Marfa Steps Up is a group of volunteer community members in Marfa, helping our town during the COVID-19 crisis. This group includes those who have made Marfa a home, proprietors of Marfa businesses that have closed, and those in Marfa service industries who have lost their wages. As needs continue to evolve, this website will be updated with new calls to action. Please consider volunteering or contacting us with needs as they arise.
Buy Solidarity Bonds to Help Marfa's Restaurants
It’s critical that our restaurants survive temporary closures due to COVID-19, because they are the key to our town’s ability to serve both locals and tourists. Marfa's restaurants employ approximately 20% of the population, provide much needed diversity in our very limited local food supply, and are on the front lines of visitor experience.
From May 13 to June 1, 2020 "solidarity bonds" were on sale to give restaurant owners the funds to stay afloat during this time of uncertainty.
Eighteen artists in Marfa created bonds to help raise needed funds. Participating artists include Maryam Amiryani, Mary Baxter, Camp Bosworth, LéAna Clifton, J.D. Garcia, Jeffrey Hester, Martha Hughes, Zoe Leonard, Eileen Myles, Dustin Pevey, Sam Schonzeit, Shea Slemmer, Julie Speed, Nick Terry, Laszlo Thorsen-Nagel, Charline von Heyl, Leslie Wilkes and Christopher Wool.
Marfa Solidarity Bonds raised $85,920.
Trying to get your Covid-19 stimulus check?
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Federal Government will be sending most adult citizens a $1,200 stimulus check. To qualify, the IRS requires that you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019. If you filed a return for either year a check will be automatically deposited in your bank account or sent by mail.
If you did not file a return in 2018 and are not required or don’t normally need to file a tax return for 2019, you will have to file a simple informational return in order to receive your payment.
Local resident and Marfa Steps Up volunteer, Bob Schwab, has offered to give free help submitting your information to the IRS.
Need a mask or a bandana?
Clara Williams at Workshops Marfa is sewing masks and donating limited supplies to Marfa Steps Up for distribution. COMMUNITIE has also donated bandanas in limited supplies.
If you need a mask or a bandana, sign up here and we'll work to get one to you.
Service Workers Relief Fund
At the closing of the Marfa Steps Up: Service Worker Relief Fund, the generosity of our donors helped us reach $48,868. Volunteers are now working to verify employment of those who registered for relief while we wait for GoFundMe to release funds to us.
Donations to the fund and registration for aid closed on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 11:59pm CST. Updates will be posted to the GoFundMe page.
Thank you for your support of the fund.