Canadian Blood Services


In-Community Volunteer

IN-COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER – PUBLIC AWARENESS

To apply for this, or any other position with Canadian Blood Services, please click here to complete an application form or contact Kate Zealand, Volunteer Resources Coordinator at kate.zealand@blood.ca

Purpose

In-community volunteers support Canadian Blood Services initiatives, participate in local events, promote community awareness regarding Canadian Blood Services projects and assist with donor recruitment.

How this role helps save lives

By providing information about Canadian Blood Services and the importance of donating blood, volunteers are able to raise awareness to community members, friends and networks on the impact by Canadian Blood Services can have on lives of Canadians through blood donation and other programs.

Time Commitment

  • As determined by region

Acceptance Criteria

  • Suitable skills and experiences for the position
  • Read and sign applicable registration forms
  • Completion of Volunteer Orientation and Training
  • Review of Volunteer Program policies and procedures

Skills, Abilities, Traits

  • Ability to pay attention to details
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Sensitive and respectful of the dignity of others
  • Able to relate to different personalities and age groups in a variety of situations
  • Able to observe and react appropriately to adverse situations
  • Professional in manner and appearance
  • Reliable and punctual

Activities and Tasks Associated with the Assignment

This assignment can include one of the following events based on acceptance criteria:

What’s Your Type? Events

  • Assist with set-up and breakdown of the promotional booth and other equipment (if applicable)
  • Provide courteous and responsive service to the prospective donors
  • Provide information on Canadian Blood Services programs and initiatives
  • Assist with participant records of possible donors and event documentation

Special Promotions Community Events:

  • Assist with set-up and breakdown of the promotional booth and other equipment (if applicable)
  • Provide courteous and responsive service to the prospective donors
  • Provide information on Canadian Blood Services programs and initiatives
  • Assist with event/participant records and documentation management

Speaking Events

  • Deliver professional presentations on behalf of Canadian Blood Services about programs, the importance of blood donation and the need to recruit new blood donors for Canada’s blood system
  • Interact with public in a way that portrays professionalism, tact and fosters a sense of trust and respect for Canadian Blood Services
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of Canadian Blood Services presentation materials, upcoming programs and initiatives, and centre specific procedures
  • Complete all required forms on time and bring forward requests for additional information and post-presentation feedback to Volunteer Resources 

Success Measures

Volunteers are expected to:

  • Maintain current and appropriate body of knowledge necessary to perform the responsibilities of the position
  • Fulfill training requirements and volunteer commitment
  • Represent the organization and promote Canadian Blood Services programs and services within the community
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, clinic staff and other volunteers
  • Adhere to policies, procedures and training requirements
  • Networking in support of recruitment of blood donors and community relationship building

Orientation/Training

  • Canadian Blood Services Volunteer Orientation
  • Customer Service Training
  • Public Speaking Training for volunteers involved in public speaking
  • Event Training
  • Privacy Training
  • Volunteer Program Policies and Procedures

Reports To

  • Overall – Volunteer Resources contact
  • Works with local Donor Services staff to determine speaking opportunities

Benefits

  • Meet and interact with a variety of people
    • Satisfaction of knowing your efforts are helping save lives and improving the quality of life of those requiring blood and blood products
  • Development of skills and experience
  • Recognition program which includes Years of Service recognition

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Locations may vary and may be outdoors
  • May require handling of average-weight objects
  • Possible exposure to blood
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