The Organ/Tissue Donor Program has teamed up with community colleges statewide for an important public awareness campaign. This awareness campaign offers the opportunity for community college students across the state to promote awareness and registration in the Illinois Secretary of State's Organ/Tissue Donor Registry.
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If you have volunteer service hours to earn, or have a personal story or interest in organ/tissue donation, Organ/Tissue Donor Program is here to help! Regional coordinators and Life Goes On Committees can help you set up an event to promote awareness in your community and register donors. Contact us to learn more and brainstorm about ways you can make a difference in your community.
Life Goes On Committees have been established in communities across Illinois to suggest, implement, and promote events to increase awareness of the importance of organ/tissue donation and increase the number of Illinois citizens registering as donors.
There are currently Life Goes On Committees in Bloomington-Normal, Carbondale, Charleston, Chicago, Macon County, Mattoon, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, and Vermillion County. These committees are always looking for new members. Please contact us to find out about joining an existing committee, or to start a new committee in your area.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can earn a Donate Life scout patch for promoting organ/tissue donation. Scouts can host a donor registration drive, or create educational presentations about donation and its importance in the community. Scouts can help save lives while learning about an important medical advance and its impact on others around them. For more information, please contact the Organ/Tissue Donor Program.
In the state of Illinois, 300 people pass away each year while waiting for a life-saving organ. Of the more than 4,700 people on the waiting list in Illinois, over half of those waiting are minorities.