Many different types of organizations have banded together to host successful BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drives. Wouldn’t you like to join them and help patients in your community? To find out more about having your business or community organization host a blood drive, call 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376) or complete and submit a blood drive interest form. More information is also available in our Host a Blood Drive FAQs.
More than half of BloodCenter’s mobile blood drives are hosted by businesses. As a business leader, you can showcase your company’s commitment to the community by hosting a blood drive and encouraging blood donation among your employees. The blood collected will go to help neighbors, friends, maybe even co-workers because BloodCenter supplies 100% of the blood to more than 50 community hospitals.
Many businesses in Wisconsin hold regular blood drives. These drives range from a commitment of 20 donors to 200+ donors. They can be held on-site at your place of business, or on our Bloodmobile Bus which can accommodate up to 50 donors over a 5-hour period.
High schools and colleges all over Wisconsin host regular blood drives and represent a significant portion of all mobile blood drives. Young adults represent the future of blood donation. Hosting a drive at your high school or college can help to shape a new generation, and create lots of fun as well! Encouraging blood donation saves lives and can develop leadership skills among the students coordinating the drive. BloodCenter staff will help walk you through the process of setting up a successful drive. High schools are also invited to participate in our Ultimate Share honor cord program and scholarship.
To learn more about how we support and encourage students to become involved in BloodCenter’s mission through blood drives and activities, go to our For Students section. You'll find additional information about our Ultimate Share Program that is designed to recognize students, faculty and staff for their support of BloodCenter.
BloodCenter of Wisconsin works closely with many community and civic groups to organize blood drives. Donors are more likely to donate blood when they feel comfortable and are with people they already know. Community drives can also provide a very powerful and rewarding experience for participants. Many different types of community-sponsored groups have banded together to host successful blood drives including:
- Community or citywide drives
- Drives hosted by civic organizations, such as Lions or Elks clubs
- Faith-based organizations that encourage members to help save lives
- Moms’ groups or other special interest groups that host a drive to honor or commemorate an individual
An important part of hosting a blood drive is planning. Of course, the more time you give yourself the better, but this checklist can help you plan ahead to ensure a successful drive:
- Secure date and time of your drive.
- Select an appropriate site and confirm the choice of facilities with your BloodCenter representative.
- Confirm your blood drive donor goal with your representative as well.
- Meet with your BloodCenter representative to discuss committee development, drive ideas, and select promotional materials.
- Set up your committee and determine how many volunteers will join you.
- Meet with your organization's leadership to get their support and plan how to show their involvement.
- Meet, educate and motivate your committee members.
- Determine a recruitment and communications plan. Your BloodCenter representative can assist you with this.
- Begin using BloodCenter materials and create communications: e-mails, patient stories, press releases which can be found at our Tools for Drive Coordinators.
- Start asking people for their commitment to donate and schedule appointments.
- Hold weekly committee check-in meetings.
- Check into the online schedule provided to you by your BloodCenter representative
- Use your promotional tools: e-mails, table tents, posters, etc.
- Share inspirational DVD provided by BloodCenter representative.
- Check-in with your BloodCenter representative and update him/her on how the drive appointments are going, and if there is anything else you need to ensure a successful drive.
- Reconfirm any logistics and remind and thank donors personally.
- Have tables and chairs ready and the rest of the room cleared.
- Have the temperature set to 70 degrees or slightly lower.
- Meet with the BloodCenter charge person at the start of the drive to confirm everything is ready to go.
- Contact any donors who are 15 minutes late for their appointment.
- Send thank you notes to donors, organization leadership and your committee.
- Include drive totals in your correspondence and encourage donors to continue donating at BloodCenter donation centers or at another upcoming mobile drive. They can call 1-877 BE A HERO for locations and appointment times.
- Hold a team meeting to solicit feedback on the event.
- Share your organization’s results with the rest of the organization. It’s a time to celebrate! Review drive results with your BloodCenter representative and set a date for your next successful drive.
Hosting a blood drive has great benefits — not only for patients in our community — but for your organization as well. By hosting a blood drive, you will be helping accident and burn victims, surgery patients, leukemia patients, premature babies, and many others.
Blood really is the gift of life. To be contacted by a BloodCenter of Wisconsin staff member and learn more, please call 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376), or fill out the online form.
Thank you for contributing the time and effort to host a blood drive with BloodCenter of Wisconsin. Participating with us means that your organization provides tremendous benefits to people who need blood, including accident victims, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, premature babies, patients undergoing surgery and many others in need of blood transfusions.
These tools are available to help you prepare for your blood drive and ensure a successful event:
Advertising templates to use to promote your drive:
Hosting a blood drive has several direct benefits:
- Your donations with BloodCenter of Wisconsin are the only source of blood for local hospitals. Everyone in your group – from organizers to donors – can feel good about helping patients who depend on receiving that blood.
- Hosting a blood drive can be a very visible extension of your organization’s values because it shows that you are working together for the good of the community.
- Individuals who work together to plan the drive can benefit from the leadership experience it provides.
- Some organizations find that hosting a blood drive brings their entire group together because there is an opportunity to rally around a very real and important community cause.
Our blood drive planning timeline checklist offers a checklist of what you should do and when, but here’s an overview to ensure that your blood drive will go as smoothly as possible:
- First, contact BloodCenter of Wisconsin (1-877-BE-A-HERO) or complete a blood drive interest form and discuss possible dates and the size of your group. If you plan to host the drive at your facility our staff will stop by to look at the room you have selected to ensure there is adequate space, lighting, outlets, etc.
- Then, we recommend forming a committee to divide duties such as logistics, recruiting and decorating. BloodCenter staff will provide you with checklists, posters, table tents and other materials and will remain in contact with you to answer any questions.
- On the day of the drive, BloodCenter’s mobile crew will arrive before the start of your drive to set up all equipment. After your drive has ended, our crew will break down all equipment and transport it away.
A minimum of 20 donors is needed to host a blood drive. Our largest drives host over 200 donors. Most smaller drives are held over a 4-hour period; larger drives can stretch over a longer time.
BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Bloodmobile Bus is often used by organizations. The Bus can accommodate up to 50 donors over a 5-hour period. It requires sufficient parking space and access to restrooms. BloodCenter staff can discuss this option in more detail with you.
Ideally, planning 8 to 12 weeks before the actual date works best. This gives you time to organize and recruit, helping to ensure a successful drive. Smaller windows of time can be accommodated. Again, this is something you can discuss with our BloodCenter staff.
Getting donors committed to giving is absolutely critical. Studies have shown that the main reason people haven’t donated blood is that no one asked them. Forming a committee and personally asking people — even signing them up for donation times — is the best way to ensure that you’ll achieve your goal. If there is someone from the organization with a personal story about needing blood, ask if they are willing to share their story. Real stories can create a personal connection and provide further motivation for blood donation.
It takes about 60 minutes from registration to refreshments in the café. The actual blood donation time is approximately 10 minutes.
BloodCenter of Wisconsin thanks the following groups for sponsoring blood drives in the month of May and donating the gift of life. These community partners make it possible for BloodCenter of Wisconsin to provide life-giving blood products and services to local hospitals throughout Wisconsin.
La Crosse County
University Of La Crosse - NRHH
Milwaukee CountyIrving Elementary School
Progressive Baptist Church
Saint Anthony High School
Heritage Christian Schools
WCTC - Adult Basic Education
Manitowoc Police Department
Shady Lane, Inc.
Racine CountyFounders Rotary
Colby Community Drive
John Deere Horicon Works
Relay For Life-Beaver Dam
Fond du Lac County
Dodge Correctional Institution
First Presbyterian Church Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac Fire Department
Horace Mann High School
Ho-Chunk Gaming Black River Falls
Bethany Evangelical Lutheran
Cygnus Business Media
Palmyra-Eagle High School
Standard Process Inc.
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Watertown Firefighters - Local 877
Mile Bluff Medical Center
Necedah High School
New Lisbon Correctional Institution
Dr. James Fulmer - DDS
Lakeview Tech Academy
St. Anne Catholic Church
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
La Crosse County
BMO Harris Bank
Christ Episcopal Church
Gundersen Lutheran - Onalaska Clinic
La Crosse Government Employees
La Crosse Public Library
Mary Mother of The Church Parish
Mayo Clinic Franciscan Healthcare
St. James The Less Catholic Church
Faith Lutheran Church
Holy Family Memorial Medical Center
Lincoln High School
Marathon City High School
Northcentral Technical College
Spencer High School
American Society For Quality
Archer Daniels Midland - Cocoa Division
AT&T - Broadway
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
Aurora St Luke's South Shore Hospital
Aurora West Allis Medical Center
Badger Mutual Insurance
Bay View High School
Bon Ton Inc (Boston Store)
Brown Deer Business Park
C & H Distributors, Inc
Caterpillar Global Mining
Children's Hospital Of Wisconsin
CHR Hansen, Inc.
Community Care Milwaukee
Donate 4 Research
Forrer Business Interiors
Greendale High School
Hamilton High School
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James E Dottke High School
Lions Club of Wauwatosa
Marquette Evans Scholars
Messmer High School
Milwaukee Athletic Club
Milwaukee County Clerk Of Courts - Jury Service Div.
Milwaukee Police & Fire Associations
Milwaukee School Of Engineering
Mount Hope Lutheran Church
Nicolet High School
Quad/Graphics -West Allis
Rexnord Corp-Berg & Stearns Division
South Division High School
South Milwaukee Lions Club
South Milwaukee Sr High School
St. Eugene Congregation
St. Jude Parish
The Wisconsin Heart Hospital
Unico at The Italian Community Center
United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay
Wauwatosa Police Department
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Whitefish Bay Women's Club
Wisconsin Lutheran High School
Cashton Community Blood Drive
Tomah High School
Tomah Memorial Hospital
Trinity Lutheran Church
Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church
Grafton High School
HB Performance Systems
Ozaukee High School
Saint Michael's Hospital
Flambeau River Papers
All Saints Health Care – St. Luke's
BRP US Inc.
Catholic Central High School
J I Case High School
Johnson Financial Group
Racine Youth Correctional Facility
St. Mesrob Armenian Church
St. Rita's Catholic Church
St. Thomas Aquinas
Union Grove Community
William Horlick High School
Wind Lake Community
Richland Hospital, Inc.
Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church
Curt G. Joa, Inc.
Plymouth High School
Random Lake High School
Sheboygan County Christian High School
Eleva Lutheran Church
Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School
Tri-County Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home
Vernon Memorial Healthcare
Aurora Health Center
Elkhorn Martial Arts Center
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Universal Electronics, Inc.
Allenton Lions Club
Hartford Union High School
Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Richfield Elementary School
St. Josephs Hospital
All Saints Lutheran
Ascension Lutheran Church
Bader, Rutter & Associates Inc
Blessed Savior Lutheran Church
Brookfield Academy High School
Christ The Servant Lutheran Church
Cooper Power Systems
Cross of Life Lutheran Church
Elm Grove Lutheran Church
First Baptist Church of Merton
Flight For Life
Froedtert Health at Woodland Prime
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Menomonee Falls Community
Menomonee Falls High School
North Shore Bank
North Shore Middle School
Oconomowoc High School
Poplar Creek Church
Queen of Apostles Catholic Parish
Riverglen Christian Church
Sentry Equipment Corporation
Sharp Packaging Systems
St. Agnes Parish
St. Jerome Catholic Church
St. Marks Lutheran Church
St. Mary and St Anthony School and Parishes
Virginia Health & Rehab
Waukesha North High School
Wisconsin Athletic Club
Wisconsin Harley- Davidson
Zach & Sam's Community Blood Drive
North Ridge Church Marshfield
Renaissance Learning Inc.
Saint Joseph's Hospital