Lifeline of Ohio is thrilled to recognize our Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) partners during national DMV Appreciation Week which will be held September 25 – 29, 2017. This week, supported by Donate Life America, is set aside for recovery partners and state teams across the nation to show their support and gratitude for the employees, managers and administrators who work at BMVs, DMVs and/or Public Safety offices.
In Ohio, more than 5.5 million Ohioans have registered their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. More than 99 percent of those registered individuals did so at their local BMV.
The BMV is often the place where people are first asked if they want to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Simply by asking those who are receiving or renewing their driver’s license or state identification card if they want to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, the BMV employees on the front lines are providing hope to the thousands of men, women, and children waiting for a life-saving transplant.
The BMV involvement in the donation process does not stop at the agency counter. They are also responsible for maintaining the Ohio Donor Registry, which is a secure database that contains the names of registered organ, eye and tissue donors in Ohio. Additionally, the BMV issues Donate Life license plates and collects monetary donations for the Second Chance Trust Fund. These voluntary contributions are then used to provide donation education in the state.
To show its support and sincere appreciation for the BMV and their integral role in the donation process, Lifeline of Ohio has set up a formal 2017-2018 “Adopt An Agency” program for its Donate Life Ambassadors. Donate Life Ambassadors can “adopt” a BMV office (or multiple offices) near their home or workplace and make two special visits during key times of the year (DMV Appreciation Week and Donate Life Month). During these visits, Ambassadors will take Lifeline of Ohio supplied materials to give to the agency, answer questions BMV workers may have about donation and spend time sharing their personal donation story or reason for commitment to donation.