Who Can Host a Drive?

Community, Church, and Businesses:

Consider the following:

  • Talk it up! Personally ask people to give blood.
  • Use the publicity materials provided by LifeServe Blood Center to help promote the blood drive.
  • Advertise the date and times of the blood drive in the company or church newsletter or website.
  • Have a LifeServe chairperson or volunteer offer to be available during busy times in the cafeteria, break room, or during events to answer questions about the blood drive and to recruit donors.
  • Get the local newspaper, radio station and/or television station involved by giving them story ideas and ask them to cover the blood drive on the day of the event.

Colleges

Consider the following:

  • Talk it up! Personally ask people to give blood. Getting a personal invitation to donate blood is the number one reason why people donate.
  • Email, text or call students and faculty and ask them to give blood.
  • Ask instructors to allow you to give brief five-minute speeches during class time to promote the blood drive.
  • Get the school newspaper, radio station and/or television station involved by giving them story ideas and ask them to cover the blood drive on the day of the event.
  • Have a representative of the blood drive team available to answer questions about blood donation.

High Schools

Consider the following:

  • Hang posters around school. If the blood drive is open to the public, hang posters around town as well.
  • Get the school paper involved by giving them story ideas and ask them to take pictures the day of the blood drive.
  • Give five-minute speeches in classrooms to get the students excited about giving blood.
  • Ask the teachers to announce the blood drive in class and encourage students to participate.
  • Have PA announcements made about the blood drive.
  • Promote the blood drive on your school marquee.
  • Encourage students to become a Donor of Distinction and let them know about our scholarship opportunities.
  • Hand out consent forms for minors to have their parents sign in advance of the blood drive so they are eligible the day of. 

Get the Word Out!

Spreading the word about your blood drive is a critical element to the success of the event. Be creative and have fun when promoting the blood drive.

Tips for Recruiting Blood Donors

  • Be positive, enthusiastic and educated about the blood donation process and simply ask someone to become a blood donor. A personal, face-to-face invitation makes all the difference.
  • Find out if any employees have used blood and ask them to share their story. Being asked to donate blood by someone who has used blood is very powerful.
  • Talk to co-workers who donate blood regularly and ask them to share their past donation experience(s). These stories can often convince people who have never donated blood to become blood donors.
  • Do something special to reward employees for signing up ahead of time. You can offer candy or other special treats, see if management would allow employees to dress casually for the day of the blood drive or hand out special giveaway items.
Schedule a Donation