In celebration of its 50th anniversary of serving the community, the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP) is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Friday, February 20th. The blood drive, which will run from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, will take place at the Junior League’s headquarters (The Gatehouse, pictured) at 555 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.
Interested donors can schedule an appointment and find additional information at redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: JLPAMP), or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To ensure the safety of blood donation for donors and recipients, all volunteer blood donors must be evaluated to determine their eligibility to give blood. More information on donor eligibility may be found online or by calling 1-866-236-3276.
“One of the League’s first projects was the development of the Community Blood Reserve, a mutual assistance blood-donor program for the Mid-Peninsula area,” said Jan Hickman, JLPA•MP President. “This upcoming blood drive is a fitting way to celebrate 50 years of service to the community, through the leadership and effective action of our trained volunteers.”
Since its founding in 1965, the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula has contributed thousands of volunteer hours to the local community, supported nearly 100 community service projects, and awarded grants to 192 area nonprofit organizations. In its 50 years, the League has tackled important social issues such as affordable housing, societal violence, literacy and education, homelessness, drug addiction, and at-risk children and youth.
The League has also played a key role in starting several local nonprofits, including The Tech Museum of Innovation, Daybreak Shelter, The Stanford Health Library, Rebuilding Together Peninsula, East Palo Alto Charter School, and Rosalie Rendu Center.
Photo of the Gatehouse by Chris Gulker