At this time, we require both staff and donors to wear a face covering at blood drives or donation centers. Appointments are also strongly recommended.

Inspiring others to give blood by hosting either a traditional or virtual blood drive is a rewarding way to benefit your community. It’s also an opportunity to give your organization’s members a chance to share in the wonder of transforming the lives of others. At Vitalant, we have thousands of volunteers we call blood drive coordinators, who partner with us to ensure a safe blood supply is always available for patients who need it.

Traditional Blood Drives

Traditional blood drives can be held at businesses, schools, places of worship, community and civic organizations—anywhere enough people are willing to roll up their sleeves to save lives. In fact, more than half of the blood we collect comes from our mobile blood drive programs.

We have just a few basic requirements for successful traditional blood drives*:

  • We ask for a minimum of 30 people who are committed to participate in a blood drive. We will supply you with tools to help you measure the level of interest in your organization.
  • You must have either an inside location that meets certain requirements for staff and equipment or an outside location suitable for a bloodmobile.

Virtual Blood Drives

NEW!  Because many blood drives have been forced to cancel due to the pandemic, Vitalant is now offering coordinators another way to help save lives: becoming a COVID Rescue Team Leader by hosting a virtual blood drive. Organizing a virtual blood drive is easy and no significant advanced planning or logistics is required. And, donors will be able give at any convenient Vitalant donation location (including other traditional community blood drives), while still donating on behalf of your organization. Learn more.

How to Coordinate a Virtual Blood Drive from Vitalant on Vimeo.

Whether you plan a traditional or virtual blood drive (or both!), you will be working with experienced donor recruitment representatives who will guide you every step of the way to ensure your blood drive is a success.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer blood drive coordinator, please complete our host a blood drive form below. Once completed, an email will be sent to a local donor recruitment representative in your area who will contact you within three working days.

Join us and, together, we’ll do something amazing to change people’s lives.

*If your group doesn't meet these requirements, please reach out to us. We would love to talk about alternative partnership opportunities, including virtual blood drives.


“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the blood donors who generously gave their time to make a donation. You are making a real difference.”


image of Kristin, blood recipient