Nonprofit of the Month: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas
At a time when most organizations are fiercely focused on advancing their own missions in light of budget cuts and eroding support, one Charlotte-area nonprofit sees the benefit of collaborating to elevate awareness and generate engagement.
The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) is the Charlotte-region’s independent, locally-managed nonprofit community blood center that serves as the primary blood supplier to area hospitals. It is one of 76 independent blood centers nationally that provides 50% of the country’s blood.
CBCC was founded by five area hospital systems in 2002 and is the primary blood supplier to the greater Charlotte region. Blood donated to Community Blood Center of the Carolinas remains in the region and is used by local hospitals and patients.
In April, CBCC has teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte(RMH of Charlotte) to host its Second Annual “Pint for a Night” campaign. For each blood donation from March 1-April 30, 2012, CBCC will make a financial contribution to RMH of Charlotte.
As recently noted by CBCC President and CEO Martin Grable: “We are deeply committed to do more for our community and to make an impact through programs such as Pint for a Night. We urge the public to join us in supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte by hosting a blood drive or just giving blood. Together, we can provide life-saving blood to sick children and other patients in need, and give families the comfort of home while their children are undergoing treatment.”
This sort of community-minded approach to programming, coupled with excellence in programming and fundraising, make CBCC a natural fit as PMA’s Nonprofit of the Month for April 2012.
For businesses, civic organizations and churches interested in hosting a blood drive with CBCC, call Kim Jones, director of sponsorship development, at 704-972-4727. Donors can give blood at one of CBCC’s four donor centers or at a community blood drive (www.cbcc.us/donate).