Two years ago, the Connecticut Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services launched a program called "Life Share" to evaluate and recognize dedicated blood drive sponsors in high schools, colleges and local communities. Eastern was the recipient of the Life Share Silver Sponsor Award in 2010 and again in 2011. Ten percent of Eastern's campus population (students, faculty and staff) has donated blood during campus drives for the past two years.
Eastern has been a blood drive sponsor since 1993 through the efforts of the Campus Ministry and Division of Student Affairs. Since the program's inception, Eastern has experienced a consistent increase in donations. This feat can be attributed to an increase in the number of drives from two to four per year, as well as the sizeable number of volunteer helpers.
Last fall, Ken Bedini, vice president for student affairs, accepted the Life Share 2010 Silver Sponsor plaque at a reception in the Governor's Mansion. This year, an award certificate was sent to Irene Cretella, administrative assistant in the Division of Student Affairs, who coordinates the campus drives and works with the American Red Cross to achieve successful, productive drives. Recently, the Center for Community Engagement has assisted with recruitment of volunteers who wish to perform a few hours of service to give back to the community for this very worthwhile event.