Our volunteers are the lifeline of The Blood Center. Without your help and commitment we would not be able to successfully accomplish our mission. Compassionate, unselfish, committed and caring are just a few characteristics that describe the people we are honored to call our volunteers.
This month we would like to highlight the dynamic duo of Marsha Asplin and Jim Daurity. Marsha and Jim volunteered the most hours in 2015. Their flexibility and unwavering commitment to The Blood Center helped contribute to a great year of helping to save and sustain lives. Both Marsha and Jim are past Bill T. Teague Award winners, which is one of the most prestigious awards we offer. They received the award for their outstanding work as blood drive chairpersons of their churches.
They assisted at multiple blood drives throughout the community and contributed to new implementations to our volunteer program. They are highly supportive of the “Commit to your next volunteer opportunity” step of the Commit for Life Volunteer Program, which has really helped with stability. “You get into a routine of committing to certain drives and form a relationship with the drive chair at those facilities, along with The Blood Center account representative for that drive,” Jim said. “By committing to the next drive The Blood Center knows in advance that the drive will be covered.”
Both Marsha and Jim take great pride in what they do at The Blood Center. “I am retired and volunteering with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is fun,” Marsha said. “I love helping out at blood drives and encouraging others to donate their lifesaving blood. At every drive I get to meet new people from donors and Blood Center staff to employees of the hospitals/companies where I volunteer. It’s very rewarding and satisfying.”
Jim has a similar sentiment about volunteering. “I am retired and volunteering with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center affords me the opportunity to give back to the community. I feel rewarded to have this opportunity,” Jim said.
It is important to Marsha and Jim that they not only encourage people to donate blood but their time as well. “Even if you still work at a full-time job, perhaps you can volunteer on a Saturday or Sunday where those drives are in great need of a volunteer. Be ready to try something new that will benefit you and the community,” Marsha said.
Volunteer Coordinator Francisca Duenes, is very fond and appreciative of what Marsha and Jim do for The Blood Center. “Their commitment never ceases to amaze me. When I think commitment, I think about them,” Francisca said.
Marsha and Jim are pillars in our organization and in our community. Our success as an organization is directly tied to the efforts of our volunteers, so if you are interested in helping to save lives, please consider becoming a volunteer. For more information on how to become a volunteer click here.