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Volunteer Opportunities

The need is great. The rewards are many.

Please help us meet the needs of our hospital partners and the patients, donors, and communities we serve. Volunteer where your contribution of time and energy can help save lives. Whether delivering blood to one of our partner hospitals or ensuring the well-being of generous donors after they have made a life-saving gift, Memorial Blood Centers welcomes you to consider the role you can play in helping us make life possible for those in need. 

Ongoing volunteer opportunities

  • A-Team Volunteer

    Bring your organizational skills to our headquarters in St. Paul and help keep our operations running smoothly. Use skills you have already developed and learn new ones, too. Lend a hand supporting our blood drive efforts and donor recruitment, help us out with staff training and education, or work on special projects within various departments. Familiarity with basic office equipment, attention to detail, and computer literacy a plus. When: 3 - 4 hour shifts, weekdays Where: 737 Pelham Blvd

  • Blood Transport Driver

    Every mile you drive brings you closer to saving lives. Take charge of delivering life-saving blood supplies to area hospitals throughout the Metro or Northland areas. With a good driving record and valid driver’s license, you will help ensure that our community hospital partners have the blood they need—when patients need it most.

    Metro

    When: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday shifts available Where: Based in St. Paul - 737 Pelham Blvd.

    Duluth

    When: Times vary Where: Based in Duluth - 5115 Burning Tree Road, Duluth

  • Blood Typist

    Because all blood types are not compatible with each other, it is essential that donors and recipients—and healthcare providers—know an individual’s blood type in the event a blood transfusion or other medical procedure is required. You will educate visitors at health fairs or community events, like the Minnesota State Fair, about blood types and why their type-specific blood is needed to save lives. 

    Times and locations vary based on event.

  • Café Host

    Travel to blood drives throughout the community and help ensure the safety and comfort of blood donors once they have made their donations. You will play an important role in the blood donation process: encouraging donors to take a few minutes to relax while enjoying a snack and beverage, staying alert to any post-donation reactions donors may experience, and notifying the medical staff if necessary. Your friendly assistance will be welcomed as you visit with blood donors and thank them for their life-saving contributions. When: 3 – 4 hour shifts, scheduled monthly Where: Locations vary

  • Community Ambassador

    Share our message of saving and sustaining lives through blood donation with the community. Promote the humanitarian work we do, the critical need for blood donors, and the rewards that come from joining in our work as a valued volunteer, a blood drive sponsor, or a financial contributor. Whether you are an experienced public speaker, have a story to tell, or are comfortable working with young adults in groups big and small; you will find opportunities to speak to business, professional, community, and school groups. Or be a table host or blood typing assistant at a variety of events held throughout the year, across the Metro and Northland regions. Times and locations vary.

  • Donor Center Greeter

    When first impressions last forever, you can help ensure that Memorial Blood Centers continues to deliver the best possible donor experience. Right from the start, you’ll play an essential role in greeting donors, explaining the donation process, and offering a welcoming smile. Put your outgoing and flexible personality to work welcoming friends, neighbors, and others from the community at one of our 10 Donor Centers throughout the Metro and Northland areas.

    Times and locations vary.

  • Mascot ABO Joe

    Explore your creative side and engage the community—from young adults to experienced donors of all ages—in learning about the importance of blood and blood donation, and the impact we all can have on the lives of others. Have fun in costume playing the role of ABO Joe, the official mascot of Memorial Blood Centers, at health fairs, high school and community-sponsored blood drives, and various other special events. Training provided. Must be at least 5’ 4” tall. Times and locations vary.

  • Materials Handler

    Put your organizational and efficiency skills to work by assisting in Shipping and Receiving. Help coordinate a safe distribution of blood supplies to local hospitals and more. Training provided. Must be able to lift at least 30 pounds. When: Wednesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Flexible Fridays, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Flexible Where: Based in St. Paul - 737 Pelham Blvd.

  • Donor Recruitment Communications Assistant

    Assist the Memorial Blood Centers Donor Recruitment Department and individual Donor Recruiters in communicating with Blood Drive Sponsors and Blood Donors. Use Microsoft Office skills as well as learn new computer software applications in helping to facilitate successful blood drives in the community. Training provided.

    Metro
    When: Weekdays - Flexible
    Where: Based in St. Paul - 737 Pelham Blvd. 

Still more ways to make a difference...

  • Coordinate a Donor Day

    Bring together members of your book group, bridge club, golf team, or small office and make it a date to donate with friends. Organize a group of 5 - 15 donors and enjoy a special Donor Day Celebration at one of our 10 Donor Center locations.

  • Host a blood drive

    Sponsor a blood drive at your business, community organization, civic club, or place of workshop. Partner with Memorial Blood Centers to connect your group of 20 or more volunteer donors with those in need of their live-saving gift.

    Visit the Host a Blood Drive page to learn more.

  • Be a blood donor

    The need for blood is constant. The supply is not. Become a regular blood donor and please ask others to donate, too. Friends, family, neighbors, and others throughout our community are depending on you.

    Schedule an Appointment to donate blood now.

  • Make a financial gift

    Pay tribute to a loved one, honor a special birthday, attend a fundraiser, or include Memorial Blood Centers in your estate planning. Just as the community depends on us for a readily available blood supply, we rely on the financial generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to support our mission. 

    Visit the Contribute page to learn more.