IDF works to provide volunteers who can go to their plasma centers when an IDF Plasma Partner requests a visit. IDF volunteers “put a face on PI” and share their stories as they tour the center and thank the plasma donors and center employees for their dedication to producing the therapy that literally saves their lives. This is often the first time donors and employees have heard about PI, and they are fascinated to learn that their activities at the centers make such a difference.
Anyone who wishes to visit a visit a plasma center on behalf of IDF must be a patient receiving immunoglobulin (Ig) therapy or an immediate family members of a patient receiving Ig therapy. IDF makes it easy! Volunteers receive instructions for their visits and simple talking points. IDF also makes all the arrangements for the visit and can work around your busy schedules.
Partner Volunteers must be patients receiving immunoglobulin (Ig) therapy or immediate family members of a patient with a primary immunodeficiency disease receiving Ig therapy. IDF makes it easy –Partner Volunteers receive instructions for their visits and simple talking points. IDF also makes all the arrangements for the visit and can work around your busy schedules.
Please note: Plasma collection centers are not able to accommodate visitors that drop in unannounced. Contact IDF to arrange a visit at a time that works for you and the center.
IDF volunteers find their visits to be rewarding experiences. Here is what they tell us:
“I went to the plasma center … What an incredibly wonderful experience! All PI patients should experience this! It is amazing to see the beginning of the process for the product that is our life! I talked with donors, to thank them and let them see a very grateful and thriving patient. I spent time viewing the whole set up there, and with the Assistant Manager. They are wonderful, cheerful people, and it was such a pleasure to meet them all! Thank you for sharing that possibility with me. I am so glad I went! I will remember it always.”
“I’m really enjoying these visits to the plasma centers! The donors have a different perspective on what they are doing there when I come in and talk to them. I told them ALL that they are life-saving angels!”
“We got a tour of the center and got to meet all of the employees. Who I have to say really, really made us feel welcome. They all knew we were coming and it felt like they really appreciated that we were there. I was amazed at this solely because of how busy they were! Then we got to speak to all of the donors in the waiting room then we went to each of the bed sections and spoke to the people that were actively donating. It was cool to see how the plasma was actually collected. We are definitely doing it again!”
“My son and I went to the plasma donation center. What an experience! There were about 25 staff members and probably 75 donors. They fed us a yummy lunch and we got to sit in the break room and talk to the employees. It was a great experience. When I asked my son if he liked it, he said it was awesome. I asked him what the best part was, fully expecting him to tell me watching the people donating or maybe even going in the freezer that is -40 degrees. But he said the best part was letting all of the donors know who they are helping. He said it was cool to feel like he was giving them a reason to donate. I was pretty impressed that at 10 years old he got that without me even explaining.”