DECC Weekly Update: Friday, September 12, 2014

TEAM DECC presents: Jessica Jorgensen, Human Rights and Community Partnerships
Featured Nonprofit: Bonfils Blood Center 

Bonfils Blood Center is a local nonprofit that has worked to save lives every day since the 1940’s. While not widely known, blood is always in demand – in fact, every two seconds someone in the US needs blood.

Bonfils makes the blood donation process easy. I’ve donated for the past few years and feel an immense sense of benevolence whenever I do so. It’s such an easy yet rewarding way to have an impact.

The vast majority of Coloradans are eligible to donate blood, however, sadly, less than four percent actually do. I recently found out that I’m low on iron so I can’t donate blood for the time being, but representing Bonfils as part of Team DECC allows me the chance to help Bonfils in a different way. I’m hoping, through my work with DECC, to increase the number of Coloradoans that donate.

Whether donating blood, bone marrow or money Bonfils is a deserving nonprofit - and I couldn't be prouder or more excited to team up with Bonfils.

 This week's featured agency:
Bonfils Blood Center

Troops battling in World War II increased the awareness and demand for blood plasma worldwide. Americans supporting the war effort at home realized the importance of blood transfusions in saving lives. For many communities, it created the new social responsibility of ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply for anyone who needed it.

Accommodating the blood needs of the Rocky Mountain region was not easy in the early 1940’s. The blood banks nearest to Denver were located in Dallas and Kansas City, Mo. Fortunately, Dr. Osgoode Philpott and philanthropist Helen G. Bonfils recognized the need to establish a blood bank in Colorado. Pulling together a diverse group of community-minded people, they founded Denver’s first community blood bank.

Belle Bonfils Memorial Blood Bank, named after Helen’s beloved mother, opened February 27, 1943 at Colorado General Hospital (now University of Colorado Hospital). Its vision was to meet the blood needs of the local community, as well as the military forces fighting overseas and the organization maintains that focus today when 2013 marked the celebration of 70 years of saving lives.

Today, Bonfils Blood center has become an important part of the healthcare system throughout Colorado. Its headquarters are in Denver in the Lowry redevelopment area and it has nearly 350 employees including phlebotomists, apheresis and donor laboratory technicians, accounting, human resources and communication professionals who work at Bonfils each day to make a difference in our community. The organization now operates seven community donor centers, serves more than 100 healthcare facilities in Colorado and beyond, collects nearly 143,000 units of blood annually and offers a variety of services to better meet the needs of the community, including the Colorado Marrow Donor Program.

Bonfils Blood Center expects to continue growing with the changing needs of our community. As a nonprofit organization, Bonfils Blood Center proudly manufactures pure and potent blood products in compliance with current regulatory, accrediting and quality management standards. Click here to learn more about Bonfils Blood Center.