April 10 through 16 is National Volunteer Week. It is a time when organizations around the country highlight and show appreciation for the people who unselfishly donate their time to various causes for the benefit of others.
There are a lot of great volunteers, but at The Blood Center we believe none are as great as our Commit for Life Volunteers. We pride ourselves on helping to save and sustain lives, and it wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers. Your commitment to our cause has benefitted thousands of individuals and families throughout the Texas Gulf Coast region and beyond. Whether it be assisting at a blood drive, at a facility or anywhere else you are needed, you all go above and beyond your call of duty to assure that everything we need is taken care of.
The Director of the Commit for Life department, Annetta Morris, believes that The Blood Center’s reputation for good customer service is supported by the hard work of our volunteers. “Volunteers allow us to provide better customer service to our donors,” Annetta said. “With their presence and assistance at blood drives, volunteers allow staff to spend more time focusing on the technical aspects of their role.”
Assisting at blood drives and other events is just one of the many things you help us with. You are also a champion of our cause in the community. We are thankful for your enthusiasm and promotion of our mission. You motivate and encourage everyone you can to help save lives.
“Volunteers serve as ambassadors to the community. They share the message of how people can save lives by donating blood at drives, health fairs and within their communities. They carry forward the Commit for Life message into their daily lives and into their communities,” Annetta said.
There will never be any one thing that we can do to show you just how much we appreciate your efforts and commitment, but it is important to us that we do everything in our power to try. During National Volunteer Week, The Blood Center will host a volunteer appreciation brunch for our volunteers. The brunch will be Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Grove restaurant, located at 1611 Lamar St., Houston, TX 77010. Every volunteer may bring one guest and must RSVP by April 6.
Our Vice President of Operations, Granville Betton, believes that our volunteers exemplify compassion, and appreciates all the hard work that you do.
“Volunteerism comes from a spirit of compassion and kindness, a willingness to do something for someone else without compensation,” Granville said. “This is something each one of you have chosen to do. You are one of the pillars that anchors our blood center as we strive to meet and exceed our mission in the Houston community. It is a worthy sacrifice that is greatly appreciated by The Blood Center and every life that is touched.”
Thank you for everything that you do.