Health Hero Giving Day


Be a health hero! People impacted by life-altering health diagnoses need your help. By making a gift on Health Hero Giving Day, hosted by United Way of the Midlands and the Combined Health Agencies Drive on Feb. 24th, you can provide them with the hope and support they need to navigate difficult health challenges. Scroll down to learn more about the 21 participating CHAD health agencies and make your gift today!

United Way of the Midlands has been a proud partner of Combined Health Agencies Drive since 1987.


Nebraska Community Blood Bank

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Agency Name: Nebraska Community Blood Bank 

Why your gift is needed:

  • NCBB is one of the nation’s blood banks selected to participate in the federal Operation Warp Speed initiative, offering testing for COVID-19 antibodies in order to identify potential donors of a life-saving specialty blood product called convalescent plasma
  • 1 in 3 people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime.
  • Only 38% of people are eligible to donate blood, though everyone may someday need it.
  • Every 2 seconds someone needs blood.
  • Blood transfusion is the most common hospitalization procedure in the United States.
  • NCBB recently expanded its life-saving reach and opened a donor center in Omaha.

What your gift will do:

  • A donation of $50 pays for additional testing to precisely match a blood donor for a patient with sickle cell disease.
  • $100 fills the gas tank of a bloodmobile. NCBB bloodmobiles travel to more than 500 blood drives every year.
  • $175 pays for additional testing to precisely match a blood donor for a cancer patient.

Agency Summary:

  • Through effective outreach to donors, continual development of biomedical expertise, and brand-building partnerships, NCBB connects those who need blood with the generous volunteers who give.
  • NCBB hosts blood typing and educational programs throughout the community, including regular Stop the Bleed trainings held in partnership with Bryan Health.
  • NCBB offers PACE-approved continuing education courses to hospital and clinical laboratory staff.
  • Each fall, NCBB conducts a workshop for high school students who coordinate blood drives at their schools and in their communities. Participating high schools are eligible for secondary education scholarships.
  • NCBB maintains an informal speaker's bureau comprised of blood donors, blood recipients, and other community members who share their experiences about the importance of blood donation.

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