Vermont Business Magazine VSECU, a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody in Vermont, has launched its semi-annual blood drive series for the American Red Cross. The credit union will host six blood drives at branch locations around the state throughout June and into early July. The semi-annual blood drive series launched last year and has generated strong community support and participation. During two drives across VSECU branches in 2015, 144 units of blood were collected. Every unit has the potential to save three lives, meaning the 2015 drives collected enough blood to save as many as 432 lives. VSECU aims to exceed that total in 2016, as part of its commitment to positively impact the communities it serves.
The blood drive program was initiated by Abbi Kiley, VSECU’s call center manager, while she was a member of the American Red Cross NH-VT Board of Directors. As an employee-inspired event, VSECU has seen significant participation from its employees, including many first-time donors and blood donation veterans.
"I gave blood for the first time at a VSECU blood drive early last year, and have been trying to donate every two months since then. I had always wanted to give blood but never took the opportunity to do so. Now I’ve reached one gallon donated through eight donations,” said Nashoba Hidaka, a technical support specialist for VSECU. “I am happy to donate to give back to people in need. It's nice to know I am helping someone.”
"I have given blood 104 times, which is 13 gallons,” added Cheryl Pickreign, Williston Branch Manager for VSECU. “It only takes about an hour from start to finish, which is such a short amount of time to help people who may need blood. We've all lost loved ones and I always think that my little donation may have saved a life for another family."
The blood drives will be held in American Red Cross blood mobiles at VSECU branch locations across Vermont. The blood mobiles are equipped with all of the necessary equipment and supplies for sterile blood collection. Those interested in donating blood can make reservations with the American Red Cross or stop in at the times and locations listed below.
VSECU blood drives will be held on the following dates and locations between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.:
June 6: VSECU Bennington Branch at 194 North Street
June 9: VSECU Rutland Branch at 72 Seward Road
June 28: VSECU Williston Branch at 1755 Essex Road
June 29: VSECU Berlin Branch at 365 Paine Turnpike North
June 30: VSECU St. Johnsbury Branch at 1036 Memorial Drive
July 1: VSECU Brattleboro Branch at 499 Canal Street
VSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives and works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners. VSECU is committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering the possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity. For more information about VSECU, call 802/800 371-5162 or visit www.vsecu.com.
MONTPELIER, VT, JUNE 2, 2016 — VSECU