As a volunteer driver, you’ll play a critical role in helping make sure blood products are available when patients need it. Drivers help deliver blood products to local and regional hospitals in the Columbia and Charleston areas.
Every day, the South Carolina Blood Services Region must collect about 500 donations to meet the needs of about 50 local hospitals. Patients need blood for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, those receiving treatment for cancer, heart surgery patients and many others all may need blood.
Volunteer drivers like James Curtis help make sure blood is ready to go at local hospitals. As a retired army veteran, Curtis feels compelled to continue his service to others through volunteering.
“I think it’s your civic duty to try and be as helpful as you can,” Curtis said.
Volunteer driver shifts will originate in Columbia or Charleston and may include travel around the city and region. Training and use of Red Cross vehicles will be provided.
Volunteers must meet the following minimum requirements:
• Have a valid driver’s license with a minimum of three years driving experience
• Be able to verify a safe driving record with insurance
• Be able to lift boxes of lifesaving blood products of up to 45 pounds for hospital deliveries
• Be available to volunteer for two to four shifts per month (flexible schedules available)
You can also begin the application process online here:
Be a hero to patients in need. Volunteer!