City Donor Corps ~ Be a Lifesaver!

Please contact your human resources department for schedule information.

Donating blood is a good way to get a "mini-medical" exam -- your medical history is reviewed, and pulse, blood pressure, temperature and hemoglobin are checked before you are allowed to donate blood. Anyone between the ages of 16* and 75*, and in good health, may donate. There are no risks in giving. An average healthy person's body manufactures blood around the clock to meet its needs.

* 16-year-olds must have parental permission or consent.  People over 75 may donate with a doctor’s note.

NYC Employee Blood Program: City Donor Corps (CDC)
The Department of Citywide Administrative Services, in conjunction with the New York Blood Center, sponsors a Citywide Employee Blood Program called City Donor Corps (CDC). The CDC is made up of City employees from participating agencies, City-affiliated institutions and public authorities who give blood once a year. Some members may voluntarily donate as many as five times a year.

CDC Membership
City employees may join the New York City Donor Corps at any time. Once you make your first donation, you have the opportunity to be in the City Donor Corps Program. Each donation adds an extra year of membership. Whenever possible, bloodmobiles are scheduled on agency premises by the New York Blood Center for your convenience. If you are unable to donate blood, a relative or friend may donate as a substitute for you. That will make you eligible for City Donor Corps benefits. It is suggested that an enrollment card be completed and forwarded to your agency Blood Program Coordinator to ensure eligibility for City Donor Corps benefits.

CDC Membership Benefits

Hospital Bills for Blood or Blood Processing
In the greater New York region, coverage for blood processing fees is provided by Blue Cross, Medicare and most commercial health insurance contracts. This should eliminate hospital bills for blood received in this area. If you are billed for blood or blood processing fees, bring the matter to your agency Blood Program Coordinator as soon as possible and he/she will take the necessary steps to resolve the situation. The CDC will work with the hospital to have charges cancelled or, in some cases, redirected to the appropriate health insurance carrier if a member is billed in error. If the charges are in order and the patient has no other insurance to cover them, the program will pay these fees.

Out-of-Town Hospitals
Some hospitals still operate on a credit system and will bill you automatically for unreplaced blood. In some cases, a hospital will refrain from billing you if it is promptly notified of your blood program affiliation. To arrange for transmittal of this notification, call or write to your agency Blood Program Coordinator.

Autologous or Directed Donations
The CDC Program does not cover the cost of autologous or directed donations. (An autologous donation is when a donor donates his/her blood to be stored for personal transfusion at a future date. A directed donation is when a donor selects the person who is to receive the blood donation.)

Benefits for Family Members
CDC members are eligible for benefits for themselves and the following members of their families:

  1. spouse or domestic partner as defined in Section 1-112 (21) of the Administrative Code of the City of New York;
  2. effective July 1, 2011, dependent children to age 26 who are enrolled on the parent’s City health plan; and
  3. parents and grandparents; spouse's or domestic partner's parents and grandparents.
Galloneers Club
When you have donated eight pints of blood through the City Donor Corps, you become eligible for membership in the Galloneers Club. Once a year, each agency presents lapel pins and certificates to those employees who made their eighth donation at some point during the previous twelve months. Similar presentations are made to recognize multi-gallon milestones.
Membership Continuation After Retirement
Your CDC services do not stop when you retire if you have:
  1.  given a total of eight pints of blood within the ten years prior to retirement; or
  2.  donated a total of 16 pints of blood at any time during your City service; or
  3. continued to donate after retirement until you met either of the above requirements.
For More Information
If you are an active employee, call your agency Blood Program Coordinator. Check with your human resources office for your Blood Program Coordinator's name, telephone number, and location. If you are retired, call or write to the central office:

NYC Employee Blood Program
Department of Citywide Administrative Services
1 Centre Street, 24th Floor
You may also call 311 and ask for
the NYC Employee Blood Program
Or Call (212)-NEW-YORK if outside of NYC.