The New Jersey Hospital Association on Wednesday put together a resource for New Jerseyans looking to help with the COVID-19 crisis.
The How Can I Help? page includes information and links for medical professionals who want to volunteer, businesses and organizations seeking to donate personal protective equipment for health care workers, and all New Jerseyans who want to help others in need through donations.
Cathy Bennett, president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Hospital Association, said the people of New Jersey are showing their Jersey Strong spirit and have offered an outpouring of support to the health care community.
“We may be social distancing, but the sense of community is stronger than ever in New Jersey,” said Bennett. “We have been inundated with people seeking to help our health care 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 health care professional, consider volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps. NJHA has 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 New Jersey 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, 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 helps supply hospitals statewide; call ahead for appointment information.