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Red Cross Services & Blood Drives

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What is Red Cross Services and Blood Drives?

The Red Cross program exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our volunteers have the exceptional opportunity to provide care through the following:

Community Outreach
We make it a priority to help our community in any way possible while making everyone's health and safety our number one goal.

Virtual service opportunities
We are implementing a handful of online service opportunities including:

  • Missing Maps: We map vulnerable communities around the world to help first responders locate and deliver lifesaving aid.
  • Disaster training: Over Zoom review disaster training materials together.
  • Disaster recovery: Train to provide casework services remotely. 

Biomedical Services
We encourage our volunteers to get involved with the Red Cross Blood Donation program.

Blood Donation
Blood Drives is a program that allows volunteers to assist donors before and after giving blood. Volunteers also help recruit new donors and advertise for upcoming drives.

Volunteer Services
Volunteers can help teach virtual EDGE Skill training courses.

Missing Maps Project
Missing Maps works to put the World's Vulnerable Communities on the Map.
Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from open and accessible maps and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of people at risk of disasters and crises.

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How do I get involved?

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Volunteer Description: Volunteers serve in various capacities and responsibilities may vary.

Volunteer Commitment: Volunteers attend meetings from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm on two Thursdays a month.

Step 1:

Come to a Thursday meeting held in the Wilkinson Center room 3380.

No Y-Serve Training is required to be a volunteer.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER DONOR

Blood Donor Commitment: a one-semester commitment is expected with 2-3 hours every few weeks.

Step 1:

Become a blood donor by using this link to join our email list. We'll update you about upcoming campus drives and send you a link to a Blood Drives calendar for use on iCal and Google Calendar.

Step 2:

You can sign up for your first blood donation appointment here, or go to redcrossblood.org and use the campus code "byucampus" to see available times.

Step 3:

Attend our meetings; held in the Wilkinson Center Room 3380 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm on two Thursdays a month.

No Y-Serve Training is required to be a volunteer.

MISSING MAPS PROJECT

If using your phone:
1.) Download the MapSwipe app here.
2.) Go through the quick tutorial about marking the maps with green, yellow, and red squares.
3.) Choose a project and start validating map data.

If using your laptop
1.) Go to Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Tasking Manager at openstreetmap.org and create a login.
2.) Go to tasks.hotosm.org and sign in using that same login you created on OpenStreetMap. Begin by exploring and selecting a project.

- When you are done mapping, please make sure to log your hours for the Red Cross program using the Y-Serve feature on the BYU app.

For more information than what is listed above, contact the program directors by email at byuredcross@byu.edu.

BECOME A LEADER

Volunteer Leader Description: There are two leadership positions: Executive Director and Program Director. A program only has one Executive Director, but multiple program directors. Leaders are generally responsible for overseeing recruitment, retention, and reflection with volunteers. They also coordinate service with community partners and ensure their program runs smoothly. Volunteer leaders may also share the responsibilities of volunteers as outlined in the Volunteer Description. For more information on the responsibilities, visit our section on¬†Leadership Opportunities!

Volunteer Leader Commitment: Volunteer Leaders have a monthly 1-hour team meeting to discuss needs and make plans for the program.

STEP 1:

Apply to become a leader by completing one of the applications below:

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Directors

Available by email at byuredcross@byu.edu

Ashley Larson, Executive Director

(801) 824-8155
Office Hour: Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 AM

Carrleigh Campbell

Allison Lambert

(702) 757-5029

Hayley Lamb

(801) 906-3576

Lucas Petersen

(801) 648-8142

Mariko Shiraki

(808) 670-7977

Nicholas Thompson

(801) 674-6547