2010 National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge

Speaking of challenges for youth

The 2010 National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge has begun and over the next month will include over 100 colleges/universities nationwide, allowing approximately 10,000 students/staff/faculty to engage in not only promoting Cesar E. Chavez’s Legacy as one of the most important American civic leaders of the 20th century, but contributing to the very important task of increasing blood donation participation amongst the Hispanic/Latino community. This is because Hispanics have the highest percentage of the much needed ‘O’ blood type.

These blood drives and outreach educational activities are promoted by students from the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), which assists students who are migratory or seasonal farmworkers (or children of such workers) enrolled in their first year of undergraduate studies. The National Blood Drive Challenge is the major service project that brings together the CAMP programs nationwide. Several institutes of higher education in Oregon are participating, including: Chemeketa Community College, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University, Portland Community College, and several more. To see a preview of some of the great work they will be doing, check out the video below produced by PCC’s CAMP program last year!