The American Red Cross of Central New York is streamlining its operations to continue providing vital services in Cortland and the surrounding community. It has closed its office at 50 Clinton Avenue and moved local operations to donated space at The Cortland Downtown Partnership located at 40 Main Street.
“We needed to make some changes to meet the growing demand for our services while also making the best use of donor dollars,” says Rosie Taravella, Western and Central New York Regional CEO. “In August, we will be marking our 100th anniversary of service in Cortland County, and are committed to staying here in this community. We will continue training people on life-saving skills like CPR, first aid, and the Learn-To-Swim Program at Wickwire Pool. We will also continue helping those affected by disasters.”
“We continue to work closely with local fire departments and other community partners to make sure that Red Cross mission – driven services are provided.” said Taravella “The Red Cross will still have volunteers right here in this community, helping their neighbors in need.”
People across Cortland County can still depend on the Red Cross for disaster response, health and safety training and emergency communications for the military and their families. If members of the community need to contact the Red Cross, they can still do so by calling 607-753-1182.
It is important to remember the critically important role that volunteers already play in delivering Red Cross services. “We have a strong corps of volunteers here now,” says Taravella, “and we will look to grow that number in this community in the months ahead.”