- Industry: Non-Profit
- Technologies: Salesforce
Project Partner: Marco Seabra
Project Duration: 3-weeks
Kids need beds. Landfills don’t. Yet each year thousands of beds end up in landfills. Each bed takes up 23 cubic feet, doesn’t decompose, and ‘floats to the top’ of dumps because of its flexible construction. Old mattresses that are improperly discarded can become refuges for bedbugs and other vermin, creating public health problems.
Tonight, in Kansas City alone, thousands of kids will be sleeping in bed with a parent or sibling, on the floor, couch or someplace other than a bed of their own. Children in these environments frequently wake during the night. School age children need approximately 9-11 hours of sleep per night depending on age. Children and teens who do not get enough sleep may have problems getting along with others. They may feel angry and impulsive, have mood swings, feel sad or depressed, and lack motivation. They also may have problems paying attention and may get lower grades and feel stressed. And, when kids don’t sleep well, families don’t either leading to parenting stress and daytime fatigue.
Sleepyhead Beds was created to address both of the issues described above; yet, the organization had a problem of their own. There is complexity to such a terrific mission; and, Sleepy Head Beds was running their business on Excel spreadsheets and a Google drive. Tracking volunteers and donors with these limited tools was a challenge, to say the least. They knew they needed a better way and discovered that Salesforce is so much more than it’s name. With our help. it was just the tool they needed!
Alternetics assisted Sleepyhead Beds in securing 10 donated licenses from Salesforce.com Foundation. We then worked with the organization to identify their key metrics for success and how to customize Salesforce to meet their needs. Our initial implementation imported volunteer and donor lists for easy access and management. Opportunity management was used to create a system for tracking donors and their donations. And, by cataloging the volunteers’ skills, the organization can now quickly find people to execute the tasks needed to retrieve donated beds, professionally clean and sanitize, then deliver to a child in need.
As a result of the Salesforce implementation, Sleepyhead Beds is now able to keep track of all their nonprofit operations in a single location. Alternetics is proud to have played a role in ensuring the organization will be much more efficient and effective in their mission. Sleepyhead Beds has delivered over 4,000 donated, gently used, and recycled beds to Kansas City metro area children in need of a comfortable place to sleep. (That’s over 3 million nights of restful sleep!) Instead of going to the landfill, these beds are recycled and delivered free of charge to families in need.
This project proves that Salesforce for non-profits is a perfect partnership!