Blood Drives

If you’re looking for a way to help the community and save lives, consider giving blood. One donation can save up to three lives.

Just ask Brian Boyle, a JHU graduate student who in 2004 received a life-saving blood transfusion. “The foundation of my recovery was the result of 36 blood donors who I never met, nor will I ever have a chance to know,” Boyle says. “What I do know is that the short amount of time they spent to donate blood gave me a lifetime. For the nearly 5 million people who receive blood transfusions every year, donations can make the difference between life and death. I am living proof. Every day since I left the hospital, I have focused on showing my gratitude for the life I have been given and the people who have helped me throughout my journey.”

JHU hosts regular blood drives on the Homewood campus and at Johns Hopkins at Keswick, with Red Cross staff as well as JHU faculty, staff students, and retirees all pitching in to help. In addition, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions hosts drives at Bayview, East Baltimore, Johns Hopkins at Eastern, and Mt. Washington.

The university student service groups listed below provide most of the volunteers who publicize and staff the Homewood blood drives; Hopkins ROTC also sends volunteers and recruits donors.

  • Center for Social Concern publicizes and promotes blood drives among the JHU student body and provides volunteers as needed for the drives.
  • Alpha Phi Omega, a student service co-ed fraternity, publicizes blood drives, pre-registers donors at tables throughout the campus, and recruits student volunteers to help run the drives.

To find a blood drive or schedule a blood donation appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store or Google Play, or text BLOODAPP to 90999.

Want to learn more about blood donation? American Red Cross has details on donor eligibility, why donation matters, and other ways you can make a difference.