There are many ways to contribute and support the blood drives on campus through various forms of involvement. Take a look at the opportunities below for how to get involved.

Blood Drive Volunteers

Volunteers can support blood drives before and during each drive. Each of these roles are essential to raise awareness, increase blood collection, and ensure efficient, supportive and smooth experiences for donors and allies.

Volunteer opportunities before drive day may include tabling, outreach, flyering, support education and awareness events, and recruiting donors. If you would like to volunteer this way, email our Blood Drive Coordinator at blooddrive@wustl.edu.

Opportunities on drive day include helping with set up, check in, traffic flow, donor communication and preparation, donor survey management, clean up, and more. Sign up to volunteer. If you have any questions, please email blooddrive@wustl.edu.

Blood Drive Leadership Team

The Blood Drive Leadership Team (BDLT) is a dedicated team of undergraduates providing essential support to blood drives through three main areas: marketing and outreach, event leadership, and planning & evaluation. Learn more about the position and how to get involved here

Maximizing Donations

Be a Double Red Cell Donor

Double red cell donation involves donating two units of red blood cells during one donation, while returning plasma and platelets back to the donor. The donation process utilizes a special machine that allows for the separation to happen safely and easily. Donors at the Medical Campus location have typically had the option to take part in this form of donation.

More information about double red cell donation.

Become a Platelet Donor

People who are critically ill from diseases such as leukemia and other types of cancer, patients undergoing cardiac surgery and those with certain blood disorders all need platelet donations.  Platelets are collected in the same manner as a blood donation, but the platelets are removed and your own blood is returned to you.  The entire donation process, from filling out forms to having refreshments, takes 1-2 hours.

Our state of the art donation facility is located at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Pheresis Center in the Center for Advanced Medicine, Suite 4E (right off the MetroLink).  There is wireless internet access, private flat screen DVD/TVs, and homemade cookies!!!

Additional Life-Saving Traditions

Marrow Registry
Thousands of patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases are waiting for a bone marrow transplant. They depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match and to get a second chance at life.  You could be someone’s match!

Be on the lookout for the quarterly Marrow Registry drives at a location near you! For more information visit http://wumr.wustl.edu.