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Groundbreaking Program to Aid Restaurant and Hospitality Workers

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon acceptance, candidates will be enrolled and receive the WOTVS Foundation Assistance Program until January 31, 2023.

Applicants will be notified by email of acceptance within 5 business days. 


We are excited to continue our groundbreaking assistance program offering health, financial
and legal aid
to restaurant and hospitality workers.

Our Foundation was challenged to find an innovative solution to offer aid to those in need, originally as a response to COVID-19, and now as an ongoing support program. Normally these types of benefits are paid for by the employer, but due to the pandemic, many industry professionals have been laid off, furloughed or working reduced hours leaving them in need, with no assistance.

Thanks to a generous donation from Love, Tito’sthe philanthropic arm of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a Silver Corporate Member of WOTVS and Benefactor Donor to the WOTVS Foundation, the program received funding to initiate the launch. 

We have selected ComPsych Corporation, the worldwide leader of fully integrated Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources® brand. ComPsych GuidanceResoures® core services include short-term counseling, treatment referrals, financial, retirement, legal, family, child, elder assistance, and intervention for critical incidents and more. Through a 24/7 toll-free number and best-in-class online well-being portal, enrollees can access confidential assistance with experienced clinicians, financial professionals, and attorneys, as well as leading self-service tools and resources at no cost.


Enrollee Qualification

Enrollees must be employed in the restaurant and/or hospitality industry for a minimum of three years or currently unemployed, furloughed, or working fewer hours, having previously worked for a minimum of three years prior to their current unemployment status.

For those employed, please check with your HR Manager if your company offers an EAP program before applying.

Enrollees must be U.S. residents. ComPsych is the largest EAP provider in 170 countries. It is our intent for Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation to offer this program internationally in the near future.

Enrollment is on an annual basis and enrollment term is one (1) Year: February 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023. Enrollees can reapply again at the end of the term. 

Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO of WOTVS, President, WOTVS Foundation on News12

 “Restaurant and hospitality workers have been one of the hardest
hit professionals due to the pandemic. So many of our colleagues are experiencing increased
stress, anxiety, worries and fears,” said President, WOTVS Foundation, and
Founder & CEO, WOTVS, Deborah Brenner. “Giving people a direct connection to counseling,
professional, financial, legal advisors and valuable resources for all of life’s issues is a critical
step toward healing those on the front lines and supporting the recovery of our industry.

“The pandemic’s impact continues to cause immense stress to those in the restaurant and hospitality industry,” said Lisa Huddleson, Director of Strategic Philanthropy at Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
“We’re honored to work with WOTVS on this program and are committed to doing what we can
to support our service industry friends in their time of need.”

About Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation

The Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation, Ltd. 501(c)(3) is the charitable arm of Women of the Vine & Spirits. The Foundation provides scholarships and awards for the purpose of helping women advance their careers in the food, wine, spirits, beer, or hospitality industries through education, leadership, and professional development, as well as fostering gender diversity and talent development across the industry at large. All donations are 100% Tax Deductible as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Contribution, Tax ID number (EIN) #47-4326632

About Women of the Vine & Spirits

Women of the Vine & Spirits is the leading membership organization, worldwide, dedicated to boldly pushing the wine, beer and spirits industry toward a more diverse, equitable and inclusive era that empowers all to succeed. Our members connect through our global network and collaborate across all industry sectors. We provide our members with benefits that include education, training, mentorship, and networking as well as tools, services and resources toward DE&I, and personal and business development.

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