Milwaukee Bucks announce Emergency Relief Fund for part-time employees

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 02: (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 02: (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Bucks announced details of their Emergency Relief Fund to assist part-time employees during the current coronavirus crisis.

As the coronavirus crisis continues to disrupt the NBA season, and everyday life across the world beyond that, the Milwaukee Bucks officially announced details of their Emergency Relief Fund on Friday.

Building on the original pledges made by the ownership, which included the intention to match the generous donations that were ultimately made by every single member of the Bucks’ squad, the fund will serve the organization’s part-time employees who require financial assistance due to their loss of work at this time.

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In a statement released on the team website, it was confirmed that even beyond Fiserv Forum staff who were the focus of much of the original discussion about the need for the Bucks to step in, the fund will also apply to part-time workers related to various other arms of the organization, such as the Wisconsin Herd, and the game day experience.

"“The Bucks Emergency Relief Fund, administered by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and with support of the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation, will also provide financial relief for part-time employees of Levy, Fiserv Forum’s food and beverage provider; ABM, the arena’s housekeeping employer; Reef Parking and SP+, the Deer District’s parking partners; and Menominee Nation Arena, home of the Bucks’ G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, during this unprecedented time.”"

According to the statement, the fund to assist these part-time workers totals $1 million to date.

Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry shared his appreciation for those workers, along with the playing a coaching personnel who have demonstrated their generosity to this point too.

"“Our part-time arena staff is there for us day in and day out, and we want to be there for them during this tumultuous time,” said Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry. “We are thankful for the generous financial support by every Bucks player, team management and team ownership for these deserving employees, and we will look to continue to raise additional funds for this relief effort.”"

As the Bucks look to continue to support that group of part time workers, there is an option for member of the public to now contribute to the Emergency Relief Fund, through the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation, if they so desire.

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Of course, the hope of all Bucks fans, and the workers themselves, will be that the current situation can be brought under control sooner rather than later and games can eventually resume on the current season. In the meantime, though, it’s reassuring to know that so many of those who are essential to making Bucks games so enjoyable will be taken care of.