You see true character both at a corporate and individual level during a time of crisis. And never has there been a crisis like this: The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has thrown the world into chaos, disrupting every aspect of human activity, and its impact will be far-reaching. But in the middle of all this turmoil, a spirit of community has been fired up and is giving hope and practical help to those who need it most.
At Aspen Grove Solutions, we may be physically apart, but we are working together in a variety of ways to make a difficult experience just that little bit easier where we can. From helping local schools get set up so that they can work remotely to donating our Sports & Social club subs to help cystic fibrosis sufferers, we are exploring how we can use our resources and expertise to help those in the community.
Here are some of the things Aspen staff have been getting up to:
Schools on MS Teams
With all schools closed, it is particularly difficult for exam students to complete their coursework and prepare for the biggest test of their academic careers so far. Aspen staff were keen to donate their expertise to make sure our local students got back on track with their course work: Our Business Process team worked with local colleges to help them get their Microsoft Teams for Education up and running, so that senior cycle students could return to their usual timetable, following lessons via video classes.
It can be difficult when you’re stuck in your house not knowing when all this uncertainty will end—but spare a thought for charities. Not only have many of their fund-raising initiatives have been cancelled, but donations fall off dramatically when people are unsure about their incomes. At times like these, it is important to keep such organizations funded. Given that the Coronavirus attacks the respiratory system of sufferers, our thoughts turned to those with cystic fibrosis. Our staff proposed to donate their Sports & Social Club contributions to the CF Ireland charity, and this was wholeheartedly supported by Aspen, which doubled the company contributions to the fund. We will continue to support the charity in whatever way we can. For details of the 65 Roses fund-raising drive and how you can donate, please visit www.cfireland.ie.
This is a particularly challenging time for small businesses, which are struggling and closing all around us. As a gesture of its strong advocacy for local business, Aspen is presenting all team members in both Frederick, MD, and Tralee, County Kerry, with a voucher for a local business of their choice. It is hoped that this initiative will give those businesses a boost in cashflow when they need it most and allow them to reopen in the coming months.
Helping Our Customers
Aspen has also announced that it is waiving all subscription fees associated with its Aspen iRecord® portal. We hope this measure will help our U.S. vendors to stay compliant during the difficult months ahead.
Life has changed, and unprecedented times need an unprecedented response. Taken together, the many small deeds of individuals and companies can make a big difference. If we all work together and support each other during the hard times, we will share the benefits when times are good. And they will be good again.
Have you heard of helpful initiatives from other companies? We’d love to hear about them. Let’s get the ideas and the support flowing!