“The board of directors for Talladega and St. Clair County decided to merge together,” said Peggy Mann, the community chapter executive for the Talladega-St. Clair Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Mann oversees Red Cross operations in Talladega and St. Clair counties.
She said all three Red Cross offices, Talladega, Sylacauga and Pell City will remain open.
“We have three offices, and they are going to remain open,” Mann said. “We aren’t going anywhere.”
Mann took over the St. Clair County chapter office last August, and first began working with the American Red Cross Chapter in Talladega the year before, August 2010.
“I’m the only paid employee in the two counties,” Mann said, adding that the Red Cross is dependant on its faithful volunteers.
She said volunteers in both Talladega and St. Clair counties go where there is a need.
“Wherever the needs are, that’s where our volunteers go,” Mann said. “It’s not unlike that for all American Red Cross volunteers.”
She said by combining the two chapters, the local Red Cross has a bigger pool of local volunteers to assist in any disaster, whether it is in Talladega or St. Clair County - or anywhere else.
“We have our disaster action teams in place and ready to go,” Mann said.
She said the local American Red Cross Chapter is always looking for new volunteers, “especially in our disaster services.”
Mann said the Talladega-St. Clair Chapter of the American Red Cross has 15 board members, who are residents from either Talladega or St. Clair counties.
The American Red Cross is not only a disaster relief agency, but it has many other services like CPR training, among its many health and safety courses.
The local agency also spearheads blood drives and assists families who lose their homes from fires.
The American Red Cross also helps people pay for their utility bills through Project Share.
The American Red Cross will assist families in crisis, locating and notifying service members of serious family issues.
Through the American Red Cross Heroes Campaign, local donations help support programs that help local people.
The American Red Cross is a United Way organization.
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