Get in Gear - Be a Driving Force in Saving Lives!

This summer, UD faculty, staff, students, family members and friends are invited to donate blood in support of the Blood Bank of Delmarva’s 11th annual Summer Blood Challenge.

Every day across Delmarva, more than 350 blood donors are needed to maintain the local blood supply. By participating in the Summer Blood Challenge, The University of Delaware is helping the Blood Bank avoid serious blood shortages that have hit other areas of the country. Typically fewer donors are available in the summer because of vacations and other activities.

Save Lives! Win Prizes!

By participating before September 14, you’ll earn points for UD in the Challenge, as well have a chance to win exciting prizes:

Earn Points

  • Give Blood: 1-2 points (points vary based on type of donation)
    Any eligible donor can earn points for our organization. Just make sure donors fill out a Hero Card with UD’s name before giving blood. Hero Cards are located at all donor locations.

  • Become a Member: 1 point
    UD faculty and staff who wish to join, may complete a membership form and submit it to Human Resources-Benefits.  Your membership fee of $5 will be paid by the University. Please enter “University of Delaware” in the Employer section of the membership form.

  • Young Blood: 2 bonus points
    To encourage participation among this important age group, those aged 35 and under will receive a one-time bonus of two points when they join the Blood Bank or donate blood.

The Blood Bank has four donor centers (Wilmington, Newark, and Dover, DE and Salisbury, MD) and 30 established blood drive locations. Visit  or call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8 for an appointment. For more information on how to get involved in the Summer Blood Challenge, e-mail your questions or call 831-8388.