Volunteering opportunities through BloodCenter of Wisconsin

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BloodCenter of Wisconsin is a non-profit organization. Volunteers play an important role in patient care by providing a priceless link between BloodCenter of Wisconsin and those who donate the gift of life to patients in the community. You, too, can provide an invaluable community service by giving of your time, talent and contributions as a volunteer.
 
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please call 414-937-6364.
 
If you already know that you’d like to join our BloodCenter volunteer team, get started with our
Volunteer Sign-up Process.
 
Who can volunteer?
Volunteering at BloodCenter can take several different forms, but here are some general requirements:
  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Have strong customer service skills
  • Be mature, reliable and dependable
  • Be willing to make a commitment to follow the policies and procedures of the Volunteer Services Department
 
Where can I volunteer?
Some of the volunteer activities take place within the donor centers which are located around the state. Other volunteer opportunities are at our main office, which is in downtown Milwaukee. Others take place at local community and smaller mobile drives, health fairs and community organizations.

In what areas can I volunteer?
Please note that each volunteer role has a unique set of responsibilities and requirements. You can review the selections below and see what might be right for you.

 

 


Want to be a café attendant?
 
Responsibilities
When you work in the café, you’ll monitor donors for post-donation reactions while serving refreshments. During all your duties, you’ll be expected to maintain exceptional customer service with donors and staff.
 
Requirements
  • Some lifting (max of 15 lbs.)
  • Visual acuity to be able to read instructions and observe donors for post-donation reactions
  • Manual dexterity in handling and pouring liquids
  • Able to sit/stand for extended periods of time 
 
Locations
Café attendants are needed in the following communities. Click on a donation center to view the location.


Want to be a phone call volunteer for blood donations? 
 
Responsibilities
Make reminder and thank you phone calls.
 
Requirements
  • Possesses exceptional verbal communication/customer service skills
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time
 
Openings
Milwaukee headquarters (only)


Want to be a child care volunteer?
 
Responsibilities
Monitors and participates in activities with children whose guardians are donating blood.
 
Requirements
  • Enjoy interacting with and be able to communicate effectively with children of all ages
  • Demonstrate warmth, maturity and good judgment
  • Manual dexterity in playing games and providing refreshments
 
Openings
Milwaukee media drives (only)
Media drives are larger blood drives that are open to the general public. These drives are often promoted by a radio station.


Want to be a clerical volunteer?
 
Responsibilities
Assist the blood donation team with data entry, filing, copying, folding, collating and other activities.
 
Requirements
  • Able to sit/stand for extended periods of time
  • Typing skills are very helpful
  • Knowledge of Microsoft® Word™, ExcelTM and Access™ is helpful
 
Openings
Milwaukee headquarters (only)


Want to be an office support volunteer?
Mailings and other projects occasionally need to be done at the Wisconsin Donor Network and Wisconsin Tissue Bank office.
 
Responsibilities
Assist with:
  • Data entry
  • Filing
  • Copying
  • Folding
  • Collating
  • Other activities
 
Requirements
  • Able to sit/stand for extended periods of time
  • Access to a computer
  • Knowledge of Microsoft® Word™, ExcelTM and Access™ is helpful


Want to be a mobile drive volunteer?
 
Responsibilities
Assist blood donation staff with donor flow.
 
Requirements
  • Possesses exceptional verbal communication/customer service skills
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
 
Openings
All communities that BloodCenter serves


Want to be a community volunteer for organ and tissue donation?
 
Staffing a display table and answering questions about organ and tissue donation at various community events. Volunteers are scheduled for three (3) to four (4) hour shifts To prepare you, we require that you attend special training sessions.
 
Responsibilities
Comfortable with engaging people in conversation in order to answer questions and provide education on the topic of organ, tissue and eye donation.
 
Requirements
  • Enjoy interacting with people and communicate effectively
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Some lifting
  • Basic computer skills (We provide computers for volunteer events and communicate with volunteers via email)


Want to distribute promotional materials?
 
Distributing brochures and posters in pharmacies, libraries, DMV sites, churches and other locations in your community.

Responsibilities
Find opportunities in your community that will allow you to display our organ and tissue materials.  
 
Requirements
  • Reliable transportation
  • Good verbal communication skills

 


Want to be a volunteer speaker?
 
As a speaker, you will share your personal connection to donation or transplants with schools, churches and community organizations.
 
Most groups look for presentations that are 15 to 30 minutes long (plus time for questions). To help you prepare, we offer special speakers’ training sessions.
 
Requirements
  • Comfortable speaking to various groups on the topics of organ, tissue and eye donation
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Access to a computer (communicate requests via email)
 


Want to work in community outreach?
 Thousands of patients depend on the services offered by BloodCenter of Wisconsin. We all have the power to make THE difference in the lives of so many.
  • People with sickle cell disease whose lives depend on blood transfusions
  • People with blood related illnesses who need a marrow/stem cell transplant
  • People who are desperately waiting for an organ to survive
 
 
Volunteers are an invaluable gift to us. They make possible the life-saving work of the BloodCenter of Wisconsin. As a BloodCenter of Wisconsin volunteer, you play a vital role in helping us continue our mission of being an unparalleled industry leader that provides an unprecedented level of customer service.
 
Responsibilities
  • Assisting donors at community blood drives (registration, canteen, recovery, etc.)
  • Helping at registration drives for Be The Match and Organ & Tissue registries
  • Serving as ambassadors to our shared mission of saving lives
  • Handing-out literature about our services
  • Serving as liaisons at community health fairs, college fairs and community organizations
 
Whether you have a day or an hour a month to volunteer, you have the power to make a difference –– you have the power to help save lives.


Threads of Compassion
Threads of Compassion is a volunteer group that knits or crochets comfort shawls for future organ and tissue donor families through the Wisconsin Donor Network and Wisconsin Tissue Bank.
 
In late August of 2005, Threads of Compassion was organized by a donor mother who wanted to give comfort shawls to future donor families. She and other volunteers with Threads of Compassion knit and crochet good thoughts, healing, hope and love into every shawl they make.
 
Wisconsin Donor Network and Wisconsin Tissue Bank offer the comfort shawls to potential organ and tissue donor families at the time of their loved one’s passing whether they consent to donation or not. It is hoped that this small gift of compassion will bring these families comfort in their time of sorrow and transition.
 
Your donation of time and talent to Threads of Compassion are greatly appreciated. It’s a gratifying experience to both those who create and receive the shawls.
 
If you don’t knit or crochet, you can contribute in other ways such as:
If you are interested in joining the volunteer group, call Lynn Baudo at (414) 937-3102 or lynn.baudo@bcw.edu
 
2012 Schedule
 
Day group:
Third Monday of the month
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
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Day group:
Third Monday of the month
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 17
 
Evening group:
Fourth Tuesday of the month
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • January 24
  • February 28
  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 2
  • June 26
 
Evening group:
Fourth Tuesday of the month
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • July 24
  • August 28
  • September 25
  • October 23
  • November 27 NO MEETING
 
Location:
Honey Creek Corporate Center
9000 W. Chester Street, Suite 250
Milwaukee, WI 53214
Located off 92nd street, north of Greenfield (north of Hwy 94) and south of Bluemound.
For any questions, call Lynn Baudo at (414) 379-1479 or e-mail her at lynn.baudo@bcw.edu
 
How to make a comfort shawl
 
Download instructions on how you can knit or crochet comfort shawls.
 
 

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