Volunteer Opportunities

As a Commit for Life  volunteer, you will most often have the opportunity to help out at blood drives and community events during the week. We occasionally have opportunities for public speaking and light office work as well. Open volunteer assignments are communicated through our Volunteer Newsletter, after you have attended orientation.

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!

Ready to start? Complete the Volunteer Orientation form and we will contact you to schedule your training!

How You Can Help as a Volunteer

Blood Drives

Work with our donor collections staff to ensure donors have a WOW experience.

Specific duties may include:

  • Setting out blood drive signage
  • Setting up welcome table
  • Escorting donors from the welcome table to the donor coach or screening area (distance will vary based on blood drive location)
  • Answering basic questions about the donation process
  • Passing out refreshments to donors
  • Observing donors for post-donation reactions
  • Encouraging donors to Commit for Life
  • Thanking donors for their life-saving donations.


Community Events

Educate the community about the need for blood donations and the importance of Committing for Life.

Specific duties may include:

  • Setting up an information booth at a community health fair or other event
  • Educating potential donors about the donation process and the need for donations in our community
  • Explaining the Commit for Life program
  • Handing out brochures and answering questions
  • May also include asking potential donors to sign up for an appointment at an upcoming blood drive.


Speakers Bureau

Share your story through public speaking engagements to raise awareness and encourage others to Commit for Life.

Specific duties may include:

  • Preparing your story, incorporating blood center talking points and sharing it with a group
  • Must be comfortable speaking in front of diverse groups of various sizes.
  • Requires public speaking skills and additional training.
  • Ideal for those with a close personal connection to blood donations, especially recipients and family of recipients.  

Community Advocate

Work together with a group of volunteers to raise awareness of your local Neighborhood Donor Center.

Specific duties may include:

  • Actively search for and attend community events to educate individuals about the need for blood donations and promote the Neighborhood Donor Center
  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Host quarterly Special Events at the Neighborhood Donor Center
  • Post promotional materials around your community
  • Search and secure community partners for donation to thank donor at Special Events
  • Greet donors, offer refreshments and observe donors for potential post-donation reactions
  • Thank donors for their lifesaving donations
  • This type of volunteer opportunity requires initiative and creativity to create your own assignments! It is ideal for a regular donor who already has a relationship with their Neighborhood Donor Center staff. 


Office Support

Perform office support tasks at our headquarters location near the Texas Medical Center, or any of our Neighborhood Donor Centers.

Specific duties may include:

  • Welcome donors and help them sign in
  • Answer phone, make and log calls
  • Bake and package cookies, make coffee, stock refrigerator, replenish snacks
  • Offer snacks to donors when they have completed donating
  • Administrative duties such as filing, stuffing envelopes, data entry
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional training for this position will be provided.




Visit the Commit for Life as a Group page to learn more about volunteering by hosting a blood drive at your business, school or place of worship.

Bone Marrow

Visit the Be The Match page to learn more about volunteering for the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Volunteer Driver

Provide transportation services by delivering blood samples from different facilities to our headquarters.

To ensure the safety of the volunteers as well as the product samples, all volunteer drivers will go through a background check and complete defensive driving training provided by The Blood Center.

Volunteer drivers will receive materials about the program and its policies, essential contact information, a T-shirt and personalized volunteer badge. Their shift will begin upon signing in at The Blood Center and receiving their vehicle and route assignments. The shift concludes once a successful delivery has been completed and the vehicle returned to The Blood Center. 

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.

Blood Center Resources

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