Volunteer with Us
The Rhode Island Blood Center has volunteers from all walks of life and no experience is necessary.
The Rhode Island Blood Center is a wonderful place to volunteer because we provide a flexible way for you to learn new skills, meet new people and support your community. You also become part of an incredible process, literally saving lives.
For all positions, a short but thorough application and training process gets you started quickly. With a wide variety of locations and duties we can match your skills and geographic requirements with an opportunity that meets your needs. Blood Center volunteers also set their own schedule by selecting duties and times that are convenient for them each month.
Call our Volunteer Coordinator today at (401) 453-8378 to set up an interview!
Some of the volunteer positions available:
Mobile Coach Blood Pick-Ups
The Rhode Island Blood Center holds donor coach drives throughout the state each day. Volunteer drivers transport boxed blood products from these locations to the Providence Donor Center's laboratory at set times during particular drives. These drivers use their own vehicles, are compensated for mileage based on IRS standards, and select pick-ups that begin in their area. All products are safely packed in ice and sealed in special foam lined boxes at all times during transport to maintain the integrity of the donations and a high standard of safety for our volunteers. Because blood will spoil if it is not processed shortly after donation our volunteer drivers are a vital link in the testing and preparation process.
The Blood Center develops and produces all of its own publicity materials and signage. We also process most of the mailings that donors receive. Administrative volunteers work on weekdays at the Providence Donor Center to prepare these materials and sometimes assist with other general office duties.
Refreshments at Donor Centers
The Rhode Island Blood Center has fixed locations in Providence, Middletown, Narragansett, Warwick, Woonsocket and Westerly. Volunteers at the centers serve refreshments to donors after donors have complete their donation and volunteers also watch for possible reactions to the donating process. If there is a reaction, the volunteer alerts the supervisor on duty. Various times are available and a volunteer may sign up for a single shift a month or come in several times a week.
Greeting and Refreshments at Mobile Drives
Volunteers at mobile drives can choose from two vital roles: Offering refreshments; Or performing the important task of welcoming and directing donors through the giving process. Either task will allow you to meet a variety of people that want to support the community by donating blood.