Hospital Volunteer Toolkit

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Through their partnership, Donate Life California and the California Hospital Association (CHA) have created this page as a resource for hospital volunteers interested in supporting a culture of organ, eye and tissue donation in the hospitals in which they generously volunteer their time.

Donate Life California is the state-authorized nonprofit organ, eye and tissue donor registry dedicated to saving the lives of thousands of Californians awaiting a life-saving transplant. Many people recognize us as the pink “DONOR” dot on their driver license. Donate Life California works closely with the four California organ recovery organizations. Each organ recovery organization coordinates organ and tissue donation education and outreach events in its local hospitals and communities in the form of events, health fairs, high school education programs, speakers’ bureau and other activities. To find the organ recovery organization that serves your hospital and local community, click here.

In your hospital: Ways to support organ & tissue donation

In your daily life: Ways to support organ & tissue donation

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By the Numbers*

  • Nearly 120,000 people in the United States waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Nearly 22,000 of them are Californians.
  • Approximately 81 organ transplants take place every day in the United States.
  • More than 28,000 people in the United States begin new lives each year thanks to organ transplants.
  • More than one-third of all deceased donors are 50 or older and nearly 8% are 65 or older.
  • Sadly, an average of 22 patients die every day while waiting for a transplant, simply because the organ they need does not become available in time.

* Statistics from Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Did You Know?

  • Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age or medical history.
  • A single donor can save or heal the lives of more than 75 people through organ, eye and tissue donation.
  • Every major religion in the United States supports organ, eye and tissue donation as one of the highest expressions of compassion and generosity. Read more here.
  • There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate.
  • An open casket funeral is possible for organ, eye and tissue donors.