By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Mar 17, 2020 at 10:15 AM

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our everyday life, but it doesn't need to change who we are. So, in addition to our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus, OnMilwaukee will continue to report on cool, fun, inspiring and strange stories from our city and beyond. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay informed and stay joyful. We're all in this together. #InThisTogetherMKE

So Milwaukee workers are in need right now due to the coronavirus limiting or eliminating their employment. Artists, musicians, servers, bartenders, stylists, fitness and yoga instructors, massage therapists ... the list goes on and on.

There are ways to help. Here are a few ideas.

Gift cards, gift cards, gift cards!

  • Buy gift cards from restaurants, massage therapists, hair stylists, etc. now and use them after the pandemic is over. 

Hairstylists / barbers

  • Click here to sign a petition via to help the cosmotology industry receive economic hardship packages. 
  • Buy gift cards from your stylists now to use later.


  • Purchase and download music from your favorite musicians. 
  • Purchase tickets and enjoy a live show through StageIt.


  • Support artists' Patreon – and find out more about it here. In many cases, you're simultaneously helping artists and the service industries as so many artists, musicians and writers work in bars and restaurants.
  • Buy art! Visit Etsy shops here
  • Take this Impact Survey from Americans for the Arts, connect with other artists and get tips and advice here.


  • Get books delivered – without contact – to your door by Boswell Book Co. Click here.

Restaurants and bars

  • Order no-contact delivery from one of many local restaurants here
  • Buy gift certificates from your favorite restaurants to use later. Buy a bunch of gift certificates and save them for friends - most won't expire until the end of 2021 anyway.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.