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Community Education

ConnectLife is committed to increasing awareness regarding organ, eye, tissue, and community blood donation. We strive to provide services and educational programming for all those interested across Western New York. Community outreach and recruitment is key to our effort to save and enhance lives through donation and transplantation.

Information Table

Invite a ConnectLife representative to share the Donate Life message at your next event. Display includes educational material, giveaways, brochures, models, tissue samples, and/or interactive activities for target age groups. Trained staff or volunteers will answer questions about donation and transplantation, gently correct common misconceptions, and provide the opportunity for participants to join the New York State Donor Registry.

Youth Programs

Students learn about wellness and what it means to give the “Gift of Life,” through age-appropriate, interactive activities.

Host a Registry Drive

Help spread the word about organ, eye, tissue, and community blood donation and provide the opportunity to individuals to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors. ConnectLife will assist your organization in the development of ideas and provide materials for you to implement the drive.

Guest Speaker

ConnectLife has a variety of speakers- transplant recipients, donor families, volunteers, and staff- who will provide information about organ, eye, tissue and blood donation to your school, business, church, community group or community event. The goals of our presentations are to provide the community with information about the lifesaving benefits of donation; to motivate people to initiate a family discussion about donation; and to answer questions and counter common misconceptions about donation.

Host a Blood Drive

Provide an opportunity for individuals to give the gift of life at your organization or one of our community donation centers. ConnectLife will provide you with everything you need to plan and run a successful drive. All blood collected will go to help friends and neighbors here in Western New York as we are the only community blood center in the area. Remember that one person's blood donation can save the lives of up to three community members. Pre-drive education can be scheduled to enhance the donor experience.

We Offer Several Different Community Education Programs:

If you are interested in having ConnectLife at your event or having an educational presentation, please contact Sarah Diina, Senior Director of Marketing and Community Development, at (716) 529-4351 or send an email

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