How I Met a Real-Life Vampire: A Volunteer’s Experience

December 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Thanks to Eric Morton for sharing this post. An aspiring writing and dedicated volunteer, Eric has been registering donors at the Central Seattle Donor Center for more than a year.

Okay, technically they aren’t vampires, they’re phlebotomists. But either way, they’re more than happy to take your blood.

I’m referring, of course, to those folks at the Puget Sound Blood Center that poke you in the arm when you stop by to donate blood. And whatever you want to call them, they’re fun and friendly folks. In fact, I’ll make a more general statement. All of the staff at the Puget Sound Blood Center are fun and friendly folks. So, too, are the volunteers. (Though I may be a bit biased in holding that last opinion.

I mention this because it is one of the reasons that volunteering at the Puget Sound Blood Center is so rewarding. You find yourself surrounded by a bunch of great people. Add to that a volunteer coordinator who bends over backwards to accommodate your schedule. And, of course, all of the other amazing volunteers whose paths you may cross. It all adds up to a very rewarding conclusion: as a volunteer, you will find that you are always appreciated.

If you have never volunteered before, but are considering it, here is something else to bear in mind. Things like work and school are often lousy because you have to be there. In contrast, volunteers are only doing volunteer work because they choose to be there. Surprisingly, this small distinction makes a world of difference. There is something particularly rewarding about taking on a task not because you have to, but because you want to. Especially when that task is one that ultimately helps save lives.

Plus, you get to tell all your friends that you hang out with vampires. And mean it.

There are many opportunities to volunteer at Puget Sound Blood Center.