The American Red Cross of Cortland County will celebrate its recent move with an Open House from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Cortland County office, 50 Clinton Ave., Cortland.
The public is invited to attend and tour the new office that provides ample parking and a clean, friendly environment for visitors; a training room where residents can take CPR, first aid and other life-saving health and safety classes; and a convenient downtown location near Main Street and just a few minutes off Interstate 81.
Food and drinks will be available, and Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers from Cortland County will demonstrate how residents can build a disaster preparedness kit for their homes.
New American Red Cross of Cortland County Manager Michele Whalen will host a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Whalen, American Red Cross of Cortland County Board of Directors Chairman Brian Tobin, Red Cross Central New York Region CEO Rosie Taravella, and Red Cross volunteers will be available to talk with residents about the benefits of the new office and the services provided by the Red Cross in Cortland County.
Those services include preparing the public for disasters, responding to disasters, offering health and safety classes, hosting blood drives, and providing emergency communication and assistance for members of the Armed Forces and their families.
“We’re pleased to offer Cortland County residents a more contemporary space that will be utilized for volunteer training and health and safety classes for residents,” Whalen said. “We cordially invite all residents to meet our staff and volunteers on Sept. 19 and learn more about what the Red Cross has to offer in Cortland County.”
The American Red Cross of Cortland County operated out of the former Brewer Titchener Corp. on Port Watson Street from 1985 through this spring. The historic building at 50 Clinton Ave., formerly owned by the Knights of Columbus, was completely renovated in 1998.
The Red Cross occupies the first-floor office that was most recently used by the Seven Valleys Health Coalition. The United Way also has a first-floor office in the building, while the Keegan Associates’ marketing and public relations firm occupies the second floor.