“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, Campbell, 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 Heather McKelvy! We asked Heather some questions about herself and what it is like to volunteer at SBC. Check out her answers here:

Volunteer, Heather McKelvy

Why do you volunteer at SBC? 
I like to be able to give back to the people that are helping my patients; I work at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. I want them to know that their donations are very worthwhile and appreciated!

What is your favorite thing about volunteering? 
Getting to meet new people and learn about their history, if only for a short 15 minutes.

What are your hobbies/pleasures in life? 
I am a runner, mostly. I’ve gotten into Spartan races the last two years, and I also snowboard. I guess I really just like being outside!

Where did you grow up? 
Centralia, Missouri. It is a small farm town just north of Columbia, Missouri.

What is one thing that would surprise someone to learn about you? 
I traveled the US for 11 years with my job. I’ve lived in about 10 states and would love to go back to Alaska!

Do you have an anecdote or a story you have learned from a donor at SBC that really moved you? 
A year ago while I was working full-time, volunteering and doing my master’s full-time, one donor just commented on how it may seem like a lot to handle, carry and balance at the time, but in the end I would be glad that I’d done it, that I’d moved myself forward and finished a higher degree.