Every single day, The Red Cross and various local hospitals need to supply 32,000 pints of blood to patients across the US. From people who suffered tragedies like car crashes or shootings to those with chronic diseases like sickle cell anemia, the blood collected from donors at blood drives helps save lives every single day.
Organizations like The Red Cross rely heavily on blood donations from large-scale events rather than individual donors dropping by hospitals. From college organizations to corporations, big blood drives that draw in lots of people tend to do much more good for the blood banks and rally public support for helping treat illnesses and injuries. On average, only about 3% of Americans donate blood, but the need for blood is much much higher.
Synter decided to host a blood drive on June 6 and pledge to secure 20 pints of blood, meaning that at least 30 people need to volunteer to donate blood. If you’re interested in also hosting a blood drive at your company, here are some ways you can make the event as attractive and successful as possible!
Play up Community | Usually, blood donations go to help the very local surrounding hospitals. Whereas some donations and drives benefit people who are thousands of miles or oceans away, blood donations could help your neighbor, your friends’ children, or even you someday should something happen. Pitch the blood drive as a volunteer or community service activity to help drum up excitement and support.
Make it a Challenge | Synter Resource Group independently decided to commit to the Red Cross to donating 20 pints of blood, so now, we’re in a bit of a race to get other employees to donate, too! You can playfully pit departments against each other to see which can rally more team members to donate blood during the drive. You can also offer a company-wide prize if you make the goal of a certain number of pints. It’s amazing what people will when a pizza party is on the line!
Offer Nice Snacks | While donating blood is a very safe procedure, it can still cause some people to become lightheaded or faint. As a part of the incentives to get people to donate, you can offer cookies, crackers, pretzels, juices, and more for those who donate blood.
Tell Personal Stories | Nothing drives people to action quite like a personal connection to the cause. The Red Cross website has a number of videos showing kids whose lives were saved because of blood donations. You can also talk to your local Red Cross or Hospital and see if they have any compelling stories you can use to convince your employees to come out and donate.
As the days grow warmer and longer, some community-minded individuals may want to use their added daylight hours to do some good in their neighborhoods. Here are some ways you can harness the weather for the good of your community!
Volunteer at a kid’s program | With school being out for the summer, lots of programs, camps, and activities are meant to keep kids’ minds active and safe while parents are at work. Weekend camps or day camps can teach kids new outdoor skills and nature knowledge. Vacation Bible Schools offer moms a break while giving Churches an opportunity to welcome new young members. Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters or the Girl or Boy Scouts are always looking for volunteers, especially in the summer, to help mentor kids while school is out.
Participate in an outdoor cleanup | When the weather is nice, it’s easier to do fun stuff outside and help keep nature clean and free of waste and trash. Synter Resource Group, for example, sponsors regular highway cleanup activities to help keep our community clean and litter-free. Local parks, woods, and community gardens offer similar activities that always need lots and lots of hands. Slather on some sunscreen and help keep your environment beautiful.
Fairs and Festivals | Parks and recreation departments, as well as various clubs and special interest groups, may hold summertime festivals, block parties, or street fairs. Many are meant to promote a certain cause, raise money for a charity, or simply get people interacting together outside. If you know of one coming up, these sorts of events almost always need volunteers to help run games, sit in dunk tanks, or take pictures for social media. Even older kids can help make sure these events run smoothly by helping to run various activities.
Clear out old clothes | Winter is prime time for simply hoarding clothing you may not need anymore, so summer is a great time to go through your wardrobe and see what clothing doesn’t fit, may not be your style anymore, or simply doesn’t catch your eye like it used to. As you transition your wardrobe over, consider which items never saw a day of wear or has been worn too much and seen better days.
As summertime approaches with haste, many companies and businesses offer special perks that allow their employees to take advantage of the weather. Some offer shortened workdays or more flexible work from home time. Others will tap kegs during work hours every so often and host a barbeque on the premises to allow employees to mingle and relax on company time.
One common and fun way for companies to allow their workers to enjoy the summer is by subsidizing or offering free tickets to local minor league sporting events. From soccer to baseball to hockey, semi-professional sports are big fun for everyone. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider a company outing to your local amateur sports arena:
Supporting Local Business: In this day and age, it’s incredibly important to mind where your money goes and whose pockets it’s going into. Minor league sports are usually locally owned and operated, as are the concession stands in the stadium itself. The majority of the money you spend at a minor league game stays in your town and provides jobs and entertainment. Local businesses have to support other local businesses to survive, and bringing your company to a game will do just that.
Building Community: Unlike pro-games where only mega superstars are invited to sing the national anthem and perform at halftime, minor league games are for the local community. Often, small bands, up-and-coming singers, children’s dance groups, boy scouts, and girl scouts will put on events at the arena and perform for the audience. Bringing your employees out to a game like that will enhance the sense of community as they watch the contributions of other members. Who knows? You may also find yourself in the presence of the next great superstar — Taylor Swift used to sing the national anthem before minor-league baseball games in Reading, PA!
Special Event Nights: Minor league sports will often host theme nights that are sponsored by a nonprofit or cause to help raise both money and awareness for a certain charitable organization. For example, local hospitals will host a game that focuses on children with illnesses. Others may do military or law enforcement support nights. Encouraging your company to rally behind a cause while still enjoying a family-friendly night of fun sports and snacks is a great bonding experience.
As your company thinks of ways for employees to savor the summer together, be sure to consider local semi-pro sports games!
Synter Resource Group Cares About Our Community
Synter Resource Group was founded to serve the Transportation Industry with a never-ending quest to build better processes. For over a decade, we have brought that same mindset to our community stewardship. Synter is proud to serve in key initiatives for some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, and we never stop working toward a better future.
We are always looking for opportunities to improve and preserve all of the great things about our community in historic Charleston, South Carolina.
At Synter Resource Group, we believe that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference. Our passionate staff has participated in all sorts of outreach projects. Some extend off-site to local schools, churches, or community buildings, while others take place right in our own office! No matter what, we aim to bring volunteer work to the forefront of our business and of our wonderful city, so that we can inspire others to get involved as well.
The concept of community has been woven into the fabric of Synter Resource Group since day one. We know that collaboration is crucial — and this sentiment rings just as true when it comes to building our own company culture. We have worked hard to create an inclusive, supportive, and downright exciting place for our staff to work and thrive. We also regularly organize events like employee cookouts, picnics, and outings.
Synter Resource Group is headquartered in a 28,000 square foot facility in Charleston, South Carolina. We are the largest business process outsourcing (BPO) company serving the transportation and logistics industry in North America. Synter was named as one of INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses in 2012. We were also recognized in INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Small Businesses in 2016 (list pending) and in the South Carolina Top Workplaces 2017 program.
Organizations Synter has Partnered With:
- United Way
- The Greater Charleston First Tee Organization
- Adopt a Family Christmas campaign
- Angel’s Touch
- St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital