Blood drives are a lifesaving tradition at Washington University in St. Louis, and we invite you to get involved. Sponsored in partnership with American Red Cross and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center they take place four times per academic year.
In order to reduce risk to our community and minimize the spread of COVID-19, Washington University has elected to cancel the March 31 blood drive.
Although we will not be hosting a drive on campus, donors may opt to give at permanent blood donor locations for Mississippi Regional Valley Blood Center and the American Red Cross. Both blood banks have taken measures to ensure the health and safety of donors, including temperature screenings, distancing donor beds, and extra sanitation. We recognize the importance of maintaining a blood supply, especially during this time of crisis. If you are healthy and able, we hope you will consider doing so. The blood banks are available to answer any questions.
Volunteers enable blood drive locations to run more efficiently and allow donors to get in and out faster. Volunteers are needed to help with:
- Donor and walk-in check-in
- Information distribution about the blood donation process (this is given to you upon arrival)
- Supporting blood bank staff
- Outreach and communication when locations are especially full or available for more donors
- Location set up and clean up
Volunteer shifts are one (1) hour, but you are welcome and encouraged to sign up for multiple shifts. Sign up to volunteer here.
Learn more about other ways to get involved here.