Nevada Donor Network will celebrate the life-saving collaboration with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) during National DMV Appreciation Week, September 23-27. In 2016, Donate Life America created this national observance to thank DMVs and recognize them for their commitment to the Donate Life mission. Nevada Donor Network will extend the occasion throughout September to honor the teams statewide that support donor registration every day.
“We want to celebrate the depth of this partnership publicly, because while it is a legislative requirement that DMV staff ask about donor registration, they are truly passionate about this cause,” said Monica Myles, Partner Relations Supervisor for Nevada Donor Network. “We are so honored to be able to work with such a supportive partner to accomplish our mission of educating the public about organ, eye, and tissue donation. The DMV partnership is the reason we are able to register so many people each year.”
In Nevada, 60 percent of the eligible population is registered to be an organ, eye or tissue donor. And of that percentage, more than 98 percent made that choice at the DMV during a driver’s license or similar transaction. Nevada Donor Network believes that the personnel at each DMV should have general knowledge about donation and registration, so it provides regular training to impart the importance of donation and to provide answers to frequently asked questions. Nevada’s DMV offices allow the display of informational materials and messages regarding the importance of donation and registration. Their supervisors also meet regularly with Nevada Donor Network representatives to answer questions and keep the partnership running smoothly.
“The DMV has the unique opportunity to enable nearly everyone in Nevada to make the choice for organ donation. We are especially proud to go this extra mile in helping to save lives. Our partnership with Nevada Donor Network is truly rewarding,” said DMV Director Julie Butler.
Apart from the personnel at the DMV being well-informed to speak about registration with possible donor heroes, the staff is incredibly engaged in the life-saving mission. In fact, during April’s Donate Life Month each year, every DMV in the state competes in a donation-themed office decorating contest which helps spark these important conversations with the public. Additionally, all DMV employees wear matching shirts statewide on National Blue and Green Day, an honorary celebration that encourages Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and honors those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Additionally, a DMV staff member won a national award from Donate Life America last year recognizing her work in improving the reported number of registered donors in Nevada. Program Officer Jennifer Pitts and her team discovered that only Nevadans with a driver’s license status of “valid” were being included in the total number of registered donors. This was about 40% of the adult population or roughly 960,000 people. But many more Nevadans who said “yes” to donation were not included in the total became their license was expired, suspended, revoked or cancelled. Pitts’ efforts made it possible to share that the true number of registered Nevadans is closer to 1.2 million – 60% of Nevada’s adult population are registered as organ, eye and tissue donor heroes.
Nevada Donor Network encourages the public to join in honoring the DMV and the staff that help facilitate donor registration by offering your appreciation when you visit a DMV throughout the month of September.
To learn more about the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation, please visit www.nvdonor.org.