It’s in you to give: volunteers needed for clinics

Sooke Blood Donor Clinic seeking community-minded volunteers

Canadian Blood Services is looking for volunteers in Sooke.

Every eight weeks they hold blood donor clinics, and there is a need for volunteers to help at the actual blood donor clinics as well as to be community volunteers.

The Blood Donor Clinics in Sooke are held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church at 1962 Murray Road.

Those who volunteer at the clinic (“in-clinic volunteers”) help out with the customer services aspect, looking to the donors’ safety and comfort. In-Clinic Volunteers are responsible for creating a positive, welcoming and comfortable donor experience that promotes donor satisfaction and retention at all Canadian Blood Services donor clinics. By providing great customer service, a welcoming environment and updates on programs within Canadian Blood Services, donors will continue to donate ensuring they will be able to reach collections targets and ultimately assist the millions of Canadians who will need blood or blood products in their lifetime.

Those who become community volunteers help to recruit new blood donors by manning booths, and promoting blood donation at community events.

Canadian Blood Services is the guardian and steward of Canada’s blood supply and have responsibility for recruitment, screening and retention of blood donors.

If you are interested in contributing your inter-personal skills, you can volunteer directly though www.blood.ca, or contact Ciara Stewart by email ciara.stewart@blood.ca.

The next scheduled blood donor clinic in Sooke is on April 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 10 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

To donate, you must be at least 17 years of age, in general good health, and feeling well on the day of your donation.

To donate blood call to register at 1-888-2 DONATE of 1-888-236-6383. It’s in you to give.