|Please give a short description of the program:|
The RHA/NRHH Blood Drive is a 3-day community event that takes place
on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday once every semester at the
University of Wisconsin-Platteville. UW-Platteville’s RHA President
coordinates the blood drive. He or she begins work the first week of
the semester. This is necessary due to the largeness of the event.
This spring, the RHA/NRHH Blood Drive brought in 752 good units of
blood which is near our record of 806. Over 800 students, staff and
faculty contributed to the count. About 300 students volunteered their
time at the drive.
The RHA/NRHH Blood Drive is ranked #1 for amounts of units collected
among large universities on the Red Cross website. It is also in the
top 20 for all blood drive in the United States. This couldn’t be done
with the help of the RHA and NRHH Executive Boards. They assist the
President Liz Oestreich, by completing tasks such as publicizing,
getting volunteers, working with the Red Cross, receiving approval for
various things like publicity, reserving the space, and ordering food
for donors, among other duties.
Because the Red Cross depends on this specific blood drive to bring in
an enormous amount of units, publicity is a vital component to the
drive. Posters go up around campus, slides are submitted to go on
campus televisions, side-walk chalk is put on pavement the day before
the drive, and people across campus share information with un-knowing
students, staff and faculty.
Many students choose to volunteer their time or donate their blood due
to the possibility of extra credit. The President of RHA coordinates
with UW-Platteville faculty, so that students can be motivated to
volunteer or donate. 20 instructors gave extra credit to their
students for this fall’s drive.
Additionally, students may be motivated to donate or volunteer because
of the Hall Competition. When students show up to volunteer or donate,
they are logged into an excel sheet. After the drive, the President
sorts the excel sheet by hall. The numbers are calculated, and the
hall with the highest percentage of participation wins a pizza party.
This year, the RHA/NRHH Blood Drive was also a part of
UW-Platteville’s Homecoming. On the Tuesday of the drive, students
could go to a Homecoming-ran table and sign-in for their organization
or hall. This earned them points for the overall Homecoming
Competition. It served as another form of motivation.
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
The UW-Platteville community uses this as an opportunity to show how
caring it is. The Red Cross relies on UW-Platteville's RHA/NRHH Blood
Drive to bring in hundreds of units. Without this drive, Red Cross
representatives have said they would have a severe shortage of blood
in the area. The volunteers and donors realize at the drive that
giving to others can be quick, easy and fun. Many volunteers and
donors come back year after year, and Red Cross staff notices. Many
times, Red Cross staff can pick out UW-Platteville community members
who have been to the drive previously. It's an awesome experience for
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
The RHA/NRHH Blood Drive is known as a favorite drive of the Red Cross
staff. This is due to the fact that the drive is run very efficiently
and effectively. After the first 15 minutes of the drive, the rest of
the 3 days run extremely smooth. The only large downfall of the event
is that there is sometimes a long wait to donate blood. The drive can
get quite backed up because of a lack of Red Cross staff, and just
because it takes that long to get people through the process. This
spring for the most part the total time to give blood was under an
hour and people are still so excited to donate and help that there is
seldom ever complaints made.
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