Aaron Rodgers donates $1 million to help small businesses in Butte County, California

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has made a big donation in hopes of helping small, locally-owned businesses in Butte County, California.

Rodgers is from Chico, the largest city in the county, and has joined with the North Valley Community Foundation to create the Aaron Rodgers Small-Business COVID-19 Fund. He initially made a $500,000 donation to start the fund, but doubled that and others have added more donations that will go to 80 businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees around Butte County.

Those businesses will receive grants to help pay rent and other operating expenses for three months.

“Small, locally owned businesses are the heart and soul of a community,” Rodgers said in a statement. “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.”

It’s not the first time Rodgers has given back to the community. He donated $1 million to relief efforts after the Camp Fire in November 2018 ravaged the county.

22 responses to “Aaron Rodgers donates $1 million to help small businesses in Butte County, California

  1. That’s my quarterback😭

    As Shailene Woodley recently said: “He is a amazing human being.👏

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation!✊

  2. Right on. Just watch some people put a negative spin on this. Nice work Aaron.

  3. Anyone criticizing this should ask themselves what % of their income they are donating to causes they care about.

  4. What? How is this possible? I thought (according to some posters) that Rodgers only thinks of himself. Let’s wait to see how “harianus85” responds to this news.

  5. That’s all well and good, but what the heck happened to the governments relief package that was supposed to help out these businesses?

  6. dwinsgames says:
    March 1, 2021 at 12:47 pm
    Anyone criticizing this should ask themselves what % of their income they are donating to causes they care about.
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    Some people would have waited for others to actually criticize this, before criticizing those that haven’t yet criticized.

  7. He still only has 1 ring.. The same number of Superbowls as the guy he was cloned after Brett Favre, but he’s a good dude. Just not a great quarterback. Oh he’s really good, but he’s not top 5 all time. Not even close

  8. I am from Chico. This is good news. Rodgers who went to PV High School doesn’t have a great reputation in the area. He could use some positive PR and the area could definitely use the help. I hope that the highest percentage of it goes to Paradise California which is right up the hill from Chico. The town lost 92% of the buildings in the town from the camp fire then was hit like everyone else with covid. Good job Mr Rodgers.

  9. How can you begrudge a guy who is using his wealth to help people? Great move, Aaron.

  10. Normally any story that mentions AR’s name has 50+ posts. The good ones like this are always in the single digits. People are funny.

  11. I really don’t like Rodgers, but this is a great thing to do. Good for him.

  12. He’s single handedly doing more for them than the federal government right now. Kudos Aaron!

  13. That is at least his 2nd large donation during the pandemic. An athlete who actually puts their money where their mouth is…very refreshing.

  14. Drop in the bucket. Write it off on taxes. Why not in Wisconsin? Not hating. Just curious. When I donate I don’t need it broadcasted.

  15. Its nice to hear about athletes helping their community. Great job Aaron. While I do not like you on the football field, I will not criticize you as a human being.

  16. He still only has 1 ring..
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    Yep.. too bad they can’t all be Bart Starr..

  17. pkrlvr says:
    March 1, 2021 at 2:13 pm
    Normally any story that mentions AR’s name has 50+ posts. The good ones like this are always in the single digits. People are funny
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    After how many years of being on here, and you still don’t understand how the comment section on this site operates? Yeesh.

  18. After the Shailene announcement, I don’t have much in the way of respect for Rodgers. After watching some Favre highlights over his career the other day, Rodgers might be as good a passer, but Rodgers doesn’t play with the heart or intensity that Favre did. Favre was a competitor who loved the game. Rodgers plays for the money and to stoke his ego. I hope the Packers trade him to some horrible team.

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