Did you know that just one blood donation – one hour of your time – could save up to three lives?
When I joined the Village three years ago at Denver’s Casa del Mundo, I was elated by how much everyone was involved in the community and wanting to make a difference. But, I was also surprised to find out there wasn’t already a blood drive program in place here. I wanted to change that, so I began working with Bonfils, a nonprofit organization that provides blood donation centers and mobile blood drives to put a program in place. Together we have made it possible for Denver teammates to donate blood at work on a regular basis.
Since our first blood drive in the summer of 2015, we have been able to collect 340 units, potentially helping save over 1,000 people! These drives would not be successful without the donors themselves, who are made up of teammates who are regular donors, first time donors, and those who can help now and again. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible. I am so proud to have this program available for teammates.
Recently, we partnered with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to organize an event promoting the importance of both blood donation and how those donations help saves lives of people who are injured in car accidents, as well as how important it is to wear your seat belt. Teammates came together to make it a great event for DaVita, Bonfils, and CDOT, and it was rewarding to have DaVita be represented in the news for this cause.
I feel grateful to have the support of my leadership to be able to create this program, as well as the encouragement from our Village to continue to grow this opportunity.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” ―H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Editor’s Note – As the 2016 winner of Bonfils Blood Center’s “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” award, Rachel exemplifies the impact we can make by giving back. Other teammates can get involved in their communities through Village Service Days. In groups of three or more, teammates can plan and execute a service project with a local nonprofit. Since 2006, DaVita teammates and their family and friends have volunteered nearly 140,000 hours through nearly 3,600 Village Service Days around the world in the service of our communities.