URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DONORS - Low supply of type O red blood cells, AB plasma and Convalescent PlasmaBlood donation is safe and essential!  Recent changes to donor eligibility criteria may allow more to give. Please fill out the deferral/eligibility inquiry form if you have questions.

Potential donors who have received the COVID-19 vaccination are eligible to donate all blood products, including convalescent plasma with the following criteria.

Click here for our response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) including information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on blood donation being permitted during Stay at Home directives. Click here for care provider and self-referrals for convalescent plasma donors for those that had a positive molecular test (also called PCR or polymerase chain reaction) and are fully recovered from COVID-19.  Email or call 833-610-1025 with questions.

upcoming blood drives

SIUE - January 20  SIUE - January 21  UMSL - January 26

UMSL - January 27  Greenville University - January 27 

Lincoln University - January 29

impactu award

Beginning in Fall 2020, we are extending involvement with our Student IMPACT Award (currently offered to high school students) to college students with IMPACTU. Build your resume and leadership experience while giving back to your local community. Personal blood donations are not required, although we always encourage donations from those able to give.

Your support of blood donation directly impacts local hospital patients in a life changing way. In recognition of your achievement, students who complete the Student Impact Award Program will receive:

  • Resume-building experience & volunteer hours
  • Personal reference letter 
  • Satisfaction and pride for helping save lives 


Students must complete one of the following requirements over the course of their undergraduate college career:


  • Host a 10+ unit blood drive that is new (not on an existing account). Drive can occur at a community location OR at one of our Donor Center locations but must be a drive that you and/or your organization has never hosted before. Email impact@mvbrc.org with questions and to get started today. 


  • Start a new Registered Student Organization on your campus. Organization must hold at least 1 blood drive per semester and have at least 10 active members.


  • Achieve at least 10% growth in collected donations of your school’s existing RSO chapter on your campus.  See our Tips for Success below and Marketing Toolkit for ways to help grow your drive! 

    Example: If your student organization’s blood drives collected 50 units last year, we would ask that you achieve 55 units this year to achieve 10% annual growth. 

    Note: This option is only available on campuses with existing Blood Center Registered Student Organization. Your Blood Center Representative and/or faculty liaison are available to assist you in reaching these goals. Please email impact@mvrbc.org with any questions or to get started on one of these requirements today.  



Students must apply to receive recognition for their award prior to April 15 of their graduation year. We will email you within one week to confirm the approval status of your submission.

join the abo initiative

For more information on how you can make a difference on your campus, fill out the form below!

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    Tips for success

    You are not limited to your campus when it comes to hosting a blood drive! Encourage your peers to check out one of our  donor center locations to give, or reach out to local businesses to see if they will host a blood drive!

    Remember, we are here to help! Tag us in your posts on social media so we can help you get the word out about your campus blood drive. 

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    This toolkit is designed to give you the assets you need to share with your college campus. In it, you’ll find social media graphics, images, templates, and narrative to help with your advocacy. 

    Press Release Template (Check Downloads Folder after clicking)

    Snapchat Filters

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    Instagram Stories

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