By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Northeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross will consolidate with the Greater St. Louis Region as part of a cost-savings effort, and the office based in Hannibal, Mo., will close Oct. 1.
The Greater St. Louis Region, which announced the consolidation late Friday afternoon, says the consolidation will save more than $87,000 a year, but did not elaborate on any job losses.
Officials say the consolidation will more effectively employ regional staff and volunteers and pool resources to support Northeast Missouri communities. The Red Cross plans to work regionally to attract additional volunteers, donors and partners to serve Marion, Ralls, Pike, Shelby, Monroe, Lewis and Clark counties.
"This was a difficult decision, but organizational finances require it," said Cindy Erickson, Red Cross Regional CEO. "By implementing a new service delivery structure, the Red Cross will eliminate duplication of efforts, reduce costs and make the best use of donor dollars."
Regional board representation and the national Red Cross Board of Governors will guarantee that leadership remains accountable to Northeast Missouri counties.
"These organizational changes are key to ensuring the further sustainability of the Red Cross," Erickson said.
The Red Cross will continue to provide humanitarian services, including relief for disaster victims, assistance to military families and a spectrum of preparedness classes including CPR.
Those requesting services should call (314) 516-2800.