Chesaning restaurant manager launches campaign to address mental, financial health

Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 6:15 PM EST
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CHESANING , Mich. (WJRT) - A mile walked is a meal on the table.

A Chesaning restaurant manager is tapping into her creative side to financially help the waitstaff at her restaurant and three others in the village.

”When I put this out and people saw it, they’re like how are you doing this,” said Nancy Schultz, waitstaff manager at Showboat.

Schultz launched a campaign called Stay Home, Stay Healthy on Jan. 1.

“We’ve got to start changing our thought process. And if we don’t change our thought process, the mental health is even going to get worse,” she said.

The idea behind the fundraiser is for people to walk or run certain distances and log it on the campaign Facebook page -- Stay Home, Stay Healthy. The page is private, but anyone can join. The page already has 400 members.

The registration fee is $20. A total of $15 of that will go to the waitstaff at four Chesaning Chamber of Commerce affiliated restaurants, including Showboat, The Malt Shoppe, Riverfront Grille and Pintown Pizza and Lanes.

The remaining $5 will go toward weekly gift card and basket giveaways to keep people engaged and motivated.

“These people want to get back to work. So if we can do a two-fold here and we do this fundraiser to give them the incentive, we’re going to make it through,” Schultz said.

She is in her second week out of eight weeks and already has received more than $5,000 in donations -- both from people running and walking and those who know how passionate she is about her staff’s well-being.

Her hope now is other businesses and restaurants in this same predicament will find a creative way to take care of their own.

“If they would just take that energy that they have on the negative side, and put it into something positive, you might be surprised at what the outcome would be,” Schultz said.

The campaign runs until Feb. 28.

Participants can also direct their money to the Nolan Drain Foundation. Nolan was an 18 month old Alma boy, who passed away from neuroblastoma in 2016.

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