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Red Cross consolidating Cumberland, Franklin chapters

The American Red Cross is consolidating its chapters in Cumberland and Franklin counties to save money on office space and better serve the community, said Tom Reardon, the chapters’ executive director.

“Financial efficiencies are one reason for the consolidation,” he said. “Nothing is really changing in how we provide services.”

The new chapter, called American Red Cross of the Cumberland Valley, will be official on Friday, and its Chambersburg office will close May 1, Reardon said. Those operations will move to Carlisle until the chapter can find a central office location near Shippensburg, he said.

The consolidation will not mean fewer jobs with the Red Cross, Reardon said. Seven people work for the two chapters. The Waynesboro office will remain open.

Right now, the chapters spend more than $37,000 a year on rent for the Chambersburg office and the mortgage of the Carlisle office at 79 E. Pomfret St., which it plans to sell, he said.

“I don’t want to spend money on our buildings that we could otherwise spend on our communities,” Reardon said.

The consolidation also will save money on two executive directors, he said. Reardon became the interim director of the Cumberland County chapter in July after its former director, Sherrie Davis, left to become executive director of the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County.

The chapter also is reaching out to establish more community partnerships with businesses, agencies and other organizations that will allow Red Cross programs in more locations, Reardon said.

Jim T. Ryan

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