The American Heart Association (AHA) has heard from many of their local partners that there are unmet needs in the community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In times of crisis, keeping organizations connected is more important than ever. When an organization has an urgent short-term need for goods or services, a nearby company might be poised to help — if only it knew about the need. And during these times of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, matching resources with needs quickly is critically important.
Because of the need for local organizations to connect to match resources and the AHA’s ability to connect businesses, they have introduced the Beneficial Business Exchange.
With relationships in communities across the country, the American Heart Association is inviting their corporate and community partners to join our virtual goods, services, and solutions community exchange where organizations and companies can post and view needs, offer available resources, goods, and services, and make connections to meet those needs.
Here are some examples of direct connections the American Heart Association Beneficial Business Exchange can facilitate:
- A hospital and a hotel might work together to provide rooms for nurses flown in to help during a health crisis like COVID-19.
- A regional food bank could take advantage of a shipping company’s idle trucks to refrigerate extra meals for schools who are feeding entire families now, not just students.
- A communications company might provide hotspots to communities with under-resourced schools so students without internet access at home can keep learning.
- A company may offer to have their employees volunteer to assemble food and care packets for a national not-for-profit.
- Small businesses needing help applying for funding support.
- HR Professionals needing access to online employee resources.
For more information, visit the American Heart Association’s website.
Source: American Heart Association