American Red Cross PPSA Volunteer Opportunity
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs Blood
The Pre-Pharmacy Students Association has formed a partnership with the American Red Cross to provide a necessary service to the community. Since the beginning of 2004, PPSA has coordinated quarterly blood drives and received a recognition award for our volunteer work. Our blood drives will help contribute to the blood supply that will help about five million people each year. Currently, there is a great shortage of blood, so the help is needed now more than ever. There is no substitute for blood, so these blood drives help save millions of lives each year.
Just by volunteering to take appointments, put up flyers and banners, and contact blood donors about their appointments, you can help increase the blood supply.
1. Check the dates of upcoming blood drives to figure out when you would like to volunteer.
2. Contact PPSA officers by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. State your name, contact information (email, phone number, etc…), and interest of volunteering.
3. A PPSA officer will contact you to schedule a time to volunteer and to provide you with more details.
Please commit to the days and times you volunteer for. If you decide that you are unable to volunteer during the time you signed up for, please email PPSA at least two days before the event. Due to the nature of student volunteer work, it is difficult to find a replacement with short notice. Remember, volunteer work is highly considered for entry to grad schools. Most importantly, you will help save lives.
Here’s some information about donating blood:
Many generous Americans nationwide have been donating blood since the terrorist attacks September 11 to ensure a sustained and secure blood supply for all Americans. Together with the Red Cross, these blood heroes are ensuring that the safest possible blood is readily available whenever and wherever needed - for the military, for other blood centers in America and for all 5,000 of America's hospitals.
We all expect blood to be there for us, but barely a fraction of those who can give do. Yet sooner or later, virtually all of us will face a time of great vulnerability in which we will need blood. And that time is all too often unexpected. From its beginning, the American Red Cross has formed a community of service, of generous, strong and decent people bound by beliefs beyond themselves. The honor, spirit and resources of the American people comes forth with neighbors helping neighbors in need - during earthquakes, floods, fires, storms - and also for the deeply personal and often quiet disasters that require a gift of blood.
For more information about the American Red Cross, you may visit the following websites: