In order for your organization to host a blood drive you must have an assigned volunteer chairperson in place. For more information on hosting a blood drive, send us an email.
When and Where
As the Volunteer Chairperson of the blood drive, you need to choose a date, time and place that will accommodate the largest number of donors.
Decide on a Goal
You and the LifeSouth Donor Recruiter assigned to your drive will determine an achievable goal for your blood drive. The goal you set becomes part of the average daily supply we rely on to meet community needs.
Get Others Involved
Depending upon the size of your organization, it may be best to establish a blood drive committee of outgoing, dependable people who will help to ensure that your organization meets its blood drive goal.
Your LifeSouth Donor Recruiter can provide you with a variety of materials designed to help get the word out, including posters, table tents, flyers, paycheck stuffers, and other tools for publicizing your blood drive. Your LifeSouth Donor Recruiter can also make educational/motivational presentations to prospective donors, as well as provide text to be included in a company newsletter.
Sign ‘Em Up!
LifeSouth encourages the use of sign up sheets where possible. An appointment schedule cuts down on donors’ wait time, minimizes interference in their daily routines, and will help you accurately measure progress toward your goal.
The most important ingredient in creating a successful blood drive is personal contact. Studies have shown that the most common reason people have not donated is because no one has asked them. Keep your approach positive and explain that giving blood is one of the most important, rewarding, and compassionate things a person can do. Be enthusiastic—it’s contagious.
Evaluate the Drive
Ask for donors’ comments. Review the results with your LifeSouth Donor Recruiter to help improve future drives. Remember to send in your chairperson survey form after you receive your thank you letter from LifeSouth. Your experiences and insights can help us all serve the community better.