Solano Volunteers and Tri-City NAACP partners with American Red Cross to host community blood drive

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12/29/20, Solano County, CA — Solano Volunteers and the Tri-City NAACP will partner with the American Red Cross to host a community blood drive in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and National Blood Donor Month in the month of January.

“Donors of all blood types are urged to give now to help the Red Cross maintain the blood supply,” said Rhonda Smith, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit’s (CVNL’s) Solano Volunteers Program Coordinator. “Medical conditions and emergencies don’t stop for a pandemic, seasonal illnesses, or winter weather.”

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.
“Solano Volunteers and the Tri-City NAACP are committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Johnicon George, Tri-City NAACP President. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues, and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.”

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative, and B negative.
“We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs,” said Smith. “There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.”
The blood drive will be taking place at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 586 East Wigeon Way, Suisun City, CA 94585, on Thursday, January 7, 2021, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or sign up online at

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About Tri-City Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored PeopleThe Tri-City Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has served as premier advocates for civil rights by conducting voter mobilization, civic engagement, addressing health & education disparities, and monitoring equal opportunity in both the public and private sectors in the Fairfield, Suisun City, and Vacaville communities since March 1976.
About CVNL and Solano VolunteersThe Solano County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) in winter of 2016 to build an online volunteer system to better serve nonprofits and service-minded individuals – “Solano Volunteers.” Together, Solano County and Solano Volunteers provides access to meaningful volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, groups, and businesses, leveraging powerful tools and technologies to make it easier for both volunteers to engage and organizations to post volunteer opportunities. In addition to providing online volunteer matching services, Solano Volunteers produces National Days of Service, provides disaster preparedness training, and serves as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Solano County. Visit to discover more.