FAQ

The Committee
How do I get involved?
The easiest way to find out more about Blood Battle and the ways you can get involved is by coming to our Mass Meeting in September. You can also contact us at blooddrivesunited@umich.edu with your questions regarding your interest.

When does the committee meet?
On a weekly basis on Thursday evenings in Mason Hall at 7PM.

What does being a member entail?
There are a number of committee requirements that we expect from members. Committee members are to attend our weekly meetings, participate in at least 3 posting sessions to advertise the blood drives, spread the word of the competition for at least 3 hours at a tabling session, spend a total of at least 3 hours promoting Blood Battle at Diag Days, and volunteer at least 8 hours at the Blood Battle blood drives. Other requirements include fundraiser participation and joining a Task Force (Communications/Advertising, Outreach/Fundraising, Training, Spirit, MSM). Members must also promote the competition throughout the fall semester. During Blood Battle, the committee volunteers at the blood drives and continues to advertise the blood drives.

Donation Process
How does the blood donation process work?
Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but can make a big difference in the lives of others. The donation process from the time you arrive until the time you leave takes about an hour and 15 minutes. The donation itself is only about 8-10 minutes on average. The steps in the process are: Registration, Healthy History Check, Donation, and Refreshments.

Eligibility
Who can donate?
In most states, donors must be age 17 or older. Some states allow donation by 16-year-olds with a signed parental consent form. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional eligibility criteria apply.

To sign up for one of this year’s Blood Battle drives, visit the http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “goblue” to view all of the drives in the Ann Arbor area. If you have never given blood, please consider making your first donation. If you are a loyal donor, during a competition would be a great time to once again give the gift of life.

How often can I donate?
You must wait at least eight weeks (56 days) between donations of whole blood and 16 weeks (112 days) between double red cell donations. Platelet apheresis donors may give every 7 days up to 24 times per year. Regulations are different for those giving blood for themselves (autologous donors).

Can’t donate, but still want to be involved?
We know that donation eligibility requirements mean that not everyone will be able to donate. However, there are other ways to raise awareness of the need for blood donation, and we encourage you to be supportive in any way that you can. For more information on blood donation eligibility requirements and other ways to contribute, please visit donating-blood/eligibility-requirements.

There are a lot of different ways you can support our cause. You can wear our shirts, donate blood, and/or join our committee. If you don’t feel comfortable donating blood or the committee doesn’t sound right for you, another way to support us is through a donation. Your gift will ensure that we can continue to save lives and beat OSU in Blood Battle. Please email blooddrivesunited@umich.edu to find out more information about making a donation to Blood Drives United.