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Peru Red Cross office getting swallowed up in consolidation

Posted by wlpo on October 9, 2014

Saying the organization wants to use more volunteers, the Illinois Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is being consolidated with other chapters in northern Illinois.

Red Cross spokeswoman Martha Carlos says the local area will become part of the Greater Chicago and Northern Illinois regional office that is based in Chicago. Carlos says the Red Cross has been reevaluating its operations and is looking for the best way to use donor dollars.

Carlos won’t say which chapter would include La Salle County, though local volunteers have been told it would be based in Joliet. She also won’t say if employees would lose their jobs. She says their goal is to increase our services by adding more volunteer leaders and involving them in more ways.

Local volunteers were told this week about the changes.

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