City Launches Gift Card Purchase Program to Support Local Restaurants, Residents in Need

by Master

City of Wilsonville MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 10, 2020

CONTACT:     Bill Evans, Communications and Marketing Manager
503-570-1502; evans@ci.wilsonville.or.us

City Launches Gift Card Purchase Program to Support Local Restaurants, Residents in Need

WILSONVILLE, Ore. – The City of Wilsonville’s #OneWilsonville Gift Card Purchase Program is now underway to support residents and restaurants throughout Wilsonville in need of financial relief in the wake of COVID-19.

This month, City employees are visiting local restaurants to purchase $20,000 in gift cards, providing a segment of our local business community with immediate and much-needed support in the wake of the State’s ‘stay at home’ directive that has temporary closed doors and dining rooms, and diminished sales at retail establishments citywide.

All gift cards purchased by the City are being routed to community members with dire need via Wilsonville Community Sharing and the Wilsonville Police Department.

Our staff and elected officials have been working concurrently on several programs to serve residents and business operators who are suffering financially,” said City Manager Bryan Cosgrove. “This one is unique in that it serves two groups with immediate need, and anyone in the community can join us in participating and supporting the Wilsonville community.”

Participating is easy:

  1. When you shop or grab take-out, support local businesses! The money you spend here stays here.
  2. Show additional support and help businesses now by purchasing gift cards for future use.
  3. Donate gift cards to friends, relatives, mentors, students, neighbors, teachers, fellow parishioners, colleagues, health care workers, store clerks or other community members in need of kindness (donations placed in City Hall’s drive-thru utility bill drop will be distributed to Wilsonville Community Sharing).

The City is purchasing gift cards in increments of $25 at a wide variety of restaurants throughout Wilsonville. As the campaign rolls on, we’ll show our support for Wilsonville business using the #onewilsonville hashtag at checkout. We encourage community members to do the same.

City staff has worked to compile a list of restaurants and other retailers currently operating, noting restaurants that are offering take-out and/or gift card service.

For more information, contact Ahsamon Ante-Marandi, Parks Program Coordinator, 503-570-1530, ante-marandi@ci.wilsonville.or.us.

Bill Evans
Communications and Marketing Manager
City of Wilsonville

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