Volunteers are the heart of any not-for-profit organization. The generous gift of your time and skills play a vital role in helping us achieve our mission of providing a safe and adequate blood supply to area patients. Browse this page to familiarize yourself with the multiple opportunities to volunteer at LifeSource.
The life supporting mission of LifeSource depends on volunteer blood donors. Volunteer blood donors can have a significant impact on the lives of area patients by donating as frequently as possible. For more information regarding this type of volunteer opportunity, visit our Donate Blood page.
Donor Appreciation Representative
To make donating blood as convenient as possible for donors, LifeSource collects blood at community drives and donor centers, throughout the Chicagoland area, every day. Donors are requested to enjoy refreshments and relax for 15 minutes before resuming daily activities. Our volunteers help ensure donor well being.
Donor Appreciation Representatives manage the refreshment areas: assisting donors, serving refreshments, monitoring donor safety, assisting with donor flow, and most importantly, thanking donors for making a difference in the lives of area patients. We want our volunteer blood donors to know how special they are; our Donor Appreciation Representatives help ensure a positive donation experience for the donor. This positive interaction results in more repeat donations for the patients we serve. Additionally, these volunteers provide donor education. Training is provided.
Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years old. Customer service orientation. Excellent verbal communication skills. Detail orientation. Professionalism and flexibility are key. Friendly, energetic, outgoing personality. People who like people will like this opportunity.
Commitment: One day a month is all that is required at our mobile blood drives. If you like to choose where and when you volunteer each month, the mobile community blood drive opportunity is for you. If you enjoy a consistent schedule at a familiar volunteer site, you’ll prefer one of our community donor centers. We ask for a weekly commitment at our donor centers of three hours.
Community Outreach Volunteers
Our Community Outreach Volunteers are a vital life supporting “link” between those who desperately need blood and blood products and the generous individuals willing to donate. They help support lives, increase blood donations as well as awareness of blood donations and their importance to the patients we serve. Volunteers are needed at our community events to educate and motivate individuals to donate. Training is provided.
Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years old. Excellent verbal communication skills. Friendly, outgoing personality. Passion for the saving lives through the blood donor program. Spanish speaking ability is a plus. If you are a “people person” and appreciate a unique opportunity, this is the one for you.
Commitment: Varies based on need.
Be The Match® Volunteer
Be The Match Volunteers support the drives and recruitment events of Be The Match, the national bone marrow registry that provides hope, support and marrow transplants for thousands of cancer and sickle cell patients searching for potential donors to give life supporting marrow. Our efforts help Be The Match expand its mission to support the lives of those in need of marrow transplants.
Click here for more information on Be The Match.
Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years old. Excellent verbal communication skills. Detail orientation. Friendly, outgoing personality. Passion for the program.
Commitment: Varies based on need.
Administrative Volunteers assist various departments with a variety of clerical responsibilities at our office in Rosemont. A variety of opportunities are available, including data entry, project management, fulfillment projects, mail preparation, sorting and filing. Training is provided.
Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years old. Attention to detail. Ability to work independently or on a team as the project dictates. Additional skills relative to project.
Commitment: Three – four hours, weekly. Schedules vary based on department, project and deadline. If you strive to utilize specific skills while supporting our life supporting mission, this opportunity is the one for you.
Apheresis is a unique type of donation in which a donor donates a specific blood product to a patient in need. Apheresis Educators educate and recruit potential apheresis donors. Volunteers are needed to visit donor centers to educate whole blood donors on the importance of apheresis donations and motivate whole blood donors to donate platelets. Training is provided.
Click here for more information about apheresis donations.
Qualifications: Must be at least 16 years old. Excellent verbal communication skills. Friendly, outgoing personality. Passion for the program. Apheresis donors preferred.
Commitment: Schedules vary based on donor center needs.