It takes more than 400 donations every day to meet the needs of local patients. While donor centers meet about half of the demand, Virginia Blood Services relies on businesses and organizations to host blood drives to support the other half of the community’s need. Whether you are involved in a business, church, school or community organization, your efforts can help save lives in your community simply by hosting a blood drive. Check out the FAQs to see what it takes to become a Virginia Blood Services Donor Group and contact us today to set up a consultation!
Types of Blood Drives
- Schools & Universities
- Clubs & Organizations
- Places of Worship
Frequently Asked Questions about Organizing a Blood Drive
How many donors do I need to have a blood drive?
Twenty-five or more committed donors depending on the size of your group.
What is a “committed” donor?
Someone who has signed up on the Pledge Form stating that they will donate at your blood drive. Our experience shows that prospective donors who sign up in advance will be more committed to giving at your blood drive. Their phone number and e-mail will help to schedule them once a date is set.
When can I schedule a date for our drive?
When you have a commitment of at least 25 donors, contact Virginia Blood Services to schedule a date. Blood drives are usually scheduled about three months in advance, but we may have an earlier opening in our schedule.
Why do I have to get advance commitments from donors before I schedule a date?
Through our experience, we have learned that an advance commitment from donors usually ensures that they will participate. Advance commitments help you, your donors and VBS. This helps us ensure an adequate supply of blood for patients in your community and make the most efficient use of the donor’s time.
Where can I hold my blood drive?
Your site will either be held inside or using one of our bloodmobiles. For a drive in your office or other building, you will need:
- A large (typically about 900 square feet), well ventilated room with heat and air conditioning.
- Good overhead lighting.
- Electricity, running water and available restrooms.
- Tables, chairs and trash cans. If the room is carpeted, please let your VBS account manager know so that we can bring floor covering.
If your organization will be sponsoring a drive using a bloodmobile, please keep the following in mind:
- Ample space will be needed to park the bloodmobile with level parking for at least six parking spaces.
- The parking site should be roped off before the blood drive.
How do I get people to sign up?
Don’t be shy; ask them. The main reason people don’t donate blood is that they have not been asked. Another option is to form a committee and have each person recruit a certain number of donors. Tell potential donors that each donation can save up to three lives. Also, if this drive takes place at work, make sure that you have the support from upper management so that your donors may give on company time.
How long does it take to donate?
About an hour from walking in the door to walking out
I have more questions.
Please contact your Virginia Blood Services Account Manager. They will help you with the planning and promotion to help make your drive successful.