Volunteer with Us
The Rhode Island Blood Center welcomes 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 our mission to help save lives in Rhode Island and beyond.
For all positions, a short but thorough application and training process gets you started. 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, Riley Medeiros, today at (401) 453-5773 to set up an interview!
Some of the volunteer positions available:
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 six donor centers conveniently located throughout the state. Volunteers at the centers serve refreshments to donors after they have complete their donation. Volunteers also watch for possible reactions post-donation. 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. Both allow you to meet a variety of people that want to support the community by donating blood.
The Rhode Island Blood Center holds mobile blood drives on our donor coaches every day throughout the state. We also have six donor centers, which need regular blood donation pick-ups and delivery. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to transport boxed blood products from these locations to the Providence headquarters for processing and testing. Drivers are compensated for their mileage based on IRS standards. Because blood products will spoil if not processed quickly, volunteer drivers play a very important role in ensuring their safe deliverly to the lab.