Why are Donate Life Vermont volunteers needed?
Educating the public about the importance of organ and tissue donation has always been an important priority to the Donate Life community. Our volunteers play a vital role in this effort in reaching as many Vermonters as possible throughout the state. Volunteers know their communities and know the best ways to reach them, not to mention the fact each volunteer has unique connections!
Who can be a Donate Life Vermont volunteer?
Anyone! Our volunteer program is composed of recipients and their families, donor family members, those currently waiting for a transplant and others with a strong interest in organ and tissue donation.
How can I help?
There are a countless ways you can help spread the word on the importance of donation. Check out just a few of the different opportunities below:
- Community Presentations/Public Speaking – Volunteers present an overview of donation or share their personal story with students, workplaces, civic groups, churches and other organizations. Training on public speaking will be provided. This activity may be done alone or with a CDT coordinator.
- Group Events/Activities – Donate Life Vermont hopes to coordinate a number of events during the year to educate the community and support our donor families. Additionally, we hope to partner with other community organizations to help raise awareness and encourage Vermonters to sign up on the Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. Volunteers are needed to help at events in a number of ways – promotion, registration, handing out materials, etc.
- Community Contact – Our volunteers act as a liaison between Donate Life Vermont and our communities. Volunteers contribute ideas on new ways to reach the public and contact organizations on Donate Life Vermont’s behalf to offer presentations and other activities designed to raise awareness.
- DMV Ambassador – We are always in need of volunteers to act as our liasion – and say “thank you!” – to the hardworking staff at the DMV offices throughout the state. The staff they work hard to register countless organ and tissue donors every day. DMV ambassadors stop in regularly to their designated DMV office to say hello, drop off supplies and brochures and offer a token of appreciation on behalf of Donate Life Vermont.
- Display Staff – Volunteers may staff a display table at health fairs, wellness days and other related events to promote awareness of donation. This may include answering individual questions and talking one-on-one about donation.
- Media Activity – On occasion Donate Life Vermont volunteers may have the opportunity to speak with the media and share their perspective on donation and transplantation.
Is training provided?
Training is provided for all new volunteers to ensure they are prepared and comfortable with their knowledge of donation. Ongoing contact with Donate Life Vermont is provided through newsletters, e-mails, blog posts, ongoing training and education, and volunteer meetings.
I want to be a Donate Life Vermont volunteer. Who do I contact?