“It is not every day you get to witness an immensely selfless act in the making…volunteering gives me the opportunity to share in their rewarding experience and give back the same compassion they show for patients in need.”

— Daniel Rossi, SBC Mobile Volunteer

At Stanford Blood Center, volunteers have the unique opportunity to work directly with our donors as they help save lives through blood donation. Volunteers at Stanford Blood Center are giving back to their own communities. They interact directly with our donors and medical personnel.  All of our volunteer positions support our mission to provide blood products to patients in need.

Volunteers assist with a variety of positions within the agency, at our centers in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Mountain View, as well as at our various mobiles held at businesses, schools and community organizations throughout the Bay Area.

Benefits of Volunteering with SBC

  • Interaction with people
  • Flexible hours
  • Fun environment
  • You’ll be part of the SBC family

Opportunities Include:

Post-donation Canteen Host: If you enjoy talking with many different kinds of people, the canteen is the place for you. You’ll monitor donors for infrequent medical reactions, while serving snacks and ensuring they drink plenty of fluids. Canteen volunteers can help at all three centers and at mobile drives throughout the Bay Area.

Administrative Positions: If you prefer to be behind-the-scenes, there are opportunities in various departments. Help with making phone calls, putting together information packets, filing and clerical work, and occasionally helping out at special events like the Precious Mettle Breakfast for Milestone Donors or community outreach events like Summer Scamper.

How to Volunteer with SBC

All of our volunteer opportunities include free orientation and training. Minimum age for volunteering is 16.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete the volunteer application. You may scan and email the completed application to SBC Volunteer services at SBC-Volunteers@stanford.edu or mail it to 3373 Hillview Ave, Palo Alto 94304, attention Volunteer Services.

For more information, please contact
Stanford Blood Center Volunteer Services at:

SBC-Volunteers@stanford.edu or (650) 723-6795

Volunteer Spotlight

We love our volunteers, which is why we want to highlight them in our new Volunteer Spotlight section. Check back regularly to get to know more of our wonderful volunteers. This month, we would like to introduce you to Daniel Rossi! We asked Daniel some questions about himself and what it is like to volunteer at SBC. Check out his answers here:

Daniel RossiWhy do you volunteer at SBC?

I chose to volunteer with SBC after becoming a frequent blood donor, and fell in love with all the organization does. The level of community outreach they perform is staggering and incredibly unique, which makes it so rewarding to support an avid blood donor community.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?

As a volunteer, I love watching first time donors walk in and sign up. It is always so interesting watching them come in (sometimes very nervous) and leave with nothing but confidence and smiles.

What are your hobbies/pleasures in life?

Catch me doing Zumba wherever and whenever I can. It’s the one time where I can be as serious or goofy around other people and it doesn’t matter because everyone just wants to have fun.

Where did you grow up?

[I’ve lived in] San Jose my entire life and wouldn’t call anywhere else home.

What is one thing that would surprise someone to learn about you?

I own an unreasonable number of Martha Stewart books and magazines. It is a little embarrassing but I cannot tell you how many times I needed to make or do something and she has all the answers right there.

Do you have an anecdote or a story you have learned from a donor at SBC that really moved you?

Stories from Ava’s Blood Drive are always so moving. Really, the stories talk of how a small blood drive in the memory of Ava has amassed triple digits of donors over all these years and continues to grow with every year. It is quite incredible how a community of donors have come together for such a touching and uplifting event.