We are a Community Blood Bank
What does community blood donation mean?
It means that all blood donations through ConnectLife are collected and distributed in Western New York. Basically, when you donate blood with us - it stays here, helping our neighbors, friends, family members, and community members.
Our local hospitals need to maintain an adequate supply of blood for emergency situations, and it is up to ConnectLife and the generosity of our blood donors to help provide safe levels of blood inventory. And ConnectLife blood donors help supply 70% of Western New York's blood supply. That's pretty amazing!
But, was ConnectLife always a community blood bank? NO. Our story started back in 2005.
In 2005, ConnectLife, then Unyts, was approached by area hospitals looking for a cost-effective alternative for purchasing blood. By collecting, processing and distributing all the blood locally, ConnectLife’ Community Blood Service has already saved local hospitals over $10 million. By being a ConnectLife blood donor, you not only save the lives of your neighbors, but you can help us save our community money, too.
Since beginning collections in June 2007, ConnectLife is the primary supplier of blood products to Kaleida Health, ECMC, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Eastern Niagara Hospital, Wyoming County Community Health System, Olean General Hospital, Brooks-TLC Health System in Dunkirk and Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Make your next appointment to donate blood, access your profile, and see your donation history at ConnectLifeGiveBlood.org.