Why is organ donation important?
Nearly 114,000 people are on the waiting list for organ transplants in the United States. Every ten minutes, another person in need of an organ is added to the list. Organ donation saves lives and gives those in need of an organ a second chance at life. SODA believes that students can help reduce the national organ shortage, which is why it supports student leaders on campuses across the country as they advocate for organ donation.
Why are students a critical population to help reduce the organ shortage?
Frequently Asked Questions about SODA and Organ Donation
More than 36 million students are enrolled in high schools and colleges across the United States. Encouraging students to become advocates for organ donation helps to create lifelong ambassadors who are passionate about the cause.
Who can be an organ donor?
There are no limitations with regards to age, gender, religion, or citizenship limitations on organ donation. All individuals are encouraged to register as organ donors, because one person alone can save up to eight people’s lives and enhance up to 50 more lives.
How can I register to be an organ donor?
Option 1: Register online using SODA’s National Registration Page.
Option 2: If you have an iPhone, register on the “Health” app under “Medical ID.” Unfortunately, this feature does not yet exist on other phones.
Option 3: Register on your driver’s license at the DMV by selecting “Yes” for organ donation when you apply for or renew your driver’s license.
Regardless: Talk to your family about your decision to register as an organ donor and ask about their thoughts regarding organ donation. In some states, if you are under 18 years of age and have indicated you want to be an organ donor, a parent can override your intention.
How do I start a SODA chapter?
Visit this link to see if you are eligible to start a chapter. Next, form a team of two or three fellow students to lead your SODA chapter. Finally, apply to be a SODA chapter here. Throughout the application process, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Who can get involved with SODA?
Adults can volunteer at SODA events, and provide support to student SODA chapters.
Adults can also support SODA’s mission and vision by donating money that further facilitates organ donation advocacy. SODA is grateful for its financial donors who make SODA’s student-focused advocacy possible. Follow this link to learn how you can support SODA financially.
How does SODA support its chapters?
After your SODA chapter application is approved, (apply here), you will receive access to funding and resource guides. Between the ‘Starting a Chapter,’ ‘Managing a Chapter,’ and ‘Hosting an Event’ guides, you will have many tips for creating and managing your school’s SODA chapter. Additionally, you will be paired with the volunteer outreach coordinator at your local Organ Procurement Organization (OPO). This OPO will help you to gain access to organ donation training, supplies, speakers, and provide valuable advice.
Can I donate money to help SODA save more lives?
SODA is grateful for its financial donors who make SODA’s student-focused advocacy possible. Follow this link to learn how you can support SODA financially.