Gallon Grad Program

Overview

High school blood donors are extremely important in supporting the needs of local hospitals and patients. In fact, high school blood donors account for as much as 10% of The Community Blood Center’s overall blood donations.

So what is the Gallon Grad program? This unique program is about more than just blood donation. It’s about helping others understand why blood donation is so important and to encourage others to make it a lifesaving habit as well. More blood donors means that we can help more patients.

In short, it’s both the first step in creating a life-long passion for blood donation and an opportunity to reward high school students who play a critical role in supporting their local community.

Requirements

The Gallon Grad program is available to students enrolled at one of our partner high schools. Gallon Grad students must complete two of the following requirements over the course of their high school career (students may complete the donate, recruit or host requirement twice):

Donate blood at least three times
Volunteer for a minimum of five hours
Recruit a minimum of five new donors*
Host a blood drive

*new donors are defined as haven’t donated in two years 

Updated Volunteer Requirements

March 30, 2020: Additional Options

Due to COVID-19, students may find it more challenging to complete the 5 hours of volunteering. You may choose ONE of the following and it will be counted toward achieving your Gallon Grad status. Deadline for submission is May 15.

Option 1: Submit the following questionnaire, a picture of yourself (preferably donating blood) and the Model Release Form (with parent permission, where applicable) to: marketing@communityblood.org to be used as a donor story. Once these items are received the marketing team will track and enter your volunteer hours.

  1. Please answer all of the following in 3-5 sentences each:
    • Why did you choose to start donating with The Community Blood Center?
    • How does it feel to help people who are undergoing cancer treatments or need heart surgery?
    • How does it feel to know that you’re making a difference in the lives of people in your community?
    • What would you say to someone who has never donated blood before?
  2. Do you know anyone who needs or has received blood or blood products?
  3. How long have you been a donor?
  4. Where do you normally donate?
  5. How do you stay involved in the community and your school?
  6. What are some of your hobbies?
  7. What are your plans after high school?

Option 2: Create or share social posts on the importance of blood donation. If you choose to post your own content about blood donation or the importance of blood, accepted content includes a blog, picture, story, or video.

  • What: A total of 10 posts
  • When: Posts must occur over a time period of 5 or more weeks, and must be completed by May 1
  • Where: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn. Please tag The Community Blood Center in your post.

Once you completed the required minimums, screenshot your posts and put into one document. Submit this document to marketing@communityblood.org. Once these items are received the marketing department will track and enter these as your volunteer hours in the Gallon Grad portal.


Why should you join the Gallon Grad program?

High school students join Gallon Grad as a way to give back to their community through donating, volunteering or encouraging others to donate. Supporting blood donation directly impacts local patients in local hospitals and is a great way for students to engage in the community in support of an important cause.

What do you receive if you complete the Gallon Grad requirements?

In addition to the satisfaction of saving lives, those who complete the program will receive:

  • A distinctive cord to wear at their high school graduation
  • A certificate recognizing their achievement as a Gallon Grad
  • Recognition at their high school awards ceremony

How do I join the Gallon Grad program?

It’s easy! All you need to do to join is visit our Gallon Grad portal page, create a profile and begin logging your achievements!

Ready to get started? 

Visit the Gallon Grad Portal

Have questions? Visit the FAQ section.