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Mauch Chunk Trust Supports Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief

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       Contact:  Alice Wanamaker 484-274-2080  
Mauch Chunk Trust Supports Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief
Carbon County – January 6, 2021 – The Mauch Chunk Trust Company presented a $5,000 donation to the Pocono Mountains United Way Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund to support local workers who are navigating the uncertainty of steady employment throughout the pandemic.
To show appreciation to hospitality and restaurant workers for their contributions to our community, Pocono Mountains United Way established the Hospitality & Restaurant Worker Relief Fund in December 2020. As an offshoot of the organization’s Crisis Response Fund, 100% of all donations will be utilized in the form of direct mini-grants to workers. To date, the fund has collected over $138,000. With over 284 applicants served, monies still remain to help those in need.
Hospitality and restaurant employees who live or work in Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon counties are eligible to apply. Eligible recipients will receive funds in the form of a $250 gift card, virtual gift card, or ACH transfer. Gift cards can be used as cash anywhere major credit cards are accepted. Funds will be provided via “Tremendous Rewards” via email or text message, with the option of choosing how you would like to receive the funds.
Mauch Chunk Trust joins a growing list of major contributors including the Pocono Mountains United Way, The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Monroe County Government, The Mattioli Foundation, ESSA Bank & Trust, and United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.
“This warms my heart that our community continues to show up and respond when we are challenged, that we are coming together to serve those that have served us, that we care for the vulnerable." Said Michael Tukeva, President/CEO for Pocono Mountains United Way. “Recipients have shared that they are using these funds to pay for groceries, to pay for their rent, and to celebrate the holidays. You have given the gift of hope, and for so many, that is immeasurable,” he said.
Chris Barrett. President/CEO at Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau knows the impact that this funding is having on members of the community. "We are grateful for the partnership of the Pocono Mountains United Way that brought this program to fruition. Hundreds of our co-workers have been helped in some small measure at this critical time in their lives….and we will continue to provide that assistance through additional donations for as long as possible.”   
Hospitality and restaurant employees across the Pocono Mountains can apply online at  for financial assistance. The application requires basic demographic information as well as a 2019 Tax Return and most recent paystub to determine income eligibility and verify recent employment. 
Mauch Chunk Trust Company was incorporated August 25, 1902 as the successor institution to the Second National Bank of Mauch Chunk, established in 1864. We remain a locally owned and managed independent community bank, with the main office in Jim Thorpe, PA. Mauch Chunk Trust operates 7 Community Offices & 1 Trust/Investment Office, with presence in Schuylkill County in the Tamaqua area (Hometown & West Penn).
For more information on Mauch Chunk Trust, please visit their website at or visit @MauchChunkTrust on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.
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