Giving and Collecting Blood

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Donating Blood, Time, and More...

The American Red Cross Blood Services depends on people like you to give what you have—not just by donating blood, but by giving your time, money and expertise. Maybe your company is interested in hosting a blood drive. Maybe you’re interested in lending your time to assist staff and donors at a blood drive. Maybe you’ve got a knack for getting people involved. Whatever your passion or area of expertise, we encourage you to share your time and talents with the Red Cross.
Giving blood is the right thing to do

Giving Blood

There’s no one reason to give blood. Maybe you or a family member received blood, or you think that one day you’ll be in need of it. Maybe your friend or colleague asked you to give blood. Maybe you think it’s the right thing to do. No matter the reason, your getting involved helps the Red Cross maintain a healthy and reliable blood supply.

A blood drive poster

Hosting a Blood Drive

Hosting a blood drive with the Red Cross is a partnership. You offer a suitable location, recruit and schedule donors, and publicize the drive. We'll do the rest, working with you every step of the way to plan and organize the event. We provide screening equipment, help you determine how many donors to expect and how to recruit them, and we screen donors and collect donations. It's a great way to give back to your community.

Volunteer at a local blood drive

Volunteering at a Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Services volunteers help to ensure that every blood donor has a positive experience, and that they are thanked for their contribution – because, when the time comes, we want these generous people to return to help save even more lives. From those who welcome donors at blood drives and thank them at the refreshment area to transportation specialists and team leaders, office assistants, trainers, and community outreach specialists, we have many roles depending on your expertise, availability and interest.

People recruiting donors at a blood drive

Recruiting Donors

One of the most common reasons that people give for not donating blood is that they’ve never been asked. In the role of blood drive coordinatory or committee member, your most important job will be to ask.