Commit for Life as a Volunteer

Volunteers are an important part of helping save lives. The Blood Center depends on their support in many capacities and always is seeking more individuals to join our Volunteer Program.

You do not have to be a blood donor to volunteer with us. In fact, if you’re ineligible to donate, volunteering is a great way you can still be involved in our life-saving mission! See how you can help as a volunteer! 

 

How do I Commit for Life as a Volunteer?

Volunteer frequently.

You can ensure a steady blood supply is available for patients by committing to ongoing volunteer opportunities. Once you find the opportunity that best matches your type, commit to it.

Connect with us and your community.

Whether you prefer to hear from The Blood Center via email, phone, text or social media, we ask all of our Commit for Life volunteers to stay informed. 

Spread the word.

Nothing is more powerful than hearing about the importance of blood donations from a Commit for Life volunteer.

Tell your friends and family how they can save lives.

How the Volunteer Point System Works

Volunteers are eligible to receive points for every hour of volunteered time. Effective January 1, 2018, these point values are:

Bronze Level (active volunteers with up to 9 hours of activity per calendar year): 100 points per hour 

Silver Level (volunteer 10 to 39 hours per calendar year): 200 points per hour 

Gold Level (volunteer 40+ hours per calendar year ): 300 points per hour

Other point opportunities:

  • 50 bonus points for attending orientation and completing trainings
  • 1,000 bonus points per calendar year for serving as a liaison between their Community Advocate group and The Blood Center.

Commit for Life Volunteer Benefits

The greatest benefit volunteers receive from donating their time and talents to The Blood Center is the knowledge they have helped save lives! While this personal satisfaction is intangible, we are pleased to offer volunteers tangible benefits as well. 

Effective Janaury 1, 2018: 

Volunteer Benefits 

Bronze (1 to 9 hours)

Silver (10 to 39 hours)

Gold (40+ hours)

Points for Volunteering
Active Commit for Life volunteers are eligible to receive points for every hour they volunteer.

 

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Bonus points for attending orientation and completing trainings.  

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Access to the Commit for Life Store
Use CFL points to purchase items in the CFL Store. The store can be accessed online through Digital Donor or by calling Customer Service at (713) 791-6373 or 1(877) 948-5433 toll-free.

 

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Commit for Life Calendar

Our calendar features stories of donors, recipients, volunteers and blood drive groups. To receive one, please contact volunteering@giveblood.org or (713) 791-6262.

 

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Bonus points for Community Advocate Liaisons
Community Advocate Liaisons are voted by their team and receive 1,000 bonus points each year for their commitment to serving as direct contact between their advocate group and The Blood Center.
   

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Complimentary Advanced Wellness Check

The Advanced Wellness Check consists of a lipid profile (fasting cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides), which may help determine risk of coronary heart disease.

To make arrangements for your Advanced Wellness Check, please call (713) 791-6608 or 1(800) 791-1666.

*Gold-level volunteers can order additional ones with points. Bronze and Silver-level volunteers may purchase with CFL points from the CFL Store.
     

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Blood Center News
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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