Being a full time student, sorority sister, and an active volunteer might seem like an overwhelming amount of commitment. University of Georgia sophomore, Jordann Tiras, wouldn’t have it any other way.
Tiras is studying finance, is a member of Sigma Delta Tau and has a deep connection and passion for the Red Cross. She is one of three committee heads for the Blood Services Committee for the UGA Red Cross Organization. With the other committee heads, Tiras oversees everything that goes into planning the blood drives around campus.
“It is an organization that saves lives through many outlets,” Tiras said. “It raises money for equipment and supplies to help victims of natural disasters and plans blood drives to help save the lives of people who are in need.”
The Red Cross is a non-profit organization created to help those who have been affected by disasters, prepare communities for disasters and provide support for the families of the armed services and lifesaving blood and blood products.
“I first got involved with blood drives in high school,” Tiras said. “Freshman and sophomore year, I started volunteering at my school’s blood drives. Then, junior and senior year, I took on the role of planning all the drives and developed this passion for planning blood drives, donating and spreading the importance of donating blood.”
After seeing the “Red Cross-Blood Services” poster board during freshman orientation at UGA, Tiras immediately knew she wanted to get involved here on campus.
“I feel like I’m always thinking about the next great theme for our blood drive or communicating with other committee members about the next blood drive,” Tiras said. There is rarely a time that I am not involved with blood services.”
“Jordann is an awesome girl and is always trying to get everyone she knows involved in Red Cross,” Dana Heyman, friend and sorority sister of Tiras, said. “She is always trying to spread the word on what she is working on.”
Tiras finds inspiration after every blood drive that she plans and attends and believes it is something that everybody can experience.
“It’s the most amazing feeling to see our personal effects on the entire Red Cross organization in Athens,” Tiras said. “Donating blood is so easy but so meaningful, and I love seeing the diverse spectrum of people who come out because it’s so cool to think that all of these people are here for the same purpose—to save lives.”
“It is actually so inspiring to me how passionate Jordann is for this organization that helps save so many lives,” Nadine Paull, sorority sister of Tiras and potential new Red Cross member, said.
Tiras encourages students to attend any Red Cross meeting and become involved. There are general body and committee specific meetings with various committees to be involved in. She urges students to look up the UGA Red Cross Facebook page for more information about meeting times.
“My favorite part about being a volunteer is hearing people’s reasons about why they came out to the blood drive to donate,” Tiras said. “From personally knowing someone affected by a blood transfusion, to just doing good, the answers vary. I am inspired a little more after each story.”