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?

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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.

New Donor Store Notification

IMPORTANT: We will be revamping our current store to prepare for the opening of our new Hero Rewards store in the early part of 2019. The new store will provide you with a better, more rewarding experience. You deserve to have your expectations met, and we want to show you how much we appreciate you.

To move this process forward, we encourage you to spend all your Commit for Life points before they expire on Jan. 31, 2019. The new store is based on a different point system that doesn’t support CFL points. In the meantime, we’ll be sure to keep you updated with all the details. We appreciate your patience during this transition, and we look forward to showing you what all we have in store.

Any orders made after Nov. 1 are final, and returns or exchanges will not be accepted. 

Please note due to higher ordering volumes there may be slightly longer delivery time.  

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 January 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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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
Have you given a Holiday Hug?

One of the best parts of the Holiday Hugs tradition is reading the notes our donors write for patients in the hospital over the holidays. It’s not an easy task as each patient has his or her own individual circumstance, so we’re restricted in which cards we tie to each bear. Still, many of our donors are well up to the task.

Every day, someone’s life is being saved.

By Tammie Riley 

I learned something the other day. Every day, someone’s life is being saved. I know that seems obvious, but let that sink in. What may be a normal Thursday for most could be something completely different for someone else. And that’s exactly what happened to donor Gary Gilson. Aug. 16 was one of the most important moments in Gary’s life. Not only did he save lives that day, but someone else saved the life of his loved one, as well.

Hospital tour highlights need

A 3-year-old girl lies in a hospital bed in the middle of the room with monitors attached to her bare chest. She’s awake, but she doesn’t lift her head as we walk into the room. Still, she follows us with her eyes. The only sound we hear from her is a small cough while a nurse comes in to check her stats.

 

The Blood Center teams up with Sickle Cell Association of Houston

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center partnered with the Sickle Cell Association of Houston to host a blood drive Sept. 15 in recognition of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.

Blood transfusion is one treatment used to combat complications from sickle cell disease, a form of anemia most likely to affect people of African descent. Prince and her now 27-year-old daughter, Quannecia McCruse, founded the Sickle Cell Association of Houston years ago to educate and provide resources to the community.

 

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.

 

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.

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