Organ/Tissue Donor Awareness: Donate Life New Jersey · NJ Sharing Network (North/Central NJ) · Gift Of Life Donor Program (South NJ)
NJ Sharing Network’s goal is to educate New Jersey residents about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation, so they can discuss donation with their families and make the personal decision to register as a donor.
By working closely with hospitals and transplant centers, and increasing awareness with education tools and the media, the number of organs recovered in New Jersey for transplant has quadrupled since NJ Sharing Network was founded. Through supporting our hospital partners, medical examiners and funeral directors in the identification, referral and care of potential organ and tissue donors, we realize our mutual goal of saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation.
Our fully accredited “state of the art” transplant laboratory performs histocompatibility testing of organ donors and recipients. The laboratory also plays a critical role in the pre and post-transplant evaluation, and successful transplantation of highly sensitized individuals who would be difficult to treat under general conditions.
The Family Services Division provides care during and after a donor family’s experience. Family Services also addresses unique issues related to seeking consent for organ and tissue donation.
We also work closely with state lawmakers to pass legislation, such as the landmark 2008 Hero Act which mandates donation education in public high school curriculums, for public institutes of higher learning and as a condition for graduation for professional nursing and medical school programs.
Volunteers are at the heart of our community outreach. Our volunteers help educate the public about organ donation and transplantation by participating in programs including Donate Life Regional Groups, faith-based outreach, hospital and corporate events, high school education and the wrapped in love program. To ensure our volunteers are knowledgeable and comfortable with their role as our advocates, monthly volunteer certification trainings and specialty programs are available.