COVID-19 is impacting every facet of society. A perfect demonstration of that is the broad range of professional societies and member associations that are not just being affected, but are leveraging their expertise to help others in their respective industries and the world at-large get through this crisis.
We wanted to take a moment to spotlight some of the great work being done by some of our clients in the midst of these extraordinary circumstances:
CHPA members provide temporary furnished housing in cities around the globe. During the COVID-19 crisis, CHPA has partnered with several hospital and healthcare associations to provide free or discounted lodging to healthcare workers on the front lines. This fills a crucial need for traveling medical professionals or those who are unable to return home between shifts.
Additionally, CHPA has developed resources to assist members during the crisis, including updates on local orders, rent moratoriums, small business assistance and more. The association also launched a series of webinars to provide education for members addressing COVID-19, and is developing a series of podcasts featuring experts from around the globe to discuss the issue. CHPA’s resource library was highlighted as a best practice by its website partner Accrisoft.
OGR members are funeral homes in North America and overseas. In order to help these firms adapt to COVID-19 restrictions placed on their businesses that are also impacting the way people grieve, OGR has offered weekly virtual round tables for funeral directors to exchange ideas, resources and information. OGR has also created a new grief support program, A Virtual Hug, for unsupported loss. Through A Virtual Hug, members can set up a voicemail box for each family who’s lost a loved one so the community can leave voice messages filled with condolences and memories.
SNEB members are nutrition educators, researchers, advocates and public health professionals across the globe. Members have been making resources available online for free, ranging from a best practices guide for serving students during coronavirus and a list of COVID-19 food distribution resources to making online classes available for free. Members have also written articles for news outlets like The Hill and academic journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, and SNEB as an organization joined hundreds of other local, state and national groups in petitioning Congress to not only protect but bolster funding for crucial needs-based programs like SNAP and WIC.