INITIATIVES

Community Service Challenge

Serving the Community is in our Blood

Washington DECA’s 2023-2024 State Community Service Challenge is brought to you in partnership with

Join the Race to Save Lives

Your chapter is invited to participate in the statewide community service campaign challenge!

Host either a blood OR monetary drive AND utilizing your chapter’s social media to raise awareness about Bloodworks Northwest and Vitalant. It’s that easy!

With each dollar raised, pint of blood donated, virtual blood donor secured and social media post published, your chapter will earn points and move up the Race to Save Lives Leaderboard!

Why Should We Participate?

Your gift of blood, time or money saves lives. Because of you, life doesn’t stop.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. This could be a little girl in the ICU or a mother with Stage 3 leukemia. The entire process is very safe and very fast, and you will feel amazing knowing you potentially saved up to three people.

As DECA members, we recognize the benefit of service and responsibility to the community, and we are continually impacting and improving our local and broader communities.

DECA prepares the next generation to be Community Oriented.

I am 19 years old recently diagnosed with lupus and my kidneys are failing. I am recently married and me and my wife are so grateful for hero’s like you. Thank you!!
“I’m so thankful for your blood donation! I receive blood every 3 weeks. Without it I would not survive. Because of you, I get to spend active time with my family & beautiful grandkids. You are a blessing.”

And the Best Impact Goes to...

Chapters are encouraged to get involved with this partnership, in which their efforts will put them in the running for prizes! The top three chapters earning the most points will be awarded.

1ST PLACE CHAPTER

– $500 chapter scholarship to attend the 2024 Western Region Leadership Conference

– Twenty free tickets to the Seattle Mariners Pro Sports Career DECA Day, tentative for May 15, 2024 at T-Mobile Park

– Chapter is eligible to select one member throw the 1st pitch of the Mariners game on May 15, 2024

– Optional for chapter: A recognition video played at the Mariners DECA Day, highlighting the chapter’s involvement in the challenge

– Optional for chapter: Chapter Visit from a blood recipient from May 20-June 15, 2024

2ND PLACE CHAPTER

– 2nd Place Trophy

– $250 scholarship to attend the 2024 Fall Leadership Conference or a $100 Amazon gift card

3RD PLACE CHAPTER

– 3rd Place Trophy

– $150 scholarship to attend the 2024 Fall Leadership Conference or a $50 Amazon gift card

LET'S GET STARTED

Washington DECA appreciates your chapter’s participation!
Now… let’s save lives!

STEP 1: DECISION
STEP 1: DECISION

As a chapter, decide whether to host a BLOOD DRIVE and/or a CASH DRIVE in support of Bloodworks Northwest and Vitalant.

Fill out this form to notify us of your participation in the challenge! We recommend delegating a few Chapter Leaders to manage this event.

Filling out this form grants you 500 points!

And ensures we can support you as you support the community!

STEP 2: PLAN
STEP 2: PLAN

Directions for hosting a Blood Drive:

If you are in Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, or 9...

Decided a few feasible dates to host your blood drive and fill out this form with your Advisor:

Info on how to host a blood drive can be found here.

STEP 2: PLAN
STEP 2: PLAN

Directions for hosting a Blood Drive:

If you are in Areas 6, 10, or 11...

Get in contact with our Vitalant partner! They are looking forward to connecting.

Simply introduce yourself, your high school name and location, and a few potential dates your chapter is interested in hosting the blood drive!

Info on how to host a blood drive can be found here.

STEP 2: PLAN
STEP 2: PLAN

IF YOU ARE IN AREAS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, OR 9...

Decide how long your fundraiser will last. Confirm the dates with you Advisor. When you begin collecting money, share the donation link with your school and networks.

www.bloodworksnw.org/donate/financial-gift-form

Washington DECA will receive notification of your donations.

For your chapter to receive credit for this donation, the donor MUST scroll to the bottom of the form, locate the “On Behalf Of” field, and follow this outline:

[name of high school] DECA

After donations are submitted, we unfortunately cannot go back and reassign donations to chapters.

STEP 2: PLAN
STEP 2: PLAN

IF YOU ARE IN AREAS 6, 10, OR 11...

Decide how long your fundraiser will last. Confirm the date with you Advisor. When you begin collecting money, share this donation link with your school and networks:

link coming soon!

Washington DECA will receive notification of your donations.

For your chapter to receive credit for this donation, the donor MUST include your school name on the last page under "COMPANY" when inputting credit card information.

After donations are submitted, we unfortunately cannot go back and reassign donations to chapters.

STEP 3: PROMOTE
STEP 3: PROMOTE

Promote!

A successful event, whether a blood drive or fundraiser, requires great promotion and planning. How are you encouraging your school and community to participate? Check out this quick video outlining easy ways to promote.

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STEP 4: EARN POINTS
STEP 4: EARN POINTS

Earn Points, Save Lives & Spread Awareness!

As your event unfolds, be sure to capture footage and photos! Utilize your chapter's social media to document your efforts in hosting a blood drive or cash drive. Every time you support Bloodworks Northwest and Vitalant, your chapter will accumulate points!

A complete list of ways to accumulate points can be found below.

Be sure to check the leaderboard often as you race against chapters across Washington!

LEADERBOARD

SUBMIT PARTICIPATION EVIDENCE

Your Questions... Answered

At any time during your participation in this challenge,
please reach out to the corresponding team who can assist!

I have a question about…

Getting Started ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Earning points for the Leaderboard …………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Submitting evidence for the Leaderboard ……………………………………………………………………………………….

Prizes …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Hosting a blood drive in Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 ……………………………………………………………………………

Hosting a blood drive in Areas 6, 10, 11 ………………………………………………………………………………………………