PowerOptions is doing all we can to support our members. We recently reached out to ask how we could be of assistance during this challenging time, to assess members’ needs and determine how we might help. We found an overwhelming need for PPE and funding. And in response, we’ve created the Member COVID Assistance Program, with a philanthropy fund of $100,000. While that is sizeable, it is being spread across our 475 members as best we can, with a focus on those organization types most in need. Our outreach indicated the following three sectors: healthcare, including senior living—which are on the front lines of the pandemic, community assistance groups and cultural organizations—forced to shutter their doors to the public and losing critical income.
To meet our members' needs as best we can, we sourced 20,000 masks directly from a manufacturer in China, and more than 100 gallons of hand sanitizer from local distilleries that had changed their operations to meet this growing demand. All of our healthcare and senior living members received a portion of the materials, and modest financial donations were made to members with acute financial difficulties.
This will not solve all the problems for these organizations, but hopefully it will lessen the day-to-day pressure.
Though we are a nonprofit ourselves, we cannot begin to know the challenges many of our members are facing. Our goal is to help as many members as possible. For information about resources available to nonprofits during these difficult times, visit our COVID Resources Center.
Stay healthy and safe!
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