery platforms such as Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates have seen surges in demand, meaning more orders are available for couriers to fill.
  • Postmates: Food and grocery delivery platforms such as Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates have seen surges in demand, meaning more orders are available for couriers to fill.
  • Zoom: Available jobs include: customer care, engineering, finance, legal.
  • Slack: Available jobs include: accounting, analytics, business development, customer experience, marketing.
  • Microsoft Teams: Video communication, remote collaboration, and remote productivity software companies are seeing a spike in demand resulting in more open positions.
  • Publix: Publix Super Markets Inc. announced it wants to hire thousands of people by the end of the month to work in its 1,243 stores and nine distribution centers in seven Southeastern states.
  • The Mom Project: At The Mom Project, we’re committed to helping women remain active in the workforce in every stage of their journey, and we’re proud to work with employers who are committed to designing and supporting a better workplace.
  • Target: With the growing demand and a surge in both traffic and sales, they are currently hiring for the positions store employee and distribution center.
  • Dollar Tree: Will hire 25,000 people nationwide at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores.
  • Dollar General: Have several full and part time positions available across our stores, distribution centers and private fleet network.
  • Papa John's: Hiring 20,000 workers as soon as possible. Some hiring may be done the same day as the application. If you’re interested in applying, apply online or text JOBS to 47272.
  • CVS: Will hire 50,000 workers. The jobs will vary; some will be part time, and some will be full time. CVS will especially be hiring home delivery drivers, customer service representatives and both store and distribution center employees.
  • Trader Joe's: Available jobs include: cashier, bagger, stocker, customer service.
  • Lowe's: Lowe’s is hiring 30,000 workers.

Local Community Resources

This list was created to identify some of the many resources available to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information may be subject to change. If you are aware of any additional resources to add to this list, please email them to Partner@GMCVB.com.

Important Information

Coronavirus (COVID 19) Information

The GMCVB continues to update the COVID-19 webpage, in real-time with the most relevant information for the industry. Visit us here for continual updates.

Resources

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