The local chapter of the American Red Cross is altering the name of the Allen County Chapter to the West Central Ohio Chapter. In addition to the name change, the chapter combined valuable resources throughout the seven county territory, while continuing to provide vital Red Cross programs and services.
“This switch is a reflection of the ongoing transformation of the national organization,” said David Collins, executive director of the newly named chapter. “We serve much more than Allen County and the new name seemed more fitting of our service delivery area.”
The American Red Cross of West Central Ohio serves Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Mercer, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert counties. A community chapter executive maintains office space and emergency response assets in each county served by the chapter. Community executives ensure the Red Cross is ready to provide compassionate care to those affected by local disasters, to teach lifesaving health and safety skills, and to provide assistance to members of the armed forces and their families. The contact numbers and locations of the current offices will remain the same.
“There is no elimination of staff positions with this transition,” affirms Collins, “We are improving the way we’re doing business to serve our clients in a more efficient and focused manner.”
Administration of a variety of back office functions are supported by staff in the chapter office located in Lima as well as the regional office in Toledo. Volunteers continue to be essential for delivering programs and services, supplementing office hours, and providing leadership and advocacy. In addition, funds raised by the American Red Cross of West Central Ohio will continue to be used locally.
“We are always seeking to improve our service delivery efforts and make the best use of the generous donations provided by our supporters,” says Collins. “We want to provide better services to our local community and to disaster victims like those affected by the heavy storms last weekend. We had four different counties who trained, prepared, and practiced to provide assistance as a team. Because they had already worked together and knew each other, it made the response that much smoother and easier for our clients. That’s the goal we’re striving for with this centralization reorganization.”
The American Red Cross of West Central Ohio office is located at 610 S. Collett Street in Lima. For more information on becoming a volunteer or donating to support the Red Cross response, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.