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You may know someone who is unable to give blood, but believes in helping hospital patients. Or maybe you would like to help patients beyond donating blood.

Vitalant offers other opportunities to make a difference and save the lives of patients in communities across the U.S. After all, it takes scores of volunteers, financial contributors, coordinators and blood donors to ensure our lifesaving objective runs without a hitch.


You can volunteer at one of our donation centers or blood drives. There are several ways Vitalant can use your help, like welcoming and checking in donors when they arrive; guiding them through the donation process and answering any questions; providing courteous communication and assistance to donors and staff; or assisting in the refreshments area to ensure that every donor has a snack and drink to replace fluids lost during the donation process.

Volunteers also make our donors feel appreciated by thanking them for transforming patients’ lives. Some of our locations rely on volunteer drivers and couriers to pick up and deliver blood products, and you can be one of them. Find out what opportunities are available in your area.

Share Your Story

Everyone has a story to tell. Why are you a dedicated blood donor? We’d like to know. If you or someone you love needed a blood transfusion, and the everyday heroics of selfless donors helped ensure a happy ending, we would love to hear all about it. Don’t worry — you don’t need to be Shakespeare or Dan Brown. You can easily share your story to inspire others to take action. Just fill out our super-quick online form, type your story at the bottom of the page and click “Submit.” It’s that easy!

Make a Financial Gift

As a nonprofit, Vitalant also relies on financial support to help fulfill our lifesaving mission. It’s a way for current supporters to enhance their engagement with Vitalant too. Your monetary contribution will help others across the entire life spectrum, from newborn babies to victims of trauma to individuals affected by cancers and rare blood diseases. Vitalant’s national network of blood centers and services, coupled with your selfless contribution, make everyday miracles happen. Charitable funds can even lead to scientific breakthroughs in transfusion medicine, vaccine development and other cutting-edge therapies.

Spread the Word

Forward our emails and blog posts to people on your contact list, post on social media and include our website,, or discuss the importance of blood donation over lunch with family and friends. Basically, spread the word however you can.

Encourage others to give as often as they can to help cancer patients, trauma survivors, newborn babies, mothers undergoing emergency transfusions during childbirth, and many more.

Whatever path you choose, you can be an agent of change, a bringer of happiness and hope, and an everyday hero when patients need you most.

Because of you, life doesn’t stop. Thank you for being part of our lifesaving mission.

Article published for the Vital Donor newsletter.