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Hosting a Blood Drive Can Improve Mental Health and Morale

Doing good gives you purpose – and that purpose can have a lasting effect on not only you, but the people you surround yourself with. As a blood drive coordinator and advocate, you know that donating blood can vastly improve your mental health, but did you know that it can also improve the mental health of the people around you?

Everyone wants to feel like they’re part of a team. Whether you coordinate drives at your workplace, school, in your community or at your church, you will likely have new people joining you who are looking for ways to feel like they belong. Donating blood is a great way to help someone new feel like they’re part of the greater good, and also help them feel like they’re a valuable member of your group. In addition to being a great tool for welcoming new folks to your organization, you are also helping create the blood donor community of the future.

If someone can’t donate blood, don’t fret! They can get involved in other ways. Ask them to volunteer for the drive by calling donors, helping to get donors signed up, handing out snacks at the drive or helping with room set up. This is a great way to help them feel welcomed. People who feel like they belong are more likely to stick around which will improve employee and member retention. Volunteering helps to not only form bonds on a personal level, but helps people feel connected to the overall organization on a much deeper level.

You are already invested in making a difference by being a blood drive coordinator. Knowing that you can make a difference in not only the lives of blood donors and recipients, but also in the lives of those around you, is the cherry on top. Mental health is becoming increasingly more important in society today, and every little bit counts. Surround yourself with good, and watch the good things grow!

“To be inspired is great, but to inspire is an honor.” - Stacey T. Hunt.
Article published for the Vital Connections newsletter.