Franklin County Red Cross to combine with Cumberland County

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

As part of the American Red Cross’s efforts to provide improved community-based service and enhance support while maintaining fiscal responsibility, the Boards of Directors of the Franklin County Chapter and the Cumberland County Chapter have jointly announced that the two chapters are consolidating, effective April 1.

The consolidated organization will be led by Executive Director Thomas Reardon, who has served as Franklin County Chapter Executive Director since 2007 and as acting Director of the Cumberland County Chapter since last summer. Reardon will be assisted in the transition and the future by a combined board of directors comprised of members from the previous chapter boards.

The American Red Cross can be reached in Franklin and Cumberland counties by phone at 717-243-5211 in Carlisle, 717-264-6214 in Chambersburg, or 717-762-5414 in Waynesboro or on the web at www.redcrosscv.org

The consolidation will allow the Red Cross to deliver high quality services throughout Cumberland and Franklin counties, including disaster relief, preparedness, health and safety training, blood collection and service to members of the Armed Forces and their families.

According to Reardon, “while transitions are never easy and have an impact on the volunteers and staff, consolidating and sharing the resources of the two chapters in order to direct our resources into community-based services will bring benefits to the communities we serve. The Red Cross will be ever more present and active in Franklin and Cumberland counties through this effort.”

In 2010 the American Red Cross in Franklin County and Cumberland County combined provided care to 67 families who were displaced from their homes, assisted 262 members of the armed forces and their families, and trained 5,987 in preparedness, health and safety programs.

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from caring individuals and, in part, by contributions given through the United Way.