The Gift of Life Campus Ambassador Program (CAP) enlists students like you for an internship to run cheek swab drives on your campus. By reaching out to your friends, clubs and campus organizations you’re involved with, you have the potential to invite many new donors to join the registry – any one of whom could save a life. It’s a pretty sweet gig. Hang out with your friends, make a difference in the world.
As an Ambassador, you will join an elite group of more than 300 leaders on college campuses across the country. Your journey as an ambassador will begin with a symposium in August where you will learn about Gift of Life Marrow Registry and how the actions your take by being a part of the program will save lives.
Once you are on campus, you’ll take your newly acquired knowledge and put it into practice, running donor recruitment events with the goal of educating new donors and offering them the opportunity to join the registry.
You will be encouraged to partner with other campus organizations, administration and events to increase your outreach. By getting involved with Gift of Life you’ll become a change maker and enhance your leadership, marketing, and communication skills. Nothing is more exciting than when you get that first email that a donor you swabbed has saved someone’s life!
In 2018, Gift of Life Marrow Registry partnered with Project Life Movement to increase recruitment efforts on college campuses. The organization’s concentration and proven success educating and recruiting students at universities aligned seamlessly with Gift of Life’s Campus Ambassador Program. We work together on many campuses, particularly those in and around their headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our shared mission to grow the registry has allowed us to find more matches for those in need by working together.
The Gift of Life Campus Program app gives you new ways to tell your mentor about the events you’re planning, see different opportunities on your campus, and earn incentives for doing good!
Getting a match puts a whole new perspective on what you’re doing. Most people spend time volunteering to help others, but when you see a direct impact of your work, like a match being found for someone who doesn’t have any other chance at survival, it shows you just how much you are helping people. It shows why this is important, and why you must continue.
I hope to establish a connection with people and show them how easy it is to accomplish a good deed. Being the facilitator for a match is an incredibly heartwarming and uplifting experience. Seeing that notification is a great reminder of the amazing things we accomplish at Gift of Life as well as proof that with a little bit of effort, we can accomplish a lot.
Receiving the notification that we got a match was an extremely validating experience. It showed me that the effort we are putting in is really making an impact. I am excited to keep on swabbing and keep on finding matches!
When the email came through letting me know that someone I had recruited to the registry was a potential match, to say I was excited would be an understatement. Knowing that you have been able to play a small part in making someone’s life better is such a wonderful feeling. Oh, and a little bonus fun fact, it was one of my best friends who was the match!
When I get a notification telling me that a match has been made at a drive I coordinated, it shows me that the work I’ve been doing is real and can help save lives. We put so much heart and soul into what we do. Knowing that my hard work is paying off pushes me to keep going. But it’s about more than myself. These notifications reassure that I’m doing good for the world. I’m so happy to be working for Gift of Life Marrow Registry and making a difference.