WHEELING, W.Va. – May 20, 2020 – Wheeling Heritage and The Wheeling Feeling are collaborating to support entrepreneurs. Today, the Wheeling Feeling, an apparel company, is releasing a limited amount of exclusive designs on its website, thewheelingfeeling.com. All profits will go to support Wheeling Heritage’s COVID-19 Emergency Grant.
“Hearing how this pandemic has affected many of my friends has been heartbreaking. I felt the need to support the small businesses owners in my hometown using the tools and skills I have available to me,” Govindan said. “I know everyone would like to help but might not be able to give much, so I tried to think of a few affordable, fun ways for folks to donate and get something in return.”
So far, Wheeling Heritage has awarded a total of $25,000 to 41 local professional artists, entertainers and small business owners. Awardees received up to $1,000, and priority was given to those with immediate needs of shelter, food and other essentials.
With funding from this collaboration, the organization will be able to reopen the grant and support more of the artists, performers and small business owners who are important to the culture and identity of the community, explained Alex Weld, incoming executive director of Wheeling Heritage.
About Wheeling Heritage Wheeling Heritage is a catalyst for the revitalization of Wheeling. Through historic preservation, community development, and the arts, we help to tell Wheeling’s story and shape its future. We seek to improve the quality of life in Wheeling by preserving and investing in our city, collaborating with others, and engaging the citizens of Wheeling in our work.