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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 6/13/2016, 11:34 a.m. | Updated on 6/20/2016, 11:35 a.m.
Remington College Dallas Campus will host its annual 3 Lives Blood Drive on June 21 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 ...

Special to The Dallas Examiner

DALLAS

Remington College Dallas Campus will host its annual 3 Lives Blood Drive on June 21 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drive highlights the need for minority blood donors to help people battling sickle cell and other diseases. The college’s partner for the event is Carter Blood Care.

The college founded the program to be a national effort to recruit minority blood donors and help provide local hospitals with blood. Minority donors – particularly African American donors – are in high demand because they provide blood with unique antigens that are vital for patients with sickle cell disease and other blood disorders.

Nationally, Remington has collected more than 13,000 pints of blood through the 3 Lives program. And since one pint of blood can save three lives, that’s enough blood to save more than 39,000 lives.

While the focus of 3 Lives is to highlight the need for minority blood donors, everyone is encouraged to give blood at the event. Donors must be 17 years of age or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. All the blood collected will go to local hospitals and medical centers to help people in the community.

The campus is located at 1800 Eastgate Drive in Garland. For more information, visit http://www.3Lives.com.

DALLAS

The population of returning prisoners in the United States is large and projected to grow. In Texas alone, more than 70,000 prisoners are released each year, with most returning to communities in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. Approximately 15 percent of prisoners are released to Dallas County.

The city of Dallas recently accepted a $1 million grant from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to implement a Prisoner Reentry Pilot Program. The grant seeks to reduce recidivism rates and increase employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals. The city will coordinate with non-profit entities, faith-based organizations, community groups and the private sector to provide reentry services.

Applications are being accepted from area non-profits and other organizations through a Request for Competitive Sealed Proposals to provide comprehensive social services to ex-offenders. The deadline for proposals is Thursda at 2 p.m. Interested proposers can learn more at http://www.bids.dallascity-hall.com – search for BQZ1611.

DALLAS

Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell announced on Friday the launch of the African American Leadership Institute to be housed on the campus.

“Current leaders have a responsibility to not only responsively represent their constituency, but they must create the leaders that will follow behind them,” state Sen. Royce West said. “It is this premise that fostered the partnership that is the African American Leadership Institute.”

In an effort to better understand and prepare for said changes and establish a comprehensive strategic plan for the future of the African American community in Texas, elected officials and community leaders from North Central Texas have created the African American Leadership Institute. The AALI will operate through a partnership between the college and the African American elected officials of Collin, Ellis, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties.