Genesee Students Host Red Cross Blood Drive October 2, 3

Genesee Community College's Student Government Association will host a student and community blood drive at the College's Batavia Campus October 2 and 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Blood donations will be accepted in the William W. Stuart Forum. Donated blood will be used in the region's hospitals for surgical and emergency transfusions.

Individuals who have never donated blood before, or who have donated blood prior to August 7, are eligible to participate. Although walk-in donations are accepted, reservations are preferred; appointments may be made by calling 343-0055, extension 6261.

The October 2003 blood drive is part of a long tradition of student-sponsored blood drives at Genesee Community College. Each year, the Student Government sponsors at least two blood drives, with several hundred students and community residents participating each year.

The drive is both a learning experience and a volunteer service opportunity, said Clifford M. Scutella, Director of Student Activities. "Part of our job is to help students understand the value and importance of service to others, and a blood drive does this," Mr. Scutella said. "But beyond that, students - like most people - have a real desire to help those in need. Since the 9-11 tragedies two years ago, students have become far more conscious of the need for emergency blood reserves, and participation in the blood drives has been up."

The drive is only one of many service projects Genesee students initiate each year. Students sponsor holiday programs for children of the community, clean litter from the roads surrounding the Batavia Campus, tutor children, and participate in service partnerships with many community organizations.

The Student Government Association is an elected organization of student representatives. It governs many student life activities at Genesee, and acts as a sounding board for student concerns and ideas.