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Values in Action

  1. Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
  2. Healthy and Well
  3. Spreading the Word
  4. First-time Blood Drive Host
  5. Volunteer Advocate of the Year
  6. Love from East High
  7. Supporting our Youth

In the Spotlight

  1. Coordinator Spotlight
  2. Giving Feels Good!
  3. One Year Celebration
  4. Social Media Buzz Room

Mission to Save Lives

  1. Leprechaun Chase 10K
  2. Polaris ATV Winner
  3. Cancun Trip Winner

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

After sharing her story, Shawntii Haase posed for a photo with NCBB President Ellen DiSalvo and Marketing Representatives Rachel Barth, Phil Losacker, and Megan Salley.
Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) staff honored their dedicated volunteers on April 15 during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. With approximately 40 volunteers, friends and staff in attendance, volunteer Shawntii Haase spoke about receiving blood products as a premature infant, as well as the importance of volunteerism in overcoming obstacles she’s encountered with cerebral palsy.

“Working at the Nebraska Community Blood Bank makes me feel proud of myself,” Shawntii told the room of volunteers. “It also makes me feel like I am helping out in the community, and starting to make a life for myself. Even though I’ve struggled all my life I feel like my struggles have made me stronger!”

Healthy and Well

Good nutrition and a healthy, iron-rich diet is the first step to a great blood donation experience. For blood donors, iron is needed to make new red blood cells to replace those lost during donation—using iron either already in your body (called iron stores) or available from the food you eat. That’s why iron-rich foods are an important part of your daily diet.
NCBB encourages donors to eat an iron-rich diet by including foods like meat, seafood, poultry, iron-fortified cereals, whole grains, beans, peas, and dark green vegetables. We encourage frequent donors (those who donate two or more times per year), to consider taking an over-the-count iron supplement. Read more.

Blood Type Compatibility

1. Percentages based on U.S. population. Approximately 85% of the U.S. is Rh Positive (i.e., O+, A+, B+, AB+)  2. Donation for red cell transfusion
Did you know? Every day 36,000 units of red blood cells are transfused
in the U.S.—that’s nearly 14 million every year. Are double red cell donations right for you? Learn more about giving the Right Type for Your Type?
Click the image to watch the 10/11 stories

Spreading the Word

In January, 10/11, KFRX and the Nebraska Community Blood Bank held the Broadcasters Unite for Life Blood Drive. To promote the drive, as well as educate communities about who we are and how we help save lives, 10/11 aired three stories featuring NCBB’s blood donors and volunteers. The additional media coverage helped the drive reach 96% of goal with 44 units of blood.

First-time Blood Drive Host

The Nebraska Islamic Foundation successfully hosted their first blood drive on February 12, reaching 104% of their goal at 27 units, all from first-time donors. Donors excitedly took photos of each other and were eager to share their commitment to community service as part of their faith. The NCBB Collections staff also did a wonderful job of adjusting their normal configuration to accommodate their cultural practices.

One first-time donor commented that she felt nervous at first, but that the actual donation process was over quickly when she focused her intent on how many lives she could be saving.

Pictured: A Nebraska Islamic Foundation donor relaxes before beginning his first blood donation.

Volunteer Advocate of the Year

For the past nine years, Luis Guzman has volunteered with NCBB helping at blood drives and special events. On April 27, Luis was awarded the Volunteer Advocate of the Year for the great service he provides to donors, staff, and other volunteers at NCBB. Luis was recognized at the Volunteer Partners Celebrating People in Action Recognition Celebration event in Lincoln.

NCBB Marketing Representative Rachel Barth and Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler were there to congratulate Luis on receiving the special award. Thanks for all you do Luis!

Love from East High

After NCBB staff presented information about all of the relevant and exciting careers in the blood banking industry, Ms. Staack’s Consumer Education class at Lincoln East High School sent thank you cards to show their appreciation.

Students wrote personalized messages, including Dodie Melcher who said blood donation saved her mother’s life. “Educating youth about donating blood is so important, and I’m happy you came to my class. I plan on donating when I am old enough. Thanks again!”
NCBB President Ellen DiSalvo, Component Laboratory Assistant Manager Gail Jackson, and Marketing Representative Rachel Barth participated in mock interviews with high school students as part of the SENCAP program.

Supporting our Youth 

Several NCBB staff members stepped up to help SENCAP (Southeast Nebraska Career Academy Partnership) students with mock interviews. Students participating in the program had their resumes and cover letters reviewed, along with having their interviewing skills critiqued by professionals.

SENCAP provides juniors and seniors in high school with the opportunity to explore a career through a hands-on approach including job shadowing, field trips, professional speakers, and workshops that support career related activities.

NCBB Coordinator Spotlight

Elly Hardekopf coordinates six blood drives a year at Molex in Lincoln, Nebraska. Recognizing the importance of blood donation, she encourages colleagues to donate so that others may live.
Q&A with Elly

How long have you coordinated blood drives with NCBB?
A.  I think I began coordinating blood drives in 2001.
Q. Why did you start coordinating blood drives?
A.  The previous coordinator retired and management wanted HR to begin coordinating the blood drives. Since I already did social activities and wellness, I thought it would be a good fit for me.
Q. What is your best tip for coordinating a successful blood drive?
A.  I don’t really have one, but I do ask for volunteers to sign up and I remind folks if I don’t see their name on the list. I also send an appointment reminder.
Q. How often do you host blood drives?
A.  I try to schedule six every year.

Q. What’s your favorite part about partnering with NCBB?
A.  The blood goes to a good cause and is greatly needed and appreciated by recipients and NCBB staff.
Q. Do you have any hobbies?
A.  I enjoy riding my bicycle, camping, playing volleyball, flower gardening, being outside, travel and antiques.
Q. What’s your favorite food?
A.  I like homemade ravioli or any kind of pasta and Mexican food.

Giving Feels Good!

Dennis Gaibler achieved his 500th platelet donation on February 24, surpassing the 130 gallon mark. He says there is simply no substitute for giving blood and helping to save lives in his own community. He also credits NCBB staff such as Mandy Rivett for making him feel comfortable and appreciated. 
Do you know a donor who has a milestone coming up? Consider taking a photo and sharing with us on social media. 
Nebraska Community Blood Bank
Nebraska Community Blood Bank

One Year Celebration

Congratulations to Superhero Austin who on April 13 celebrated one year since his last chemotherapy treatment! He and his family are grateful for the generous blood donors who donated blood to give Austin the super powers he needed. Read his story.

Social Media Buzz Room

Here’s a snapshot of what’s been happening on our social media pages. Click on any image to see the live post!

Leprechaun Chase 10K

Over a dozen NCBB volunteers, including Lincoln High School students, provided race day support on March 5 to 2,500 runners participating in the BRIN Running Series Leprechaun Chase 10K.
As the Charity of Choice for the 2016 BRIN Running Series, NCBB is appreciative of the financial support from race organizers in exchange for volunteers. Additionally, runners donated $135 to NCBB during the event.

Polaris ATV Winner

Thanks to the generosity of Polaris, December promotion winner Greg Soukup rode off on a new ATV. “Thank you for the beautiful ATV. I had no idea that I would be receiving something for just helping out in some small way,” Greg said when receiving the ATV from Polaris representative Ali Rader. Greg has donated blood 90 times with NCBB—over 11 gallons—and cites his father’s positive influence, a former policeman and long-time blood donor, as the motivation behind his continued service.

Cancun Trip Winner

Congratulations to Gary Vezina of Duluth, Minnesota who won the Cancun Trip giveaway in January. Gary and a guest will fly roundtrip to Cancun and enjoy a 5-night stay at the Westin Resort and Spa.

Upcoming Summer Promotions

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