Once a month, we celebrate those members of our club who take part in our On-Site Coordinator Program by getting to know them and what motivates them. This month, we meet David Lee, the SRCC’s Club Sports Chair and an exemplary OSC. David contacts club sports teams and coordinates with them to sponsor and attend blood drives and other SRCC functions. Thank you David for helping all of our donors and volunteers!
Why did you join the Student Red Cross Club here at Penn State?
I was looking for opportunities to do community service, and a friend of mine recommended that I come to a meeting, and I have been involved in the club since last winter. I think that the Red Cross does important work across our community and the world, and I just want to help them to do it.
Do you donate blood? If so, Why?
I have not given blood yet, but I would like to soon. I am thinking about donating for the upcoming Michigan State vs. Penn State blood challenge.
What is some advice you would give to someone who is afraid/has never given blood before?
One piece of advice that I would give is to not be afraid because the nurses are very experienced as this is the job that they do every day. They are there to make the experience of giving blood as painless as possible. Another reason to give blood is because it can save up to three lives, making this one of the most selfless things that you can do.
Why do you enjoy being an OSC?
Being able to serve the community is always a good feeling. Being an OSC also gives me the experience in the field of management and leadership, which I believe is a necessary skill in life and in my future career.
Why do you think that the Student Red Cross Club is important to have here?
We reach out and gather donors. A lot of people don’t give blood because they’re never asked to. SRCC is the bridge between the blood drives and the potential donors. We also help promote and educate students about giving blood, which is important across our community.