NJHA Offers Ways to Connect New Jerseyans with Volunteer, Donation Opportunities
On Mar 25, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has prompted an outpouring of support from the people of New Jersey. Inspired by the Jersey Strong spirit, the New Jersey Hospital Association has created a resource for state residents to offer their support to our healthcare community.
NJHA’s How Can I Help? web page includes information and links for medical professionals who want to volunteer; businesses and organizations seeking to donate personal protective equipment for healthcare workers; and all New Jerseyans who want to help others in need through donations.
“We may be social distancing, but the sense of community is stronger than ever in New Jersey,” said Cathy Bennett, president and CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association. “We have been inundated with people seeking to help our healthcare facilities and their employees as they work tirelessly in the COVID-19 response. This page provides some ways that New Jerseyans at home can lend their support.”
How can you help? Here are some ways:
If you’re a licensed or certified healthcare professional, consider volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps. NJHA provides a brief questionnaire to collect information from interested volunteers and will provide that information to state coordinators.
Donate supplies of respirators, masks, gowns, gloves or other personal protective equipment for hospitals, nursing homes, first responders and others providing care on the frontlines. NJHA is working with the state Office of Emergency Management and the N.J. Department of Health to populate a statewide inventory of PPE supplies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have supplies to donate.
Support the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (njprf.org), launched by First Lady Tammy Murphy to help New Jersey residents with the economic and social impact of COVID-19.
Give blood. There is an urgent shortage of blood in our state. Blood donation sites are taking heightened precautions to protect those who give. The American Red Cross-New Jersey (redcross.org/local/new-jersey.html) helps supply hospitals statewide. Call ahead for appointment information.
The How Can I Help? page can be found at http://www.njha.com/coronavirus/how-can-i-help/.