Villagers raising money to try to help out-of-work restaurant workers

Villagers are raising money to try to help restaurant workers out of work due to concerns about the Coronavirus.

“The goal behind this fund-raising endeavor is to provide financial support to restaurant hourly employees in The Villages and close surrounding areas of the Villages. Because of the Coronavirus most of the staff is laid off until further notice,” said Stan Swies, of the Village of Palo Alto.

Stan Swies of the Village of Palo Alto

Swies, who is best known for his dressing up as President Trump, promised that “100 percent of the money donated will be divided equally amongst the workers identified by a group of people that includes restaurant managers.”

He said the money will be targeted toward those who really need help. 

Please remember that we need these people back after this crisis. We are now spending a lot less on eating out and they are making nothing,” Swies said. 

He also called on the Developer of The Villages to lend a hand.

“I tried to get to the people that run the leasing department in The Villages, hoping we could get some support from the Morse family in this fund-raiser, with no luck. They took my name and assured me someone would contact me with no call. Other landlords in Florida are telling their restaurant leasing customers not to pay their rent in April but to give it to the workers,” Swies said.

To lend a hand to this effort, visit the GoFundMe page.

More Headlines

Suleiman family took between $700,000 and $2 million in COVID-19 aid

The Suleiman restaurant family has received between $700,000 and $2 million in COVID-19 relief aid.

Big donors in county race lined up for government assistance

Some of the major political donors in the Sumter County Commission race lined up for government money being handed out as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.

Photos

Brown Anole With Extended Dewlap

This brown anole with an extended dewlap was spotted on Fenney Nature Trail. Thanks to Naly de Carvalho for sharing! Share your local photos with...

Mother Osprey Attending To Chicks

This mother osprey was spotted attending to her chicks. Thanks to Kirk Freundt for sharing! Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel On Hogeye Pathway

Check out this Sherman's fox squirrel spotted on Hogeye Pathway. Thanks to Sam Boatman for sharing! Share your local photos with us at https://villages-news.com/contact-us!

Letters to the Editor

Masks and personal freedom

A Village of Tall Trees resident asks what’s so tough about wearing a mask? Read his Letter to the Editor.

Business

Two Cody’s Original Roadhouse locations preparing to reopen in The Villages

Two of the three Cody’s Original Roadhouse locations in The Villages are preparing to reopen Wednesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crime

Villager’s adult son who ‘needed money’ arrested in theft of items

A Villager’s adult son who said he “needed money” was arrested in the theft of merchandise from Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza.

Opinions

Sanitize the Sumter County Commission cesspool

Writing in an Opinion piece, Villager Scott Fenstermaker argues its time to sanitize the Sumter County Commission "cesspool."

Top Stories

Lake County man dies of COVID-19 as virus slams two local long-term care facilities

A Lake County resident has succumbed to COVID-19 as employees at two local long-term care facilities test positive for the virus that continues to wreak havoc on Florida and the tri-county area.

Suleiman family took between $700,000 and $2 million in COVID-19 aid

The Suleiman restaurant family has received between $700,000 and $2 million in COVID-19 relief aid.

Big donors in county race lined up for government assistance

Some of the major political donors in the Sumter County Commission race lined up for government money being handed out as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.

Letters to the Editor

Masks and personal freedom

A Village of Tall Trees resident asks what’s so tough about wearing a mask? Read his Letter to the Editor.

Here’s why it is important to say ‘Black Lives Matter’

A Village of Pine Ridge resident explains why he believes it is important to acknowledge that Black Lives Matter. Read his Letter to the Editor.

CNN’s slanted take on video shot in The Villages

A Village of Osceola Hills resident, in a Letter to the Editor, is the latest to offer his opinion on the infamous “white power” video.

Crime

Villager’s adult son who ‘needed money’ arrested in theft of items

A Villager’s adult son who said he “needed money” was arrested in the theft of merchandise from Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza.

82-year-old Villager free again after latest violation of court order

An 82-year-old Villager was released from jail Saturday afternoon after violating a court order.

Sumter sheriff seeks help in solving murder of 61-year-old man in Wildwood

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help as it continues to investigate a homicide from last November.