January 14, 2010
2010 National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge
MEChistAs, Bring the National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge to your campus! Become a student organizer and lead a donor recruitment celebrating Cesar E. Chavez's legacy of leadership and community service on your campus. Already over 120 universities are participating in this annual event. Will your campus participate? It's up to you!
The event is organized nationally by: MigrantStudents.org. They are working in collaboration with the American Red Cross and America's Blood Centers. Your local blood center needs to identify student organizers ASAP in order to be able to schedule the blood drive on the schedule. So, please download your application and submit ASAP. The actual blood drive will take place during March 2010, most likely on March 31st, Cesar E. Chavez's Birthday.
- Estrella Mountain Community College, AZ
- Palo Verde College, CA
- Santa Rosa Junior College, CA
- South Mountain Community College, AZ
- Western Oregon University, OR
- Yakima Valley Community College, WA
This event also falls into the National MEChA HIV/AIDS/STD Education Advocacy Agenda. When blood is donated it is tested; one of the goals of the Advocacy Agenda is having people tested. Also, one of the goals of this event is to: "Increase awareness of health issues such as Diabetes and STDs/HIV."
The aims of the National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive are to reach the following 10 objectives:
- Save lives!
- Increase awareness of Cesar Chavez's legacy as a national civic leader;
- Increase awareness and number of blood & plasma donors within the Raza community;
- Increase awareness and number of organ and tissue donors within in the Raza community;
- Increase awareness of health issues such as Diabetes and STDs/HIV;
- Promote healthy lifestyle through the donor screening & education process (Fitness, Diet);
- Increase awareness of health professions within the Raza community;
- Promote higher education retention through engaging student programming;
- Promote community outreach through donor outreach and family educational programming;
- Develop leadership skills through ongoing student organizer training and experience.
If your chapter organizes a blood drive as part of this campaign, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll be added to the list!
Texas A&M International University at Laredo
2009 Most Successful Blood Drive!