Local Red Cross to expand services area, hold open house Jan. 27

Staff Report

The American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois will host an open house and ribbon-cutting for the community from 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, at its headquarters, 727 N. Church St., Rockford.

The open house will provide an opportunity to introduce the new name of the local chapter and to share updates about their expanded service area, the organization’s humanitarian services, and other various programs. The event is free and open to the public.

American Red Cross volunteers will provide an overview of the organization’s five lines of service: Disaster Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Health and Safety Services, Blood Services, and International Services. Red Cross staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding volunteer opportunities.

Executive Director Lisa LaSala said: “We welcome this opportunity to open our doors and celebrate the hard work of our volunteers and share how the Red Cross serves our community in our new 10-county service area.

Volunteers have always been, and continue to be, the backbone of the Red Cross,” she added. “Their importance will increase as we look to deliver services in more communities across northwest Illinois. We want to make the Red Cross the best place to volunteer.”

The American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois serves communities in 10 counties that include Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago and Whiteside.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org.

Posted Jan. 22, 2015

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