Rebuilding Small Businesses Devastated by the Riots
On May 25, Minneapolis resident George Floyd was detained by police officers, and with the use of their brutal tactics this detainment lead to his untimely death. This event led to widespread demonstrations nationwide.
Although the protests were initially peaceful, bad actors and opportunists began focusing their frustrations towards innocent bystanders and privately owned businesses. This led to looting, private property arson, violent attacks, and ultimately the widespread destruction of their communities. The government’s inability to respect human rights, and the militarization of many police departments across the United States justifies the civil disobedience many Americans are currently engaging in. However, the misplaced targeting of hard-working Americans who have played no role in the violation of the civil liberties of others is both cowardly and unacceptable.
Justice must be served for George Floyd and the many other victims of human rights violations by the government. But destroying one’s own community is not the way.
Although the media has a concerning tendency to focus solely on negative and divisive content, there are numerous heartwarming stories of Americans of different creeds, colors and races are unifying to rationally improve and rebuild their communities together.
Voluntaryism in Action would like to assist these communities by raising funds to help rebuild these devastated communities, and offer relief to the many harmed small businesses that play an important role in their local economies.
Let us join hands and demonstrate that no matter how hard the establishment tries to divide us, we Americans are united.
Resources for Affected Business Owners
If your business has been damaged by the riots that occurred at the beginning of June, please fill out the below form to see if you qualify for assistance.
We are offering relief to businesses deemed as “small.” Businesses must meet the following requirements:
- Must have no more than 2 brick and mortar stores under the same name.
- Annual Receipts must be less than $1 million
- Must have 50 employees or less
- Business must have been damaged in city with documented and reported riots
The amount of relief will vary on a case by case basis. If your property damage was fully covered by your insurance, we may assist with the cost of your deductible. Please be sure to upload the following documentation in the form below or relief will not be processed.
- Photo ID or proof of identity
- Proof of Business ownership (Tax forms, Utility Bill, Articles of Incorporation, etc)
- Proof of Damage/Theft
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]
Voluntaryism in Action Inc is a public charity under IRS code 501(c)(3), 83-3739498