Beacon for Life
Join us and be a Beacon for Life! Get recognized for your commitment to saving lives throughout the year by celebrating your blood drive hosting milestones.
Versiti Celebrates Dedicated Beacon For Life Coordinators
You, as a Beacon For Life, are an extension of Versiti and an ambassador in your community for our mission! As part of being a Beacon for Life and your commitment to saving lives by hosting blood drives, you’ll experience:
- Helpful email tips to blood drive success
- Our exclusive monthly Beacon newsletter
- Opportunity to share your story and be highlighted in our newsletter or on social media
- Personal recognition from your Account Representative
New Beacon for Life
Are you interested in becoming a Beacon for Life coordinator? All first-time coordinators will receive an exclusive Beacon for Life welcome pin, tumbler, social badge and certificate.
End of Year Recognition Gala
Versiti will be recognizing our top Beacon for Life coordinators by hosting in-person gala dinners and award ceremonies in November 2024.
Donate in Wisconsin
Every day, patients in your community need blood transfusions to survive and thrive. They rely on the generosity of donors like you, who help ensure a safe, healthy blood supply. Make an appointment to donate blood today.
Host A Blood Drive
Volunteering with Versiti
Importance of Diverse Donors
Versiti invites you to share your story and photo to help encourage more people to give back. You may even be featured throughout the year on our social media.
Thank you for contributing the time and effort to host a blood drive with Versiti Blood Centers. Participating with us means that your organization provides tremendous benefits to people who need blood, including accident victims, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, premature babies, patients undergoing surgery and many others in need of blood transfusions. As a Versiti Blood Drive Host you will be provided exclusive access to our online blood drive management system. Inside, you will be able to:
- Schedule and view your blood drives.
- Manage donor appointments.
- View drive activity for current and past drives scheduled in the system.
- Track results for your blood drives.
- Communicate with current and prospective donors via email.
Our blood drive planning timeline checklist offers a checklist of what you should do and when, but here’s an overview to ensure that your blood drive will go as smoothly as possible:
- First, contact Versiti in your preferred region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin) or complete a blood drive interest form and discuss possible dates and the size of your group. If you plan to host the drive at your facility, our staff will stop by to look at the room you have selected to ensure there is adequate space, lighting, outlets, etc.
- Then, we recommend forming a committee to divide duties such as logistics, recruiting and decorating. Versiti staff will provide drive materials and will remain in contact with you to answer any questions.
- On the day of the drive, Versiti's mobile crew will arrive before the start of your drive to set up all equipment. After your drive has ended, our crew will break down all equipment and transport it away.
Many businesses hold regular blood drives that range from a commitment of 20-200+ donors. They are held on-site at your place of business, usually in a conference room, lunchroom or other open space. If you don’t have space, we also have mobile buses that can be parked outside of your organization. We take donations right on the vehicle!
High schools and colleges host regular blood drives and represent more than 20% of all blood drives. Hosting a drive at your school instills a legacy that will be passed along to future classes. And, they’re a lot of fun! Learn about our Leaders for Life program for high school and college hosts.
Community and Civic Organizations
Donors are more likely to donate blood when they feel comfortable and are with people they know, which is why many community and civic organizations host blood drives. Different types of groups include:
- Community or city-wide drives
- Civic organizations, such as Lions or Elks clubs
- Faith-based organizations
- Mom's groups or other special-interest groups that host drives to honor or commemorate an individual
Hosting a blood drive has several direct benefits:
- Your donations are of crucial importance for local hospitals. Everyone in your group – from organizers to donors – can feel good about helping patients who depend on receiving that blood.
- Hosting a blood drive can be a very visible extension of your organization’s values because it shows that you are working together for the good of the community.
- Individuals who work together to plan the drive can benefit from the leadership experience it provides.
- Some organizations find that hosting a blood drive brings their entire group together because there is an opportunity to rally around a very real and important community cause.