The Greene County Legislature has declared the month of April “DONATE LIFE MONTH”. As of December 31, 2018, 45.6 percent of Greene County residents age 18 and up have enrolled in the New York State Donate Life Registry. If you’re not part of this 45.6%, and you’re age 16 or older, we’d like to ask for your help in reaching our goal of having 50% of residents enrolled by the end of April.
Here are some facts about organ, eye, and tissue donation:
- Nearly 9,500 New Yorkers are waiting for life-saving organ transplants
- Although more than 1,500 New Yorkers receive life-saving organ transplants each year, more than 500 New Yorkers die each year due to a shortage of donors.
- One donor can save 8 lives and improve the lives of countless others
- Anyone age 16 and over can join the registry – regardless of medical history
- All major religions support eye, organ and tissue donation
- There is no cost to a donor’s family or estate for eye, organ and tissue donation
There are several easy ways you can register:
- If you’re renewing your driver’s license in April, you can register when you renew your license at our DMV office.
- You can pick up a brochure at DMV and other locations throughout the County and fill out the postage-paid enrollment form
- You can enroll on the State’s Donate Life website at https://donatelife.ny.gov
For more information, visit https://donatelife.ny.gov or call 1-866-NY-DONOR (1-866-693-6667)
Kicking off Donate Life Month and pictured above are: (Front row L to R) Shaun Groden (County Administrator), Charles Martinez (Coxsackie), Patricia Handel (Durham), Marylin Farrell (County Clerk), Matt Luvera (Catskill), Jack Keller (Catskill) and Mary Ellen Antonelli (DMV)