You can volunteer and make others aware about how to sign up as a donor.
There are 56 organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. Each one serves its own area.
What does an OPO do?
- Helps increase the number of registered donors.
OPOs want people in their community to sign up as donors. They may:
- sponsor advertising campaigns;
- organize programs in schools, worksites, and places of faith; or
- share print and electronic materials.
- Helps with the donation process.
People who work at an OPO help evaluate people who sign up as donors. They:
- check the person’s state donor registry;
- discuss donation with family members;
- contact the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). The system that matches donors to receiving patients;
- get a match list for that donor; and
- arrange for transplant teams to remove and move donated organs.
An OPO can also provide emotional support for donor families.
Who works at an OPO?
People with health care training work in OPOs. Staff also includes those who help inform and educate.
Who approves OPOs?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approves OPOs. OPOs must follow laws. All OPOs are members of the OPTN and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO)
Find the OPO in your state
Mid-America Transplant (Clay, Craighead, Greene, Independence, Lawrence Counties)
Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Inc. (Crittenden, Mississippi)
Southwest Transplant Alliance (Miller County)
Donor Network West (Northern California)
Sierra Donor Services (North Central California)
Lifesharing – A Donate Life Organization (Imperial, San Diego)
OneLegacy (Southern California)
District of Columbia
LifeLink of Florida (West)
LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services (Northern Florida)
OurLegacy (Eastern Florida)
Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (Southern Florida)
Tennessee Donor Services (Catoosa, Dade, Walker Counties)
DonorConnect (Southern Idaho)
LifeCenter Northwest (Northern Idaho)
Cascade Alliance (West Central Idaho)
Mid-America Transplant (Southern Illinois)
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Northern and Central Illinois)
UW Organ and Tissue Donation (Winnebago County)
Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott Counties)
LifeCenter Organ Donor Network (Dearborn, Ohio Counties)
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Lake, Porter Counties)
Live On Nebraska (Pottawattamie County)
Mid-America Transplant (St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Topeka)
LifeCenter Organ Donor Network (Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Pendleton Counties)
Tennessee Donor Services (Christian County)
UW Organ and Tissue Donation (Northwestern Michigan)
UW Organ and Tissue Clinic (Houston County)
Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Inc (Northern Mississippi)
Mid-America Transplant Services (Eastern Missouri)
Midwest Transplant Network (Western Missouri)
Iowa Donor Network (Dakota County)
Donor Network West (Northern Nevada)
New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network OPO (Northern and Central New Jersey)
Gift of Life Donor Program (Southern New Jersey)
Center for Donation and Transplant (Eastern New York)
LiveOnNY (Southeastern New York)
Upstate New York Transplant Services Inc (Western New York)
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (Central New York)
LifeShare Carolinas (Southwestern and Western North Carolina)
LifeNet Health (Currituck County)
LifeBanc (Northeastern Ohio)
Life Connection of Ohio (Northwestern and West Central Ohio)
Lifeline of Ohio (Central and Southeastern Ohio)
LifeCenter Organ Donor Network (Southwestern Ohio)
Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (Lawrence County)
Center for Organ Recovery & Education (Western Pennsylvania)
Gift of Life Donor Program (Eastern Pennsylvania)
LiveOnNY (Pike County)
LifeLink of Georgia (Aiken, Edgefield Counties)
LifeShare Carolinas (York County)
Mid-South Transplant Foundation (Western Tennessee)
Tennessee Donor Services (Central and Eastern Tennessee)
LifeGift Organ Donation Center (Northern and Southeastern Texas)
Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (Southern Texas)
Southwest Transplant Alliance (Northeastern, Southeastern, and West Texas)
Center for Donation and Transplant (Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Rutland Counties)
Tennessee Donor Services (Bristol City, Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Norton City, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise Counties)
Cascade Alliance (Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, Walla Walla Counties)
Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (Cabell, Wayne Counties)
Lifeline of Ohio (Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Wood Counties)
LifeNet Health (Berkeley, Morgan, Jefferson Counties)
Versiti Wisconsin, Inc (Southeastern Wisconsin)
LifeSource (Douglas, Pierce, St. Croix Counties)