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ORGANIZATION: American Red Cross

PURPOSE: This position supports the Regional Biomedical Services department. This opportunity requires participation in in-person activities and/or performing work in a Red Cross facility. The purpose of the Blood Donor Ambassador is to provide excellent and enthusiastic customer service to enhance the blood donor experience. Engage with blood donors to promote blood donation and set the stage for a long-term commitment to regular blood donations. Assist donors with re-hydrating after donation and observe for post-donation reactions. Express gratitude and ensure each blood donor is sincerely thanked for their donation.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Overview of Mobile Blood Drives

  • Usually hosted at a community or sponsor-owned location
  • Blood collection procedures are whole blood and red cell (no platelets or plasma)
  • 'Mobile’ blood drives change almost every day-with the need to setup and takedown each blood drive, they tend to be faster paced, in a variety of sites, with different donors, sponsors, team members, and chargeperson each drive
  • Often requires careful maintenance of donor flow and wait times (typically more donors on the schedule)
  • Events confirmed about 6 weeks in advance

Overview of Fixed Sites

  • Usually hosted at a community or sponsor-owned location
  • Blood collection procedures are whole blood and red cell (no platelets or plasma)
  • Staff and equipment tend to be 'ready to go’ in the same site each day--with fewer donors participating on a frequent basis in longer term procedures (some procedures take as long as 2-2.5 hours per donor) at a Red Cross donor center.
  • Similar or same: list of donors, team members and charge people from week to week creates sense of team
  • Regular donors become familiar with check-in process, materials and site
  • Schedule rarely changes, available several months in advance, a weekly shift 'adoption’ is highly encouraged. For example - one shift every Tuesday morning or afternoon

All Donor Ambassador roles (Mobile Blood Drives and Fixed Sites)

  • Support Red Cross staff by being helpful, flexible, and patient
  • Greet donors, explain the donation process as necessary and assist with initial intake and hand offs through the blood donation process
  • Manage donor flow and direct donors to Check-In
  • Model excellent customer service behaviors.
  • Ensure blood donors have relevant information and that questions are answered appropriately while creating a favorable impression of the blood donation process.
  • Learn and share the Red Cross story, including the mission, vision, and values
  • Work with collections team supervisor or charge staff to match donor’s blood type with the best product for maximum impact (Right Type Mix)
  • Check Post Donation Info and time
  • Set up and maintain cleanliness in Reception and Hospitality Areas
  • Provide customer service to donors in the Hospitality Area by ensuring that each donor is recognized for his/her contribution.
  • Check that donor has their post-donation information before leaving the drive
  • Report possible adverse post-donation physical reactions to the collections staff. Protect donors from injury during adverse reactions (if able without hurting self)
  • May be asked to sanitize/disinfect donor areas and beds
  • May make reminder/cancellation calls, re-schedule donor appointments, and perform follow up activities as directed
  • Encourage donors to download Donor App, use RapidPass

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About American Red Cross

Location:

520 E Chestnut St, Louisville, KY 40202, US

Mission Statement

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Description

The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that...

...all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;

...our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;

...everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;

...all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and

...in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Health & Medicine
Seniors
Community, Health & Medicine, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Varies based on event locationLagrange, KY 40031

(38.4061,-85.3886)
 

SKILLS

  • Nursing
  • Office Reception
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service
  • Patient Care
  • Healthcare

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours per month

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