Donate Life Month in April


April is National Donate Life Month. RIODAC takes part in many community events during the month of April to increase awareness about the need for organ and tissue donors even more than usual during this month. From proclamations at the State House, to smaller proclamations in individual towns, appearance on college campuses, such as URI, to the Boston Marathon and the RI Blood Centers RIODAC volunteers are there. Last year the RI Blood Centers went green for Donate Life month in support. This year the staff at the RI DMVs will also be dressing down in blue and green each Friday in April in support of organ donation. And many branches will have tables out with blue and green decorations and small Donate Life items to give away on National Blue and Green Day. We thank them for helping us spread the word. Most volunteers can also be seen around town sporting their blue and green during April. Blue and green are the official Donate Life colors and are a subtle way to show your support of organ and tissue donation. A listing of scheduled events can be found below and also on our calendar of events. If you have an event in mind that you would like to see RIODAC at to promote Donate Life Month, please contact Jenny Hoffer at jhoffer@riodac.org.
Donate Life Month Events
Wednesday April 1, 2015 11:00 am
Donate Life Proclamation 
State Room at the RI State House
Please join us as Lt Govenor Daniel McKee proclaims April as Donate Life Month in Rhode Island. The ceremony lasts about 30 minutes. Please contact Jenn Cray at Jennifer_cray@neob.org if you plan on attending as an approximate head count needs to be provided.

Wednesday April 8, 2015 10:30am - 2:00 pm
URI Wellness Event
URI Student Union, Lower College Road
RIODAC will be staffing an informational table during this annual event, where students are able to get information on a variety of wellness issues. 

Tuesday April 14, 2015 11:00 am
Donate Life Proclamation
Providence City Hall
Please join us as Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza proclaims April as Donate Life Month in Providence. The ceremony lasts about 30 minutes. Please contact Jenn Cray at Jennifer_cray@neob.org if you plan on attending as an approximate head count needs to be provided.

Friday April 17, 2015
National Blue and Green Day
Everywhere
We ask that you wear blue and green on this day in support of organ and tissue donation! And do not forget to take a photo of your best blue and green outfit. Pictures may be uploaded to the Donate Life America Facebook page for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Saturday April 25, 2015 6:00 pm
Steve Wronker's Funny Business comedy hypnosis show
Brightridge Club
59 Brightridge Ave, East Providence, RI
Please join us for a night of laughter, music, and general fun as we present Steve Wronker's Funny Business. This is our annual fund raiser and is shping up to be an amazing time! For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit our event page.

If you are looking for ways you can help increase awareness during Donate Life month here are a few ideas:

1. Contact your local city/town hall and ask to have a proclamation made, stating that April is officially recognized as "Donate Life" month in your city/town.

2. Contact your local city/town hall and request that they fly a Donate Life flag during the month of April. Flags can be requested by contacting Jennifer Cray, New England Organ Bank Volunteer Coordinator, at jennifer_cray@neob.org.

3. Arrange to have a Blue and Green Day, durng April, at your workplace. Ask everyone to wear blue and green that day and pass out brochures explaing organ and tissue donation. Brochures may be requested by contacting Jenny Hoffer at jhoffer@riodac.org.

4. Arrange to have a RIODAC volunteer speak to your local community group or your employees/co-workers. Schedule a speaker by clicking here.

5. Arrange to have Riodac volunteers staff an informational table at a local community event. Request a table by clicking here.

6. Wear your RIODAC or Recycle Life gear to show your support of organ and tissue donation. Don't have any gear? Visit our store and pick some up today!

7. Share your own story about donation and/or your wishes. Nothing speaks louder than personal experiences!