American Red Cross re-opens Rutland office as chapter headquarters

first_imgThe Central Vermont & New Hampshire Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will be re-opening its doors to the public, but thankfully not in response to a disaster. On October 22nd, from 11:00am – 1:00pm, the Red Cross will host an Open House to mark the opening of its 117 Strongs Avenue property in Rutland as the new headquarters of its Central Vermont & New Hampshire Valley Chapter. The Red Cross will also demonstrate its revitalized presence in the Rutland community by providing free training in adult CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to a total of 100 people over the course of that weekend.The programmed portion of the event, including the presentation of a proclamation from Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras and remarks by former National American Red Cross President Jack McGuire, will take place during the October 22nd Open House at 12:15pm.The Red Cross has a rich history in Rutland, but over the past several years its downtown Rutland building has largely lay dormant after water damage to parts of the building. The building has returned to active use with a full-time staff presence, increased use by disaster services volunteers and a regular schedule of lifesaving classes such as CPR, First Aid, Babysitting and more. Now serving as the Chapter Headquarters, the Rutland office will be the hub of activity for the entire Central Vermont & New Hampshire Valley Chapter. The Chapter encompasses Rutland, Washington, Orange and the northern half of Windsor County, along with 12 New Hampshire communities in Sullivan and Grafton counties.‘The Blood Services arm of the American Red Cross has an incredibly deep connection to the Rutland Community,’ remarked Larry Crist, Regional Executive of the Vermont & New Hampshire Valley American Red Cross. ‘Our open house provides us with the opportunity to share with Rutland, and towns throughout Central Vermont and the Upper Valley, the many other ways that the Red Cross and its dedicated volunteers serve the community.’ In addition to offering classes in lifesaving skills such as CPR, First Aid and aquatic safety; the American Red Cross provides assistance to members of the armed services and their families; and provides local disaster assistance at no cost to community members when disaster strikes. Disaster services include food, individual and mass sheltering, clothing and more. Red Cross disaster services are supported by the generosity of donors.To promote their mission of helping people to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, the Red Cross will be providing 100 people with free adult CPR and AED training. For those interested, they will have three sessions to choose from:Friday, October 22nd from 1:00pm – 5:00pmSaturday, October 23rd from 8:30am – 12:30pmSunday, October 24th from 12:00pm – 4:00pmThe class size for each session is limited to 34 students. People can pre-register by calling 773-9159 or stopping by the Chapter Headquarters at 117 Strongs Avenue to sign up. Walk-ins will be accepted, but only if space is available.As the Red Cross prepares for this event, they have received support of the public, Mayor Tom Louras, and the local business community. The ability to offer free CPR training has been made possible through the support of Rutland Regional Medical Center, Casella Waste Systems and Catamount Radio. ‘The public/private relationships that have helped make this event possible are invaluable to the Red Cross,’ Regional Executive Crist added.Source: American Red Cross (Rutland, VT – October 5, 2010) ###last_img

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