High School Program

The Commit for Life High School Program provides education and community outreach for young people. Hosting a successful high school blood drive is easier than you may think!

How does my high school Commit for Life?

1. Partner with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

Partner with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to schedule two or more blood drives per school year.

2. Host a Training and Education Program

This highly effective program empowers students to organize and manage their blood drive using tools and techniques offered by your account representative.

3. Spread the work.

Working as a committee sparks new and creative ideas to improve the blood drive and allows more students to participate in this rewarding experience.

Why should our school Commit for Life?

Our mission to help save and sustain lives can not be fulfilled without committed donors. With the Commit for Life High School Program we strive to create a positive learning and donation experience for young donors. By providing training, education and meaningful leadership opportunities for these students, we are building the Commit for Life donors, volunteers and chairpersons of the future.

While saving lives, your students will benefit by receiving:

  • Opportunities to earn a $500 scholarship awarded by Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to 40 students each year.
  • Other educational advantages, such as tours of The Blood Center, and our annual fall leadership workshop.
  • Premium T-shirts.
  • Community service hours for hosting blood drives as a part of a group, like NHS or Student Council.
  • Special "All Access Pass" lanyards for the student group hosting the drive.
  • A gift card to be awarded to the school for Project Graduation or equivalent (must host at least two blood drives during the school year).
  • Red cords (at the school’s request) for graduating seniors who make two or more donations during their senior year.
  • The knowledge that all participants, both the host group and the donors, do make a difference in the world. Each donation can help save up to three lives!

 

Blood Center News
Drive and save lives

Penny, a local teacher with some free time over the summer, has helped us kick off our new Volunteer Driver program. Are you interested in joining us in our mission to save lives? Call us at (713) 791-6262 or email volunteering@giveblood.org.

Overcoming fear: Donating blood for the first time

I’m a scaredy-cat. I readily admit it. I hate needles. That’s always been my excuse for why I don’t volunteer for anything with a needle. Flu shot? No way. Vaccines? I still remember the sheer terror I felt from them growing up. 

We are always #HoustonStrong

We never know when the next tragedy will strike, but we have to be ready when it does come. 

Meet Eden

CYPRESS – There is nothing more American than baseball and saving lives. Everyone who participates in The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s Home Run for Life competition will get a chance at both through June 30.

SuperMax is the hero Houston needs!

Max was born with a genetic disorder (neurofibromatosis type 1) that can cause tumors to grow on his nerve endings, and SuperMax has been his alter ego ever since. 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center mourns Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush helped save lives in our community, and we celebrate her lifetime of accomplishments. The former First Lady set the bar high in her commitment to helping others.

Dr. Charles Drew: A Blood Banking Pioneer

Here at The Blood Center, we pride ourselves on being an organization of diversity. We work together to save and sustain lives, and we each bring a unique perspective when it comes to fulfilling our mission.

Tying the knot and saving lives

Hurricane Harvey destroyed homes, cars and many other things, but one thing it couldn’t destroy is the compassion for others in newlywed couple Gilbert and Stefanie Cruz. Gilbert and Stefanie were set to get married just a few days after Harvey passed, but due the storm’s aftermath they had to alter all of their plans on a moment’s notice.

Holiday Hugs

Our Holiday Hugs promotion is in full swing. Thanks to our volunteers coming together to attach the messages of well wishes from donors to the bears, our employees have been able to begin delivering the bears to patients at area hospitals. The process of delivering the bears is a heart-warming experience that every employee who participate really enjoys.

 

Blood on ambulances helps EMS agencies save more lives

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has partnered with two local agencies providing emergency medical services to help save more lives when time is of the essence, now administering whole blood to patients on the ground.

Donor coaches hit the road sporting new look, features

In the last two years, five of The Blood Center's donor coaches have been refurbished. Find out why this is such an important process.

Circle of Life Bike Tour celebrates life

The Lone Star Circle of Life bike tour visits Texas cities to raise awareness of the need for blood, marrow, organ and tissue donations to honor those impacted by these donation types. This year’s eight-day, 600-mile tour included stops in Houston and College Station.

New Steps, New Rewards in Commit for Life Program Update

Beginning Sept. 6, 2017, the Commit for Life program is changing, to help ensure every donor can be rewarded for contributing. Learn more.

2017 Commit for Life Scholarship Winners

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to announce the 2017 Commit for Life Scholarship recipients.

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