The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
In the reception area, ensure that donors feel welcome and valued during the drive. Check the donors in following the easy 9 step process. In the hospitality area, Thank the donor, offer the donor water, juices and snacks. Watch for signs that a donor does not feel well. Each person who gives blood can save 3 lives, make sure the donors feel appreciated and taken care of during the reception and hospitality processes. Depending on the site, you may be asked to recruit donors. The new RapidPass process allows the potential to complete part of the process prior to coming, shortening the time at the drive by 15 minutes or more. To sign up to be a American Red Cross volunteer to access the schedule for Blood Drives in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, go to www.redcross.org/volunteer.