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Volunteer Roles

What would I be doing?

As a volunteer, you can help save a life by supporting Canadian Blood Services in one of the following areas:

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In-clinic volunteers:

Customer care and service are vitally important to supporting Canada's blood system—especially during the donation process (LINK).

Greeting donors with a smile, making conversation, and accompanying and encouraging them throughout the donation process helps them feel welcome and comfortable. The care and attention you give is very often a key reason why donors return. As one of the last faces donors see on their way out, you play a critical role in the success of future blood donor clinics.

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Volunteer leaders:

Our volunteer leaders may help coordinate and host blood donor clinics in their communities and workplaces, or provide leadership in our permanent clinics. As a volunteer leader, you’ll help set up mobile clinics in partnership with staff; recruit, train and schedule volunteers; and promote upcoming community clinics.

If you’re interested in contributing and developing your leadership skills, are connected in your community and would like to be involved in events, becoming a Canadian Blood Services volunteer leader may be the opportunity for you.

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In-community volunteers:

If you’d like a volunteer opportunity that offers a flexible schedule and involves participating in community events with a focus on recruiting new donors and promoting upcoming clinics, an in-community role may be right for you. In-community volunteering is a great chance to meet people by working with different groups and raising awareness of the importance of donating blood.

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Youth Leadership Team members:

Like in-community volunteers, the members of our Youth Leadership Team go out into the community to recruit new donors and promote the importance of donating blood. Aged 17 to 25, Youth Leadership Team members also have the opportunity to engage their schools through the Young Blood for Life Program. If you’re a young person who believes in the importance of blood donation, consider joining our Youth Leadership Team.

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Speaker’s Bureau members:

If you have strong public speaking skills, a flexible schedule and a passion for saving lives, joining the roster of our Speaker’s Bureau may be exactly the volunteer opportunity you’ve been waiting for. You’ll have the chance to speak at schools and public events about patients in need and the importance of supporting Canadian Blood Services.

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ABO typer:

Did you know there are six primary blood types? Do you know what yours is?

Most people are unfamiliar with their own blood type. The What’s Your Type? event provides an opportunity for individuals to learn both their blood type and how they can contribute to the blood system. Qualified ABO typer volunteers perform typings on individuals and provide information on various blood types as well as promote the importance to donate blood.

This opportunity is ideally suited to people who have previous medical interest and experience. It requires daytime or occasional evening availability as well as training in blood typing and first aid, both of which can be provided by Canadian Blood Services. As an ABO typer, you’ll be asked to make a minimum commitment of one year.