WWII, years 1941-1945. The US Military needs blood stat. War heroes are at stake. The American Red Cross starts the National Blood Donor Service and approximately 13 million units are collected during that time. In 1950, the Korean War; blood is desperately needed for our US Military once again, and the American Red Cross collects. In between these historical wars, the first blood services program was developed for civilians, and by the 1970s, the American Red Cross became an all-volunteer blood donor program.
Fast forward to today: disasters and war are still happening. Each day, the American Red Cross needs approximately 15,000 blood donations in thousands of hospitals and transfusion centers across our country for our military members, veterans, and people like you and me.
How does this blood reach the people? Special people like you who volunteer with the American Red Cross! People like you who want to be a part of our 136-year movement! And currently, we have a high-priority need for Blood Service Transportation volunteers.
What is a Blood Service Transportation volunteer, you ask? As our Blood Services Transportation Specialist, you bring lifesaving blood products through the region to hospitals and you transport blood and blood products from blood-collection sites to the laboratory for processing. Other duties include completing required paperwork and obtaining signatures as well as communicating and sharing feedback between Red Cross personnel and customers. Every two seconds, someone in our country needs blood. Blood cannot be manufactured—it can only come from generous, volunteer donors and from people who can get it all where it needs to go.
To be qualified for the position, you must have a willingness to support the Red Cross mission. You must have a valid state driver’s license with three years of driving experience along with the ability to verify proof of insurance and proof of a safe driving record, and you must complete the Red Cross defensive driving course (at no cost to you). Additional training includes shadowing an experienced volunteer driver through the delivery routes. Being familiar with Northwest Ohio is a plus. Last, you must have the ability to lift up to 45 pounds for hospital deliveries.
The times are varied, but we do ask for one shift per month (All American Red Cross volunteers receive orientation and training after the application process).
If you are interested in volunteering, please call the American Red Cross at 419-329-2900 and ask for Diane Dixon, Sr. Regional Volunteer Services Specialist.❦