“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” — Anonymous
In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, we at Lane Blood Center want to take a moment to recognize and appreciate the work of our loyal stable of volunteers, the secret superheroes who help us save lives every day.
People like Corinne Standefer, who has volunteered at Lane Blood since 1980. In addition to giving blood over 160 times, Corinne comes in each Wednesday to help with clerical work, processing donor ID wallet cards, prepping mailings, handling the paperwork for our fun promos, doing inventory on supplies and organizing thank you gifts for our donors.
Detail-oriented with an eagle eye, when Corinne does something, she does it right. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to have fun, though. Lane Blood staff practically line up on Wednesdays to get their “Corinne hug.” A previous Volunteer of the Year, Corinne is amazing and we are deeply grateful and honored that she chooses to spend her time with us.
People like Stephanie Fortuna, who volunteers at our community outreach events, helps out in the Donor Canteen, performs data entry for our Quality Assurance Department and contributes to other special projects. A graduate of Oregon State University, Stephanie is headed into a physician assistant program and currently works as a hospital physical therapy aide. But she makes time between these duties and additional college coursework to bring her warm smile and talents to Lane Blood.
We rely on people like Corinne and Stephanie to help keep Lane Blood Center running smoothly so we can focus on maintaining the vital blood supply in Lane County and beyond.
People like Elyse Barnes, who graduated from Brigham Young University in 2013 with a public health degree and is currently working toward her master’s degree in public health administration. She volunteers in our Donor Canteen, books donor appointments and handles clerical projects. This dynamo also volunteers with Volunteers in Medicine and Lane County Public Health. Despite her busy schedule, Elyse is compassionate and laid-back while working with our donors.
She’s about to take her talents overseas, as she prepares to embark on a month-long trip to an orphanage in Ghana, West Africa, as part of a public health administration field team. Her past travels include Ukraine and Israel. We’re honored to have Elyse as part of our amazing team.
People like Sally Ross, who began volunteering with us back in the early 1990s. Sally served on our Board of Directors for 21 years, and is now part of the Oregon Advisory Council, which was created during our recent affiliation with BloodWorksNW. That’s a lot of hours spent in board meetings and reviewing board minutes! Sally has helped guide Lane Blood through significant change, including the affiliation decision in 2014.
She regularly volunteers Fridays and has dubbed herself the “queen of menial tasks” — but her invaluable work saves our staff countless hours. She does a lot of paper cutting, as her photo suggests, as well as inventorying supplies, making thank you gifts for donors, prepping mailings and event planning. She recently helped assemble emergency kits for our vehicles. On top of all that, she has donated blood 148 times.
In her free time, she is a member of the Mossbacks, a Volkswalk Club with which she has traveled internationally and here in Oregon. She makes delicious dark chocolate treats and beautiful flower arrangements for our reception area. And she enjoys spending time at her home in Yachats, “Gem of the Oregon Coast.” Sally, you’re a “gem” of a volunteer!
Thank you, volunteers!