The Howard County Office
of the Red Cross
History of The Howard County American Red Cross
Under the leadership of Alma Lauriente, then Chairperson of Bloodmobile Volunteers, a Chapter Board of Directors was formed and appropriate staff were hired.
However, in the Fall of 1993, in order to avoid an anticipated cut in United Way allocations, several of the services provided at the County level were consolidated in the Central Chapter Headquarters. No loss of service was experienced as a result of this move and a savings of over $100,000 was realized annually Chapter wide.
The local county operation is now responsible for some specific activities such as disaster relief, fundraising, board development, volunteer recruitment, community relations, and support of the Central Chapter's community services. These activities are spelled out in more detail in other parts of the manual.
Purpose is to raise funds to support the services of the organization through:
Purpose is to have predisaster preparedness plans in a place in the event of a major disaster; provide a consistant system of relief to meet emergency needs of victims of single family disasters and those disasters affecting a large area of the county.
Purpose is to recomend to the board of directors any changes, improvements, repairsm which will enhance the physical appearence and operations of Red Cross facilities in the county.
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