August 13, 2021
Hello SHP Family,
Hope all is well in your little neck of the woods. Over the past few weeks I've gotten several questions about why a chapter may get a surge in applications. It seems that there are some chapters that get a surge every now and then and you may see an uptick in bed requests come through to your chapter - why is that?
To be totally honest, there isn't a single reason why this happens. Nor is there always a logical reason behind the surge either. However, let me give you a few reasons and for some - ways to help your chapter receive applications if you can handle them.
The short answer is - there often isn't a rhyme or reason, it just happens! What I like to tell everyone is to enjoy the ride - ride that wave and think of the blessings of the children's lives you are making! Keep up the amazing work my friends.
Director of Operations
Today I want to send a reminder about Delivery and Photo standards. I have a few important points we are asking you to share with your core teams and all delivery teams.
Thank you so much for all you do for SHP and your communities. I feel truly blessed to rub shoulders with some of the best people in the world! Please, as always, if you have any questions or concerns reach out to me. I sure love and appreciate all of you!
Director of Communications
I hope this finds all of you enjoying your summer. I also hope you have all had a great time building and delivering beds to the children in your community.
Over the past few weeks we have had some questions about budgeting. Specifically we have received questions about budgeting for SHQ purchases. So I wanted to give a review and reminder of how those funds are requested and documented on your monthly Budget Request Sheet.
Below you see a copy of a monthly budget request sheet. The column labeled Requested Budget is where you request the funds that need to be added to your Divvy Card. Those funds include building materials, build tools, storage rental, online purchases (staff store, Amazon, etc.) or any other purchase that requires you to use your Divvy card.
Purchases that are made from the SHQ order form including mattresses, jigs, branding irons etc. that do not require you to use your Divvy card should be entered in the column labeled SHQ Expensed Items. Those funds are pulled directly from your available funds that are listed on your P & L after your order has been processed. They are NOT charged to your DIVVY CARD.
Remember SHQ expensed items do not go on your Divvy card. But you must have the funds available on your P & L.
I hope this is not too confusing. If it is please reach out to your RSL/CSL or send me an email at email@example.com and I will help in any way that I can.
Please ask the question if you have one. I am here to help.
Director of Chapter Support
OPERATIONS & CHAPTER SUPPORT
Please Update Your L4P Primary Payment Method
With the rollout and activation of our new Divvy Visa cards, there’s one other task you’ll need to complete. Please make sure that you go into your Lowe’s 4 Pros (L4P) account and update your primary payment method to reflect your new Divvy Visa and delete your old Divvy Mastercard. Realizing that is not something that we do very often, we’ve included a short video tutorial to show the steps.
If you have any difficulties completing this update, please don’t hesitate to contact your RSL/CSL, Chapter Support or myself and we will help you out.
Allowable Mattress Thicknesses
I know that everyone must be getting tired of talking about mattress issues – I’m with ya big time! However, we do seem to be turning the corner, at least I hope that we are. I applaud everyone for their creativity in sourcing mattresses during this difficult time! I just want to provide a word of caution for those who are getting any donated 8” mattresses. Please remember that we CANNOT deliver those when delivering a bunk bed! Those should only be delivered with SINGLE beds. Failing to do this, puts us as CPs, and the organization as a whole in a hazardous position liability wise. Delivering a tall mattress with a bunk, even if you install it on the lower bunk, does nothing to keep the family from moving it to the top bunk! On the top bunk it will violate the CPSC gap requirements and not provide the required space to top of the safety rail.
Thank you for complying with these requirements and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thank You for all you and your teams do for your communities and the deserving children therein!
AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN GRANTS
Many Municipalities are beginning to announce American Rescue Plan Grant Opportunities. As you see these announced and where the program fits our program, please email grants@shpbeds with a link to the funder, please (and I apologize for all caps) DO NOT create an account on any portal in regards to these funds, again (I cannot begin to emphasize this kindly enough) please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to the funder. This will be one of the programs that we absolutely have to manage the proposals from a centralized standpoint without question.
In addition, we have a really full grants proposal schedule this year, and I anticipate that the opportunities for the ARP funds will increase the schedule tenfold. If anyone on your local teams would like to volunteer on the grants team, I would appreciate the help. This will be in the capacity of multiple chapters, not solely one.
Thank you so much for all you all do for these children who need us most! I am humbled to work alongside such incredible hearts.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to give me a call anytime.