CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program that is dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address emerging environmental and social equity resilience challenges such as climate change, water resource management, affordable housing, and mobility. CivicSpark is administered by the Local Government Commission in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.
Fellows from the CivicSpark program are hosting the Give 1, Save 3 Blood Drive in response to the blood shortage due to shelter in-place orders.
Give 1, Save 3 — Every one blood donation can save up to three lives.
In March, more than 5,000 American Red Cross blood drives were canceled across the United States when shelter in place orders went into effect. Since in-person blood drives at schools, workplaces, and places of worship account for 50-80% of all blood donations, this resulted in a shortage. Donating blood is always a lifesaving act — even more so now with the decrease in donations and overburdening of healthcare systems. Participating in the Give 1, Save 3 Blood Drive is one way to help ensure there is a stable supply throughout the pandemic. At a time when it is easy to feel powerless or at a loss for how to help your community, one concrete action many of us can take is donating blood.
To participate in the Give 1, Save 3 Blood Drive:
1. Take the pledge. (If pledging from outside the USA, please use G13 for zip code.)
2. Schedule an appointment at your local blood donation center.
3. Spread the word about the Give 1, Save 3 Blood Drive by sharing the link to this page.
4. Respond to the follow-up survey you will receive after pledging.
To find a blood donation center near you visit http://www.aabb.org/tm/donation/Pages/Blood-Bank-Locator.aspx (USA)
Once volunteers take the pledge to donate blood, look up blood donation centers in your area, donate at your convenience, and respond to the follow-up survey you will receive after pledging.
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