We are encouraging blood donations now and in the next 8 weeks to ensure adequate supplies during the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).  We are working to prevent shortages locally. We are monitoring credible health agencies for updates on COVID-19 and are responding accordingly. For blood drive sponsor groups that are considering cancelling drives, please work with us on potential options to re-direct donors. There is no known risk to the safety of the nation’s blood supply except for lack of donations and there are no reports of spread of this respiratory virus, by blood transfusion. Giving blood is critical to ensure an adequate supply to meet patient needs.  Click here for more information about our response to COVID-19.

Blood donation is permitted under the Stay at Home directive in the State of Illinois.
Click here for more information from the Department of Homeland Security.

Handouts and Marketing Materials

Infographics 

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Recruitment Tips

TIPS FOR CHURCHES TIPS FOR SCHOOLS
  • Announce drive details during services.
  • Have donor sign-up table in area where appointments can be made between or after services.
  • Place messages or inserts in bulletin.
  • Put fliers or posters in gathering areas.
  • Ask youth group for help with recruiting donors.
  • Have committee members contact donors.
  • Use your congregation directory as a calling list.
  • Place ads in student newspaper, web sites and radio.
  • Give five-minute classroom speeches 
  • Announce drive on school marquee.
  • Put fliers or posters in gathering areas.
  • Have school committees personally contact donors.
  • Hold a challenge between campus groups.
  • Have sign-up tables in busy areas like cafeterias or at events.
TIPS FOR BUSINESSES TIPS FOR COMMUNITIES
  • Involve the entire organization.
  • Get managers from each department to help recruit their team members.
  • Be strategic when booking location and time 
  • Ask leaders to discuss during meetings.
  • Sign-up tables at the entrance of meeting rooms.
  • Send e-mail facts, invitations and appt. reminders.
  • Use groups or committees to help with recruitment.
  • Ask service clubs or businesses to claim a time period for their members to donate.
  • Call membership directories in addition to previous donor lists.

REWARDS STORE

Did you know you (and your donors) earn points that you can spend on items in our online rewards store? Watch the videos below to learn more!

Tips for using IMPACT as a Blood Drive Coordinator

COORDINATOR REWARDS STORE  DONOR REWARDS STORE

See frequently asked questions IMPACT below. If you have any questions about getting logged in to your Coordinator IMPACT account, please contact your Donor Relations Consultant

FAQs

  • How do I join the Donor for Life Loyalty Program?

    To activate your personal loyalty account SIGN UP here. You will receive 100 points as a special SIGN UP bonus and will continue earning points as you donate. Additional tips and steps for setting up your donor account are found here or watch the quick 2 minute video below!

  • How do I schedule my next appointment?

    You can schedule your next appointment through your loyalty account by logging in here or through our app. We know it can be a little tricky with so many options, so if you would rather call to schedule your appointment, you can reach us at (800) 747-5401.

  • How many points does my donation earn?

    Starting July 2017, every donor receives points for every donation, according to the table below. 

    There are many other ways to earn points including opting-in to text, downloading our app, scheduling ahead and more! Please click here to view our points summary chart.

    DONATION TYPE POINTS
    Deferral 50
    Whole Blood 100
    Platelet Apheresis 150
    Red Cell Apheresis (Double Red Cell) 200
    Granulocyte 300

  • What days count for Holiday Hero?

    To earn 400 points, make at least 2 donations in the same calendar year on a holiday date found HERE.

  • What days count for Double Points?

    Earn points twice as fast by donating on one of our critical days found HERE.

  • What days count for Triple Points?

    Earn points three times as fast by donating on one of our critical days found HERE.

  • What are drawing days?

    Donate for a chance to win a $250 VISA gift card during one of our critical weeks found HERE.

  • What happens to unused points?

    Unused reward points will only expire after 18 months from your last donation attempt.

  • How quickly do I see my points after donation?

    Please wait at least 2-3 days after a donation for your reward points to appear within your account. 

  • How do I purchase an item in the loyalty store?

    Once signed in, choose Loyalty Store from the menu at the top of your screen. Click on the images of each gift to learn more about the item. Simply add your favorites to your cart, confirm your order, and checkout! You can also choose to donate your points back to the Blood Center, which helps us continue to improve our service to our partner hospitals and the wider community.

  • Why do I only have points from recent donations?

    Before July 2017, only donors enrolled in the loyalty program would receive points for their donations. Donors that created accounts before July 2017 will see their older points. However, those who create an account now will not be automatically credited for previous donations. The great news is that in our new system, everyone receives points regardless of creating an account! If you believe the point information on your account is incorrect, please contact the Donor Rewards Help Desk at: (800) 747-5401 or email IMPACT@mvrbc.org 

  • When will I receive the item I ordered from the loyalty store?

    You should receive your gift(s) within 4 weeks from the date the order was placed. Please note that some items may ship separately.

  • What if I don’t receive my order or I receive the wrong item?

    Please confirm that it has been 4 full weeks since your order. If you are still missing your order or have a question about the item received, call the Donor Rewards Help Desk at: (800) 747-5401 or email IMPACT@mvrbc.org 

  • What if I want to return my item?

    We want you to be satisfied with your gift choice. Most products can be returned in new condition, with the original packaging (including accessories, manuals and parts) within 60 days of the day you received the item, to your nearest donor center. If you do not live near a donor center or have any questions about returning an item, please contact us at IMPACT@mvrbc.org for additional options. 

    For items that arrived damaged or incorrectly, we will work to replace this for you to the best of our ability. 

    For items that do not fit or operate as expected, we will work to either find another option that works for you or refund your points spent on that item. 

    While rare, we do reserve the right to limit or decline an exchange or point refund on a case by case basis. 

  • What is the difference between donating WB, DRBC, and PHE?
    • Whole Blood (WB) donations extract several blood components, including: red cells, platelets, white cells, clotting factors, and plasma. Donating whole blood saves not one--but multiple lives. All blood types are qualified to donate. You can donate this procedure every 56 days and up to 6 times per year.
       
    • Red Cell Apheresis/Double Red Blood Cell (DRBC) donations use an automated procedure that enables the donor to give the equivalent of two units of red cells. Qualifying blood types include: A negative, B negative, O negative, and O positive. You can donate this procedure every 112 days and up to 3 times per year.
       
    • Apheresis (PHE) donations involve a process where the needed component is separated from whole blood and the remaining components are returned to the donor. All blood types are qualified to donate. You can donate this procedure every 7 days and up to 24 times per year.
  • Have additional questions about the Rewards Program?

    We are happy to help you with any questions or issues you may experience. Please contact the Donor Rewards Help Desk at (800) 747-5401 or email IMPACT@mvrbc.org