The novel Coronavirus has hit everyone where it hurts, but we're all in this together. Ellensburg is a community filled with people willing to roll up their sleeves, work hard and come together when it counts. We got this. From ordering take-out from a local restaurant to donating to the food bank to purchasing gift cards from small businesses, you can help. Whether you live in the area or wish to show your love from afar, we've got some ideas on how to support the local community and bring a little bit of Ellensburg into your home.
Photo courtesy of Gallery One Visual Arts Center
Support the Arts
The arts are one of the components that make our community what it is. Create something online during virtual classes and consider donating to help see our local art galleries and museums come out on the other side, ready to entertain and delight. You can help support Gallery One, for example, by joining or renewing your membership, by purchasing a C.A.R.E. Package to send to friends, family, and coworkers, or by signing up for a virtual art class!
Photo courtesy of Cafe C5
Consider take-out for dinner, get your growler filled at a local craft brewery or buy a case of wine to enjoy at home. Whatever you can do, let's help our businesses get through these tough times. Wondering where to start? The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of restaurants providing take out and delivery that is updated daily. We can't dine out, but we can show our support by dining in.
Support Small Businesses
Now more than ever, it is important to embrace the idea of shopping locally. If you can afford it, purchase a gift card to a local boutique, organization, or restaurant to carry them through these challenging times. Just think on the bright side, you could finish some Christmas shopping in the spring! Go virtual shopping for gift cards at showWAlove or simply reach out to your favorite small business owner. Buy now to help local shops and restaurants get through these difficult times, then visit them to use your gift certificates and celebrate when the time comes to reopen later on!
Our globe has selflessly put off travel plans for the time being, for the greater good of our world. We're willing to bet that many of you are eager to get back out and explore the area - and Ellensburg will be waiting for your return to adventure when the time comes! Look forward to better days and spend some time planning your future visit to Ellensburg. Find inspiration in our Visitor Guide to plan your future itinerary and explore things to do. Until we dine, shop, meet, greet, and celebrate in person again, keep dreaming of a visit to Ellensburg!