It is National Volunteer Week and it is worth note that many American Red Cross volunteers work with the Blood Services side of operations. Hundreds of volunteers are needed each day to help with blood drives in the region. Volunteers are a defining factor of a donors experience, helping in a variety of appreciated ways.
In Portland, every day volunteers fill the roles of receptionists (signing in donors), escorts (leading donors to where they need to go next), and canteen management (delivering and supplying nourishment to those that have donated). They help with drives at the Donor Center and the many mobile setups around the area. In addition, volunteers help with office operations, facilitate community outreach, communicate with the Spanish speaking community, and help transport blood. Currently, volunteers are needed for many of these roles Monday through Friday.
Video with a variety of Red Cross Blood volunteers in California.
For more information about Blood Services volunteer needs in your community, click the corresponding link below for the area of Oregon you are located.