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Verve Wins Blood Donation Award

By August 12, 2016 No Comments

In the past several years, Verve has been teaming up with Community Blood Center, the one and only provider of blood donations for Aurora and Mercy Medical Centers, to create more opportunities to give blood. And, in true Verve fashion, we made sure to have fun while saving lives. Last year, we combined a blood drive with a good old fashioned tailgate party, complete with hot dogs, popcorn, music and lawn games. This lifesaving shindig and other blood drives helped win Verve an award for increasing donor participation.

In the past several years, Verve has been teaming up with Community Blood Center, the one and only provider of blood donations for Aurora and Mercy Medical Centers, to create more opportunities to give blood. And, in true Verve fashion, we made sure to have fun while saving lives. Last year, we combined a blood drive with a good old fashioned tailgate party, complete with hot dogs, popcorn, music and lawn games. This lifesaving shindig and other blood drives helped win Verve an award for increasing donor participation.

According to Verve Wellness Director, Julie Ortman, the element of fun helps bring more people out to Verve blood drives.

“I think the best part was that we turned the drive into a tailgate party,” she said. “After all, giving blood is such a vital gift to hospital patients in the area—something worth celebrating.”

As a result of last year’s Lifesaving Party and other successful drives, the Community Blood Center recognized Verve with the Highest Year-Over-Year Growth award at the Blood Center Coordinator Recognition breakfast in April. Of the 20 companies in the category, Verve created the highest increase in donor participation at 360 percent from 2014-2015.

Keeping the Trend Going

Ortman fully expects to exceed 2016 donation goals. In fact, Verve recently hosted another Lifesaving Party this June. Verve’s best attended drive yet, the event took place at two locations instead of the usual one, and credit union members also received invites this time around. Thirty-one people donated a total of 22 units of blood at the drive. Twenty-five donors were Verve team members and 10 were first-time donors

Ortman is excited to keep the ball rolling to make a bigger difference at area hospitals. “We had a nonstop line of donors at one of our branches and had to extend our time,” she said. “Watch for another Lifesaving Party next June!”

Interested in giving blood? Learn how here.