While Rodgers has spent the last 15 years dominating in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he hasn’t forgotten his roots in California. It was announced today that the Packers QB will be donating $1 million through his Small Business COVID-19 fund to help 80 small businesses in his hometown Chico, and around Butte County, California.
These grants will help cover rent and other operational costs for an average of three months or longer.
Rodgers was able to notify nine of these business owners himself over video call as well.
I partnered with @NVCF to raise funds for small businesses in butte county that have been struggling during the pandemic. Here’s some highlights from the past week! To learn more, or donate, please go to https://t.co/xAtjfGX0ff ❤️ thank you and let’s keep doing our part 💪🏼❤️🙏🏻 # pic.twitter.com/5BGfjYjwXw
“Small, locally owned businesses are the heart and soul of a community.
In the applications and the videos, it was heart-wrenching to hear about all the obstacles facing restaurants and retail establishments. So many of them are struggling just to stay in business but remain hopeful that there’s an end to this.”
Unfortunately, thousands of small businesses, across every part of the country, have had to close during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This move from Rodgers also comes on the heels of him donating $500,000 to the Barstool Fund which is helping small businesses around the US as well. Then again, at $11.5 million bucks a year, I think he can afford it.
#Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has donated $1 million to help 80 small, locally owned businesses in his hometown of Chico and all of Butte County, California. A very nice touch. pic.twitter.com/U7q9vrQfko